December 22, 2014
Egyptian authorities announced on Monday the extension of the opening of Rafah border crossing for an additional day, after initially planning to open the border Sunday and Monday only.
Tunisian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest in the southern Gabes province after presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential runoff.
Qatar's controversial Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al-Jazeera Egypt) announced on Monday that it is broadcasting its last news items before closure, as reconciliation efforts to mend tensions between Egypt and Qatar continue.
Egyptian relations with the Gulf states, especially Qatar, are essential to regional stability.
Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.
A group of Libyan students in Turkey has broken into their own embassy in Ankara in a row over scholarships.
Beji Caid Essebsi of the Nidaa Tounes party was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff with 55.68 percent of the vote.
The favorite to win Tunisia's first democratic election, presidential hopeful Beji Caid Essebsi, claimed victory not long after the polls closed on Sunday in the country's first-ever democratic election. But interim leader President Moncef Marzouki says it is too early to declare a winner.
Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.
A large group of 68 Israelis toured the Al Aqsa compound for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah while Palestinians protested outside Monday.
Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.
Fourteen alleged militants were killed and 45 others arrested by the Egyptian army during a series of raids in north Sinai.
Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in the Tunisian elections despite official results not being announced till late Monday.
Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.
The Syrian government imposed travel restrictions on military-age men, according to opposition media outlets.
Eleven people were injured after a man shouting "Allah Akbar" drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in the French city of Dijon.
Some 12 Houthi militants were killed Sunday following a series of blasts in the Radaa district, according to a local security source.
An elderly Syrian couple await treatment at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma.
Egypt temporarily opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday. It had been closed since October 2014.
December 21, 2014
The polls close in Tunisia's run-off election. Essebsi's campaign is confident of a victory.
Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.
Th US-led coalition hit targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo in at least 12 strikes.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani held a press conference on Mount Sinjar, the site of the recent Kurdish victory against Daesh. Barzani called the advancement "historic."
The twenty Lebanese nationals who died in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer returned to Lebanon on Sunday afternoon.
A group of Israeli settlers have stormed into the Islamic museum of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid rising tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Jordan ends its 8 year ban of the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder.
Tunisia ushers in full democracy with run-off Presidential elections four years after uprising.
Egypt has abruptly sacked the nation's powerful intelligence chief for “health reasons,” replacing him with his deputy, security authorities said.
The ISIL Takfiri militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit in the restive Salahuddin Province.
Children play on a swing in the park of the Safir Maalula Hotel, in the ancient Christian town of Maalula.
Ten Apache helicopters arrived in Egypt on Saturday. The US had delayed the shipment due to Egypt's uncertain political situation.
Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.
December 20, 2014
The US transferred four prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan.
Saudi security forces killed four anti-regime militants in clashes in the town of Awamiyah
As tomorrow's run-off presidential election approaches, Tunisians are tense. The first round results were tight and the candidates must win the support of Popular Front voters.
A bomb explosion injured three policemen in a Shia village in Bahrain
The UN General Assembly said $856.4 million should be paid from Israel to Lebanon Friday as compensation for an oil spill caused during the 2006 war.
Pakistani children arrive at their school in Peshawar on December 20, 2014, after three days of mourning for the children and staff killed by Taliban militants in an attack on an army-run school.
The Israeli air force responded to a Gaza rocket attack on Israel with an airstrike on Hamas. This attack was Israel's first airstrike on Gaza since the truce in August.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon, later marching through the streets of the Old City in protest against Israeli policies banning Muslim worshipers.
December 19, 2014
At least 11 people have been killed and 24 others wounded in several bombings in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
Iraqi officials have confirmed the death of a key aide to the Daesh, or ISIL, group leader and one of his military chiefs in the US-led coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq.
A Muslim Brotherhood deputy in Jordan has gone on trial at a military court for criticizing the UAE.
A top UN official said an Austrian teen who fled her middle class home in Vienna to join Daesh has "definitely died" in Syria.
A rocket launched from Gaza landed in southern Israel, although no injuries or damage were reported, Israeli security forces said.
Peshmerga forces in Iraq freed hundreds of Yazidis who were trapped by Daesh militants on Mount Sinjar, according to a Kurdish leader.
The UN appealed for $8.4 billion in emergency aid for displaced Syrians as the conflict continues in the country.
Iran will conduct a large-scale military exercise in the south of the country beginning Dec. 25, a senior Iranian military commander announced Thursday.
It will take at least three years for the U.S.-led coalition to reach a turning point against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, the general in charge of the combined task force said Thursday.
December 18, 2014
Iraqi Kurdish forces have succeeded in gaining a large area in the northern part of the country as they continue the battle against the ISIL militants.
Dozens of people have been killed or wounded after two car bombs targeting the positions of Shia Ansarullah fighters went off in the western Yemeni city of Hudaydah.
The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said
An Egyptian court on Thursday slapped 41 Muslim Brotherhood members with jail terms of varying length for committing "acts of violence," a judicial source has said.
