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December 25, 2013

Iraqi men take part in the funeral of four of the five journalists killed in an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters the day before, in the northern city of Tikrit, during their funeral, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
07:00 GMT

Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for killing five journalists in a suicide bombing that targeted a news channel office.

Egyptian women shout slogans during the funeral of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
06:00 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan sent his condolences to the President of Egypt after the recent terror attack in the city of Mansoura.

December 24, 2013

The Defense Minister of Iran Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi (L) and Defense Minister of Iraq Saadoun al-Dulaimi (R). [armyrecognition]
20:05 GMT

While riding in a convoy, Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi was targeted in a failed bombing attempt that injured two guards and the vehicle.

Angry Egyptians set fire to a microbus, said to be belong to a company owned by a businessman who supports the Muslim Brotherhood, after passengers allegedly held up four fingers, the symbol known as "Rabaa", during the funeral of those killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
19:25 GMT

The Prime Minister of Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group after the most recent attack which killed at least 14 people.

Rescuers climb on the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 24, 2013. Syrian warplanes have killed more than 330 people in a nine-day bombing campaign. [AFP]
19:07 GMT

After an eight-day bombing campaign against rebels in Aleppo, the US has condemned regime forces for their actions.

A relative of three-year-old Palestinian girl Hala Abu Sabikha kisses the forehead of the toddler as she lies in the morgue of the hospital in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
17:11 GMT

Israeli war planes launched a series of airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip on Christmas eve in retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli civilian. At least two people were killed, including a little girl.

Iraqi border guards stand at the Iraq-Syria border. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Iraq on Tuesday ordered the closure of its border with ally Syria in a bid to speed up Baghdad's massive military hunt for Al Qaeda operatives. The defence minister's convoy was also targeted by militants - he remained uninjured, but two of his guards were wounded.

An Egyptian man stands amidst debris car at the site of a powerful car bomb explosion in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013.  (AFP)
12:31 GMT

According to Interior Ministry officials, a truck containing explosives was behind the attack on a security site in the Nile Delta that killed some 13 people on Tuesday morning.

An Israeli soldier looks into Lebanon. The army has vowed to strongly respond to any Israeli aggression. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

Lebanese army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi on Monday said that the armed forces would not hesitate to respond swiftly to any Israeli attack on the southern city of Sidon.

Muslim scholars have accused jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) of acting against Syria's interests and committing human rights abuses. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT

Seven leading organizations representing Muslim scholars have issued a statement in which they condemn hardline jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) of commiting human rights abuses.

Five Palestinian men were taken by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in Nablus in the northern West Bank. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

Early on Tuesday morning, Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank city of Nablus and detained five young Palestinian men.

A picture taken in the early hours of December 24, 2013 shows destruction in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, following a powerful explosion. Some 12 people were killed. (AFP)
09:55 GMT

A series of deadly bombings - in what appears to be the worst terrorist attack on a government site since the ousting of Morsi in July - killed 12 people early on Tuesday morning in Mansoura.

Bodies of victims from an airstrike on the Maadi neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are seen on the ground wrapped in shrouds on December 17, 2013. This picture was taken on the third day of the bombing campaign - it is now entering its ninth. (AFP)
09:39 GMT

The Syrian opposition are threatening to pull out of January's peace talks in Geneva if the Western world does not stop the Syrian government continue their nine-day bombing campaign on the northern city of Aleppo.

Iraq has been plagued by the worst sectarian violence since 2006-2007 this year. Thousands have been killed (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

A wave of violence swept Iraq on Monday, with six soldiers left dead after an attack on a military base near Baghdad. A satellite TV station in Tikrit was also the scene of clashes, and was set fire to after gunmen left the building.

Afghan security forces arrested three would-be suicide bombers during a military operation. [nowpublic]
04:12 GMT

Sixty-five bombs were been found and defused in the Kandahar province on Monday.