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November 19, 2014

ISIL militants are one of most well equipped militant groups in the world, according to a UN report. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT
The UN warned that ISIL militants have enough weapons to continue fighting for up to two more years, calling it one of the best armed groups in the world.
The car attack on October 22 killed two people. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT
Israel early Wednesday demolished the home of East Jerusalem car terrorist Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who on October 22 killed two people in a hit-and-run attack in Jerusalem.
News of Barack Obama's hostage review proposal emerged after a letter was leaked by a US congressman to the press. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
US President Barack Obama ordered a review of the country's hostage negotiation policy following the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig.
It is believed that under the planned changes security personnel would be allowed to carry their arms even when off duty. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defense.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew looks down at mourners carrying the coffins of victims killed by two Palestinians in Jerusalem, November 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
The PLO affiliated Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem synagogue attack, which left five Israelis dead.
The shooting comes after another Palestinian man was stabbed by a group of Israelis in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT
A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and critically wounded by an Israeli settler during a demonstration near Ramallah.
A young boy stands in front of the Palestine flag in the Spanish city of Valencia. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT
Spanish lawmakers approved a non-binding resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, following similar moves across Europe.
 Indonesia and Jordan will hold an international conference in the Kingdom next year on Islam, civilisation, peace and issues of concern to the Islamic Ummah.
04:00 GMT
Indonesia and Jordan will hold an international conference in the Kingdom next year on Islam, civilisation, peace and issues of concern to the Islamic Ummah, according to Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan Teguh Wardoyo.

November 18, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn over the bodies of three of the victims of an attack by two Palestinians on Jewish worshippers killing four Israelis at a synagogue in the Ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem, at the site where the attack took place on November 18, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP)
22:11 GMT
A police officer who was critically wounded in Tuesday morning's terror attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood succumbed to his wounds at Hadassah University Medical Center.
Her Majesty Queen Rania. (AFP/file)
21:24 GMT
Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday said the Arab world needs to reclaim its narrative from extremist groups in the region.
Masked Palestinian youths burn tires near Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014. (AFP/file)
18:01 GMT
A Palestinian man was stabbed by a group of Israelis in north Jerusalem on Tuesday
President Barack Obama condemned an "horrific attack" on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that left four people, including three US citizens, dead and urged Israelis and Palestinians to calm tensions, before a meeting at the White House November 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP/file)
17:54 GMT
Obama urges 'peace' after attack in which three US citizens murdered; Russia condemns attack, calls for both sides to 'stop extremists.'
A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag on top of Carlos III statue in Puerta del Sol Square during a demonstration in Madrid, Spain.
14:11 GMT
Spain's parliament will vote Tuesday on a non-binding motion calling on the conservative government to recognize a Palestinian state in coordination with any similar EU move, parliamentary sources told AFP.
Syrian demonstrators rally in support of the Free Syrian Army calling for them to unite behind a unified command system in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 11, 2014. (AFP/file)
13:52 GMT
Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Tuesday issued a decision to release Free Syrian Army commander Abdullah al-Rifai after he had been detained for nine days for allegedly attempting to sneak into Lebanon’s outskirts, according to judicial sources.
The battle for Kobani has claimed over 1,000 lives. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT
Kurdish forces battling the ISIL militants in the northern Syrian city of Kobani have advanced in the heart of the flashpoint city and expelled the terrorists from several buildings.
At this point it is unclear if the casualty toll will rise. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT
A horrifying attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem leaves more questions than answers.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays at the scene of the attack, where at least four Israelis were killed by two Palestinians in the Har Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
12:14 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Tuesday's deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, which killed four Israelis.
Iraq's largest oil refinery had been under siege from ISIL militants since June, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT
Iraqi troops entered the country's biggest oil refinery close to the town of Baiji after five months of clashes with ISIL militants.
Israeli security forces guard the scene where at least four Israeli worshipers were killed in Jerusalem, November 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT
Two men who carried out a deadly attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem have been identified by Palestinian authorities.
The Syrian war has claimed over 190,000 lives. (AFP/FIle)
10:47 GMT
At least 20 people were killed and 65 injured in a helicopter attack by regime forces in Aleppo’s Al Bab province.
Israeli medical workers carry the body of a suspected Palestinian assailant who was shot and killed while attacking the synagogue in the Har Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem, November 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:17 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned an attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, which left four people dead.
Finalists of the 2014 World Muslimah Awards (L-R) Ainur Nelissa of Malaysia, Samaneh Zand of Iran, Dina Torkia of Britain, Blqis Adebayo of Nigeria pose for a photograph during a tour at the Borobudur temple complex, Indonesia's ancient Buddhist temple built between the 8th and 9th century in Magelang, Central Java on November 17, 2014. Indonesia hosted the 4th Muslim Beauty Pageant called World Muslimah Awards. About 25 finalists from around the world compete in the final round of the World Muslimah Awards, exclusively for Muslim women in Yogyakarta on November 13-21. (AFP / ADEK BERRY)
09:02 GMT
Finalists of the 2014 World Muslimah Awards (L-R) Ainur Nelissa of Malaysia
A video released by Al Furqan Media shows ISIL militants allegedly preparing to behead Syrian soldiers. (File/AFP)
08:55 GMT
Syrian state media confirmed the brutal execution of 18 military personnel by ISIL jihadists following the release of a propaganda video by the group.
Egypt’s university campuses have witnessed regular anti-government demonstrations since the military ouster of Morsi. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
Egyptian university students have held fresh protests, slamming unabated security crackdown by the government forces.
A crowd of Iraqis gather following a suicide bombing in Baghdad, August 6, 2013. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT
Terrorist attacks soared in 2013 across Middle East nations including Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, according to a new study by the UK-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
The confidential documents outline scenarios for sanctions if Israel continues building settlements in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT
The European Union is considering economic sanctions against Israel if it continues to oppose a two-state solution with Palestine.
The two suspects, believed to be Palestinian, were shot at the scene. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
At least four Israelis were killed early Tuesday in a "terror attack" after worshipers were set upon by two Palestinians who were eventually killed by police.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 international group of nations are due to continue on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
06:25 GMT
A senior Obama official called a deal on Iran's nuclear program "difficult but possible" as the November 24 deadline approaches.
Displaced Syrians stand in front of their makeshift home in Ankara last year. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT
The Red Cross on Monday said displaced Syrians would be facing a harsh winter and were in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
Crossing from Jordan into Israel at the Wadi Arava border crossing.
04:00 GMT
Jordan's security court on Monday started the proceedings for a trial involving a Jordanian citizen who is suspected of having attempted to sneak into Israel to blow himself up, AFP reported.

