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Armed Shia Houthi rebels protest during an anti-government rally in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, September 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT
Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said his government could resign following continued Houthi rebel raids on state institutions and public offices in the country's capital, Sanaa.
The draft resolution also seeks a one-year peace deal with Israel before full withdrawal from Palestinian land in 2017. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
The Palestinian Authority submitted a finalized version of a UN resolution presented by Jordan, to end Israeli occupation by 2017.
Human rights groups have condemned Israel for unlawfully detaining Palestinian minors. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
Israeli police detained a 17-year-old student and an 11-year-old boy in Jerusalem Wednesday to be interrogated.
ISIL targets were hit near Mosul, Irbil and also in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT
US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.
At least 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed since Syria's 2011 war began. (File/AFP)
07:23 GMT
Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed in Syria since the start of the country's civil war, according to an activist group.
Warisha Umair, age 5, attends a candlelight vigil for the 132 students killed in a terror attack yesterday in Pakistan on December 17, 2014 in the Midwood neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Pakistani Taliban have taken credit for the attack that killed more than 145 people total. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Warisha Umair, age 5, attends a candlelight vigil for the 132 students killed in a terror attack yesterday in Pakistan on December 17, 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.
Family members pray at the tomb of young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi who started the Arab Spring. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
By setting himself alight four years ago, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi paved way for the Arab Spring. Little did he or the policewoman who slapped him know what would happen next.
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.
Opposition fighters fire a heavy machine gun towards government forces helicopters reportedly dropping barrel bombs near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 16, 2014. Aleppo has been divided between regime control in the west and rebels in the east since mid-2012. (AFP/ KARAM AL-MASRI)
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Opposition fighters fire a heavy machine gun towards government forces helicopters reportedly dropping barrel bombs near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo
As both French Assembly and Senate adopted recently resolutions calling their government to recognize Palestine' statehood, Fabius has said that France would do so if peace efforts failed. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for a UN Security Council resolution with a timetable and framework to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.
Kuwait and Jordan enjoy strong ties. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Jordanian and Kuwaiti officials met in Kuwait to discuss a possible military cooperation.

December 16, 2014

The bomb attack targeted the home of a leader of the Houthi Ansarullah fighters in the town of Rada' in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda.(AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
At least 31 people, including 20 children, have been killed in a car bomb attack in central Yemen.
Libya has been gripped by militancy and factional fighting since the ouster of the longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT
Libya Dawn militant group has carried out an aerial attack on an area near key oil terminals in the eastern part of the country.
Among those killed were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT
Although there were fewer journalists killed in 2014 than in 2013, the watchdog organization found that the publicized beheadings of journalists by Islamist militants in the Middle East "highlights an evolution in the nature of violence against journalists."
Syria has been grappling with a deadly war since March 2011. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT
A monitoring group says around 200 people have been killed in a fresh round of intense fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
Iraq has been plagued with violence since ISIL militants began taking over Iraqi cities in June. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT
At least 19 people, including 11 security personnel were killed in clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists Monday across Iraq.
The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants, days after security forces arrested a man on charges of running an influential Twitter account promoting the terrorists’ fight in Syria and Iraq.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the statehood bid could be delayed, according to Israel's Ynet news. (AFP/File)
13:48 GMT
The Palestinian Authority indicated it could delay its submission to the UN for statehood, instead adopting a softened down EU draft resolution Tuesday.
Bus passengers from Raqqa were attacked by gunmen, according to a statement from the Syrian Revolution General Commission. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
Dozens of civilians were killed in a deadly gun attack on a bus en route to the Syrian capital Damascus from Raqqa Tuesday.
A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the site of the Taliban attack while parents escort their children home, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT
At least 130 people have been killed, many of them children, by Taliban militants who stormed a military school in Peshawar Tuesday.
Activists from the Lehava extremist group protest outside the wedding ceremony of an Arab and Jewish couple, August 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Ten right-wing activists from the Jewish extremist group Lehava were arrested by Israeli security forces Tuesday.
Man Haron Monis was an Iranian asylum seeker living in Australia prior to the Sydney cafe siege. (AFP/File)
11:19 GMT
Man Haron Monis was many things. A sexual harasser, accessory to the murder of his wife and also guilty of sending threatening letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers. But, was he a terrorist?
Clashes broke out in the Qalandiya refugee bank following the raid, with Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT
A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces while standing on the rooftop of his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp.
A student is helped to hospital by Pakistani men following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
At lease 104 children Tuesday were killed by Taliban gunmen who attacked an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The British Embassy shut on December 7 after security concerns. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
The British embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday after it closed on December 7 due to security reasons along with the Canadian embassy.
The photos were circulated by a jihadist forum but have not yet been independently verified. (Image: Press TV)
07:48 GMT
Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.
Thirty-one government troops were killed in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
Jihadist rebels seized a Syrian government military base in Idlib Monday. The Wadi Deif base was captured by Nusra Front rebels and Ahrar al-Sham.
A picture taken on December 15, 2014, shows the inside of a Christmas tree erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos. The 30-metre-tall Christmas tree made from gold-coloured iron leaves was featured worldwide as part of an exhibition of the world's most beautiful Christmas trees. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
07:25 GMT
A picture taken on December 15, 2014, shows the inside of a Christmas tree erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos.
ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
No figure for the EU's sustained contributions was provided. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The European Union Foreign Affairs Council recommitted Monday to providing Syria with relief and recovery assistance.

