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7 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 2014

King Abdullah II of Jordan listens while US President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP)
18:33 بتوقيت جرينتش

Jordan's King Abdullah, in an interview on CBS' "This Morning" that aired Friday, described the fight against Islamic State as akin to a third world war.

Egyptian protersters shout slogans on Abdel Moneim Riad Square in the capital Cairo on December 5, 2014, during a demonstration against a court's decision to drop a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak. (Photo: AFP)
14:57 بتوقيت جرينتش

An Egyptian court has sentenced four members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death as part of the government’s intensifying crackdown on supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

Britain to establish naval Base in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
14:55 بتوقيت جرينتش

Bahraini-British naval base deal is being presented as a "symbolic" deal but will identify Britain as an old colonial power siding with Bahrain's Sunni monarchy.

The British embassy has indefinitely stopped public services given heightened risks of terrorism in Cairo. (AFP/File)
14:22 بتوقيت جرينتش

The British embassy in Cairo suspended public services on Sunday for security reasons. The embassy cites risks of terrorism in particular.

Bahrain FM says Hezbollah like ISIL and Al-Qaeda. (AFP/File)
13:20 بتوقيت جرينتش

Bahrain's foreign minister compares Hezbollah to groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

Lorenzo Vinciguerra, an Swiss wildlife photographer held by Abu Sayyaf since 2012, escaped by snatching a machete from his captors and using it against them. (AFP/FIle)
12:04 بتوقيت جرينتش

A Swiss wildlife photographer held hostage by Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamic separatist group in the Philippines, recently escaped by turning his captors' machete against them and fleeing.

The UK has been criticized by rights groups for failing to condemn Bahrain's violent crackdown on opposition protesters. (AFP/File)
11:21 بتوقيت جرينتش

The British military will set up a permanent base in Bahrain, angering human rights groups who condemned the UK's silence over attacks on protesters in the Arab kingdom.

An estimated 930 French nationals are believed to have joined ISIL, while 2,000 Brits may be fighting alongside the militant group. (AFP/File)
10:37 بتوقيت جرينتش

Turkey banned around 7,200 foreign ISIL supporters from entering the country while over 1,000 terrorists were deported since 2011, according to the foreign ministry.

US soldiers patrol the Kunar province during a joint operation with the Afghan National Army, April 18, 2013. (AFP/File)
05:47 بتوقيت جرينتش

The US will keep over 10,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel announced during a trip to the country Saturday.

6 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 2014

US photojournalist, Luke Somers, has been killed in Yemen during a failed rescue raid. (AFP/File)
09:55 بتوقيت جرينتش

A US photojournalist, Luke Somers, was killed in Yemen during a failed rescue raid.

Because of the lack of equipment, Peshmerga fighters often find themselves forced to bypass certain areas in order to avoid the bombs. (AFP/File)
09:36 بتوقيت جرينتش

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have cleared out as many as 3,000 bombs in the areas they liberated from ISIL.

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s alleged support of insurgents and his attempts to dominate the GPC have been received with dismay across the region, Yemeni political sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. (AFP/File)
05:00 بتوقيت جرينتش

Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is believed to have facilitated the takeover of the capital, Sanaa, and large parts of Yemen by militants loyal to Shia leader Abdul Malik Al-Houthi in September.

5 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 2014

The burnt media building stands in central Grozny on Dec. 4 after the militant attack. (AFP/Elena Fitkulina)
08:42 بتوقيت جرينتش

An Islamist group has claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for “the oppression of Muslim women”.

4 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 2014

This image made from video released by the Abu Dhabi police department on December 2, 2014, shows a veiled suspect in the stabbing of an American teacher at a shopping mall. (Photo: Youtube)
15:41 بتوقيت جرينتش

Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have foiled a bomb attack targeting an American doctor in the capital, Abu Dhabi.

The H2S gas spread from Israel into the Jordanian town of Aqaba on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
13:02 بتوقيت جرينتش

A gas pipe burst in the Israeli town of Eilat late Wednesday sending emissions across to Aqaba in Jordan, according to Petra news agency.