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Relations between the two countries have been on the fritz since the 2013 ousting of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
14:24 GMT
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 security forces have implemented harsh crackdowns on Muslim Brotherhood members amid rising tensions with the group. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
Egyptian police arrested 89 alleged Muslim Brotherhood ahead of planned protests Friday
Nursra Front has been holding the Lebanese hostages for several months, following clashes in Arsal, and have demanded hefty prisoner swap deals to secure their release. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
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. Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters retook areas near the Iranian border that the Islamic State jihadist group had held for months, officers said. (AFP/ YOUNIS AL-BAYATI)
07:55 GMT
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.
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined his vision for a caliphate, a form of Islamic state, in July. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
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

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
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.
 At least two Afghan bystanders were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on November 27, injuring some passengers, officials said. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT
One Briton and five Afghans die as suicide bomber driving car packed with explosives crashes into their SUV
An Israeli army spokeswoman said shots were fired at an Israeli army vehicle during a "routine patrol," damaging the vehicle but causing no injuries. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT
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.
The three Syrians were caught with ISIL related material on their mobile phones. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
Lebanese security forces arrested three Syrians for allegedly supporting ISIL in the northern region of Akkar Thursday.
Palestinian widow Nadia Abu Jamal holds her son in her East Jerusalem home, which Israeli authorities ordered to be destroyed, November 26, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
10:41 GMT
Israeli authorities revoked residency rights of the Jerusalem synagogue attacker's widow, drawing widespread condemnation from human rights groups.
The Syrian regime air strikes left at least 130 people dead in the city of Raqqa. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
US State Department spokeswoman Jean Psaki slammed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air strikes in Raqqa, which left dozens of civilians dead.
Lebanon's army has been involved in deadly battles with militants along the country's border with Syria in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
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, for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula. It is the only access point to the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel. (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)
07:18 GMT
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.
Syria's army clashed with ISIL militants across the country in the past week. (AFP/File)
06:35 GMT
Bashar al-Assad's army reportedly made gains against ISIL militants in the northwestern province of Aleppo Wednesday.
Both brothers were convicted of joining a militant group against the Assad regime. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT
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.
Algerian men protest against President Abdulaziz Bouteflika's decision to run office for a forth term. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
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?
The announcement of the apparently pending end of the mandate was made by Hamas leader Abu Marzouq in a letter sent to Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Qais Abu Laila. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
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

