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December 27, 2014

Reasons remain unknown as to why the recently re-elected leader was ordered to appear before police investigators. (AFP/File)
14:58 GMT
Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has reelected Sheikh Ali Salman as its leader.
Daesh recruits children and teenagers to carry out their atrocities. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
13:58 GMT
A teenager recruited by Daesh surrendered himself and his explosive belt to Iraqi authorities after refusing to carry out his mission to bomb a Shia mosque.
No further details have been given regarding the cause of the accident. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
A metal silo collapsed on top of factory while workers remained trapped inside.
The officers were guarding international banks when the drive-by shooting occurred. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
09:30 GMT
Drive-by attack occurred not far from Cairo square.
The regime was also blamed for the execution of medical staff and local media. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:53 GMT
The Syrian regime killed 32,507 individuals, 24,430 of whom were civilians, in 2014.
Locals report the regime dropped "crude barrel bombs" on residential and industrial areas. (AFP/Getty Images)
07:06 GMT
Airstrikes on Daesh-held towns resulted in at least 50 deaths, of whom the majority are suspected to be civilian.
Israeli soldiers interrogate a Palestinian family during late night raids in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazon, June 12, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
At least 25 Palestinians including five teenagers were arrested across the West Bank by Israeli forces in overnight raids.
A Peshmerga fighter stands with weaponry at a Kurdish checkpoint in northern Iraq, August 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Eight Kurdish fighters along with 20 Daesh militants were killed during clashes Friday in Iraq's Sinjar region, a source from the Peshmerga forces said.

December 26, 2014

Lebanon's army increased security in the border town of Arsal since it was briefly overrun by ISIL and Nusra Front militants. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Three militants including a member of Nusra Front were shot dead by Lebanon's army near the border with Syria overnight Thursday.
Egypt's army has continued a longstanding battle with militants in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Two members of Egypt's security forces were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula late Thursday, the army said.
Palestinians in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp queue during a relief operation, February 24, 2014. (SANA/File)
13:13 GMT
Around 2,500 Palestinian refugees have been killed in the Syrian conflict while an equal number are believed to be missing.
Racist far right movements have increased across Sweden in recent months. (AFP/Pontus Stenberg)
11:52 GMT
A mosque in Sweden was set ablaze in the town of Eskilstuna by an unknown arsonist, injuring five people.
Daesh had originally said the Jordanian fighter jet was shot down by its militants in northern Syria. (Image: Screenshot)
10:02 GMT
A Jordanian army general said an air force plane was not shot down by Daesh in northern Syria despite contrary reports.
Lebanese soldiers drive to the entrance of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 3, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Two men with alleged links to extremist groups were arrested by Lebanese forces in the border town of Arsal Thursday.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's party Yisrael Beiteinu was mostly hit by the corruption scandal. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israeli police arrested 24 high-ranking officials in a corruption probe. The scandal predominantly hit Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party.

December 25, 2014

A Daesh militant holds up parts of the Jordanian warplane, which was shot down in Syria. (Image: Screenshot)
20:00 GMT
A prisoner exchange could be an option for the captured Jordanian pilot who is being held by Daesh militants in Syria.
Syrian government airstrikes pounded the Bab town in Aleppo, killing at least 23 civilians. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
Over 23 civilians were killed Thursday in Aleppo after government airstrikes hit residential areas, according to an opposition group.
Hundreds of Coptic Christians attend midnight mass in Cairo, January 6, 2013. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Coptic Christians in Egypt increased security around churches for Christmas Thursday following threats from extremist groups.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Daesh militants to release the captured pilot. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT
UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Daesh militants to release a Jordanian pilot, captured when his warplane was reportedly shot down in Syria.
Palestinian cousins Uday (left), and Ghassan Abu Jamal (right), attacked a Jerusalem synagogue in November, killing five Israelis. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Bodies of the two Jerusalem synagogue attackers were returned to their families by Israeli authorities Thursday.
An Iraqi Christian boy, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, poses for a photo wearing a Father Christmas hat in the grounds of Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church, where many displaced Christians have erected tents, in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq on December 24, 2014. For many faithful across the region, the Christmas festivities will be tinged with sadness following a year of bloodshed marked by a surge in the persecution of Christians that has drawn international condemnation. (AFP / SAFIN HAMED)
07:08 GMT
An Iraqi Christian boy, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, poses for a photo wearing a Father Christmas hat in the grounds of Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church.
The five-year-old was shot in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet in East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Israeli forces shot a five-year-old Palestinian child in the face with a rubber-coated bullet as the boy exited a school bus Wednesday.
German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented chilling accounts of live under Daesh rule in Mosul. (Image: The Independent)
07:00 GMT
When German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented Daesh activities in Iraq's Mosul, he entered a horrific world of child soldiers, a fundamental interpretation of Sunni Islam and a lot of tension.
The Iraqi city of Hit has been under siege by Daesh militants, according to local sources. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Daesh militants allegedly attacked the city of Hit in Iraq's Anbar province with chlorine gas strikes, according to an Iraqi security source.

