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December 18, 2014

The Syrian conflict has raged on for over three years. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would impose new sanctions "on those supporting the Syrian regime’s procurement of specialty fuels and base oil used in its military campaign against the Syrian people."

Washington has given an annual aid package of about $1.5 billion to Cairo for over 30 years. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The US State Department welcomed new conditions passed by the congress granting the secretary of state more flexibility to approve aid to Egypt, while expressing worry about the human rights situation in the country.

December 17, 2014

The bribery investigation was the biggest in Turkey's history. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT

Protests, public demonstrations, and panel discussions around Turkey have marked the one-year anniversary of the largest corruption and bribery investigation in the history of the country, which went public last December.

Those killed are believed to be members of the al Sheitaat tribe. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT

A mass grave with over 230 bodies was discovered in Syria's Deir al Zor Province.

Peshmergas have so far forced ISIL militants to retreat from the villages close to the northern city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.

Although there is no law criminalizing homosexuality in Egypt, societal norms do not accept it. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT

Cairo prosecution referred on Wednesday 21 suspects to court on "debauchery" charges.

Syrian air strikes killed 11 during ISIL and Nusra Front clashes on the border with Lebanon. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT

Syrian air force raids killed 11 people while ISIL and Nusra Front clashed on the border with Lebanon, putting security forces on high alert Wednesday.

Members of the EU Parliament take part in a voting session, on December 17, 2014 during a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo: AFP/file)
12:49 GMT

Members of the European Union’s Parliament revamped the proposalregarding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Frogmen of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, pose in wetsuits as they take part in a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement’s creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:29 GMT

Hamas should no longer be included on an influential list of international terrorist organisations, an EU court has ruled.

School children in Karachi pray and mourn for the 141 victims killed during the Taliban siege, December 17, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

Barack Obama condemned the Peshawar school siege, which left 141 people, mostly children, dead on Tuesday.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a security meeting in Ramallah, December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

The Palestinian Authority will press ahead with its bid for statehood at the UN Wednesday, despite warnings the US will veto the move.

Thousands attended the funeral of a 21-year-old Palestinian man who was shot during a Qalandiya raid. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT

At least 30 people were injured by Israeli forces at the funeral of a 21-year-old Palestinian man who was killed during a raid in Qalandiya refugee camp.

Syrian air strikes came a day after rebel militias including Nusra Front seized a military base in Idlib province. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT

At least 50 people were killed in Idlib by Assad forces, when fighter jets targeted two hospitals after militants overran a military base.

Lebanon's army battled fierce clashes along the country's borders with Syria in September. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Iran's government said it was awaiting a vote from Lebanese authorities on accepting military aid Tuesday.

Dozens, including pregnant women were executed by the extremist group for refusing to marry militants. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

Some 150 women in Anbar province were killed by ISIL for refusing to marry militants, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights.