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December 21, 2014

Jordan ended its eight year capital punishment ban (Image: Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT

Jordan ends its eight year ban of the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder.

Beji Caid Essebsi appears as the front-runner in today's elections (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Tunisia ushers in full democracy with run-off Presidential elections four years after uprising.

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sacks longtime mentor and intelligence chief (AFP/Vasily Maximov/File)
08:30 GMT

Egypt has abruptly sacked the nation's powerful intelligence chief for “health reasons,” replacing him with his deputy, security authorities said.

Daesh militants have been in control of Tikrit for six months, while many civilians fled. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT

Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.

Cairo plans to use the Apache attack helicopters to combat terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
06:15 GMT

Ten Apache helicopters arrived in Egypt on Saturday. The US had delayed the shipment due to Egypt's uncertain political situation.

Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.

December 20, 2014

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility holds 132 remaining detainees. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

The US transferred four prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan.

Saudi security forces killed four and injured a number of others in Awamiyah on Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

Saudi security forces killed four anti-regime militants in clashes in the town of Awamiyah

A Tunisian woman exits a Tunis polling station after voting in the first round of presidential elections on November 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

As tomorrow's run-off presidential election approaches, Tunisians are tense. The first round results were tight and the candidates must win the support of Popular Front voters.

In recent years, Bani Jamra has been the site of anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

A bomb explosion injured three policemen in a Shia village in Bahrain

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.