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December 12, 2014

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

December 11, 2014

The visit lasted several hours after which El-Sisi returned to Egypt. It comes ten days after Jordan's King Abdullah II visited Cairo for similar talks. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II agreed in a meeting in Amman on Thursday on the necessity of a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
Denmark has confirmed that a citizen was shot and wounded in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 22. (AFP/File)
19:02 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says the country has arrested three supporters of the ISIL terrorists for the shooting and injuring of a Danish citizen late November.
Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said about 100 soldiers would take part in the planned mission. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT
Germany has announced it is considering sending around 100 soldiers to northern Iraq to train peshmerga forces who are fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
The European Union has barred all Libyan airlines from operating in the European airspace due to concerns over passenger safety amid fierce clashes in the North African country.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition which has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria since the militant group overran Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT
Iraqi armed forces started a military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the western province of Anbar on Thursday.
The move does not aim "to sanction or criticize Libya but solely to seek the assistance of the Security Council to eliminate the impediments to cooperation,” the statement said. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred Libya to the UN Security Council for not handing over the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi for prosecution.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made his first visit to Jordan since becoming leader in June. (AFP/Getty)
14:31 GMT
Egypt's premier Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with his Jordanian counterpart King Abdullah on his first visit to the kingdom Thursday.
Ziad Abu Ein collapsed after being attacked by Israeli soldiers during a protest in the West Bank, December 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
The autopsy results of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein show that he died after a powerful blow to the diaphragm and the heavy use of tear gas, Palestinian minister of civil affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said.
A Palestinian youth looks at rubble of houses which were damaged during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas, December 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT
Two passersby were lightly injured late Wednesday after a bomb exploded in front of a charity in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Bashar al-Assad supported peace talks after a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:18 GMT
President Bashar al-Assad supported Russian attempts to mediate peace negotiations between the Syrian leader and opposition groups.
Afghan security forces inspect a bus after it was blown up by a Taliban militant in Kabul, December 11, 2014. (AFP/Shah Marai)
10:35 GMT
A suicide bomber targeting a bus in the outskirts of Kabul killed six Afghan soldiers and injured at least 12 other people.
Al Qaeda spokesman Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi reads a message threatening to execute American journalist Luke Somers days before he was killed in a botched US rescue mission. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT
Al Qaeda spokesman Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi blamed Barack Obama for the deaths of two foreign hostages after they were killed in Yemen.
The CIA used a rage of torture methods to allegedly gain intelligence, which turns out, was not relevant to US national security. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
After the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a shocking report into the CIA's interrogation methods, some accounts were baffling, others were downright disturbing. What really happened to detainees?
The Irish Parliament called for a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Ireland’s lower house of Parliament approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of "Palestine."
The Al Qaeda attack targeted a US airbase, which controls drone operations in Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
An Al Qaeda attack rocked a US military base in Yemen Thursday, according to reports. The explosion targeted the American operation center, believed to control drone raids in the country.
Senior Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein was assaulted by Israeli forces during a protest and died shortly after, December 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
UN envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, called on Israel to investigate the death of senior Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein who was killed after a protest in the West Bank Wednesday.
An Afghan soldier inspects the wreckage of Afghan Army bus at the site where a suicide bomber on foot targeted the bus full of soldiers in Kabul on December 11, 2014. A suicide bomber killed at least six Afghan soldiers in the suburbs of Kabul early morning on December 11, police said, the latest in a spate of Taliban attacks in the capital. (AFP/ SHAH Marai)
07:23 GMT
An Afghan soldier inspects the wreckage of Afghan Army bus at the site where a suicide bomber on foot targeted the bus full of soldiers in Kabul on December 11, 2014.
More than 130 countries have now recognized Palestine as a state. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
After the French National Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the government to recognize the State of Palestine, the Senate will vote on Thursday on a similar resolution, submitted by the Greens parliamentary group.
After the Nov. 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran expired, international negotiators vowed to continue the talks for an additional seven months. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is committed to the "tough path" ahead as nuclear negotiations enter a seven month extension phase.

