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December 29, 2014

A weak central government, the Taliban, and IEDs continue to threaten the security of Afghanistan's civilian population. (AFP/Getty Images/Noorullah Shirzada)
07:51 GMT

NATO and the US formally officially declared an end to the war in Afghanistan, but with a weak central government violence is likely to ensure as Taliban remains present and IEDs still pose a serious risk to civilians.

Earlier this year the National Coalition and other opposition groups met Syrian government representatives in Geneva. But the talks collapsed as the opposition demanded Assad’s resignation, while the regime insisted the main focus of the negotiations should be fighting “terrorism.” (AFP/Joseph Eid)
07:03 GMT

Following Assad's recent statement of being open to peace talks in Moscow, opposition leaders met in Cairo to discuss the future of Syria, proposing the end of the Baath party by forming a new transitional government as a way to end the crisis.

Guard posts are being moved further away from the public. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT

The movement of various stations for the Queen’s Guard was observed around the beginning of November, according to a news and blogging website which reports on the royal family.

December 28, 2014

An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency in Medan, North Sumatra points at his computer screen to the position where AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing. (AFP/Sutanta Aditya)
17:14 GMT

The search operation for the plane, which is believed to have gone missing while flying over the Java sea, was halted as darkness fell and will resume in the morning at 6 a.m. local time.

Livvix was assisted by a lone US solider who allegedly provided him with explosive bricks and stun grenades. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT

The IDF indicted an American citizen planning to bomb Muslim holy sites in Israel three weeks ago and will continue to hold him in custody until the end of his trial.

Iran is providing military advice to Iraqi troops and allied Shiite militias in the battle against Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

An Iranian military general was killed in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Sunday while advising Iraqi troops in their fight against Daesh.

The crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members by Egyptian forces has resulted in thousands of arrests and hundreds killed. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
11:30 GMT

A 12-day security sweep led to the mass arrest of almost 500 Muslim Brotherhood members, and the seizure of numerous weapons and weapon-making workshops.

The Rafah border crossing is the only official entry point into Gaza not controlled by Israel, while underground tunnels serve as an unofficial means of transportation. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Egyptian authorities allegedly planned to destroy 1,200 homes to extend the depth of its security buffer zone on its border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip after discovering more underground tunnels.

“Our only option is dialogue and to search for means to strengthen our unity and civil peace.”

“Our only option is dialogue and to search for means to strengthen our unity and civil peace," said Fouad Siniora. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

Head of the Future bloc MP Fouad Siniora defended his party’s decision to launch talks with Hezbollah Saturday, saying that the alternative to dialogue was “frightening.”

Many, including Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar, view the resolution as a symbolic gesture that distracts from the larger struggle to end the Israeli occupation. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar condemned Abbas' UN draft resolution that would recognize Palestine as a state, refusing to consider the plan of Jerusalem as a shared capital for both Israel and Palestine.

The passenger plane went missing after a request was made to veer from the ordinary route. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Indonesian officials say an AirAsia passenger plane has lost contact with air traffic control after asking for an unusual route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

Tensions were high as members of PKK blocked the roads at Cizre, in southeast Turkey near the Syrian border. (AFP/ILYAS AKENGIN)
06:00 GMT

Clashes between militant groups, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Huda-Par, in southeast Turkey have left two people dead.

Moscow supports Assad in the war, and has pushed for a settlement that would keep the long-time ruler in power in Damascus. (AFP/Getty Images/Joseph Eid)
05:00 GMT

Source at foreign ministry said Syria is looking for a way out of the conflict that has plagued the country for well over three years.

December 27, 2014

Reasons remain unknown as to why the recently re-elected leader was ordered to appear before police investigators. (AFP/File)
14:58 GMT

Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has reelected Sheikh Ali Salman as its leader.

Daesh recruits children and teenagers to carry out their atrocities. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
13:58 GMT

A teenager recruited by Daesh surrendered himself and his explosive belt to Iraqi authorities after refusing to carry out his mission to bomb a Shia mosque.