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December 1, 2013

Mounted Israeli security stand guard as Bedouins protest against the Prawer plan in the southern village of Hura on November 30, 2013. (AFP)
08:44 GMT

Despite widespread demonstrations and an international outcry against the Prawer Plan - that seeks to relocate thousands of Palestinian Bedouins if implemented - the Israeli government is dedicated to the plan, Israeli media reported.

Iraqi interior ministry security forces man a checkpoint in central Baghdad on November 27, 2013 (AFP)
08:22 GMT

A suicide bomber targeting the funeral of a prominent Sunni sheikh killed at least 10 people and injured more than 25 in the northern Iraqi town of Muqdadya, 80 km northeast of Baghdad, on Sunday morning.

A key figure in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, political activist Ahmad Maher turned himself into the Egyptian authorities late on Saturday after they issued a warrant for his arrest. (file
06:51 GMT

A key figure in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, political activist Ahmad Maher turned himself into the Egyptian authorities late on Saturday after they issued a warrant for his arrest.

According to Prime Minister Wael Halki, Syria is winning the war against "terrorism". (AFP/File)
06:24 GMT

Syrian Prime Minister Wael Halki announced that President Bashar Assad is winning the war against the rebels and that "the era of victory is being created on Syrian soil" during a state visit to Iran.

Tunisian protestors hurled stones at security officials late last week, calling for the ruling Islamist party Ennahda's resignation (Fethi Balaid/AFP)
06:22 GMT

Tunisian police arrested 10 alleged members of the banned Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia Saturday following clashes between security officials and members of the Salafist group earlier last week.

Jordanian soldiers watch over Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country after they crossed into Jordanian territory with their families from Syria into Jordan. [haaretz]
04:40 GMT

Civilians were killed crossing the Jordanian-Syrian border increasing death toll of the number of refugees by ten.

Young Israeli Arab activists have organized what they call an "international day of rage". [haaretz]
04:17 GMT

In what is being called a "day of rage", Israeli Bedouins protests against plans to relocate people to a southern region of the country.

Members of the Egyptian constitutional committee prepare to vote on the new constitution in Cairo. [presstv]
03:57 GMT

Freedom being called for as an absolute right in the draft outline of Egypt's new constitution. So far, 50 of the 246 articles have been approved in the final document. Line by line details are being reviewed in back to back meetings.

November 30, 2013

Rouhani insists that Iran's nuclear program will only be used for peaceful energy production. [presstv]
19:35 GMT

Iran's President Rouhani calls the dismantling of his countries nuclear program a "red line" for Iran and shows no plan to move in that direction.

The international chemical weapons watchdog on Saturday confirmed that the U.S. will destroy the most dangerous of Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpile at sea on board a U.S. navy vessel much like these boats in the Mediterranean Sea. (AFP/File)
15:39 GMT

The international chemical weapons watchdog on Saturday confirmed that the U.S. will destroy the most dangerous of Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpile at sea.

Rebels and civilians carry the body of a man killed after an air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. (AFP)
15:13 GMT

Government shelling of a small market near Aleppo in northern Syria killed at least six civilians on Saturday as watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that opposition forces re-entered the Christian-majority town of Maaloula.

Four people were killed on Saturday as sectarian-fuelled violence engulfed Tripoli. (AFP)
14:46 GMT

Three civilians, including a teenager, were killed in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Saturday as Syrian-linked clashes broke out across the restive city.

Members of Egypt's constitution committee will meet at the Shura Council for the final vote on a draft Egyptian constitution. [hrw.org]
13:25 GMT

Egypt will vote on its final draft of the new constitution on Saturday.

A Palestinian worker in his twenties was shot dead by an inexperienced Israeli border guard volunteer on Saturday morning. (AFP/FIle)
09:09 GMT

A volunteer for the Israeli border police shot and killed a young Palestinian worker in northern Israel on early Saturday morning.

Dozens of southern separatists flooded Yemen's streets on Saturday, calling for independence from the north of the country, which they say discriminates against them. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

Southern separatists in Yemen held mass demonstrations on Saturday calling for independence from the north following a speech made by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.