Lebanon's General Security Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim entered negotiations Friday with Nusra front to cancel the threatened execution of Lebanese hostage.
November 28, 2014
Jordanians joined a rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in Amman Friday to condemn a recently announced Israeli plan to enshrine into law the country as the national Jewish homeland.
An attempted rescue mission carried out by US special forces and Yemeni troops freed eight al-Qaeda hostages, but failed to rescue the target American journalist, who was reportedly moved just two days before the raid.
Cairo's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called on Qatar to enact policies to aid Egypt's national security and avoid acts that could harm country stability amid rising tensions with Muslim Brotherhood members.
Egyptian police arrested 89 alleged Muslim Brotherhood ahead of planned protests Friday.
Protesters in Lebanon face riot police blocking Beirut road in a protest condemning inaction by the the government to secure the release of 26 servicemen still held hostage by Nusra Front.
Iraqi pro-government forces take part in a major operation against Islamic State (IS) group fighters to retake the areas around the Hamrin dam in the Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.
The "Islamic State" group has blocked all cell phone service in Iraqi's largest city, Mosul, today. ISIS leadership is claiming that there are those functioning as 'informants' to the coalition forces via their mobile phones.
November 27, 2014
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the entire Iranian nation will stand up to excessive demands as the Islamic Republic engages in nuclear negotiations with six world powers.
One Briton and five Afghans die as suicide bomber driving car packed with explosives crashes into their SUV
Israeli forces fired a tank shell at eastern Gaza on Thursday after shots hit an army vehicle patrolling the border area, Israel's army said.
Lebanese security forces arrested three Syrians for allegedly supporting ISIL in the northern region of Akkar Thursday.
Israeli authorities revoked residency rights of the Jerusalem synagogue attacker's widow, drawing widespread condemnation from human rights groups.
US State Department spokeswoman Jean Psaki slammed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air strikes in Raqqa, which left dozens of civilians dead.
Lebanon has finalized a $3 billion arms deal, funded by Saudi Arabia following consultations between representatives.
Egyptian soldiers stand guard on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing with Gaza, which is the only access point to the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.
Bashar al-Assad's army reportedly made gains against ISIL militants in the northwestern province of Aleppo Wednesday.
A British court handed down jail terms for two brothers who trained and joined a militant group against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.
While the political situation in Algeria remains tense, the EU held talks with numerous opposition groups, angering President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's government. Will there be stability or turmoil?
Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq on Wednesday said that the mandate of the Palestinian government of national unity between the PLO and Hamas will expire on Dec. 2.
November 26, 2014
The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday announced that it will stop importing Israeli fruit to the besieged enclave after Israeli authorities prevented vegetables from Gaza from entering the West Bank at the Kerem Shalom crossing.
A court in Egypt has sentenced nearly 80 minors between two and five years in prison each for demonstrating in support of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, official sources say.
At least three Egyptian police officers have been killed in an armed attack in the volatile Sinai Peninsula of the North African country.
Terror group says it will expand its rule over Islam's holy places in Saudi Arabia, as well as Jerusalem and Rome.
An Afghan woman has killed at least 25 Taliban militants in revenge for the killing of her son, who was shot dead before her eyes in western Farah province, local media report.
Americans are discouraged from "all travel to Lebanon” because of "the frequency of terrorist bombing attacks throughout the country,” according to a new warning issued by the United States Department of State on Monday. The warning echoed a similar notification released last August.
EU foreign affairs chief says stalled talks demand a 'sense of urgency,' as the bloc readies to vote on recognizing 'Palestine.'
The Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it has summoned Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Daniel Nevo, protesting statements he had made to the media criticising the House and triggering a furious response from lawmakers.
Zuma's ruling African National Congress is a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause, with politicians regularly comparing Israel to the former racist apartheid state in South Africa.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the government’s Finance Ministry to set aside 18 million dollars for a settlement expansion project in the occupied West Bank.
Also Wednesday, at least 10 people were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Houthi rebels.
Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza to allow thousands of Palestinians, stranded for weeks on the Egyptian side, to return home to the Strip.
The Egyptian army resumed air operations in the Sinai Peninsula, reportedly killing five members of the militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and injuring four others.
At least 130 people were killed in airstrikes on Syria`s Raqqa province which is currently under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Over the past few days Peshmerga forces have captured a strategic road near Sinjar that ISIL used as a key supply route from Syria.
A captured Hezbollah fighter was released by the Free Syrian Army in exchange for two rebels held by the Shia group.
At least 10 people were killed early Wednesday in clashes between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen in central Sanaa, local residents said.
Iraqi troops pushed back ISIL militants in fresh clashes surrounding the Baiji oil refinery Tuesday, local residents said.
Hezbollah member Emad Ayyad returns to in Beirut after being released by Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria
Hezbollah member Emad Ayyad (C) celebrates with friends and family in Beirut on November 25, 2014, after being released by Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria during a prisoner swap.
The plight of Syrian refugees in Greece illustrates just how serious a regional problem the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become.
Bahrani troops have attacked people protesting the Al Khalifa regime security forces' storming of a prominent cleric’s home, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent.
Air strikes carried out by Bashar al-Assad's army targeting ISIL in Raqqa killed 60 people, according to a London-based monitoring group.
November 25, 2014
An Israeli bus driver ran over two Palestinian at al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin, killing one person and injuring another, Palestinian security sources said Tuesday.
Turkish parliament to debate a bill, proposed by far-right MP, which would define Israel as a 'terrorist state'.
Rescue workers and family members tried to free others trapped in the rubble after the building collapsed. Investigators suspect illegal construction as the cause.
The European Parliament delayed a planned vote on Palestinian statehood due to wording of the motion, sources said.