The Yemeni parliament has given a vote of confidence to the government of Prime Minister Khaled Mahafoudh Bahah following months of severe political crisis.
Some 1,000 people are believed to have been killed by ISIL militants in the Syrian village of al-Kashkiya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
When frustrated street vendor Mohammad Bouazizi set himself alight, his actions made way for the Arab Spring. Four years on, was it worth it? Definitely.
Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said his government could resign following continued Houthi rebel raids on state institutions and public offices in the country's capital, Sanaa.
The Palestinian Authority submitted a finalized version of a UN resolution presented by Jordan, to end Israeli occupation by 2017.
Israeli police detained a 17-year-old student and an 11-year-old boy in Jerusalem Wednesday to be interrogated.
US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.
Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed in Syria since the start of the country's civil war, according to an activist group.
A five years old child attends a candlelight vigil for the 132 students killed in a terror attack yesterday in Pakistan
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Warisha Umair, age 5, attends a candlelight vigil for the 132 students killed in a terror attack yesterday in Pakistan on December 17, 2014.
The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would impose new sanctions "on those supporting the Syrian regime’s procurement of specialty fuels and base oil used in its military campaign against the Syrian people."
The US State Department welcomed new conditions passed by the congress granting the secretary of state more flexibility to approve aid to Egypt, while expressing worry about the human rights situation in the country.
December 17, 2014
Protests, public demonstrations, and panel discussions around Turkey have marked the one-year anniversary of the largest corruption and bribery investigation in the history of the country, which went public last December.
A mass grave with over 230 bodies was discovered in Syria's Deir al Zor Province.
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.
Cairo prosecution referred on Wednesday 21 suspects to court on "debauchery" charges.
Syrian air force raids killed 11 people while ISIL and Nusra Front clashed on the border with Lebanon, putting security forces on high alert Wednesday.
Members of the European Union’s Parliament revamped the proposalregarding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas should no longer be included on an influential list of international terrorist organisations, an EU court has ruled.
By setting himself alight four years ago, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi paved way for the Arab Spring. Little did he or the policewoman who slapped him know what would happen next.
Barack Obama condemned the Peshawar school siege, which left 141 people, mostly children, dead on Tuesday.
The Palestinian Authority will press ahead with its bid for statehood at the UN Wednesday, despite warnings the US will veto the move.
At least 30 people were injured by Israeli forces at the funeral of a 21-year-old Palestinian man who was killed during a raid in Qalandiya refugee camp.
At least 50 people were killed in Idlib by Assad forces, when fighter jets targeted two hospitals after militants overran a military base.
Iran's government said it was awaiting a vote from Lebanese authorities on accepting military aid Tuesday.
Some 150 women in Anbar province were killed by ISIL for refusing to marry militants, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights.
Opposition fighters fire a heavy machine gun towards government forces helicopters reportedly dropping barrel bombs near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for a UN Security Council resolution with a timetable and framework to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.
Jordanian and Kuwaiti officials met in Kuwait to discuss a possible military cooperation.
December 16, 2014
At least 31 people, including 20 children, have been killed in a car bomb attack in central Yemen.
Libya Dawn militant group has carried out an aerial attack on an area near key oil terminals in the eastern part of the country.
Although there were fewer journalists killed in 2014 than in 2013, the watchdog organization found that the publicized beheadings of journalists by Islamist militants in the Middle East "highlights an evolution in the nature of violence against journalists."
A monitoring group says around 200 people have been killed in a fresh round of intense fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
At least 19 people, including 11 security personnel were killed in clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists Monday across Iraq.
The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants, days after security forces arrested a man on charges of running an influential Twitter account promoting the terrorists’ fight in Syria and Iraq.
The Palestinian Authority indicated it could delay its submission to the UN for statehood, instead adopting a softened down EU draft resolution Tuesday.
Dozens of civilians were killed in a deadly gun attack on a bus en route to the Syrian capital Damascus from Raqqa Tuesday.
At least 130 people have been killed, many of them children, by Taliban militants who stormed a military school in Peshawar Tuesday.
Ten right-wing activists from the Jewish extremist group Lehava were arrested by Israeli security forces Tuesday.
Man Haron Monis was many things. A sexual harasser, accessory to the murder of his wife and also guilty of sending threatening letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers. But, was he a terrorist?
A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces while standing on the rooftop of his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp.
At lease 104 children Tuesday were killed by Taliban gunmen who attacked an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The British embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday after it closed on December 7 due to security reasons along with the Canadian embassy.
Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.
Jihadist rebels seized a Syrian government military base in Idlib Monday. The Wadi Deif base was captured by Nusra Front rebels and Ahrar al-Sham.
A picture taken on December 15, 2014, shows the inside of a Christmas tree erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos.
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
The European Union Foreign Affairs Council recommitted Monday to providing Syria with relief and recovery assistance.