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November 23, 2014

Obama has signed an executive order authorizing a larger US military role in Afghanistan amid national security discussions in Washington. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
US President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order this weekend authorizing the expansion of US military presence in Afghanistan.
Revenge attacks by Israeli settlers have increased in the West Bank over the past year. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT
Israeli settlers torched and vandalized a Palestinian house close to the West Bank city of Ramallah Sunday.
Iraqi Christians pray during mass in an Erbil church, July 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT
Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries. When the Islamic State was announced however, persecution, forced conversions and mass murder resulted in thousands fleeing Iraq and Syria. Will this be the end of a holy minority in the region?
Militant attacks in the Sinai Peninsula have increased dramatically over the past year. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT
Seven alleged militants were killed by the Egyptian army over the weekend while 67 were arrested in the Sinai Peninsula.
The US has donated over $3 billion to Syrian refugees since the crisis began in March, 2011. (AFP/File)
06:31 GMT
US Vice President Joe Biden announced up to $135 million in humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees during a trip to Turkey Saturday.
ISIL militants continue to advance in Anbar province, despite resistance from the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
05:18 GMT
At least 25 Sunni tribesmen from Iraq's Anbar province were killed by ISIL militants. The bodies of the men were found by the country's army.
The US and its allies started their air campaign in Syria in September. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
US-led airstrikes have killed 910 people since the start of the aerial campaign against ISIL.

November 22, 2014

This group is due to reach an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by Nov. 24. (AFP/File)
19:34 GMT
Experts predict that Iran and the P5+1 will not reach a comprehensive agreement before the November 24th deadline.
Women hold a banner that reads " No borders in women's solidarity" as they protest against violence, discrimination, war and the Islamic State militants active in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, on November 22, 2014, in the Turkish city of Ankara. (AFP / ADEM ALTAN)
16:56 GMT
" No borders in women's solidarity" as they protest against violence
Human Rights Watch called on Israel to immediately stop demolishing the homes of Palestinians whom they suspect of carrying out attacks against Israelis. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Human Rights Watch group claims that Israel's policy of destroying the homes of Palestinians suspected for carrying out attacks against Israelis.
The Ministry of Defense will deploy more than 38,000 soldiers to ensure the smooth running of the polling process. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Tunisia prepares for presidential elections scheduled for Sunday by announcing plans to mobilize security forces for polling stations and vital government buildings.
There are 349,713 voters eligible to cast ballots in Saturday's vote. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Polls opened in Bahrain on Saturday for the first time since 2011, amid a boycott by the opposition.
After sending troops into Somalia in October 2011, Kenya has been plagued by gun and bomb attacks by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab militants. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 passengers who were non-Muslim.
Turkey pledged support for Peshmerga fighters. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
The Turkish Prime Minister announced Turkey's intention to help the Kurdish fighters in the growing fight against ISIL.
A supporter of Moncef Marzouki, the current Tunisian president who is defending his position in the upcoming presidential elections, holds up the national flag during a campaign rally on Nov. 19 (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
05:00 GMT
This is the first time that the Tunisian-Libyan border will be closed for this long since the toppling of the previous regime.

November 21, 2014

Iraqi federal troops and members of Kurdish and Shiite militias hold a post in the Diyala province. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
18:00 GMT
The troops will help volunteers from Iraq’s Sunni tribes who have been joining training centers at army bases.
Neighborhoods around Ramadi have been under ISIL control, though the government has been holding the city center. (File photo)
15:38 GMT
Local officials say attacks and mortar fire have been ongoing since the early morning hours.
Palestinian women pray outside the Dome of the Rock following Friday prayers on Nov. 21. Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli eased age restrictions. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
14:36 GMT
Prayers at al-Aqsa ended peacefully, with around 40,000 worshipers attending the weekly sermon.
Bishr served as minister of local development under deposed president Mohamed Morsi. (Image courtesy Ahram)
12:30 GMT
Mohamed Ali Bishr is accused of "spying for foreign states."
Israeli women of the Ethiopian Jewish community pray during the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem', as they celebrate from a hilltop in Jerusalem, on November20, 2014. Sigd used to mark the aspirations of Ethiopians Jews to go to Jerusalem. Today Sigd is celebrated in the holy city with thousands of Ethiopians from all over Israel congregating to pray together, led by their religious leaders, the 'Kessim' who recites prayers while they pray overlooking the old city of Jerusalem. (AFP/GALI TIBBON)
12:18 GMT
Israeli women of the Ethiopian Jewish community pray during the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi may be considering a pardon for jailed Al Jazeera journalists. (AFP file photo).
11:00 GMT
The five journalists were convicted of threatening Egypt's national security by allegedly producing "fabricated" news stories and footage with a view to tarnishing Egypt's image abroad.
A member of the Iraqi police special forces holds his weapon as he rides in a parade in before heading to fight ISIL jihadists on Nov. 19. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
10:00 GMT
At least 20 gunmen were killed near Baghdad.
The Brotherhood has called on Jordanian authorities to release its official.
09:22 GMT
Jordan Muslim Brotherhood leader Zaki Bani Rushaid was detained late Thursday, Reuters reported.
Three men are accused of trying to assassinate Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. (AFP file photo)
08:15 GMT
Though the indictment was filed on Tuesday, no public announcement has been issued by the often close-mouthed IDF Military Courts.
It wasn't clear why Hossein Derakhshan was suddenly freed. (File photo)
07:49 GMT
The Iranian-Canadian blogger has been pardoned by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
Syrian children walk past images of President Bashar al-Assad in the restive Sleiman al-Halabi neighborhood on the government-controlled side of Aleppo on Nov. 16. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
07:30 GMT
Security checkpoints around the capital have been taking stricter measures to scrutinize identification papers of military-age men.
MERS is linked to camels, but many new cases occur between humans in hospitals. (File photo)
07:14 GMT
The Saudi Ministry of Health raised the total number of MERS cases in the kingdom since September 2012 to 808.
The mayor of Ashkelon has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab-Israeli workers in his city. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The mayor of the Israeli city of Ashkelon, Itamar Shimoni, has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab-Israeli workers in his city.