November 17, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 3rd Annual Transformational Trends Policy Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel, November 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/AFP)
22:03 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State says claims and counter claims by Syria's president and ISIL have made each other stronger.
Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. (Ahmad Gharbali/AFP)
21:56 GMT
European Council condemns settlement constructions in East Jerusalem and calls for respect of Holy Sites.
Palestinian mourners attend the funeral of bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni in the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014. [AFP/file]
19:25 GMT
A medical expert told Ma'an that a Palestinian who was found hanged on a bus near Jerusalem earlier Monday died by "hanging and strangulation," and that preliminary tests suggest he was the victim of "an organized murder."
Unlike ISIS' previous sickening filmed murders, he did not speak directly to camera before being killed and his body was not shown after the murder. [AFP/file]
18:05 GMT
Syrian activists claim Peter Kassig died in bombing raid days before Jihadi John paraded his severed head
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. [AFP/file]
15:50 GMT
Despite recognizing 'state of Palestine,' Swedish foreign minister says her country will continue to liaise with PA via Jerusalem consulate.
The identity of the American woman has been withheld at the request of her family fearing her safety, The Daily Beast reported. [AFP/file]
15:23 GMT
An unnamed woman, the last American citizen held hostage by the ISIL terrorist group, might be the next victim of the Takfiris’ unmerciful murders, according to a report.
A Palestinian school boy using an umbrella in the rain walks near houses that were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2014. [AFP/[Mohammad Abed]
14:59 GMT
The Qatari executive committee for the rehabilitation of Gaza announced Monday that they have begun to transfer raw construction materials to the Hamas-controlled territory via Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. [AFP]
14:25 GMT
Federica Mogherini chairs first meeting of EU foreign ministers since taking place of Catherine Ashton; says ministers will focus on what can be done to relaunch peace process and EU’s role.
Akdogan clarified doubts about Turkey’s policy about the terror group and other vital issues. [AFP]
14:13 GMT
Akdogan clarified doubts about Turkey’s policy about the terror group and other vital issues.
Palestinian protesters burn a tyre in front of Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem on November 17, 2014. [Ahmad Gharbali /AFP]
14:01 GMT
Palestinian resistance faction Hamas condemned Monday what it described as the "execution" of a Palestinian drivers who had been found hanging in an Israeli bus and called for escalating resistance in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
[Kassig family handout/AFP]
13:45 GMT
France confirms likelihood of a French citizen appearing in Sunday's ISIS' beheading video, hours after British citizen identifies son in same video.
Kurdish chief of staff, Fuad Hussein, said he believes the number of ISIL militants is "seven or eight times bigger than" foreign estimates, especially that of the CIA. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's chief of staff said Sunday international numbers drastically underestimate the number of ISIL fighters in Syria and Iraq, which he believes has reached 200,000.
The militants had previously threatened to kill the seven hostages this morning, but the ultimatum has since been extended until 4 p.m. today. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT
ISIL has announced an extension of four hours their ultimatum to the Lebanese government to revoke death sentences for Islamists or expect the execution of seven Lebanese captives.
The group of veiled women are affiliated with ISIL in northern Lebanon, according to a local newspaper. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
A group of "veiled females" linked to ISIL are allegedly recruiting girls to adopt extremist ideologies in northern Lebanon.
Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the ISIL killing of American Peter Kassig, the fifth beheading of a Western hostage by the militant group. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT
Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the killing of American aid worker Peter Kassig by ISIL militants.
Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, has pledged to introduce new legislation to replace the controversial "kafala" sponsorship system and improve conditions for migrant workers (AFP).
10:55 GMT
The move comes after growing international criticism of the system that allows employers to keep workers from leaving their jobs.
ISIL and Nusra Front kidnapped 27 Lebanese soldiers during clashes in the town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
ISIL threatened Monday morning to execute the Lebanese servicemen it is holding captive along the northeastern border of Lebanon if the government doesn't revoke sentences handed down to Islamist Prisoners in Roumieh Prison.
Israeli security forces used stun grenade and tear gas to disperse protesters who threw stones and petrol bombs at the Israeli troops. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT
Clashes broke out in several neighborhoods of East Jerusalem overnight after a Palestinian driver was found hanged late Sunday.
Political parties in Egypt have raised concerns about the country's controversial protest law during meetings with the PM. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT
Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with Egypt's political group, Independence Current, as part of a series of sessions with political groups in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election.
Libya has struggled with intense violence ever since the ouster of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
Libya's recently-elected parliament based in Tobruk has declared the eastern city of Benghazi a "disaster area," citing a wave of "acts of terror" that had gripped the flashpoint city for months.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said Palestinian people should be guaranteed legitimate rights. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT
The UAE's prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, voiced support for Palestine following ongoing violence at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
A screenshot from an ISIL propaganda video shows the Syrian men lined up prior to being beheaded, November 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT
ISIL extremists beheaded 18 Syrian hostages along with American aid worker Peter Kassig in a propaganda video Sunday.
Tensions continue to run high in Jerusalem after another Israeli man was stabbed on Sunday. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT
A Palestinian bus driver was abducted and hanged by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, according to local sources.
Sweden is the first major European country to recognize Palestine. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
Sweden officially recognized the Palestinian state on Thursday becoming the first major European country to do so. Ambassador Rietz shares her thoughts.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
President Barack Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of American hostage Peter Kassig, saying the aid worker was killed "in an act of pure evil" by Islamic State militants.

