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December 24, 2014

A screenshot taken from a Daesh video shows militants holding a Jordanian national captive. (Al Bawaba/File)
12:21 GMT

A warplane belonging to coalition forces has allegedly been shot down in Syria, with the Jordanian pilot being held captive.

Three militants from the Daesh-linked Jund al-Khilafa were killed by Algeria's army. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT

Algeria's army killed three militants including a key leader of a group linked to Daesh, which claimed responsibility for killing a French national in September.

An injured child walks through a makeshift hospital in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma after being hit by an airstrike, December 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

Daesh militants made further gains in Iraq and Syria after returning to a strategic oil refinery and retaking a hill near a Syrian military base.

Palestinian protesters were prevented by Israeli forces from marching to a military checkpoint in Bethlehem, December 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT

Israeli soldiers clashed with a peaceful Palestinian Christmas march in Bethlehem, mildly injuring several people.

Some 500,000 people fled Iraq's Mosul after it was seized by Daesh in June, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT

At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.

Various types of drugs, scales, and mobile phones were recovered by police. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT

Police found plethora of illicit substances at a home in Fanar, a suburb of Beirut.

Daesh militants, who have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and neighboring Syria, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians, in both Arab states. (AFP/Rami Al-Sayed)
05:00 GMT

Daesh crucified at least ten people in Syria, amid continuation of crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT

Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.

Participants were subjected to tear gas as Israeli forces prevented them from reaching the checkpoint.(AFP/File)
17:56 GMT

Protesters dressed as Santa Claus promoted peace, freedom, and justice as they marched towards the Israeli checkpoint.

US-led airstrikes targeted militants, infrastructure, and oil/gas installations, but have also taken civilian lives. (AFP/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
16:44 GMT

Monitoring group reviewed civilian deaths over the past three months due to US-led air strikes.

Abbas demands draft resolution to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine does not fail. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT

Palestine's president insisted UN Security Council draft resolution must pass or else he will cut ties with Israel.

Approximately 30 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants from the Nusra Front and Daesh in early August. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT

Sheikh Naim Qassem prioritized the need for discretion in negotiating the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadists.

Daesh has collected 23 million pounds from the sale of pilfered artifacts from churches in Nabaq, according to a report by The Christian Post. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT

Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.

The vote is due to take place before next year according to PA official Saeb Erekat. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT

The UN is due to vote on a draft resolution to finalize the Palestine-Israel peace deal by the end of the year, PA official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.

The Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida), a group which some analysts believe thrives on anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric, organize protests every Monday in Dresden, Germany.(AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Thousands joined protests organized by the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) this Monday in Dresden.