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November 12, 2014

West Bank mosque partly torched in apparent settler attack. [AFP]
13:53 GMT
"Those who encourage and allow attacks on mosques and against Palestinians should expect a response," organization warns.
A-Azhar University has been a hotbed of dissent in Egypt. (AFP file photo)
12:42 GMT
This is the latest in a series of expulsions at the prestigious Islamic university.
Turkey recently allowed about 160 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to pass through Turkey into Kobani. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT
There has been a significant impact of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters’ recent entry into the Syrian town of Kobani through Turkey.
Rumors continue to grow over the fate of the ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT
Speculation continues to grow after a US air strike allegedly killed ISIL's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If rumors are true, what will happen to the notorious jihadi group?
The shootings were caught on camera and sparked international outrage. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
An Israeli border policeman has been arrested in connection with the fatal May 15 shootings of two Palestinian teenagers, an Israeli police spokesman told Ma'an Wednesday.
Hezbollah is traditionally a Shia resistance movement in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT
Christians, Druze and Sunni Muslims are being recruited by Hezbollah in east Lebanon to fight ISIS according to a local newspaper.
Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
A local ceasefire agreement between pro-government officials and insurgents is allowing food and aid supplies to enter Damascus Wednesday.
The government declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
09:35 GMT
Ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast in Egypt's Sinai.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia militant group said it killed nine Shiite Houthi militants in a roadside explosion in central Yemen's Al-Bayda' province.
The settlers also wrote racist slogans on the walls of the mosque. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
A group of Israeli settlers set fire inside a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah early Wednesday.
Jordan, one of the US's closest allies in the region, is aiding America in an air strike campaign against ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jordan on Thursday for discussions with King Abdullah II.
Iran's nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Rosatom Director General Sergey Kirienko sign a deal for Russia to build two reactors on Nov. 11. (AFP/ROSATOM)
07:52 GMT
The Kremlin agreed to build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed on Tuesday.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor says reports indicate that war crimes are being committed in Libya.
Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians have been ongoing since last week. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT
Thousands of mourners have gathered for the funeral of a 21-year-old Palestinian man killed by Israeli soldiers.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
Turkish Deputy PM Kurtulmus says Ankara will work to set up an 'International Quds Foundation' to 'protect Islamic heritage' in Jerusalem.

