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November 19, 2014

Palestinian solidarity march. Madrid, 2009. (Flickr)
15:02 GMT

Israel has censured the Spanish parliament over a symbolic vote, which calls on the Madrid government to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Such expansion is made possible when often little known or relatively new jihadist groups announce their allegiance to IS, as was the case in Derna. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT

The Islamic State has seized control of the coastal city of Derna on Libya's Mediterranean coast.

The ISIL launched an offensive in June and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT

At least six people were killed in a car bomb in the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Over 500,00 Israeli settlers live illegally in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

The Israeli government approved the construction of 78 new settlement units in East Jerusalem Wednesday after the decision was approved by the city's municipality.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennet said Israel needed to "attack" rather than defend Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT

Economy Minister Naftali Bennet said Wednesday Israel should launch a military operation in East Jerusalem to root out "terror".

Lebanese tanks patrol through the country's border town of Arsal, March 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT

Clashes continued into the early hours of Wednesday in the Syrian town of Assal al-Ward, close to the Lebanese border.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU’s Ashton attended a working lunch and discussed how to advance the talks within the next days as the November 24 deadline approaches. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT

Iranian deputy foreign ministers have held talks with US diplomats as negotiations are expected to continue between Tehran and the P5+1 group on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Egypt's army launched an extensive campaign against militants amid increasing violence in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

Seven civilians and three militants were killed after a mortar shell hit a home in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, a security source said.

Al-Azhar University and Cairo University were scenes of some of the worst student-led violence during last year's academic terms. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT

Police stormed Al-Azhar University on Tuesday afternoon after student protesters torched a faculty member's car on the Cairo campus.

ISIL militants are one of most well equipped militant groups in the world, according to a UN report. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

The UN warned that ISIL militants have enough weapons to continue fighting for up to two more years, calling it one of the best armed groups in the world.

The car attack on October 22 killed two people. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

Israel early Wednesday demolished the home of East Jerusalem car terrorist Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who on October 22 killed two people in a hit-and-run attack in Jerusalem.

News of Barack Obama's hostage review proposal emerged after a letter was leaked by a US congressman to the press. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

US President Barack Obama ordered a review of the country's hostage negotiation policy following the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig.

It is believed that under the planned changes security personnel would be allowed to carry their arms even when off duty. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defense.

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew looks down at mourners carrying the coffins of victims killed by two Palestinians in Jerusalem, November 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

The PLO affiliated Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem synagogue attack, which left five Israelis dead.

The shooting comes after another Palestinian man was stabbed by a group of Israelis in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and critically wounded by an Israeli settler during a demonstration near Ramallah.