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Despite the apparent victory in Sirte, Libya remains deeply divided, with the national unity government based in the capital Tripoli unable to gain recognition from the elected parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. (AFP/File)
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Another media official on the ground in Sirte as well as a Bunyan Marsous fighter, both of whom asked not to be quoted by name, confirmed the capture of the area.
Syrian medics treat a man at a makeshift hospital in the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood. (AFP/File)
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In the past, Russia and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime have been repeatedly accused of attacks on medical facilities in Aleppo and other rebel-held areas.
Greek police vehicles next to a Turkish military helicopter at Alexandroupolis airport, after it landed there carrying eight officers seeking asylum after a coup bid in Turkey, on July 16, 2016 (AFP/File)
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The soldiers' asylum requests were initially denied by a lower court.

December 5, 2016

Shia fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) paramilitaries drive through a desert area near the village of Al-Boutha al-Sharqiyah, west of Mosul, on December 2, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Meanwhile, four Iraqi soldiers were killed during a Daesh attack on a military facility in Haditha.
Mohamed Morsi is currently serving out three lengthy jail terms on charges of "killing protesters" and "spying for Qatar." (AFP/File)
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They have urged the UN to investigate the 'rights violations to which he is being subjected.'
However, despite restored ties, the Turkish leader has not ceased to criticize Israel harshly. (AFP/File)
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Israel’s national anthem echoes in Ankara’s presidential palace as Eitan Na’eh hands letter of credence to Erdogan.
Russia's security service says it has killed an "emir of the Islamic State group in the North Caucasus region. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Aselderov, 35, was described as the ringleader of provincial Daesh operations in a statement from the Federal Security Service, once known as the KGB.
Aid convoys in Syria. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs calls for help for 93 million people around world.
Lebanese soldiers are seen deployed on a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 14, 2014. (AFP/Ibrahim Shalhoub)
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Two soldiers were initially wounded in the shooting, but the army said in a statement Monday that one of the soldiers had succumbed to his wounds.
On Saturday that Syrian forces were in control of over 60 percent of Aleppo's militant-held areas. (AFP/File)
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Officials from the two countries have been exploring possible ways of flying aid missions, with options ranging from parachute drops to edible drones that can be taken apart and eaten.
Palestinians hold posters with slogans and portraits of detainees during a demonstration on 10 June, 2014 outside the Red Cross building in Jerusalem in support of Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for six weeks. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Israeli use of torture against Palestinian prisoners had dramatically increased the number of disabled prisoners, with many suffering from permanent disabilities due to injuries sustained during violent interrogations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (AFP/File)
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Though Russia and the U.S. tout opposing narratives on Syria, both their policies resulted in the ongoing destruction in that country. Eventually, however, someone will have to shoulder the cost of rebuilding, writes Middle East expert Frederic C. Hof.
Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
'Civil March For Aleppo’ initiative aims to stop bombings, provide humanitarian aid to Syrians.
In north western Syria activists claim at lest three children and 18 others were killed in a series of airstrikes on the opposition controlled town of Kafranbel. (AFP/File)
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Syrian forces have also made gains in rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Old City, thrusting deeper into opposition parts of the city in their relentless attack.
Syrian men search for survivors following an air strike on the village of Maaret al-Numan, in the country's northern province of Idlib, on December 4, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed al-Bakour)
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The deadliest attack took place when warplanes struck a marketplace where civilians were gathered.
Up until now, the only protection available for women being threatened by male relatives was imprisonment known as "protective custody." (File photo)
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The current system places women under 'protective custody,' essentially spending years in prison without charges, when their lives are threatened over so-called 'honor crimes.'

