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November 18, 2014

Displaced Syrians stand in front of their makeshift home in Ankara last year. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

The Red Cross on Monday said displaced Syrians would be facing a harsh winter and were in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

Crossing from Jordan into Israel at the Wadi Arava border crossing.
04:00 GMT

Jordan's security court on Monday started the proceedings for a trial involving a Jordanian citizen who is suspected of having attempted to sneak into Israel to blow himself up, AFP reported.

November 17, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 3rd Annual Transformational Trends Policy Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel, November 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/AFP)
22:03 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State says claims and counter claims by Syria's president and ISIL have made each other stronger.

Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. (Ahmad Gharbali/AFP)
21:56 GMT

European Council condemns settlement constructions in East Jerusalem and calls for respect of Holy Sites.

Palestinian mourners attend the funeral of bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni in the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014. [AFP/file]
19:25 GMT

A medical expert told Ma'an that a Palestinian who was found hanged on a bus near Jerusalem earlier Monday died by "hanging and strangulation," and that preliminary tests suggest he was the victim of "an organized murder."

Unlike ISIS' previous sickening filmed murders, he did not speak directly to camera before being killed and his body was not shown after the murder. [AFP/file]
18:05 GMT

Syrian activists claim Peter Kassig died in bombing raid days before Jihadi John paraded his severed head

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. [AFP/file]
15:50 GMT

Despite recognizing 'state of Palestine,' Swedish foreign minister says her country will continue to liaise with PA via Jerusalem consulate.

The identity of the American woman has been withheld at the request of her family fearing her safety, The Daily Beast reported. [AFP/file]
15:23 GMT

An unnamed woman, the last American citizen held hostage by the ISIL terrorist group, might be the next victim of the Takfiris’ unmerciful murders, according to a report.

A Palestinian school boy using an umbrella in the rain walks near houses that were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2014. [AFP/[Mohammad Abed]
14:59 GMT

The Qatari executive committee for the rehabilitation of Gaza announced Monday that they have begun to transfer raw construction materials to the Hamas-controlled territory via Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. [AFP]
14:25 GMT

Federica Mogherini chairs first meeting of EU foreign ministers since taking place of Catherine Ashton; says ministers will focus on what can be done to relaunch peace process and EU’s role.

Akdogan clarified doubts about Turkey’s policy about the terror group and other vital issues. [AFP]
14:13 GMT

Akdogan clarified doubts about Turkey’s policy about the terror group and other vital issues.

Palestinian protesters burn a tyre in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014. [Ahmad Gharbali /AFP]
14:01 GMT

Palestinian resistance faction Hamas condemned Monday what it described as the "execution" of a Palestinian drivers who had been found hanging in an Israeli bus and called for escalating resistance in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

[Kassig family handout/AFP]
13:45 GMT

France confirms likelihood of a French citizen appearing in Sunday's ISIS' beheading video, hours after British citizen identifies son in same video.

Kurdish chief of staff, Fuad Hussein, said he believes the number of ISIL militants is "seven or eight times bigger than" foreign estimates, especially that of the CIA. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's chief of staff said Sunday international numbers drastically underestimate the number of ISIL fighters in Syria and Iraq, which he believes has reached 200,000.

The militants had previously threatened to kill the seven hostages this morning, but the ultimatum has since been extended until 4 p.m. today. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT

ISIL has announced an extension of four hours their ultimatum to the Lebanese government to revoke death sentences for Islamists or expect the execution of seven Lebanese captives.