December 15, 2014

The southerners have been pushing for independence from the north for years. (AFP/File)
19:44 GMT
Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.
Haftar's forces continue to clash with numerous militant groups inside Libya. (AFP/File)
19:01 GMT
Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.
Since mid-June, fighting in Iraq has pitted the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
At least five people were killed and 13 others were wounded in three different attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, authorities said.
An Iranian refugee with radical views took an unknown number of people hostage inside a Sydney cafe Monday. (AFP/File)
15:47 GMT
Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.
Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, who has been reported as either 49 or 50 years old, moved to Australia in 1996 where he assumed the title of “Sheikh Haron”. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.
At least 1,132 French nationals have joined ISIL in Syria, according to police. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
French authorities dismantled an alleged ISIL network following a series of raids across the country Monday.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT
Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.
A woman inspects the damage of a classroom following a price-tag attack on the Hand-in-Hand school in Jerusalem, November 30, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
13:46 GMT
Three Israeli men were indicted Monday for a price-tag attack on an mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. All three suspects are members of an extremist Jewish group, according to Shin Bet.
Libyan soldiers patrol the city of Benghazi during unrest. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT
Egypt's foreign ministry Monday reissued a security warning to nationals in Libya after the death of two citizens during clashes.
Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halev accused Netanyahu's government of creating a fragile status in Jerusalem with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT
Without equality for Palestinians, will there ever be peace? Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said during an interview that without dignity towards Palestinians, Netanyahu would jeopardize the peace process.
The policeman was shot dead during a rescue operation to free three hostages. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.
A hostage can be seen running from the chocolate cafe towards police in Sydney, December 15, 2014. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
08:35 GMT
Five people escaped from a chocolate cafe in Sydney where they were being held by a potential jihadist gunman.
PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat (right), is due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry within the coming days to discuss ending Israeli occupation. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said a UN proposal to end Israeli occupation would be submitted Monday.
UN envoys attempted to quell Syrian violence with efforts to freeze fighting in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
Government forces and various Syrian rebel groups clashed in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib Sunday.
Staff members from Turkey's Zaman newspaper protest prior to the arrest of their editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli (center), December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
The European Union condemned Turkey's government for its clampdown on opposition media outlets following a series of raids in a television station.
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut. Lebanon needs more international help to fight jihadist forces that have launched a series of attacks against the army and kidnapped security forces, the country's prime minister told AFP on December 8. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
07:04 GMT
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut.
British troops will return to Iraq next month. They will help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIL. (AFP/File)
04:58 GMT
Beginning next month, hundreds of British soldiers will help train anti-ISIL forces in Iraq.
Hostages in the siege are forced to hold up an Islamic flag, December 15, 2014. (Image: Channel 7)
00:58 GMT
Dozens of people have been taken hostage Monday in a Sydney chocolate cafe by gunmen. Staff and customers were forced to hold up a black Islamic flag while police closed off the area.

December 14, 2014

Thousands marched in a rally for Hamas on Sunday. (AFP/File)
20:40 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians attended a Hamas rally in Gaza, marking the group's 27th anniversary Sunday.
Pro-government forces captured territory north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT
Syrian forces seized territory north of Aleppo, while rebel forces capture three government checkpoints.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Ciampino International Airport, on December 14, 2014, in Rome. (Photo: AFP/file)
18:23 GMT
US officials say Washington has not yet decided whether to veto or back the UN bid, will consult with European leaders.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem offices on December 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP)
18:01 GMT
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime will not retreat from East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank within two years.
New demands have been issued for the servicemen's release, including the release of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, who is currently in Lebanese custody. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.
Family members of captive Lebanese servicemen demonstrate for their safe return. At least 25 are still being held captive by Nusra Front and ISIL militants, who are calling for a massive prisoner exchange. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT
After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.
Lebanese authorities have cracked down on Islamists in recent months amid rising tensions following the October attacks in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.
American Egypt scholar Michele Dunne, who is also a former US diplomat, has been a critic of the 2013 ousting of president Mohamed Morsi and the handling of Egypt's new government that followed. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
Egyptian authorities have refused Egyptian entry to an American Middle East researcher, citing 'security reasons,' despite the researcher being apparent invitation by a "pro-government group" to attend a conference to attend a conference.
A file photo shows demonstrators protesting against freedom of speech infringements and journalists' arrests in Turkey last November. Sunday's raid attempt was only the most recent in a list of trouble journalists have faced with the Turkish government. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT
Turkish authorities attempted a raid operation on one of the country's most popular newspapers early Sunday, in which they indented to arrest the paper's editor-in-chief, but were not able to enter amid heavy protests by readers.
A Turkish Kurd waves a Kurdish flag at Iraqi peshmerga forces as they enter Turkey on the way to join the fight against ISIL in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/FIle)
08:20 GMT
Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.
Kurdish peshmerga fighters scan the horizon at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, the group took back the north-east city of Jaloula from ISIL militants last month. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.
Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims attend the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein, at the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Baghdad on December 13, 2014. Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals. A sea of devotees descended on the city to reach the shrine of Imam Hussein, beating their heads and chests to show remorse for not saving him from the armies of the caliph Yazid that beheaded him in 680 AD. (AFP/ MOHAMMED SAWAF)
07:33 GMT
Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims attend the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.
The inciident comes on the heels of American photojournalist Luke Somer's death, who died at the hands of the same al-Qaeda earlier this month during an attempted rescue mission by U.S. special forces.
07:08 GMT
Several suspected al-Qaeda militants dressed in women's niqabs were confronted and killed at the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen when a bus security search prompted one of the militants to open fire.
Pictured below are the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura (left) and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The deputy to the UN special envoy to Syria arrived in Damascus on Saturday to begin a series of negotiations with Syrian officials and militants.