December 24, 2014

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had reported that the plane was shot down by Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
23:08 GMT
The US military said Daesh did not shoot down a Jordanian warplane in Syria despite claims from the militant group the jet was targeted with a heat-seeking missile.
The Fatah movement in Yarmouk has remained neutral since the Syrian war began in 2011. (AFP/File)
23:00 GMT
A Fatah official was shot and killed by masked gunmen in the Yarmouk refugee camp, south of Damascus, local activists said.
Lebanon has been without a president since Michel Suleiman stood down in May 2014. (AFP/File)
22:00 GMT
France will send a top Middle East official to Lebanon early next year in an attempt to end the country's presidential deadlock.
Pakistanis look through belongings following a deadly attack in the southwestern city of Quetta, January 11, 2013. (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT
Up to 30 people were injured by an explosion in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta Wednesday. No group so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera shut down its Egypt channel in the past week, causing further tension between Cairo and Doha. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Saudi brokered talks to end an 18-month standoff between Doha and Cairo will continue into January following Al Jazeera's decision to close its Egypt channel.
Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF would "respond forcefully" after soldier was shot by snipers. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF would "respond forcefully" after a soldier was critically wounded by Hamas fighters.
Daesh militants posted photos online of the Jordanian pilot's capture Wednesday. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:20 GMT
Jordanian officials confirmed the capture of a Royal Air Force pilot by Daesh militants Wednesday after his warplane was shot down in northeastern Syria.
Senior PKK leader Murat Karayilan said a war could start if current talks with Turkey failed. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
A senior PKK leader said Kurds could "start a war" and hostilities could resume with Turkey if talks with Ankara failed.
Jerusalem's municipality invested $12.7 million in the settlement development. (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT
Jerusalem's municipality confirmed approval to build 380 illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem after investing $12.7 million in the development.
Pro-government protesters were kidnapped by Houthi militants in Sanaa. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT
Shia militants abducted 20 anti-Houthi protesters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Wednesday, eyewitnesses said.
Three fishermen were detained by Syrian naval forces on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Three fishermen were fired upon by the Syrian navy off the coast of northern Lebanon Wednesday. Sources say the fishermen were detained while their boat was seized.
Media wars erupted both before and after the Arab Spring of 2011. (AFP/File)
14:31 GMT
While media in the Middle East is influential and can to some extent take sides, it doesn't hold as much power and control as people think.
Daesh fighters are believed to have gathered in the south of Baghdad to receive salaries when the attack took place. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
A suicide bomber targeting Daesh militants killed at least 33 people and wounded 55 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Hamas fighter was killed after being hit by a bullet. (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT
Israeli airstrikes and tank fire killed a Gazan Hamas militant in response to sniper fire, according to a military statement.
A screenshot taken from a Daesh video shows militants holding a Jordanian national captive. (Al Bawaba/File)
12:21 GMT
A warplane belonging to coalition forces has allegedly been shot down in Syria, with the Jordanian pilot being held captive.
Three militants from the Daesh-linked Jund al-Khilafa were killed by Algeria's army. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
Algeria's army killed three militants including a key leader of a group linked to Daesh, which claimed responsibility for killing a French national in September.
An injured child walks through a makeshift hospital in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma after being hit by an airstrike, December 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT
Daesh militants made further gains in Iraq and Syria after returning to a strategic oil refinery and retaking a hill near a Syrian military base.
Palestinian protesters were prevented by Israeli forces from marching to a military checkpoint in Bethlehem, December 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Israeli soldiers clashed with a peaceful Palestinian Christmas march in Bethlehem, mildly injuring several people.
Some 500,000 people fled Iraq's Mosul after it was seized by Daesh in June, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.
Speaker of Iran's parliament Ali Larijani (L) meets with Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Bashir Hussain Najafi, one of the five Grand Ayatollahs in Iraq, during his visit to the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf, about 160 kilometres south of Baghdad, on December 23, 2014. (AFP / HAIDAR HAMDANI)
07:08 GMT
Speaker of Iran's parliament Ali Larijani (L) meets with Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Bashir Hussain Najafi,one of the five Grand Ayatollahs in Iraq.
Various types of drugs, scales, and mobile phones were recovered by police. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Police found plethora of illicit substances at a home in Fanar, a suburb of Beirut.
Daesh militants, who have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and neighboring Syria, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians, in both Arab states. (AFP/Rami Al-Sayed)
05:00 GMT
Daesh crucified at least ten people in Syria, amid continuation of crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT
Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.
Participants were subjected to tear gas as Israeli forces prevented them from reaching the checkpoint.(AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
Protesters dressed as Santa Claus promoted peace, freedom, and justice as they marched towards the Israeli checkpoint.
US-led airstrikes targeted militants, infrastructure, and oil/gas installations, but have also taken civilian lives. (AFP/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
16:44 GMT
Monitoring group reviewed civilian deaths over the past three months due to US-led air strikes.
Abbas demands draft resolution to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine does not fail. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT
Palestine's president insisted UN Security Council draft resolution must pass or else he will cut ties with Israel.
Approximately 30 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants from the Nusra Front and Daesh in early August. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT
Sheikh Naim Qassem prioritized the need for discretion in negotiating the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadists.
Daesh has collected 23 million pounds from the sale of pilfered artifacts from churches in Nabaq, according to a report by The Christian Post. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.
The vote is due to take place before next year according to PA official Saeb Erekat. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT
The UN is due to vote on a draft resolution to finalize the Palestine-Israel peace deal by the end of the year, PA official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.
The Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida), a group which some analysts believe thrives on anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric, organize protests every Monday in Dresden, Germany.(AFP/File)
14:10 GMT
Thousands joined protests organized by the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) this Monday in Dresden.
Armed militias have continued to clash with government forces since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
Hundreds of Libyan civilians caught up in fighting between armed groups and government forces were killed since late August, the UN said.
The Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, is among the most heavily damaged cultural sites. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
13:13 GMT
Hundreds of cultural heritage sites were damaged by ongoing conflict in Syria from looting, explosions and violence, according to a UN report.
A Yazidi woman sits in Kurdistan's Bajid Kandala camp, after fleeing Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.
A pipeline carrying gas supplies to Jordan was blown up in north Sinai by militants Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT
Security forces in Egypt increased security in north Sinai after militants attacked a gas pipeline, which provides gas to Jordan Tuesday.
The latest bomb attacks come after dozens of Houthi militants were killed during clashes Sunday. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT
A Shia Houthi fighter was killed after five bomb blasts rocked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Tuesday, according to reports.
Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.
Palestinian children stand beside their belongings after Israeli forces destroyed their home in East Jerusalem, October 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
Israeli authorities issued five demolition orders for Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem including one built in 1938.
A Palestinian woman awaits permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip on December 22, 2014. Around 630 Palestinians left Gaza and entered the Egyptian Sinai through the Rafah crossing the previous day after Cairo authorised a temporary reopening of the border, a Palestinian official said. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
06:59 GMT
A Palestinian woman awaits permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip on December 22, 2014.
Militant groups linked to al Qaeda are responsible for multiple bombings in Yemen. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Yemen have threatened to attack facilities belonging to the French oil company, Total.
Lebanon hosts over a million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion.