November 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar. [AFP]
22:08 GMT
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar
A Palestinian woman gestures as it rains near a house that was destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT
The investigation committee of the UN Human Rights Council has listened to testimonies of victims’ families and civil society organizations, the representative of Palestine to the HRC said Saturday.
Imran Khan's party Tehreek-i-Insaaf, has criticized the Pakistani government amid increasing tensions. (AFP/File)
20:37 GMT
Ten supporters of Pakistani opposition leader, Imran Khan, were injured in a gun attack Sunday during an anti-government rally.
Gulf leaders including the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend a previously unannounced summit aimed at resolving differences with Doha. (SPA)
20:18 GMT
A meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders is being held on Sunday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, ahead of the GCC’s annual summit due to take place in Doha next month, a senior Kuwaiti source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Paramedics with man who was stabbed in Jerusalem.
20:04 GMT
Jewish man stabbed in back in suspected Jerusalem terrorist attack
Jihadi John was also responsible for the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office.
According to the U.N., an estimated 1.8 million citizens have been internally displaced this year throughout Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT
Four people, out of the 40 kidnapped in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Saturday by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants, have been killed, said a local official on Sunday.
Liberman made his comments during a meeting with German FM Frank Walter Steinmeier. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Israel will not stop building in any Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in response to continued international criticism of such activity over the pre-1967 lines in Israel’s capital.
Maria Angela Holguin was denied permission to enter Palestine unless she met with the Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT
Columbia's foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin was banned from entering the West Bank by Israeli authorities.
The reports come after ISIL fighters abducted 50 people from a Sunni tribe earlier this week. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT
ISIL militants kidnapped up to 40 truck drivers and businessmen on a highway between Iraq's Anbar province and Salahuddin, according to local sources.
Two Egyptian Navy vessels maneuver on an exercise in 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)
11:01 GMT
The Russian ship was seized and taken to the northern entrance of the Suez Canal.
Israeli occupation of the West Bank inflames tensions further. (AFP/File)
10:34 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes withdrawing from the West Bank would hurt Israel.
Peter Kassig, in a photo released by his family.
10:17 GMT
Kassig, who had converted to Islam, is thought to be the fifth Western hostage murdered in ISIL's brutal media campaign.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah will cement an agreement to reduce tensions in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly set to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah II over the next two days for further discussions on tensions surrounding al Aqsa mosque.
Obama spoke to reporters at the G20 summit in Brisbane about the U.S.'s intention to avoid any alliance with Syria's Assad. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama reconfirms the White House's intent to avoid an "alliance of convenience" with Syria's Assad.
The Gulf Arab state has also designated Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and Yemen's Houthi movement as terrorist organizations. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
The United Arab Emirates has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood and local affiliates as terrorist groups.
Muslims participate in a Friday prayer November 14, 2014 at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Members of five Muslim communities joined the very first Muslim Friday prayer, also known as jumu'ah, that held at the cathedral today. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
07:21 GMT
Muslims participate in a Friday prayer November 14, 2014 at the National Cathedral in Washington
The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which includes France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, among others, that has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey met with Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani in Erbil on Saturday, an official statement said.
The North African country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups that refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
Medical sources say at least 340 people have been killed in fighting in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi since October 15.
European nations are taking a more pro-Palestinian stand. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Hugh Lovett, an official with European Council on Foreign Relations, predicts several EU countries are likely to follow Sweden in recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

