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December 21, 2014

Election officials are counting votes for Tunisia's first democratically elected president. (AFP/File)
19:15 GMT
The polls close in Tunisia's run-off election. Essebsi's campaign is confident of a victory.
Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT
Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.
The 12 or more airstrikes launched on Sunday aimed for Daesh targets north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT
Th US-led coalition hit targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo in at least 12 strikes.
Barzani praised Peshmerga forces for their success in Sinjar. The advancement freed hundreds of Ezidi Kurds who had been trapped there by Daesh. (AFP/File)
17:13 GMT
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 Air Algerie plane was found in Mali shortly after it crashed in late July, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:46 GMT
The twenty Lebanese nationals who died in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer returned to Lebanon on Sunday afternoon.
Palestinians gather at al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayer (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
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 8 year capital punishment ban (Image: Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT
Jordan ends its 8 year ban of the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder.
Beji Caid Essebsi appears as the front-runner in today's elections (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Tunisia ushers in full democracy with run-off Presidential elections four years after uprising.
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sacks longtime mentor and intelligence chief (AFP/Vasily Maximov/File)
08:30 GMT
Egypt has abruptly sacked the nation's powerful intelligence chief for “health reasons,” replacing him with his deputy, security authorities said.
ISIL Takfiri Militants (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
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, 56 kilometers northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on December 20, 2014. (AFP / YOUSSEF KARWASHAN)
07:15 GMT
Children play on a swing in the park of the Safir Maalula Hotel, in the ancient Christian town of Maalula.
Cairo plans to use the Apache attack helicopters to combat terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
06:15 GMT
Ten Apache helicopters arrived in Egypt on Saturday. The US had delayed the shipment due to Egypt's uncertain political situation.
Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.

December 20, 2014

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility holds 132 remaining detainees. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT
The US transferred four prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan.
Saudi security forces killed four and injured a number of others in Awamiyah on Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT
Saudi security forces killed four anti-regime militants in clashes in the town of Awamiyah
A Tunisian woman exits a Tunis polling station after voting in the first round of presidential elections on November 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
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.
In recent years, Bani Jamra has been the site of anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT
A bomb explosion injured three policemen in a Shia village in Bahrain
Bombings in 2006 caused an oil spill which polluted over 80 kilometers of the Lebanese coastline. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT
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. A Taliban massacre at a school is "Pakistan's 9/11", the country's top foreign policy official told AFP, saying the assault that left 149 dead would change the country's approach to fighting terror. (AFP/ A MAJEED)
07:57 GMT
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 strike targeted Hamas infrastructure. No injuries or casualties were reported. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT
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.
The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque told Ma'an that the number of worshipers at the mosque reached 60,000 including thousands of worshipers who had traveled to attend from the West Bank. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
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

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far. However, Iraqi officials blame the recent spike in such terrorist attacks on the Daesh, or ISIL, militants. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT
At least 11 people have been killed and 24 others wounded in several bombings in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
The US-led coalition began targeting positions held by the ISIL terrorists in Iraq in August. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
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.
The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has closely been watched since it was listed as a terrorist organisation. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT
A Muslim Brotherhood deputy in Jordan has gone on trial at a military court for criticizing the UAE.
Sabina Selimovic, 15, and Samra Kesinovic, 17, left Vienna in April to join Daesh. (Image: Daily Mail)
12:20 GMT
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 Palestinian man holds a mock Qassam Brigade rocket during a rally in Gaza. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
A rocket launched from Gaza landed in southern Israel, although no injuries or damage were reported, Israeli security forces said.
Hundreds of Iraq's Yazidi minority were trapped on Mount Sinjar by Daesh militants since August. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT
Peshmerga forces in Iraq freed hundreds of Yazidis who were trapped by Daesh militants on Mount Sinjar, according to a Kurdish leader.
More than 200,000 Syrians have died since the conflict began in March 2011, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT
The UN appealed for $8.4 billion in emergency aid for displaced Syrians as the conflict continues in the country.
The seven-day war game, codenamed "Mohammad Rasolallah," will involve the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the Basij (Volunteer) Force, Army Brig. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi told reporters. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iran will conduct a large-scale military exercise in the south of the country beginning Dec. 25, a senior Iranian military commander announced Thursday.
The U.S. is carrying out air strikes against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
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