December 22, 2014

This is the second time that the crossing has opened to Palestinians in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip since one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian soldiers took place in North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
18:48 GMT
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.
The poll, billed as Tunisia's first free presidential election, was the first since Ben Ali was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:22 GMT
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.
Al-Jazeera's move to take its Egypt channel off the air comes amid attempts by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to to mend the relationship between the two countries after months of tensions over Doha's support to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
17:48 GMT
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.
President Sisi and the special envoys of the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz recently met for a meeting. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT
Egyptian relations with the Gulf states, especially Qatar, are essential to regional stability.
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT
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.
Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 overthrow and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
15:39 GMT
A group of Libyan students in Turkey has broken into their own embassy in Ankara in a row over scholarships.
Voter turnout, the commission added, stood at 60.11 percent of the country's registered voters. (AFP/File)
15:19 GMT
Beji Caid Essebsi of the Nidaa Tounes party was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff with 55.68 percent of the vote.
State news agencies reported a voter turnout of 47 percent. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
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.
Some 192,417 people fled to Turkey from the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT
Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.
Israeli settlers frequently tour the Al Aqsa compound, causing tension with Palestinians in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT
A large group of 68 Israelis toured the Al Aqsa compound for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah while Palestinians protested outside Monday.
Dozens of Daesh militants were killed during the operation to retake the town of Al Wafa, according to the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT
Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.
The Egyptian army conducted a series of raids in the north Sinai over the past three days, leading to 45 arrests. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT
Fourteen alleged militants were killed and 45 others arrested by the Egyptian army during a series of raids in north Sinai.
Supporters of Beji Caid Essebsi march during an election campaign rally in Tunis, November 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in the Tunisian elections despite official results not being announced till late Monday.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces inspect the remains of a vehicle bearing the symbol of Daesh after it was hit by a US airstrike, north of Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
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.
All Syrian men of military age will need special permission to leave the country. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT
The Syrian government imposed travel restrictions on military-age men, according to opposition media outlets.
French police monitor the scene where a man shouting “Allah Akbar” drove into a crowd of pedestrians, December 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Eleven people were injured after a man shouting "Allah Akbar" drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in the French city of Dijon.
Yemen has been at the center of conflict between Shia Houthis, Al Qaeda and local tribesmen. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
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, 13 kilometres (eight miles) northeast of Damascus, on December 21, 2014. (AFP/ ABD DOUMANY)
07:13 GMT
An elderly Syrian couple await treatment at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma.
Over 600 Gazans have entered Egypt since the Rafah border crossing opened. (AFP/File)
06:08 GMT
Egypt temporarily opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday. It had been closed since October 2014.

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 ended its eight year capital punishment ban (Image: Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT
Jordan ends its eight 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.
Daesh militants have been in control of Tikrit for six months, while many civilians fled. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.
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