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November 2, 2014

The Shia pilgrims were on their way to Karbala to commemorate Ashura. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Iraqi police and medical authorities say more than a dozen people have been killed and tens of others injured in a car bomb attack that targeted a group of Shia pilgrims in the capital, Baghdad.

King Abdullah also accused Israel of "brutal aggression" during the recent Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
14:24 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah said Sunday that the Hashemite Kingdom would continue to battle "Israeli unilateralism in Jerusalem" and to maintain Islamic and Christian places of worship in the city.

Fatah al-Bab is requesting an open dialogue with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to resolve Egypt's protracted political deadlock. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood leader Ali Fatah al-Bab has called for the first-ever direct dialogue between the embattled Islamist group and Egyptian authorities.

The election will be held on November 23. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

Campaigning for Tunisia’s presidential election has kicked off with 27 candidates, including the outgoing head of state, Moncef Marzouki.

Since September, Houthi rebels have led an armed capture of Sanaa and several key towns, often sparking bloody clashes with local tribesman and al-Qaeda-linked militants. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT

A collection of Yemen's most powerful political factions submitted an agreement for the formation of a new government body Sunday, hoping to quell civil unrest that's turned into a bloody, armed engagement.

Israeli officials closed the Gaza crossings following rocket fire from the Strip on Friday (File/AFP)
11:56 GMT

Hamas officials accused Israel of violating a ceasefire agreement following the closure of both Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings.

Islamic State extremists executed over 200 men, women and children from Anbar province, according to local tribesmen (File/AFP)
11:02 GMT

The Islamic State executed hundreds of people including women and children in Iraq's Anbar province, a senior Sunni tribesman said.

The Knesset's Deputy Speaker Moshe Feiglin (center), walks through Jerusalem's Old City after storming the Al Aqsa Mosque, October 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:43 GMT

Knesset speaker Moshe Feiglin stormed the Al Aqsa compound accompanied by nine Jewish settlers despite ongoing tension following the shooting of an Israeli activist on Ocboter 30.

Hadi al-Bahra's comments came after the Islamic State continues to seize more territory across Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT

President of the Syrian National Coalition, Hadi al-Bahra, admitted moderate rebels "made a lot of mistakes" fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces and IS.

Israeli cops stand near the Dome of the Rock during prayers on Friday, Oct. 31. (AFP Jack Guez)
09:14 GMT

Palestinians allege that Israeli officers executed Mutaz Hijazi, instead of arresting him on suspicion of involvement in the shooting of a right-wing Jewish activist.

During past discussions, Prime Minister Tammam Salam has been outspoken about his rejection of any such prisoner swap deal for Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

In the first sign of progress toward the release of 27 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held by Nusra militants, Qatari mediators were handed a list of names to be considered in a prisoner swap.

Over 180 Palestinian children are currently being held in Israeli prisons according to Military Court Watch (File/AFP)
07:43 GMT

Israel security forces in East Jerusalem attempted to detain a two-year-old for throwing stones along with a nine-year-old for having "colored rocks", which turned out to be sweets.

The UK and US presence in Iraq has been questioned by human rights groups since evidence of torture emerged from the notorious Abu Gharib prison (File/AFP)
06:43 GMT

Allegations have emerged of British soldiers mistreating and killing 30 Iraqi civilians, which will be sent to the International Criminal Court for investigation.

Israeli soldiers stand near the Western Wall, beside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, October 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:29 GMT

The Arab League is due to hold a meeting Sunday to discuss the ongoing tensions in Jerusalem including Israeli "violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque".

Morsi is being tried at a courtroom in the Police Academy in New Cairo. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is set to face trial on Monday, November 3rd on charges of inciting murder during his presidency.