November 15, 2014

The clashes erupted after the Ansarullah forces entered the town in an attempt to restore stability there. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Fighting in a town in central Yemen has left at least 80 people dead over the last three days.
North Sinai has witnessed intensifying activity of the armed forces after a major militant attack. (AFP/File)
19:43 GMT
Egyptian armed forces killed 10 and arrested 54 "terrorists" in North Sinai.
The US is slated to train the Free Syrian Army in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
The United States and Turkey have agreed to train Free Syrian Army rebels starting late December 2014.
Retaking the refinery marks a significant achievement against ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT
Iraqi troops retook Iraq's largest oil refinery after a month long ISIL siege.
A statue of Saint Jean-Paul II is sold at a religious and decorative shop in Dbayeh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut on November 13, 2014. A recent study by a Beirut-based research firm, found that around 40% of the population was Christian. (AFP / JOSEPH EID)
12:50 GMT
A statue of Saint Jean-Paul II is sold at a religious and decorative shop in Dbayeh.
The U.S. remains firm in its resolve not to send combat troops into Iraq or Syria. (File/AFP)
10:55 GMT
A U.S. State Department spokesman reaffirmed the U.S. stance to not send combat troops to Iraq or Syria.
U.K. Muslims makes up 4.8 percent of the country's population and number around 2.7 million. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Tell Mama, a charity that documents crimes and acts against Muslims, said recent events in the UK and internationally have resulted in a sharp increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.
The small village of Deir Nidham is located beside the Hallamish Jewish settlement and often the site of fierce clashes. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
Four Palestinians were injured during a raid by armed Israeli settlers in a village north of Ramallah Friday.