will stop importing Israeli fruit to Gaza after Israeli authorities prevented vegetables from Gaza from entering the West Bank. (AFP/File)
20:16 GMT
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.
Italian Egyptian comunity cheers for Egyptian President visit to Italy on November 24, 2014 in Rome. (AFP/File)
20:05 GMT
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.
Egyptian army patrols a street in the divided border town of Rafah, along the border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, on November 4, 2014. (AFP/File)
19:43 GMT
At least three Egyptian police officers have been killed in an armed attack in the volatile Sinai Peninsula of the North African country.
Islamic State vowed that its flag will fly over Jerusalem, as well as over Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. (AFO/File)
19:25 GMT
Terror group says it will expand its rule over Islam's holy places in Saudi Arabia, as well as Jerusalem and Rome.
The woman, identified as Reza Gul, picked up arms after her son, who was leading a small group of police forces in a village in Farah, was killed by Taliban militants. (AFP/File)
19:17 GMT
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.
The Department of State sounded new alarm bells, by informing citizens that all airplanes flying over Syria are “at risk.” (AFO/File)
19:11 GMT
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.
 Federica Mogherini speaks during a debate on recognition of Palestine statehood at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (AFP/Frederick Florin)
19:03 GMT
EU foreign affairs chief says stalled talks demand a 'sense of urgency,' as the bloc readies to vote on recognizing 'Palestine.'
Jordan's parliament in Amman. (AFP/File)
17:13 GMT
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.
South African President Jacob Zuma and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas bestow national orders to each other, on November 26, 2014. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT
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 settlements are considered illegal by the United Nations. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT
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.
Yemeni security forces hold a position outside a court hearing in Sana'a on November 25, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:28 GMT
Also Wednesday, at least 10 people were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Houthi rebels.
The Rafah crossing is the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million people and the outside world, but Egypt largely keeps it closed as part of the jointly-enforced Israeli blockade on the Strip. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT
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.
A state of emergency was declared in parts of North Sinai following last month's deadly attack. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
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.
The Syrian civil war has killed thousands and forced millions to flee. (AFP/File)
09:04 GMT
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.
A Kurdish Peshmerga sniper's scope aims towards the horizon near Erbil in northern Iraq on Sept. 15. (AFP/JM Lopez)
08:41 GMT
Over the past few days Peshmerga forces have captured a strategic road near Sinjar that ISIL used as a key supply route from Syria.
Hezbollah and the FSA have been in a longstanding battle in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
A captured Hezbollah fighter was released by the Free Syrian Army in exchange for two rebels held by the Shia group.
Recent fighting between the warring camps in the country's central and western regions has left dozens dead. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
At least 10 people were killed early Wednesday in clashes between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen in central Sanaa, local residents said.
Iraq's army broke ISIL's siege of Baiji oil refinery last week after months of clashes. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
Iraqi troops pushed back ISIL militants in fresh clashes surrounding the Baiji oil refinery Tuesday, local residents said.
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. Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said one of its members captured in Syria by Al-Qaeda's affiliate there was released in exchange for two jihadists held by the Shiite group. (AFP PHOTO/ STR)
07:18 GMT
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.
At least 300 Syrians had been demonstrating for days in Athens. (Cherry Martinez photo)
07:00 GMT
The plight of Syrian refugees in Greece illustrates just how serious a regional problem the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the royal family to give up power. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT
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.
The Syrian city of Raqqa has been an ISIL stronghold since it was seized in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT
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

A 22-year-old died from sustained injuries in the West Bank town of Jenin. (AFP/File)
21:59 GMT
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 Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (AFP)
19:38 GMT
Turkish parliament to debate a bill, proposed by far-right MP, which would define Israel as a 'terrorist state'.
Egyptian rescue workers and residents remove a body from the rubble of a collapsed building on November 25, 2014 in Cairo's northern district of Matariya (AFP)
18:06 GMT
Rescue workers and family members tried to free others trapped in the rubble after the building collapsed. Investigators suspect illegal construction as the cause.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets the European Union's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Ramallah on November 8, 2014. (AFP)
17:18 GMT
The European Parliament delayed a planned vote on Palestinian statehood due to wording of the motion, sources said.
PST announced there is a 60- to 90-percent chance that Norway will be exposed to a terror attack during the next year. (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT
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.
European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deliver a statement in Vienna on the status of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program before he leaves Vienna on November 24, 2014. (AFP)
16:21 GMT
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.
A police detective inspects the site of a suicide blast, which was carried out by a woman, outside the central administration building of the Kano State Polytechnic institute in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, July 30, 2014. (AFP/file)
15:36 GMT
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.
Members of the Tunisian ISIE elections body hold a press conference to announce the results of the first round of the presidential election on November 25, 2014. (AFP)
15:26 GMT
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.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Photo: AFP)
15:18 GMT
Supremem leader talks tough after extension, president hails ‘significant victory’ and says negotiations will lead to deal.
A total of 27 candidates, including one woman, contested Sunday's election for the highest post. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT
Leader of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, has been confirmed as the frontrunner in Tunisia's presidential elections.
Saleh, 72, resigned in late 2011 under a Gulf-sponsored settlement between Yemen's political rivals following massive protests calling for his resignation after 33 years in power. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT
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.
American photo journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIL in August 2014. The US government does not pay ransoms for American hostages. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT
ISIL militants received some $45 million in ransoms over the past year by kidnapping Western nationals, according to a UN expert.
Lebanese security forces drive through Tripoli during armed clashes with gunmen, October 25, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:19 GMT
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.
Yemen continues to struggle with growing instability. (AFP/File)
09:10 GMT
Yemeni security forces rescued seven Yemeni hostages and one foreigner in a special operation against al Qaeda extremists.
Drivers cling to a truck amid flood waters in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco on Nov. 22.  (AFP photo)
08:37 GMT
Most victims were swept away by swollen rivers which also submerged cars, buildings and roads.
A Bedouin woman searches through tents destroyed by Israeli forces for her belongings in the Jordan Valley. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
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.
There have been numerous demonstrations in Saudi oil-rich Eastern Province since February 2011, with protesters calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to discrimination against minority Shia Muslims. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT
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.
Tensions have been high in Jerusalem after five Israelis were killed in a synagogue last week. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
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. For youth in the Gaza Strip packed with 1.8 million people, graffiti is an important tool for self-expression and fighting back. (AFP/ MOHAMMED ABED)
07:36 GMT
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.
The country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT
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.
Twelve Syrian refugees were deported back to their country by Jordanian authorities. (AFP/File)
05:39 GMT
Human Rights Watch criticized the Jordanian government for deporting vulnerable Syrian refugees back across the border.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul is calling for the U.S. Congress to formally declare war on ISIL. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
US Senator Rand Paul called for the American Congress' formal declaration of war against ISIL.