December 10, 2014

Abbas said prior to a meeting with PA leaders that what happened earlier Wednesday is a "crime in all the meaning of the word."  (AFP/File)
19:11 GMT
President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday evening that all options to respond to the killing of a Palestinian minister are up for debate.
Some rights groups have already shut their offices in Egypt, including a democracy watchdog founded by former US president Jimmy Carter. (AFP/File)
18:39 GMT
An Egyptian human rights group has said it will transfer its regional and international activities abroad because the state is hostile towards civil society groups.
Abu Ein died after Israeli soldiers hit him with the butts of their weapons and their helmets. (AFP/File)
18:17 GMT
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah are set to observe three days of mourning over the killing of a Palestinian minister by Israeli forces.
The meeting is aimed at coordinating the two country's policies ahead of a UN Security Council vote scheduled two weeks from now on the Palestinian statehood bid. (AFP/File)
16:41 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head to Rome on Monday for an urgent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The explosions occurred during the anniversary of Arba'een. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT
Four people, including an Iraqi soldier, were killed and 12 other people were injured in two explosions in Baghdad Wednesday, a police source said.
Peshmerga fighters have been battling ISIL militants since June. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT
At least 727 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have been killed since June in battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government said Wednesday.
The UN refugee agency says over 207,000 people have made the sea crossing since the beginning of the year. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT
2014 saw a record 3,419 deaths of migrants, mainly from Syria and Eritrea, attempting to reach Europe by way of unstable boats on the Mediterranean.
UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura shows a map of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, during a press conference at UN office in Geneva on October 10, 2014 (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
14:03 GMT
Un's Envoy for Syria's proposal to “freeze” the fighting in northern Syria before moving on to a political solution to the crisis as a whole may be the only realistic plan available, though it is likely to anger the Syrian opposition that participated in the Geneva I and II conferences in the hope of reaching a solution based on replacing Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
Turkish ship Mavi Marmara arrives at Istanbul's Sarayburnu port as people wave Turkish and Palestinian flags. (Photo: AFP)
12:19 GMT
Swedish prosecutors say they don't have jurisdiction in case of Mavi Marmara, Estelle ships, which attempted to break Gaza blockade.
ISIL militants prepare to execute Syrian civilians in the northern Syrian city.of Raqqa. Rights groups say the group has killed 1,432 Syrians outside of battle since their lighting offensive in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
Postings from a militant website and rights groups on the ground said ISIL carried out two executions in northern Syria, beheading a man they accused of blasphemy and stoned another to death for being gay.
Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein‏ argues with IDF soldiers in Hebron, November 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
The head of the Palestinian Authority committee against the separation wall and settlements died Wednesday after Israeli soldiers assaulted him in a village near Ramallah, committee sources said.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when Michel Sleiman's six-year term ended. (Photo: AFP/Patrick Baz)
11:17 GMT
Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed to Jan. 7 Lebanon's presidential election after Parliament failed for a 16th time to elect a new head of state as the country marks 200 days without a president.
Palestinian prisoners at the Megiddo Prison. (Photo: AFP)
10:17 GMT
Seventy prisoners held in Israeli jails on Tuesday launched hunger strike action in protest against Israel's policy of solitary confinement, a prisoners' group said.
An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon. (Photo: AFP)
09:44 GMT
An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon, accusing the Lebanese government of being an accomplice to the powerful movement.
The well-known cleric faces trial in absentia in Egypt over charges of  "agreement, incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft," according to Interpol. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
The Muslim Association of Britain has urged the Qatari government not to extradite well-known Muslim Brotherhood supporter Yusuf al-Qaradawi to Egypt following an arrest warrant for the elderly cleric and several other Brotherhood supporters by Interpol Friday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  stressed that a final deal over Iran’s nuclear work is possible provided there is political will. (Photo: AFP)
09:08 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the next round of talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group will be held at the deputy level.
Saja al-Dulaimi was formally arrested with Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf on Tuesday in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.
The air raids took place Tuesday evening in Tirah neighborhood in Khayber district, where pro-Taliban militants and members of a banned group called Lashkar-e-Islam have taken refuge. (Photo: AFP)
07:35 GMT
Pakistan says its military has launched airstrikes against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, killing 11 militants.
Families of immigrants part of a group of more than 580 people, most of them from Syria, disembark from the Congolese cargo "Sandy" after a rescue operation by the Guardia Costiera as part of the Frontex joint operation "Triton" on December 9, 2014 in the port of Crotone, southern Italy. (AFP/ ALFONSO DI VINCENZO)
07:08 GMT
Families of immigrants part of a group of more than 580 people, most of them from Syria, disembark from the Congolese cargo "Sandy" after a rescue operation.
Syrian refugees look on from their tent at a camp in southern Turkey. more than 3.2 million Syrians have taken refuge in the war-torn nation's neighboring countries since March 2011. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
The UN refugee agency said Tuesday countries have vowed to double the number of Syrian refugees they originally agreed to resettle after a high-level pledging conference in Geneva.
At a press conference Tuesday, Zarif underlined the necessity for regional cooperation with Iraq and Syria to succeed in countering terrorism and extremism. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Foreign ministers from Iraq, Iran and Syria met Tuesday in Tehran on the sidelines of the World Against Violence and Extremism conference.
Separately, a Palestinian man recently asked Livix to assassinate Barack Obama in Israel. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
An American, Adam Everett Livix, was indicted in Tel Aviv on Tuesday for charges that include obtaining plastic explosives from Israeli soldiers with the apparent intention of harming Muslim holy sites.