November 14, 2014

Prosecutors charged with the Hariri bombers' trial are reportedly "clearly pointing" in the direction of Assad's security personal as key players in the 2005 Valentine's Day assassination.
16:19 GMT
The Special Tribunal handling the trial to prosecute bombers who killed former premier Rafik Hariri will allow prosecutors to show evidence of a deteriorating relationship between Syria President Bashar al-Assad and Hariri as the first stepping stone to demonstrate the possibility of Syria's role in the assassination.
The UN Commission announced plans to release the report earlier this week detailing ISIL 'crimes against humanity.'
14:46 GMT
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria released its first report on ISIL's crimes against humanity.
Visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (2nd L) receives a bouquet from a Pakistani youth during his arrival at the Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on November 14, 2014. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived for his first visit to neighbouring Pakistan, seeking to improve ties crucial to his hopes of reviving Taliban peace talks as US troops end their 13-year war. (AFP / Farooq NAEEM)
11:16 GMT
Visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (2nd L) receives a bouquet from a Pakistani youth during his arrival
Defense lawyers in charge of prosecuting assailants who carried out the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri claimed to have evidence linking Assad's phone to the case during a Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT
During a speech Sunday, Lebanon's interior minister Nouhad Machnouk suggested Syrian President Bashar al- Assad may be linked to the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
A police spokesperson announced the lifting of Israeli age-restrictions for Palestinian entry to al-Aqsa this week. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT
Israeli authorities opened the al-Aqsa compound to men of all age groups in time for Friday prayer this week, hoping to quell mounting tensions in Jerusalem.
The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT
A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.
A group of Palestinians at the shut Rafah crossing has been stuck  for the last three weeks. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT
A group of Palestinians is stuck on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border asked Egypt to reopen the crossing Thursday and allow them to pass back into the Gaza Strip.
According to AP sources, the meeting took place in a farmhouse near Aleppo around midnight on Nov. 2 and included leaders from Nusra Front and ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
According the AP sources in Syria, al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Nusra Front and ISIL have agreed to stop fighting one another after a meeting of each groups' top leaders near Aleppo last week.

November 13, 2014

According to the witnesses, the two blasts, only minutes apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no casualties reported. (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Two separate car bombings were reported in the vicinities of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassies in the Libyan capital Tripoli, eyewitnesses said.
Al-Baghdadi's 17-minute message makes no reference to the airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, which supposedly harmed him.  (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT
An audiotape allegedly recorded by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been released on social media, days after he was reportedly killed or wounded.
Jordanian King Abdullah II rejected Israel's unilateral practices in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. (AFP/File)
15:57 GMT
Jordanian King Abdullah II rejected Israel's unilateral practices in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during a Thursday meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman.
Air strikes continue to rock many Syrian neighborhoods. (AFP/File)
14:06 GMT
In further signs of the military chaos in Syria, new videos on social media sites show intense fighting across the country.
Navy vessels patrol the coast of Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, February 17, 2011. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT
Five servicemen were injured and eight others remain missing after "armed assailants" attacked an Egyptian vessel Wednesday.
Militants in the Sinai frequently target Egyptian security forces. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT
Five Egyptian conscripts were shot dead in attacks in North Sinai on Thursday.
It is unclear who was responsible for the bombing. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
At least four persons suffered injuries in a bomb blast on Cairo's underground train.
Roughly 3.3 million civilians have fled ongoing violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Two international aid agencies have criticized the US and EU for not accepting enough Syrian refugees fleeing conflict.
The law might be utilized in the highly publicized case of Al Jazeera journalists. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree on Wednesday giving him the authority to transfer non-Egyptian defendants on trial or already convicted to be sent to their countries to be tried or serve their sentences.