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December 20, 2014

Bombings in 2006 caused an oil spill which polluted over 80 kilometers of the Lebanese coastline. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

The UN General Assembly said $856.4 million should be paid from Israel to Lebanon Friday as compensation for an oil spill caused during the 2006 war.

The Israeli strike targeted Hamas infrastructure. No injuries or casualties were reported. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

The Israeli air force responded to a Gaza rocket attack on Israel with an airstrike on Hamas. This attack was Israel's first airstrike on Gaza since the truce in August.

The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque told Ma'an that the number of worshipers at the mosque reached 60,000 including thousands of worshipers who had traveled to attend from the West Bank. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon, later marching through the streets of the Old City in protest against Israeli policies banning Muslim worshipers.

December 19, 2014

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far. However, Iraqi officials blame the recent spike in such terrorist attacks on the Daesh, or ISIL, militants. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT

At least 11 people have been killed and 24 others wounded in several bombings in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

The US-led coalition began targeting positions held by the ISIL terrorists in Iraq in August. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT

Iraqi officials have confirmed the death of a key aide to the Daesh, or ISIL, group leader and one of his military chiefs in the US-led coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq.

The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has closely been watched since it was listed as a terrorist organisation. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

A Muslim Brotherhood deputy in Jordan has gone on trial at a military court for criticizing the UAE.

Sabina Selimovic, 15, and Samra Kesinovic, 17, left Vienna in April to join Daesh. (Image: Daily Mail)
12:20 GMT

A top UN official said an Austrian teen who fled her middle class home in Vienna to join Daesh has "definitely died" in Syria.

A Palestinian man holds a mock Qassam Brigade rocket during a rally in Gaza. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

A rocket launched from Gaza landed in southern Israel, although no injuries or damage were reported, Israeli security forces said.

Hundreds of Iraq's Yazidi minority were trapped on Mount Sinjar by Daesh militants since August. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT

Peshmerga forces in Iraq freed hundreds of Yazidis who were trapped by Daesh militants on Mount Sinjar, according to a Kurdish leader.

More than 200,000 Syrians have died since the conflict began in March 2011, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT

The UN appealed for $8.4 billion in emergency aid for displaced Syrians as the conflict continues in the country.

The seven-day war game, codenamed "Mohammad Rasolallah," will involve the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the Basij (Volunteer) Force, Army Brig. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi told reporters. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Iran will conduct a large-scale military exercise in the south of the country beginning Dec. 25, a senior Iranian military commander announced Thursday.

The U.S. is carrying out air strikes against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

It will take at least three years for the U.S.-led coalition to reach a turning point against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, the general in charge of the combined task force said Thursday.

December 18, 2014

ISIL militants currently control large areas of Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
19:55 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish forces have succeeded in gaining a large area in the northern part of the country as they continue the battle against the ISIL militants.

Ansarullah’s recent gains pose a serious challenge to the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has for long destabilized the impoverished Arab country. (AFP/File)
18:27 GMT

Dozens of people have been killed or wounded after two car bombs targeting the positions of Shia Ansarullah fighters went off in the western Yemeni city of Hudaydah.

Tunisia's presidential runoff vote will be held on Sunday inside Tunisia and on December 19, 20 and 21 at voting stations overseas. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said