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December 16, 2014

The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants, days after security forces arrested a man on charges of running an influential Twitter account promoting the terrorists’ fight in Syria and Iraq.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the statehood bid could be delayed, according to Israel's Ynet news. (AFP/File)
13:48 GMT

The Palestinian Authority indicated it could delay its submission to the UN for statehood, instead adopting a softened down EU draft resolution Tuesday.

Bus passengers from Raqqa were attacked by gunmen, according to a statement from the Syrian Revolution General Commission. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Dozens of civilians were killed in a deadly gun attack on a bus en route to the Syrian capital Damascus from Raqqa Tuesday.

A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the site of the Taliban attack while parents escort their children home, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT

At least 130 people have been killed, many of them children, by Taliban militants who stormed a military school in Peshawar Tuesday.

Activists from the Lehava extremist group protest outside the wedding ceremony of an Arab and Jewish couple, August 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT

Ten right-wing activists from the Jewish extremist group Lehava were arrested by Israeli security forces Tuesday.

Clashes broke out in the Qalandiya refugee bank following the raid, with Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces while standing on the rooftop of his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp.

A student is helped to hospital by Pakistani men following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

At lease 104 children Tuesday were killed by Taliban gunmen who attacked an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The British Embassy shut on December 7 after security concerns. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

The British embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday after it closed on December 7 due to security reasons along with the Canadian embassy.

The photos were circulated by a jihadist forum but have not yet been independently verified. (Image: Press TV)
07:48 GMT

Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.

Thirty-one government troops were killed in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Jihadist rebels seized a Syrian government military base in Idlib Monday. The Wadi Deif base was captured by Nusra Front rebels and Ahrar al-Sham.

ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.

No figure for the EU's sustained contributions was provided. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council recommitted Monday to providing Syria with relief and recovery assistance.

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.