ISIL militants currently control large areas of Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
19:55 GMT
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.
Ansarullah’s recent gains pose a serious challenge to the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has for long destabilized the impoverished Arab country. (AFP/File)
18:27 GMT
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.
Tunisia's presidential runoff vote will be held on Sunday inside Tunisia and on December 19, 20 and 21 at voting stations overseas. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT
The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said
Ever since Morsi was overthrown, the Egyptian authorities have maintained a harsh crackdown on Morsi's supporters, detaining thousands and killing hundreds. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
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.
Last month, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi nominated Bahah, the former oil and minerals minister, as the country's new premier to form the national unity government and end the unrest in the country. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT
The Yemeni parliament has given a vote of confidence to the government of Prime Minister Khaled Mahafoudh Bahah following months of severe political crisis.
An estimated 1,900 people from the Syrian Shoueitat tribe have now been killed by ISIL if the allegations are proven true. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT
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.
Tunisians celebrate the third anniversary of the Arab Spring, which led to the removal of Zine el Abidine ben Ali from power, January 15, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT
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.
Armed Shia Houthi rebels protest during an anti-government rally in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, September 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT
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 draft resolution also seeks a one-year peace deal with Israel before full withdrawal from Palestinian land in 2017. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
The Palestinian Authority submitted a finalized version of a UN resolution presented by Jordan, to end Israeli occupation by 2017.
Human rights groups have condemned Israel for unlawfully detaining Palestinian minors. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
Israeli police detained a 17-year-old student and an 11-year-old boy in Jerusalem Wednesday to be interrogated.
ISIL targets were hit near Mosul, Irbil and also in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT
US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.
At least 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed since Syria's 2011 war began. (File/AFP)
07:23 GMT
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.
Warisha Umair, age 5, attends a candlelight vigil for the 132 students killed in a terror attack yesterday in Pakistan on December 17, 2014 in the Midwood neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Pakistani Taliban have taken credit for the attack that killed more than 145 people total. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
07:07 GMT
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 Syrian conflict has raged on for over three years. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
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."
Washington has given an annual aid package of about $1.5 billion to Cairo for over 30 years. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
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

The bribery investigation was the biggest in Turkey's history. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT
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.
Those killed are believed to be members of the al Sheitaat tribe. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT
A mass grave with over 230 bodies was discovered in Syria's Deir al Zor Province.
Peshmergas have so far forced ISIL militants to retreat from the villages close to the northern city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.
Although there is no law criminalizing homosexuality in Egypt, societal norms do not accept it. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Cairo prosecution referred on Wednesday 21 suspects to court on "debauchery" charges.
Syrian air strikes killed 11 during ISIL and Nusra Front clashes on the border with Lebanon. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
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 EU Parliament take part in a voting session, on December 17, 2014 during a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo: AFP/file)
12:49 GMT
Members of the European Union’s Parliament revamped the proposalregarding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian Frogmen of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, pose in wetsuits as they take part in a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement’s creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:29 GMT
Hamas should no longer be included on an influential list of international terrorist organisations, an EU court has ruled.
Family members pray at the tomb of young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi who started the Arab Spring. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
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.
School children in Karachi pray and mourn for the 141 victims killed during the Taliban siege, December 17, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT
Barack Obama condemned the Peshawar school siege, which left 141 people, mostly children, dead on Tuesday.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a security meeting in Ramallah, December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
The Palestinian Authority will press ahead with its bid for statehood at the UN Wednesday, despite warnings the US will veto the move.
Thousands attended the funeral of a 21-year-old Palestinian man who was shot during a Qalandiya raid. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
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.
Syrian air strikes came a day after rebel militias including Nusra Front seized a military base in Idlib province. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
At least 50 people were killed in Idlib by Assad forces, when fighter jets targeted two hospitals after militants overran a military base.
Lebanon's army battled fierce clashes along the country's borders with Syria in September. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
Iran's government said it was awaiting a vote from Lebanese authorities on accepting military aid Tuesday.
Dozens, including pregnant women were executed by the extremist group for refusing to marry militants. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT
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 on December 16, 2014. Aleppo has been divided between regime control in the west and rebels in the east since mid-2012. (AFP/ KARAM AL-MASRI)
07:09 GMT
Opposition fighters fire a heavy machine gun towards government forces helicopters reportedly dropping barrel bombs near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo
As both French Assembly and Senate adopted recently resolutions calling their government to recognize Palestine' statehood, Fabius has said that France would do so if peace efforts failed. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
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.
Kuwait and Jordan enjoy strong ties. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Jordanian and Kuwaiti officials met in Kuwait to discuss a possible military cooperation.