December 4, 2016

Iraqis walk past the wreckage of a vehicle in the aftermath of a bomb explosion in Baghdad's Al-Karkh district on December 4, 2016. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
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Daesh has been stepping up its attacks in different parts of Iraq in revenge for the heavy hits the group has taken in the Mosul fight.
Syrian Ahmed H listens to the verdict at the Szeged town court on November 30, 2016. A Hungarian court jailed a Syrian man for 10 years for allegedly inciting a border riot by migrants last year, ruling it an "act of terror" and sparking outrage from rights groups. (AFP/Csaba Segesvari)
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The man was handed a ten year jail sentence on charges of terrorism.
Afghanistan's security force and rescue personnel and NATO troops inspect the site of a suicide attack. (AFP/File)
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Local residents said the fighting had ceased but Taliban militants still existed in various parts of the district.
A handout image made available by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on March 11, 2013, shows women attending the Shura Council in the capital Riyadh on March 10, 2013. (File photo)
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Ten women members retained their posts out of 30 women appointed by the late King Abdullah to the Council for the first time in royal decrees issued in January 2013.
Since the 2013 military coup against President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the tunnels along border with the Palestinian territory. (AFP/File)
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The workers had gone missing when a cross-border tunnel collapsed a week ago.
Moroccan security forces patrol the streets of Casablanca. (AFP/File)
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The Moroccan Interior Ministry said on Saturday that the unidentified man had been cooperating with a terror cell that was busted in France in November.
Demolitions of Palestinian structures and homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge this year. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
According to the brothers, they had attempted to obtain a license from the Jerusalem municipality over the past two years, but all their efforts were rejected.
Reinforcements have been deployed by Hadi
s ex-government to the war-torn country’s Red Sea shoreline. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The former government now aims to push the Houthis back “from the western coast and Bab al-Mandab [Strait],” a Yemeni source said.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at EU headquarters in Brussels, May 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Foreign policy chief Mogherini says time to decide on Syria's future even fighting continues in Aleppo and elsewhere.
Smoke billows from the southern suburbs of Aleppo during fighting between regime forces and rebel fighters on December 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Government forces advanced further into the besieged enclave on Saturday, capturing the Jazmati district after taking the neighbouring Tariq al-Bab district the previous day.
Palestinian protesters hold posters during a demonstration against administrative detention and in support of Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed (portraits) on August 24, 2016 at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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PPS said that Muhammad Ahmad al-Najjar, 32, a husband and father of two from the al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, declared the boycott after being sentenced to a six month stay in Israeli prison without charge or trial.
Moroccan women protest extremism in this file photo. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A rifle, ammunition "and documents inciting towards jihad" were seized during the operation on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.

December 3, 2016

Without elaborating, John Kerry said both countries saw the situation as urgent and were not waiting for the change of US administration. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Lavrov told a news conference the road to eastern Aleppo was now safe for humanitarian convoys.
Egypt has banned all but police-sanctioned protests since Sisi came to power. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Rights groups have been calling for the amendment of the draconian protest law since its issuance in November 2013. The 25 article legislation outlines regulations and conditions for peaceful protest which practically ban protests.
Achieving gender equality in the Middle East will be a long process, requiring fundamental educational, social, and economic reforms. But giving women the right training now can kick-start the process, enabling half the population to reach their potential — to the benefit of all. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT
Reforms and proper training can kick-start a process, thereby enabling half the population in the region to reach its potential.
Iran's Parliament is preparing legislature that would force the government to resume nuclear activities halted under the JCPOA.
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Under the JCPOA, Iran put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of international sanctions against the country.
Another 73 per cent consider that the Article increases pressure on women to marry their rapists with the same number considering that the Article reflects society's preference for preserving a family's 'honour', rather than seeking justice for a woman's suffering. (AFP/File)
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Local NGO organises visual performance outside of parliament of a woman dressed in a white dress made out of bandages.
In a statement carried on the country's official news agency, the directorate said that a number of security officials -- it did not specify how many -- had been sent before a disciplinary board to be questioned over alleged "professional breaches". (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
High-ranking Moroccan security officials dismissed for alleged ‘professional breaches.’
"The heart of the UAE beats to the rhythm of its leaders, government and people; all united and invincible as one nation" tweeted His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Twitter)
07:00 GMT
The country’s young population willingly faces the challenges of a global world thanks to their strong national identity
This undated photo courtesy of Ahmad al-Khatib, a media activist in Aleppo, shows Syrian social worker Anas al-Basha, 24, dressed as a clown, distributing toys to children in Aleppo, Syria. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Known for dressing up as a clown, he was also a centre director for Space of Hope, which tries to provide services for people in opposition areas.