Norway is to go ahead with plans that allow its security forces to carry firearms at all times, not just in special situations, in response to an increased terror threat.
The European Union (EU) has extended a freeze on certain sanctions imposed against Iran over the country’s nuclear program after Tehran and six world powers agreed to continue talks for seven more months.
Twin bomb blasts have left at least 45 people dead in a crowded market in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.
An official under Tunisia’s former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has come out on top in the country’s first free presidential election.
Supremem leader talks tough after extension, president hails ‘significant victory’ and says negotiations will lead to deal.
Leader of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, has been confirmed as the frontrunner in Tunisia's presidential elections.
Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to resign two years ago in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings, described the latter as a "tool" aimed at weakening Arab economies and armies.
ISIL militants received some $45 million in ransoms over the past year by kidnapping Western nationals, according to a UN expert.
A Syrian refugee was killed while several others were injured during clashes Monday between two groups linked to Fatah in Lebanon's Burj al-Barajneh camp.
Yemeni security forces rescued seven Yemeni hostages and one foreigner in a special operation against al Qaeda extremists.
Most victims were swept away by swollen rivers which also submerged cars, buildings and roads.
Bedouins suffered greatly during Israeli occupation but now under the Jewish state's plans to displace them, life for these nomadic people is about to get worse.
Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 77 people in connection with a terrorist attack that killed eight Shia Muslims earlier this month, stating that the attack is believed to have been ordered by the ISIL groups.
A 45-year-old man was stabbed in Jerusalem by assailants believed to be Palestinian amid increasing tensions since a synagogue was attacked last week.
A Palestinian boy rides his bike past graffiti depicting (from L to R) late founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) George Habash, late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Troops loyal to Libya’s globally-recognized government have taken control of the strategic western town of Kekla after over 40 days of clashes with militias there.
Human Rights Watch criticized the Jordanian government for deporting vulnerable Syrian refugees back across the border.
US Senator Rand Paul called for the American Congress' formal declaration of war against ISIL.
November 24, 2014
Syrian refugees staged their sixth day of a hunger strike in Athens, Greece over the observation of their rights as refugees.
Ten people have been killed, and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad.
A former British soldier claims to have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces in fighting against Islamic State militants.
Israeli forces have arrested at least eleven Palestinians in overnight operations on a number of Palestinian houses across the West Bank.
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has announced that a draft resolution calling for a United Nations Security vote on Palestinian statehood will be tabled.
Amid mounting criticism, increasing international volatility and a lame-duck Democratic majority in the Senate, the White House is set to announce the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Negotiators in the Iranian nuclear talks are working on an agreement to extend the talks an additional seven months, a Western diplomat reports.
Kenya says its troops also destroyed the camp from which the attack was planned.
Kurdish fighters continue to make advances against ISIL in Kobani.
A Palestinian man was injured after being attacked by three Israelis in East Jerusalem following weeks of violence in the city.
Nuclear talks in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations could be extended past the November 24 deadline if an agreement isn't reached.
The government's lack of seriousness in working with the opposition to implement reform, and the continued harassment of opposition groups and activists, paves nothing but a blurry path to democratic change.
Syrians receive food aid from a community kitchen, that caters for impoverished families in the neighbourhood in the Myassar district of the northern city of Aleppo on November 23, 2014.
An Israeli border policeman was charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing a Palestinian teen, which was captured on CCTV footage.
A Palestinian farmer was shot and killed by Israeli forces close to the border in northern Gaza Sunday, according to medics.
Yemen’s pro-independence Southern Movement says it is going ahead with a plan to form its own government by next month.
After counting nearly two-thirds of votes in Tunisia's presidential election, front-runners Beji Caid el-Sebsi and Moncef Marzouki were seen heading to a run-off.
Syrian refugees in Athens protested over poor living conditions in the country Sunday, calling on the Greek government to grant them asylum.
A senior Al Qaeda cleric in Yemen denounced ISIL in a video released Friday. Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari rebuked claims by ISIL for proclaiming Yemen belonged to the "Islamic State".
The US plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds.
November 23, 2014
Officials call November 24 deadline "impossible"; Iran Navy "monitoring" foreign maneuvers after Israel renews threat of military action.
The cabinet voted in favor of the controversial "Jewish state bill," with the preceding discussion descended into a shouting match between ministers on Sunday.
PM: France's parliament would be making a 'grave mistake' if it recognizes a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.
Hamza Magamzeh from the Galilee town of Yafia spent 10 days in Syria fighting Bashar Assad’s regime in October.
Egyptian military forces have killed 10 militants during an operation in the violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula of the North African country.
Afghan officials say at least 50 people have been killed and 70 others wounded when a powerful bomb explosion ripped through a group of spectators watching a volleyball match in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika.
US Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to Turkey on Sunday, after meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a bid to gain more support from Ankara against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Arab League to discuss violence in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority bid for membership in UN agencies, in the presence of PA's Abbas.
Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had retaken two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.
Deputy head Naim Qassem's remarks came after news emerged that Tehran has equipped Hezbollah with a new grade of medium-range missiles.
A US-led air strike killed 25 ISIL militants Saturday in the city of Heet along with five civilians including two children, Iraqi authorities have confirmed.
A car bomb killed seven and injured 16 people at an outdoor market close to Baghdad Sunday, police officials said.
As the deadline to reach an nuclear agreement with Iran looms in Vienna, Israel threatens to strike the Islamic republic if its nuclear ambitions are not halted by world powers.
A Guantanamo Bay detainee from Saudi Arabia was released and sent back to the kingdom Saturday after being held for 12 years in the facility.
Internally displaced Afghan children look on beside the wall of a mud house.
A Danish expat was shot and injured by an unknown assailant in the Saudi city of Riyadh, according to security sources.