December 9, 2014

The U.S. has tightened security at embassies worldwide fearing blow back after the release of the report. (AFP/File)
18:48 GMT
A Senate Intelligence Committee report, released Tuesday, called the CIA's interrogation of terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, more brutal than it acknowledged to the White House or to the public.
Militant groups in Yemen frequently target Yemeni security forces. (AFP/File)
17:57 GMT
A branch of al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for twin car bombings which left seven soldiers dead in southeast of the country.
Bahrain has dealt with widespread unrest since protests began in 2011. (AFP/File)
16:39 GMT
Bahrain's Interior Ministry says a policeman who lost his life in a blast southwest of the capital Manama was a Jordanian officer who was present in the kingdom under a security exchange program.
Egypt was brought in November in front of the UN’s top human rights body for a litany of rights abuses, including its crackdown, mass arrests and unfair trials targeting mainly Mursi supporters, journalists and activists, described as “unprecedented in recent history.” (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT
An Egyptian court sentenced leading political activist and blogger Ahmed Douma to three years in prison for "insulting court judges."
The UN raised more than $80 million after launching a 72-hour campaign to raise funds for food. (AFP/File)
14:39 GMT
The United Nation's food agency has said it is resuming food assistance to Syrian refugees after having suspended aid to 1.7 million displaced people last week due to a lack of funds.
Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi requests more airstrikes to combat ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
With the recent success of the anti-ISIL campaign, Iraq presses the US to increase support and escalate their attacks.
US Senator Dianne Feinstein led the Senate Intelligence Committee efforts to review and release the torture report. (AFP/file)
12:26 GMT
The US will release a much-anticipated report on post-9/11 CIA torture and interrogation methods. Embassies are tightening security in preparation for backlash.
Bahrain's Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into the attack. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT
A Bahraini policeman was killed in an explosion southwest of the country's capital, Manama, on Monday night.
Over 2,160 Palestinians were killed during Israeli attacks in Gaza this year. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
An Amnesty International report accused Israel of committing war crimes during its 51-day attack in the Gaza Strip.
US Defense Secretary Hagel plans to visit US troops and meet with Iraqi leaders. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Tuesday in order to discuss security and ISIL.
Libya's two rival governments will begin peace talks next week. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT
The United Nations postponed Libya's peace talks to next week in order to give the rival parties time to work out the details.
A Palestinian protester runs for cover as an Israeli military vehicle sprays a foul-smelling spray known as "skunk" during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT
A mob of Israeli settlers stabbed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in the Old City of Hebron Monday night, medical sources told Ma'an.
Bombs targeting Houthi militiamen exploded in the Yemeni capital early in the morning, injuring several people according to police. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Six soldiers were killed and several others injured in southeastern Yemen after car bombs exploded outside military headquarters.
A Syrian refugee sits outside his tent in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, March 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) holds a press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Tehran on December 8, 2014, ahead of a conference with their Iraqi counterpart on combating extremism. Iran is the main regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Tehran has acknowledged sending military advisers to assist his forces in their fight against armed rebels and jihadist militants. (AFP/ ATTA KENARE)
07:11 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) holds a press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Tehran on December 8, 2014, ahead of a conference with their Iraqi counterpart on combating extremism.
Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood is the country's biggest opposition party, has operated legally for decades and has substantial grassroots support. (Photo: AFP)
07:06 GMT
Jordan charges deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood with "souring ties with a foreign country".
Israeli authorities have so far denied claims of carrying out air strikes in Damascus over the weekend. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT
Israeli air strikes in Damascus allegedly killed two Hezbollah fighters, according to Al Arabiya news Monday.
Palestine's status was also upgraded by the UN General Assembly to a non-member observer state in November, 2012. (AFP/File)
06:35 GMT
Palestine secured an observer status at the ICC Monday, allowing President Mahmoud Abbas to potentially sue Israel over war crimes.
Millions were displaced in 2014 due to ongoing conflicts. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The United Nations has appealed for a record USD 16.4 billion in humanitarian aid to help almost 60 million people across the globe next year.
The UK has only resettled a mere 90 Syrian refugees so far. (AFP/File)
05:29 GMT
Wealthier states have been urged by humanitarian groups to resettle five percent of Syrian refugees by the end of 2015 ahead of a donor conference Tuesday.
Approximately 460,000 Iraqis are internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The number of internally displaced persons in Iraq has increased over the past ten days due to Iraqi military operations against ISIL, an Iraqi government official said on Monday.