December 16, 2014

The bomb attack targeted the home of a leader of the Houthi Ansarullah fighters in the town of Rada' in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda.(AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
At least 31 people, including 20 children, have been killed in a car bomb attack in central Yemen.
Libya has been gripped by militancy and factional fighting since the ouster of the longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT
Libya Dawn militant group has carried out an aerial attack on an area near key oil terminals in the eastern part of the country.
Among those killed were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT
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."
Syria has been grappling with a deadly war since March 2011. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT
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.
Iraq has been plagued with violence since ISIL militants began taking over Iraqi cities in June. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT
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. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
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.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the statehood bid could be delayed, according to Israel's Ynet news. (AFP/File)
13:48 GMT
The Palestinian Authority indicated it could delay its submission to the UN for statehood, instead adopting a softened down EU draft resolution Tuesday.
Bus passengers from Raqqa were attacked by gunmen, according to a statement from the Syrian Revolution General Commission. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
Dozens of civilians were killed in a deadly gun attack on a bus en route to the Syrian capital Damascus from Raqqa Tuesday.
A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the site of the Taliban attack while parents escort their children home, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT
At least 130 people have been killed, many of them children, by Taliban militants who stormed a military school in Peshawar Tuesday.
Activists from the Lehava extremist group protest outside the wedding ceremony of an Arab and Jewish couple, August 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Ten right-wing activists from the Jewish extremist group Lehava were arrested by Israeli security forces Tuesday.
Man Haron Monis was an Iranian asylum seeker living in Australia prior to the Sydney cafe siege. (AFP/File)
11:19 GMT
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?
Clashes broke out in the Qalandiya refugee bank following the raid, with Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT
A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces while standing on the rooftop of his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp.
A student is helped to hospital by Pakistani men following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
At lease 104 children Tuesday were killed by Taliban gunmen who attacked an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The British Embassy shut on December 7 after security concerns. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
The British embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday after it closed on December 7 due to security reasons along with the Canadian embassy.
The photos were circulated by a jihadist forum but have not yet been independently verified. (Image: Press TV)
07:48 GMT
Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.
Thirty-one government troops were killed in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
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. The 30-metre-tall Christmas tree made from gold-coloured iron leaves was featured worldwide as part of an exhibition of the world's most beautiful Christmas trees. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
07:25 GMT
A picture taken on December 15, 2014, shows the inside of a Christmas tree erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos.
ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
No figure for the EU's sustained contributions was provided. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The European Union Foreign Affairs Council recommitted Monday to providing Syria with relief and recovery assistance.

December 15, 2014

The southerners have been pushing for independence from the north for years. (AFP/File)
19:44 GMT
Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.
Haftar's forces continue to clash with numerous militant groups inside Libya. (AFP/File)
19:01 GMT
Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.
Since mid-June, fighting in Iraq has pitted the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
At least five people were killed and 13 others were wounded in three different attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, authorities said.
An Iranian refugee with radical views took an unknown number of people hostage inside a Sydney cafe Monday. (AFP/File)
15:47 GMT
Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.
Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, who has been reported as either 49 or 50 years old, moved to Australia in 1996 where he assumed the title of “Sheikh Haron”. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.
At least 1,132 French nationals have joined ISIL in Syria, according to police. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
French authorities dismantled an alleged ISIL network following a series of raids across the country Monday.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT
Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.
A woman inspects the damage of a classroom following a price-tag attack on the Hand-in-Hand school in Jerusalem, November 30, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
13:46 GMT
Three Israeli men were indicted Monday for a price-tag attack on an mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. All three suspects are members of an extremist Jewish group, according to Shin Bet.
Libyan soldiers patrol the city of Benghazi during unrest. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT
Egypt's foreign ministry Monday reissued a security warning to nationals in Libya after the death of two citizens during clashes.
Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halev accused Netanyahu's government of creating a fragile status in Jerusalem with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT
Without equality for Palestinians, will there ever be peace? Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said during an interview that without dignity towards Palestinians, Netanyahu would jeopardize the peace process.
The policeman was shot dead during a rescue operation to free three hostages. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.
A hostage can be seen running from the chocolate cafe towards police in Sydney, December 15, 2014. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
08:35 GMT
Five people escaped from a chocolate cafe in Sydney where they were being held by a potential jihadist gunman.
PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat (right), is due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry within the coming days to discuss ending Israeli occupation. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said a UN proposal to end Israeli occupation would be submitted Monday.
UN envoys attempted to quell Syrian violence with efforts to freeze fighting in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
Government forces and various Syrian rebel groups clashed in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib Sunday.
Staff members from Turkey's Zaman newspaper protest prior to the arrest of their editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli (center), December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
The European Union condemned Turkey's government for its clampdown on opposition media outlets following a series of raids in a television station.
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut. Lebanon needs more international help to fight jihadist forces that have launched a series of attacks against the army and kidnapped security forces, the country's prime minister told AFP on December 8. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
07:04 GMT
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut.
British troops will return to Iraq next month. They will help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIL. (AFP/File)
04:58 GMT
Beginning next month, hundreds of British soldiers will help train anti-ISIL forces in Iraq.
Hostages in the siege are forced to hold up an Islamic flag, December 15, 2014. (Image: Channel 7)
00:58 GMT
Dozens of people have been taken hostage Monday in a Sydney chocolate cafe by gunmen. Staff and customers were forced to hold up a black Islamic flag while police closed off the area.

December 14, 2014

Thousands marched in a rally for Hamas on Sunday. (AFP/File)
20:40 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians attended a Hamas rally in Gaza, marking the group's 27th anniversary Sunday.