December 13, 2014

Iraqi military and Kurdish militias have been battling ISIL for months. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT
Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.
ISIL fighters have recaptured several villages near Anbar governorate. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT
ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.
Yemeni security forces do routine inspections at checkpoints, but they rarely inspect vehicles carrying women. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.
Pictured are US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right). (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli relations in a Friday phone conversation.
Tensions have been running high in the past few weeks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT
Israeli forces injured four Palestinians by firing rubber bullets at West Bank protesters.
Pro-regime gunmen pose at a military airport held by Syrian troops and pro-regime militias in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor , five days after they repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group on the airport. The Deir Ezzor base is a key regime outpost from which warplanes and helicopters mount raids on jihadist positions in several parts of the war-wracked country. (AFP / THAER AL-AJLANI)
08:20 GMT
Pro-regime gunmen pose at a military airport held by Syrian troops and pro-regime militias in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor , five days after they repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group on the airport.
"Let [the two groups] establish a genuine partnership, far from political wrangling, for the liberation of Palestine," leading Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar said in a Friday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A leading member of the Palestinian Hamas movement has called for a "genuine partnership" with the Palestinian Fatah group – its longstanding rival – against the Israeli occupation.

December 12, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT
Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.
Greece has long been considered a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment due to the public's sympathy for the Palestinian cause. (AFP/FIle)
15:04 GMT
Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.
Despite making progress, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany failed to clinch a final nuclear deal by a November 24 deadline during their talks in Vienna. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT
The European Union has confirmed that the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers will resume on December 17 in Geneva.
Mahran Al Deeri, 31, died while fleeing gunfire in Damascus Wednesday. (Image: Al Jazeera)
13:42 GMT
Four journalists were killed in the past week while covering the conflict in Syria, including a 31-year-old reporter for Al Jazeera.
The Palestinian man, believed to be in his thirties, was shot at the scene. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT
A Jewish family near southern Jerusalem was attacked with acid by a Palestinian man, wounding at least six people including young children.
Egyptian soldiers guard a prison in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, September 8, 2013. (AFP/File)
12:35 GMT
Egypt's army on Thursday killed 12 militants in the Sinai Peninsula after a series of attacks in the troubled region.
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on December 12, 2014. (AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK)
11:11 GMT
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on December 12, 2014
Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein, December 11, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT
Israeli forces attacked thousands of Palestinians attending the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein Thursday injuring at least 19 people.
Millions of Shia pilgrims flocked to the city of Karbala to mark the Arbaeen religious festival, December 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
A series of mortar shell attacks targeting Shia pilgrims near Karbala killed one, according to Iraqi medical sources.
Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israel was responsible for the death of Ziad Abu Ein. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
Top PA negotiator Saeb Erekat announced plans to limit relations with Israel following the horrific death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against settlements in the West Bank.
Hamadi Jebali, a former prime minister, announced Thursday that he was stepping down from the party as he no longer agreed with its policies. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The secretary general of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamic Movement has tendered his resignation as the leader of the country’s most prominent political party.
"We will jointly work towards a comprehensive reconciliation process in Libya that will bring together all the parties in the country," Davutoglu said, speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara with the Italian prime minister. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi agreed to work together to find a solution for the conflict in Libya.

December 11, 2014

The visit lasted several hours after which El-Sisi returned to Egypt. It comes ten days after Jordan's King Abdullah II visited Cairo for similar talks. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II agreed in a meeting in Amman on Thursday on the necessity of a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
Denmark has confirmed that a citizen was shot and wounded in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 22. (AFP/File)
19:02 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says the country has arrested three supporters of the ISIL terrorists for the shooting and injuring of a Danish citizen late November.
Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said about 100 soldiers would take part in the planned mission. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT
Germany has announced it is considering sending around 100 soldiers to northern Iraq to train peshmerga forces who are fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.