November 11, 2014

11 people, including three soldiers, have been killed and 38 injured in five car bomb blasts in and around Iraq's capital Baghdad.
23:22 GMT
More than eleven Iraqis die and 38 others are injured in five bomb blasts in and around Iraq's capital Baghdad.
Students from the Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School are being treated at the General hospital in Potiskum
22:23 GMT
Nearly 50 students killed at Nigerian school teaching 'western curriculum' after suicide bomber in uniform enters assembly.
People walk through debris in an area recently hit by an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 11, 2014. [AFP]
21:50 GMT
The United Nations refugee agency says the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have roughly displaced 13.6 million people, bemoaning poor humanitarian assistance on the part of some countries.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech during a ceremony marking 10 years since the death of veteran leader Yasser Arafat on Novemeber 11, 2014. [AFP]
18:16 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused the Gaza-based resistance movement, Hamas, of attempting “to destroy” efforts aimed at bringing about unity among Palestinians.
A supporter of the Palestinian Fatah movement holds a portrait of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat  during a rally to mark the tenth anniversary of his death in front of the Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, on November 11, 2014. [AFP]
15:22 GMT
Hundreds of supporters of the Fatah movement gathered in al-Katiba square in Gaza City Tuesday despite the movement's decision to cancel the official festival commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, locals said.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz. [AFP]
14:15 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz left the Kingdom for Australia on Monday to represent Saudi Arabia at the G20 summit.
The ISIL militants took over Baiji in June. (AFP/File)
14:11 GMT
Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer forces have managed to free the central areas of the oil-rich city of Baiji in the northern Salahuddin Province from the ISIL militants.
A masked Palestinian throws a fire bomb at Israeli forces at the main entrance of the West Bank town of Bethlehem on November 11, 2014. [AFP]
13:43 GMT
A young Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces Tuesday during clashes in al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron, medics said.
The Egyptian government classifies the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. (AFP/File)
13:25 GMT
Since September, Egyptian authorities have demoted over 200 senior teachers with alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The battle for control of Kobani has killed over 1,000 people. (AFP/FIle)
12:31 GMT
Kurdish forces fighting ISIL militants in the Syrian town of Kobani are reportedly making advances Tuesday.
Tensions in Jerusalem escalated last week after Israel temporarily closed al Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
10:57 GMT
Fresh clashes have erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank after settlers destroyed dozens of cars belonging to Palestinians.
Before Mubarak's fall, Egyptian media only ran official statements about the army, but after the uprising criticism of the military became widespread (AFP file photo).
10:33 GMT
Journalists and activists fear that if implemented, the law would end general coverage of the military, which wields major political and economic influence.
Shia rebels have been battling al Qaeda militants and Sunni tribesman for control of various cities across Yemen. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT
Yemeni rebels sparked clashes at Sanaa international airport Tuesday, leaving 4 people dead.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) counts money as he visits the Mattrah souk in Muscat on November 10, 2014. Iran and the United States held a second day of talks today in Oman about a long hoped for nuclear deal, with key differences threatening to scupper a final agreement. (AFP/POOL/Nicholas KAMM)
08:22 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) counts money as he visits the Mattrah souk
The moderate Syrian opposition has been fighting Assad's forces since 2011. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reiterated UK's support for the syrian moderate opposition as they fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levent's (ISIL) extremism and Syrian president Bashar Al-Assadآ’s regime.
Israel is an oasis in the region for LGBT communities. (AFP file photo)
08:18 GMT
Perhaps the most neglected major news story unfolding in the Middle East is the systematic repression of the region’s LGBT community.
Critics of the NGO law say it allows for the same security surveillance they were subjected to before the 2011 uprising, as well as specifying long jail terms for those who violate the law. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT
A government ultimatum for NGOs to register under a law they say will restrict their activities expired on Monday.
"We are working hard," Kerry said of the talks. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
A hard-fought nuclear deal hung in the balance as Iran and the United States ended talks Monday in Oman.
ISIL is currently in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
At least 54 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants have been killed in separate Iraqi army attacks in Iraq's northern Saladin and Diyala provinces.
Jordan's King Abdullah II. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
Upon the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, the army on Monday dispatched a military aircraft laden with humanitarian assistance, including various supplies and blankets, to Iraq.