December 2, 2016

British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson speaks at Chatham House in central London, on December 2, 2016. (AFP/Ben Stansall)
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Johnson underscored the need for Syria to remain a united country, but said he could not 'see that happening under Assad.'
Authorities warned that Europe may see a rise in attacks by both coordinated militant groups or by lone wolf attackers. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The European law enforcement agency said in a report that defeats in Iraq and Syria may lead to a rise in attacks against western Europe.
Around 200 men, women and children protested outside the parliament building in Amman demanding amendments to laws that discriminate against women in Jordan. (File photo)
15:00 GMT
Activists have noted a rise in murders of women, often at the hands of their male relatives, in Jordan.
The proposal was supported by two-thirds of Slovakia's parliament. (File photo)
14:18 GMT
A far-right group more than doubled the amount of members a religion needs to have to be considered an official religion in the country.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Abbas was an even greater threat to Israel than Yasser Arafat.
A Yemeni man inspects the damage on a street following clashes between pro-government militants and Shia Houthi rebels on November 22, 2016 in the country's third-city Taiz. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)
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It is still unclear whether China intends to play a role in mediating between the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.
A view of the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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Last month the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to renew the sanctions.

December 1, 2016

Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Binali Yildirim addresses the AKP group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara on November 29, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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The country is expected to vote on a new constitution next year, which would most likely change Turkey to a presidential system.
Israel and Turkey are exchanging ambassadors for the first time in six years. (File photo)
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Eitan Naeh previously served with the Israeli embassy in Ankara during the 1990s.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said neither Russia nor the Syrian government had anything to do with the strike that killed four Turkish soldiers inside Syria. (AFP/File)
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Turkey earlier blamed the Syrian government for the strike that killed four Turkish troops.
An Egyptian anti-regime protester shouts slogans during a demonstration calling for the interim military rulers to step down in Tahrir Square in Cairo on 27 November 2011. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
13:00 GMT
The UNDP urged Arab governments to seize "historic opportunities" provided by a new generation of highly-educated, urban youth.
On Wednesday, Iraqi Special Forces wrested the control of the al-Shaqaq neighborhood from Daesh. (AFP/File)
11:59 GMT
The victims were heading to government security checkpoints along with their families when they were hit.
Palestinians with Israeli citizenship constitute 20 percent of the population of Israel, and have long been targeted by discriminatory Israeli policies. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
They said that “many, many people complained to the municipality,” which in turn took the matter to the Ministry of Transportation.
Yemenis wave the national flag during a gathering in support of the Huthi-led parliament, in the capital Sanaa on August 20, 2016. (AFP/File)
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In a ceremony marking the 49th anniversary of South Yemen's independence from the British colonial rule, the parties voiced their readiness to cooperate with the new government.
Scores of Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes in Israeli prisons to protest various issues, most notably administrative detention. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Shadid, 20, and Abu Farah, 29, have been on hunger strike for 68 and 69 days respectively, in protest of being placed under administrative detention.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed in both sides of the divided city by government airstrikes and rebel shelling since November 15. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The meeting came hours after 45 people died attempting to flee rebel-held areas in the city's east under shelling.
Women's rights activists in Lebanon have been protesting an article that allows rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victim. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Article 522 of Lebanon's penal code allows rapists to escape punishment for marrying their victim.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of August. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Kifah Hattab has been held in prison since 2003 after receiving two life sentences for alleged involvement in an armed group during the Second Intifada.
Nearly 50,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo for the government-held west and a Kurdish-held district over the last few days, as fighting intensifies. (AFP/File)
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Nearly 50,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo for the government-held west and a Kurdish-held district since government forces advanced deep into the enclave in recent days.

