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December 15, 2014

The southerners have been pushing for independence from the north for years. (AFP/File)
19:44 GMT

Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.

Haftar's forces continue to clash with numerous militant groups inside Libya. (AFP/File)
19:01 GMT

Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.

Since mid-June, fighting in Iraq has pitted the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT

At least five people were killed and 13 others were wounded in three different attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, authorities said.

An Iranian refugee with radical views took an unknown number of people hostage inside a Sydney cafe Monday. (AFP/File)
15:47 GMT

Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, who has been reported as either 49 or 50 years old, moved to Australia in 1996 where he assumed the title of “Sheikh Haron”. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

At least 1,132 French nationals have joined ISIL in Syria, according to police. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT

French authorities dismantled an alleged ISIL network following a series of raids across the country Monday.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT

Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.

A woman inspects the damage of a classroom following a price-tag attack on the Hand-in-Hand school in Jerusalem, November 30, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
13:46 GMT

Three Israeli men were indicted Monday for a price-tag attack on an mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. All three suspects are members of an extremist Jewish group, according to Shin Bet.

Libyan soldiers patrol the city of Benghazi during unrest. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry Monday reissued a security warning to nationals in Libya after the death of two citizens during clashes.

The policeman was shot dead during a rescue operation to free three hostages. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT

A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.

A hostage can be seen running from the chocolate cafe towards police in Sydney, December 15, 2014. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
08:35 GMT

Five people escaped from a chocolate cafe in Sydney where they were being held by a potential jihadist gunman.

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat (right), is due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry within the coming days to discuss ending Israeli occupation. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said a UN proposal to end Israeli occupation would be submitted Monday.

UN envoys attempted to quell Syrian violence with efforts to freeze fighting in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Government forces and various Syrian rebel groups clashed in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib Sunday.

Staff members from Turkey's Zaman newspaper protest prior to the arrest of their editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli (center), December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

The European Union condemned Turkey's government for its clampdown on opposition media outlets following a series of raids in a television station.

British troops will return to Iraq next month. They will help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIL. (AFP/File)
04:58 GMT

Beginning next month, hundreds of British soldiers will help train anti-ISIL forces in Iraq.