November 24, 2014

Syria continues to be plagued by conflict, leading refugees to Greece and other neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Syrian refugees staged their sixth day of a hunger strike in Athens, Greece over the observation of their rights as refugees.
At least 10 people have been killed and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Ten people have been killed, and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad.
A former British soldier joined his friend to fight alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT
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 late Sunday. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT
Israeli forces have arrested at least eleven Palestinians in overnight operations on a number of Palestinian houses across the West Bank.
Some of the the United Nations Security Council's five permanent members have expressed support for Palestinian statehood. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
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.
Citing unnamed officials, the report linked Hagel's resignation to the U.S.-led fight against ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:46 GMT
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.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif (left), Chinese Foreign Minister Yi (center), and US. Secretary of State Kerry (right) pictured together at the Iranian Nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Negotiators in the Iranian nuclear talks are working on an agreement to extend the talks an additional seven months, a Western diplomat reports.
At least 28 people were killed when militants attacked this bus traveling to the capital Nairobi from the north-eastern town of Mandera on early Saturday. (AFP photo)
11:21 GMT
Kenya says its troops also destroyed the camp from which the attack was planned.
The battle for Kobani has raged for over three months. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT
Kurdish fighters continue to make advances against ISIL in Kobani.
The Palestinian man is believed to be in good condition after being transferred to hospital. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
A Palestinian man was injured after being attacked by three Israelis in East Jerusalem following weeks of violence in the city.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a press conference in Vienna, July 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
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.
Bahrain continues to struggle with widespread human rights atrocities. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
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. In recent months, government forces have advanced around the outskirts of the eastern portion of the city that is under rebel control, threatening to encircle it completely. (AFP/ZEIN AL-RIFAI)
08:59 GMT
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.
Nadim Nuwara, 17, was killed on Nakba Day in May 2014 while he walked down the street. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT
An Israeli border policeman was charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing a Palestinian teen, which was captured on CCTV footage.
The 32-year-old Palestinian man had been farming close to the border with Israel when shot. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
A Palestinian farmer was shot and killed by Israeli forces close to the border in northern Gaza Sunday, according to medics.
Yemen’s southern residents complain that they have been economically and politically marginalized by the central government in Sana’a. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT
Yemen’s pro-independence Southern Movement says it is going ahead with a plan to form its own government by next month.
A total of 27 candidates, including a woman, competed in Sunday's vote for the top post. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
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.
Over 200,000 people have died in the Syrian war since March 2011, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Syrian refugees in Athens protested over poor living conditions in the country Sunday, calling on the Greek government to grant them asylum.
ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed an expansion of ISIL in the Arabian Peninsula. (AFP/File)
04:47 GMT
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".
Iraqi pro-government forces take part in a major operation against Islamic State (IS) group fighters to retake the town and areas around Saadiyah northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province on November 23, 2014. (AFP)
04:00 GMT
The US plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds.