November 10, 2014

US Treasury blacklisted Saleh, Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim "for engaging in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security, or stability of Yemen." [AFP]
21:04 GMT
The United States has imposed sanctions on its former ally, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted Yemeni dictator, and two Houthi commanders.
A terrorist attack in the UK linked to Islamic extremism is 'almost inevitable' in coming months, security chiefs have warned. [Paul Hackett]
20:37 GMT
UK’s top security personnel have warned the British parliament of an “almost inevitable” militant attack in the country over the “acute” levels of terror activities.
Israeli rescue teams security forces work at the scene of a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on November 2014. [AFP]
20:30 GMT
An Israeli soldier who was stabbed Monday in Tel Aviv has died of his injuries, Israeli media reported Monday.
Israeli Zaka emergency services volunteers inspect the site where a Palestinian man stabbed three Israelis outside the Alon Shvut settlement in the Etzion settlement. [AFP]
19:44 GMT
The Islamic Jihad movement has claimed responsibility for the two stabbing attacks that occurred in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion on Monday.
British forces conducted their first drone attacks on ISIS militants in Iraq over the weekend, the Ministry of Defence has said. [AFP]
19:32 GMT
RAF make first strike on ISIS with drone: Missile launched from Reaper hits ISIS terrorists laying bombs in Iraq
Secretary General of UN Ban Ki-moon. [AFP]
19:21 GMT
The United Nations has tasked a five-member panel with investigating Israeli attacks on UN shelters during Tel Aviv’s deadly summer war on the Gaza Strip.
A Jordanian court has sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership in the ISIL terrorist group. [AFP]
18:44 GMT
A Jordanian court has sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership in the ISIL terrorist group and promoting the Takfiri group on social media networks.
Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement launched an offensive on Monday to push into an al-Qaeda stronghold outside the town of Rada. [AFP]
17:11 GMT
At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against Islamic State (IS) group on November 8, 2014. [AFP]
16:47 GMT
"They are our brothers. They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really," woman tells Israel Radio.
Israeli rescue teams security forces work at the scene of a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on November 2014. [AFP]
16:07 GMT
Palestinian stabs three people at hitchhiking post outside Alon Shvut settlement; attack comes hours after IDF soldier stabbed and critically hurt in Tel Aviv.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) meeting with United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus on November 10, 2014. [AFP]
15:14 GMT
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has said a ceasefire proposal for the embattled northern city of Aleppo, which has been raised by the UN envoy to the country, is “worth studying.”
Palestinian fishermen collect a few small fish they caught on their nets after wading in the surf off the beach in Gaza City on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
14:43 GMT
For the first time since 2007, fish caught by Palestinian fishermen in Gaza was allowed to enter the West Bank on Monday, an official said.
 King Abdullah mosque in Amman, Jordan.
14:32 GMT
In another move to crack down on ISIS supporters in the country, Jordanian authorities have ordered clerics to preach only moderate Islam
Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound late last week. (AFP/File)
14:03 GMT
Dozens of Jewish settlers under Israeli police protection have forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a Palestinian guard at the holy site said Monday.
A Syrian Kurdish boy peers as children take lessons on November 10, 2014 in a makeshift school tent in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Turkey's maintained an "open door" policy for all those fleeing Syria's civil war and there are now over 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in the country. More than 280,000 Syrian refugees are living in refugee camps, mostly in the southeast, according Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). (AFP / ARIS MESSINI)
13:31 GMT
A Syrian Kurdish boy peers as children take lessons in a makeshift school tent
A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT
An Islamic State spokesman has confirmed that U.S. airstrikes injured IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani (left), was one of ISIL leader Baghdadi's closest aides (Image: The Telegraph)
11:43 GMT
An aide to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by a US air strike according to Iraqi state television, while the fate of the militant group's chief remains unclear.
The incident came amid increased tensions following recent clashes at al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT
An approximately twenty-year-old man was stabbed and critically injured in Tel Aviv near Hahagana train station on Monday in what police believe was a nationalistically motivated attack.
Four of the nuclear engineers were Syrian while one was Iranian, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
10:59 GMT
Five nuclear engineers were reportedly assassinated by unknown gunmen close to a research center in northern Damascus.
Israeli forces fired on Palestinian fishermen after they allegedly entered Egyptian territorial waters. (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT
Three Palestinian fishermen were injured off the Gaza coast by Israeli gunboats late Sunday, local witnesses said.
Ansar Beit al Maqdis has claimed responsibility for multiple high-profile attacks across Egypt. (AFP/File)
10:17 GMT
Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis purportedly swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group and called on Egyptians to take up arms against the government.
Israeli soldiers walk through the Al Aqsa compound following days of intense clashes, November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur called ongoing tensions in Jerusalem a "stab wound" on the country's relationship with Israel.
Oman is hosting two-day talks in an effort to hammer out a nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT
Oman voiced hope that talks between Iran, the US, and the EU regarding Iran's nuclear program will reach a final agreement soon.
Lebanese soldiers have been carrying out raids across Syrian refugee camps since outbreaks of clashes in Arsal in August, 2014. (File/AFP)
07:32 GMT
Lebanon's army raided a gathering in a Syrian refugee camp Sunday following a nationwide crackdown on militancy in the country.