November 30, 2016

Women wearing niqab visit the Senate on November 23, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands. (AFP/ANP/STR)
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Muslim women can still wear the burka in streets but will be fined up to EUR400 if in public places. This law was faced with huge objection because "it contradicts with the freedom of religion," as stated by the Council of State.
Workers at the four newspapers believe the seizure comes as a punishment for covering the news of the civil disobedience. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
At dawn on Tuesday, NISS agents confiscated print runs of Al-Tayyar, Al-Jareeda, Al-Youm Al-Tali and Al-Ayam newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (top-L) listening as Ali Abdel Aal (top-R), speaker of Egypt’s parliament, delivers a speech to the parliament headquarters in Cairo, 23 February, 2016. (AFP/HO/Egyptian presidency)
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The law gives existing NGOs one year to adjust their legal status and creates a new regulatory body.
Policemen look at a group of refugees waiting on a platform of the main station in Munich, Germany. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The 51-year-old German national began working for Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency in April 2016 and was tasked with observing radical Islamists in the country.
Turkish soldiers sit in a tank driving to Syria from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 27, 2016. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria in August, sending tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border. It aims to sweep Daesh from a roughly 90-km strip of the Syrian border and prevent Kurdish militia groups from seizing territory in their wake.
A sculpture of an Israeli soldier standing guard is seen next to a sign for tourists. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
The Syrian report stated that two missiles were fired from Lebanese airspace and that no one was injured in the strikes.
Spokesman for Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Mohammad Abdulsalam. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The “national salvation” government was sworn in on Tuesday after the Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies announced its formation on the previous day.
Since mid-November, more than 694 civilians have been killed in regime attacks on eastern Aleppo. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Warplanes targeted civilians as they attempted to flee the Al-Myassar district to the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo.
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Police investigate the scene where an individual used a car to crash into a group of students outside of Watts Hall on the Ohio State University campus on November 28, 2016. (AFP/Kirk Irwin)
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Amaq news agency said in a statement that the attacker responded to calls from the group to target citizens of the so-called coalition against Daesh.
Mistaken airstrike by US, British, Danish and Australian warplanes killed at least 83 people. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The US-led airstrike near Deir al-Zour in Syria's east on September 18 was supposed to target Islamic State fighters, but instead the bombs landed on Syrian forces.
Fatah has witnessed growing internal dissent, with the party discharging a number of officials from their functions in past months. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
His re-election dashed speculations that the event would lead to serious discussions of a post-Abbas future for the ruling party of the PA.
Amnesty called on Spain's government to stop cooperating with Morocco to block refugees crossing the African side of the border into Spain. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A report shows refugees were not given adequate protection by Spanish authorities in the two North African territories on the Moroccan border.

November 29, 2016

Syrian regime forces have recently stepped up their attacks on opposition-held parts of eastern Aleppo in an effort to retake the city and advance on Idlib. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
"At least 25 were killed -- mostly women and children -- and scores more injured."
Former US President Jimmy Carter. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Jimmy Carter suggests that US President Barack Obama “must recognize Palestine” before Donald Trump takes control of the White House.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" have long been a near-daily occurrence.
14:00 GMT
Witnesses added that Israeli reconnaissance planes hovered over the area during the activities on the ground.
Syrian forces advance into the Masaken Hanano district of eastern Aleppo (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
Thousands of residents crossed into Kurdish and government-held areas on Monday as rebel defences in the northern part of the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave collapsed.
In this file photo, Israeli soldiers violently arrest a Palestinian demonstrator during a protest. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
In the northern occupied West Bank district of Salfit, locals from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained five residents during raids.
"The government should not show any leniency toward those people who object to women driving at the expense of the country. They impose their views on people and blame society for the mistakes of a few." (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
"This is a simple issue and the ban should not continue affecting the Kingdom's global reputation as a fast-developing country."
Israeli soldiers stand atop armored personnel carriers stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The cause of the sirens' activation was not initially known. The IDF said it was checking the background of the incident.
Egyptian protesters shout during a demonstration against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
A Facebook page called Movement of the Poor had called for Egyptians to protest on Nov. 11 against deepening austerity measures, but protests failed to materialise as authorities imposed a big security clampdown.
A detained Turkish soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup arrives with his hands bound behind his back at the Istanbul Justice Palace, July 20, 2016. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Officials in Turkey may remove adopted children from the custody of their foster parents if the guardians are found to have been linked to a recent coup attempt in the country.
Saad Hariri, son of slain former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. (AFP/Jan Hennop)
08:00 GMT
Lebanon’s Future Movement was founded in 1990s by late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Iraqi oil fields on fire outside of Mosul. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
Iraqi special forces claim to have killed nearly 1,000 Daesh militants in the battle for Mosul.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, September 18, 2016. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
At his weekly cabinet meeting held in Hafia on Sunday, Netanyahu said he wants to help those whose homes and businesses were destroyed.
IDF soldiers stand guard near the site where a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Separately, Israeli forces detained Anas Hatim Qafisha -- the son of oft-imprisoned Hamas MP Hatem Qafisha -- and Asim Amr Ubeido in Hebron, locals reported.

