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November 12, 2014

Israel approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighborhood in east Jerusalem. [AFP]
15:12 GMT

An Israeli planning committee Wednesday approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem

Palestinian Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. [AFP]
14:59 GMT

Palestinian figure serving life sentence called for armed resistance in order "to be faithful to the legacy of Arafat," on 10th anniversary of late Palestinian leader's death.

Hamas announced on November 11, 2014 that Taha passed away at the age of 77. [AFP]
14:50 GMT

Muhammad Salih Taha, a co-founder of the Hamas movement, died in Gaza late Tuesday after a long struggle with illness, medics said.

 Masum is in Saudi Arabia for the highest-level talksbetween the two neighbours in years, as relations thaw in the face of the jihadist threat. [AFP]
14:10 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz met with Iraqi President Fuad Masoum at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday evening, to discuss regional developments and steps to improve the relationship between the two countries.

The vote would be non binding but highly symbolic. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

West Bank mosque partly torched in apparent settler attack. [AFP]
13:53 GMT

"Those who encourage and allow attacks on mosques and against Palestinians should expect a response," organization warns.

A-Azhar University has been a hotbed of dissent in Egypt. (AFP file photo)
12:42 GMT

This is the latest in a series of expulsions at the prestigious Islamic university.

Turkey recently allowed about 160 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to pass through Turkey into Kobani. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT

There has been a significant impact of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters’ recent entry into the Syrian town of Kobani through Turkey.

The shootings were caught on camera and sparked international outrage. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

An Israeli border policeman has been arrested in connection with the fatal May 15 shootings of two Palestinian teenagers, an Israeli police spokesman told Ma'an Wednesday.

Hezbollah is traditionally a Shia resistance movement in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT

Christians, Druze and Sunni Muslims are being recruited by Hezbollah in east Lebanon to fight ISIS according to a local newspaper.

Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

A local ceasefire agreement between pro-government officials and insurgents is allowing food and aid supplies to enter Damascus Wednesday.

The government declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
09:35 GMT

Ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast in Egypt's Sinai.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia militant group said it killed nine Shiite Houthi militants in a roadside explosion in central Yemen's Al-Bayda' province.

The settlers also wrote racist slogans on the walls of the mosque. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT

A group of Israeli settlers set fire inside a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah early Wednesday.

Jordan, one of the US's closest allies in the region, is aiding America in an air strike campaign against ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jordan on Thursday for discussions with King Abdullah II.