December 8, 2014

Elections will take place on March 17. (AFP/File)
21:17 GMT
Members of Israel’s 19th Knesset voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to dissolve the parliament, officially putting an end to the current government and paving the way for new elections in March.
The countryside of Idlib has witnessed several assaults from the al-Nusra Front against the Free Syrian Army. (AFP/File)
20:23 GMT
Around 150 fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army have been detained by the al-Nusra Front in Syria’s Idlib province.
Over 40 countries are involved in the coalition. (AFP/File)
19:29 GMT
U.S. allies will send 1,500 troops to Iraq to help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling ISIL.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is 90 years old. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has carried out an extensive cabinet reshuffle.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition that has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant left 70 militants dead in northern Iraq, an Iraqi army commander said Monday.
Two hostages were killed in a recent rescue attempt that went awry. (AFP/File)
15:07 GMT
Attempts to rescue hostages are a noble feat, but when they fail, do they do more harm than good?
Roughly 230 million children are living in countries and regions affected by armed conflict. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT
The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF has named 2014 as a devastating year for children, deploring the brutality experienced by minors.
Yemeni coast guards patrol the waters at the port city of Aden, March 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Seventy Ethiopian migrant drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Yemen due to high winds and rough waters.
The British-born father and his three sons were accused by the UK Foreign Office of having links to Al Qaeda. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
A British father along with his three sons were stripped of their citizenship for allegedly having ties to Al Qaeda in Syria and Pakistan.
An Egyptian soldier stands in an armored vehicle during a Cairo protest, February 16, 2014. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
10:49 GMT
The Canadian embassy in Cairo was closed Monday due to security concerns a day after Britain's embassy was shut until further notice.
Close to the Afghan capital Kabul, Bagram is home to thousands of US military personnel. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT
A Taliban rocket attack on the US-controlled Bagram air base close to Kabul left two foreign nationals dead, local officials confirmed.
Yemeni soldiers check IDs at a checkpoint in the capital Sanaa, March 16, 2013. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT
Five roadside bombs targeting Houthi fighters exploded in the Yemeni capital Sanaa early Monday wounding at least eight people.
The Al Aqsa compound has been at the center of clashes in recent weeks following growing violence in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT
Israeli intelligence officers and settlers in Jerusalem stormed the Al Aqsa compound Monday, according to a mosque official.
Israeli warplanes struck two sites in Damascus Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT
Syria's Foreign Ministry called on the UN to impose sanctions against Israel Sunday after Tel Aviv bombed two sites in Damascus.
Security was tightened along the border with Lebanon after Israeli warplanes bombed Damascus on Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
Israel tightened security along the border with Lebanon over fears of clashes after the Jewish state bombed Syria a day earlier.
Palestinian female supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) sit next of damaged building during a protest against the delay in acquiring building material in front of the United Nations office in Gaza city on December 7, 2014. Palestinian officials said last month, that at least 100 trucks of building materials a day are needed to complete the reconstruction of Gaza within three years. (AFP/ MAHMUD HAMS)
07:12 GMT
Palestinian female supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) sit next of damaged building during a protest against the delay in acquiring building material in front of the United Nations office in Gaza city on December 7, 2014.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie gestures during a court hearing, June 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT
Four Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death for killing protesters who stormed the blacklisted group's headquarters last year.
Up to 136 detainees remain in the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, according to the Pentagon. (AFP/John Moore)
06:46 GMT
Six Guantanamo Bay detainees were transferred to Uruguay after being held by US authorities in Cuba for over 12 years.
Over 100 ISIL militants have been killed since they attempted to take a military airport in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT
The Syrian army repelled an attack by ISIL militants on a key military airport in Deir al-Zor, a London-based human rights organization said.
Around 7.2 million Syrians have been internally displaced by the war, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT
The UN warned of dangerous consequences if urgent humanitarian assistance wasn't provided to over 180,000 Syrian refugees.
The secretary of state pledged that the United States would not interfere in the coming Israeli elections, but said that brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace remained a priority. (Photo: AFP)
04:00 GMT
Secretary of state says fight against terror opening up new possibilities, urges two-state solution, defends nuclear talks with Iran.

December 7, 2014

The new president of the Tunisian Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur  gives his first speech, in the presence of his deputies Abdelfattah Mouro and Faouzia Ben Fodha, during a plenary session on December 4, 2014 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP)
19:29 GMT
The Tunisian electoral commission has announced that polling stations will be open to voters in the country’s presidential runoff election later this month.
King Abdullah II of Jordan listens while US President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP)
18:33 GMT
Jordan's King Abdullah, in an interview on CBS' "This Morning" that aired Friday, described the fight against Islamic State as akin to a third world war.
A picture said to show a fireball after an alleged Israeli strike on sites inside Syria on December 7, 2014. (Screen capture: Channel 2)
16:37 GMT
Syrian state TV says two targets hit 'by Israeli enemy' in government-held province near capital.
The US has defended the failed rescue operation of Luke Somers. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT
US officials defend the failed rescue operation in Yemen that left two hostages dead.