November 28, 2016

"We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life," Mouline said during the 10-minute segment. (Video thumbnail)
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Broadcast on Channel 2M's daytime talk show Sabahiyat on November 23, guest Lilia Mouline offered tips to female viewers on how to "camouflage traces of violence" with make-up.
According to investigations, the 20 Egyptians received military training at the Daesh camps in Syria and Libya. (Screengrab from Daesh videos)
15:00 GMT
Egypt's armed forces carried out airstrikes against Daesh fighters in Libya last year, hours after Daesh released a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.
Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Millions of Muslims in Iran and across the world are observing the passing anniversary of Islam’s holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Rebel-held east Aleppo has been under siege for nearly five months. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Rebels have lost 30 per cent of the besieged enclave since Saturday, in their worst defeat since they seized the east of the city in 2012
Salah Abdeslam is the sole surviving member of the group behind the November 2015 Paris attacks. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
Abdeslam facilitated the entrance of ten individuals from Daesh to the Belgian territory, who participated in the Paris attacks in November 2015 and Brussels attacks in March.
A picture shows the remains of the popular Nataf restaurant Rama's Kitchen on November 26, 2016. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Firefighters evacuated eight Palestinians residing in the building before extinguishing the fire in the factory.
Women's rights activists in Jordan. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
With the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Jordan, themed “Stop the killing of women and girls”, activists, lawmakers and media figures reiterated the need to scrap the “inhumane” article.
A displaced Iraqi man from the Yazidi community carries his daughter as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 11, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
09:00 GMT
Mahma Xelil, the mayor of Sinjar, said the latest discovery brings to 29 the number of Yazidi mass graves unearthed so far.
Displaced Syrian families gather at a makeshit camp in the government-held district of Jibreen in Aleppo, November 27, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
08:00 GMT
Many are on the move inside the besieged eastern enclave, trying to get to areas less affected by government shelling and airstrikes.
Libyan rebels sit with an anti aircraft weapon in front of an oil refinery. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
“Libya is in such a dangerous economic situation, there is no way it can participate in OPEC production cuts for the foreseeable future/”
Egyptian army in Sinai. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Qatari-owned news channel has recently broadcast a trailer of a documentary entitled “Conscripts” that tells the story of Egyptian youth getting ready to serve out their compulsory military service.
Some 250,000 to 300,000 civilians are thought to be trapped in eastern Aleppo, which has been devastated by more than four years of government airstrikes. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The residents crossed into the Hanano district in the north of the enclave, which came under full government control the previous day.

November 27, 2016

Aleppo province has witnessed attacks ranging from air strikes, barrel bombs and mortar attacks during offensives. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Turkish General Staff says 22 opposition fighters showed signs of chemical exposure after Daesh attack in Syria's north.
Kuwaiti sources claimed the turnout this year was between 69% and 72% compared to 2013, where it was 51.9%. (Twitter)
13:00 GMT
Political observers attributed the huge participation among both genders to two main reasons. They believe that economic challenges and the expected laws to be passed drove citizens to elect for their representatives. The second reason is the return of the abstainers who sat out in 2013 elections.
Israeli soldiers prepare on Tuesday to evacuate a comrade injured in a blast on the occupied Golan Heights near the village of Majdal Shams. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Soldiers come under attack during ambush raid, exchange small guns fire with Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade, army says.
The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province. It is blamed for killing hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police since then.
Masked men carrying swords and bats. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
The student's rights body warned against undermining gravity of last week’s violence on campus.
An Israeli firefighter plane helps extinguish a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Authorities said Saturday three people were seriously injured as the blaze took hold over buildings in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank.
Palestinian paramedics carry a man wounded in a strike at a marketplace in the Shejaiya neighborhood. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Gaza's health ministry called upon all competent authorities to quickly intervene and provide fuel for Gaza's hospitals, noting that the fuel crisis in Gaza is expected to have severe effects on the besieged enclave's hospitals.
Houthi fighters in Yemen. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Yemen has been wracked by chaos since late 2014, when Houthi rebels overran capital Sanaa.