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December 15, 2014

Hostages in the siege are forced to hold up an Islamic flag, December 15, 2014. (Image: Channel 7)
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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)
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Thousands of Palestinians attended a Hamas rally in Gaza, marking the group's 27th anniversary Sunday.
Pro-government forces captured territory north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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Syrian forces seized territory north of Aleppo, while rebel forces capture three government checkpoints.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Ciampino International Airport, on December 14, 2014, in Rome. (Photo: AFP/file)
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US officials say Washington has not yet decided whether to veto or back the UN bid, will consult with European leaders.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem offices on December 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP)
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Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime will not retreat from East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank within two years.
New demands have been issued for the servicemen's release, including the release of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, who is currently in Lebanese custody. (AFP/File)
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Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.
Family members of captive Lebanese servicemen demonstrate for their safe return. At least 25 are still being held captive by Nusra Front and ISIL militants, who are calling for a massive prisoner exchange. (AFP/File)
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After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.
Lebanese authorities have cracked down on Islamists in recent months amid rising tensions following the October attacks in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
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Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.
American Egypt scholar Michele Dunne, who is also a former US diplomat, has been a critic of the 2013 ousting of president Mohamed Morsi and the handling of Egypt's new government that followed. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian authorities have refused Egyptian entry to an American Middle East researcher, citing 'security reasons,' despite the researcher being apparent invitation by a "pro-government group" to attend a conference to attend a conference.
A file photo shows demonstrators protesting against freedom of speech infringements and journalists' arrests in Turkey last November. Sunday's raid attempt was only the most recent in a list of trouble journalists have faced with the Turkish government. (AFP/File)
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Turkish authorities attempted a raid operation on one of the country's most popular newspapers early Sunday, in which they indented to arrest the paper's editor-in-chief, but were not able to enter amid heavy protests by readers.
A Turkish Kurd waves a Kurdish flag at Iraqi peshmerga forces as they enter Turkey on the way to join the fight against ISIL in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/FIle)
08:20 GMT
Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.
Kurdish peshmerga fighters scan the horizon at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, the group took back the north-east city of Jaloula from ISIL militants last month. (AFP/File)
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An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.
Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims attend the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein, at the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Baghdad on December 13, 2014. Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals. A sea of devotees descended on the city to reach the shrine of Imam Hussein, beating their heads and chests to show remorse for not saving him from the armies of the caliph Yazid that beheaded him in 680 AD. (AFP/ MOHAMMED SAWAF)
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Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims attend the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.
The inciident comes on the heels of American photojournalist Luke Somer's death, who died at the hands of the same al-Qaeda earlier this month during an attempted rescue mission by U.S. special forces.
07:08 GMT
Several suspected al-Qaeda militants dressed in women's niqabs were confronted and killed at the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen when a bus security search prompted one of the militants to open fire.
Pictured below are the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura (left) and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. (AFP/File)
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The deputy to the UN special envoy to Syria arrived in Damascus on Saturday to begin a series of negotiations with Syrian officials and militants.

December 13, 2014

Iraqi military and Kurdish militias have been battling ISIL for months. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT
Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.
ISIL fighters have recaptured several villages near Anbar governorate. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT
ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.
Yemeni security forces do routine inspections at checkpoints, but they rarely inspect vehicles carrying women. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.
Pictured are US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right). (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli relations in a Friday phone conversation.
Tensions have been running high in the past few weeks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT
Israeli forces injured four Palestinians by firing rubber bullets at West Bank protesters.
Pro-regime gunmen pose at a military airport held by Syrian troops and pro-regime militias in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor , five days after they repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group on the airport. The Deir Ezzor base is a key regime outpost from which warplanes and helicopters mount raids on jihadist positions in several parts of the war-wracked country. (AFP / THAER AL-AJLANI)
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Pro-regime gunmen pose at a military airport held by Syrian troops and pro-regime militias in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor , five days after they repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group on the airport.
"Let [the two groups] establish a genuine partnership, far from political wrangling, for the liberation of Palestine," leading Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar said in a Friday. (AFP/File)
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A leading member of the Palestinian Hamas movement has called for a "genuine partnership" with the Palestinian Fatah group – its longstanding rival – against the Israeli occupation.

December 12, 2014

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

December 11, 2014

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

December 10, 2014

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

December 9, 2014

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

December 8, 2014

Elections will take place on March 17. (AFP/File)
21:17 GMT
Members of Israel’s 19th Knesset voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to dissolve the parliament, officially putting an end to the current government and paving the way for new elections in March.
The countryside of Idlib has witnessed several assaults from the al-Nusra Front against the Free Syrian Army. (AFP/File)
20:23 GMT
Around 150 fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army have been detained by the al-Nusra Front in Syria’s Idlib province.