November 23, 2014

At stake in the Austrian capital Vienna is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions. (photo: AFP)
21:15 GMT
Officials call November 24 deadline "impossible"; Iran Navy "monitoring" foreign maneuvers after Israel renews threat of military action.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on November 23, 2014. (AFP)
19:12 GMT
The cabinet voted in favor of the controversial "Jewish state bill," with the preceding discussion descended into a shouting match between ministers on Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on November 23, 2014. (AFP/Jim Hollander)
18:28 GMT
PM: France's parliament would be making a 'grave mistake' if it recognizes a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.
Fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria; inset: Hamza Magamzeh, an Israeli citizen suspected of joining the radical group (photo: AP/Shin Bet)
18:22 GMT
Hamza Magamzeh from the Galilee town of Yafia spent 10 days in Syria fighting Bashar Assad’s regime in October.
Egyptian military forces killed seven militants and arrested 67 others in north Sinai on Thursday and Friday. [AFP]
17:50 GMT
Egyptian military forces have killed 10 militants during an operation in the violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula of the North African country.
Flames rise from the scene of a deadly bombing in Paktika, Afghanistan. (Photo: PressTV)
17:11 GMT
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 during the Biden's visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on November 23, 2014 in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent )
16:59 GMT
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).
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas attends the 25th Arab League summit, March 25, 2014. [AFP]
16:51 GMT
Arab League to discuss violence in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority bid for membership in UN agencies, in the presence of PA's Abbas.
Pakistani pedestrians walk past wall graffiti (bottom) which reads Daesh, the arabic acronym for Islamic State (IS), in Peshawar on November 22, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/A MAJEED)
15:37 GMT
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.
Hezbollah claims that its Iranian "Fateh" missiles can reach Israel with great accuracy. (Wikimedia Commons image)
14:38 GMT
Deputy head Naim Qassem's remarks came after news emerged that Tehran has equipped Hezbollah with a new grade of medium-range missiles.
Four houses of Iraqi civilians were also attacked in the strikes. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT
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.
Iraqi authorities have blamed ISIL militants in the past for terror attacks, however, no group claimed responsibility for the blast. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
A car bomb killed seven and injured 16 people at an outdoor market close to Baghdad Sunday, police officials said.
While Israel has been vocal about its opposition to any nuclear deal with Iran,  experts say its threat to strike Iran alone is more of a diplomatic move. (AFP/File)
10:16 GMT
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.
Muhammad Mardhi Isa Al-Zahrani will enter a special rehabilitation program once settling back in Saudi. (AFP/John Moore)
09:48 GMT
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 in the outskirts of Kabul on November 22, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of International assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP)
09:38 GMT
Internally displaced Afghan children look on beside the wall of a mud house.
The Danish expat was taken to hospital after being shot in the shoulder. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT
A Danish expat was shot and injured by an unknown assailant in the Saudi city of Riyadh, according to security sources.
John Cantlie was forced to read from a script in the latest ISIL propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
08:49 GMT
John Cantlie, the British hostage being held by ISIL has appeared in a new nine-minute propaganda video reading a prepared script.
Obama has signed an executive order authorizing a larger US military role in Afghanistan amid national security discussions in Washington. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
US President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order this weekend authorizing the expansion of US military presence in Afghanistan.
Revenge attacks by Israeli settlers have increased in the West Bank over the past year. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT
Israeli settlers torched and vandalized a Palestinian house close to the West Bank city of Ramallah Sunday.