November 20, 2014

On Thursday, a car bomb blast rocked the Iraqi city of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
19:26 GMT
A car bomb explosion hit the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, killing an unknown amount of people.
The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday that Secretary John Kerry will travel to Vienna. (AFP/File)
18:08 GMT
The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday that Secretary John Kerry will travel to Vienna Thursday evening to join the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday spoke out against anti-Arab discrimination. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office released a statement about how anti-Arab discrimination in Israeli society is wrong.
ISIL swept across swathes of northern Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
Senior ISIL leader, Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, was killed in Mosul on Wednesday afternoon.
It is estimated that around 1,000 French jihadists may have gone to Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT
Three French members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have appeared on a new militant propaganda video calling on Muslims to join them or 'bring terror to the streets of France.'
Around 220,000 out of 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey have shelter in refugee camps, according to an Amnesty report. (AFP/File)
12:32 GMT
Human rights group Amnesty International warned of dire consequences if hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees did not get adequate shelter in Turkey.
Nusra Front militants have been fighting with rivals from the Syrian Revolutionary Front over the past few weeks. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT
Nusra Front militants in Syria executed two fighters from the rival opposition faction, the Syrian Revolutionary Front.
Mahinour El-Masry had been jailed for six months for "illegal protesting" and was detained again Wednesday. (Image: Ahmed Arab)
11:12 GMT
Egyptian security forces released human rights activist Maheinour El-Masry after she was detained for several hours.
Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces on Wednesday following an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem where five people were killed. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Israeli troops stormed into the homes of two Palestinian men who were shot dead after attacking a synagogue in Jerusalem, killing five people.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn over the bodies of Israeli victims killed by two Palestinian men in a Jerusalem synagogue. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT
The UN denounced Tuesday's deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, which left five Israelis dead after two Palestinians attacked the site with a meat cleaver and gun.
Lebanon's Shia movement Hezbollah continues to back Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:19 GMT
Saudi officials on Wednesday asked the UN Security Council to blacklist both Shia groups Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthis.
Fans of Saudi Arabia salute before the Gulf Cup Group A football match against Yemen at King Fahad stadium in Riyadh on November 19, 2014. (AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE)
08:19 GMT
Fans of Saudi Arabia salute before the Gulf Cup Group A football match
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more settlement units, following deadly attacks in a Jerusalem synagogue, November 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:26 GMT
Following Tuesday's deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, riots ensued and tensions rose to peak level. What led to these events, however, was violence at the Al Aqsa Mosque and increasing settlement activity across Palestine. Is this Bibi's version of peace?
Peshmerga fighters prepare to attack ISIL militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
05:40 GMT
Peshmerga forces launched a joint operation with the Iraqi army to recapture Diyala and Kirkuk provinces from ISIL militants.
ISIL militants have seized land across Syria and Iraq in recent months. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT
US General John Allen discussed strategies with Turkish officials to combat ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq Wednesday.
Dina Kawar is the latest female representative on the UN Security Council.
04:00 GMT
Jordan is going to launch a regional initiative to curb terrorists’ increasing use of telecommunications and media technologies.

November 19, 2014

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani. (AFP/file)
22:01 GMT
Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani on Wednesday said that the government is closely following up on the dangerous situation in Jerusalem and is calling for restraint from both sides.
A Palestinian protester kicks a flaming tyre towards Israeli soldiers during clashes near the Israeli Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP)
21:53 GMT
Israeli settlers on Wednesday evening attempted to burn down a house in the village of al-Mughayyir east of Ramallah, but were prevented by doing so by local villagers.
Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem, following a synagogue attack, which left five people dead. (AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan after riots erupted Wednesday.
Mickael Dos Santos in a grab from an Islamic State propaganda video 
Mickael Dos Santos in a grab from an Islamic State propaganda video. (Image: Youtube)
18:14 GMT
Second Frenchman identified as Muslim convert from Paris suburb reported to have been among ISIL militants in beheading video
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel.
17:35 GMT
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah met Tuesday with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel as the minister holds a series of talks with high-ranking political officials after his return from Tehran late last month.
Fighters of Libya's Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) militia rest while holding a position in the Kikla region. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
16:54 GMT
Pro-government forces and militants in Libya's restive city of Benghazi have agreed on a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire, the UN mission in Libya says.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. (Gil Cohen Magen/ AFP)
16:29 GMT
Netanyahu characterized as “significant” the demolition earlier in the morning of the home of the terrorist from Silwan responsible for the attack that killed two, including a three-month-old baby, at a Jerusalem light-rail station last month.
French Rafale jet fighter.
15:30 GMT
France plans to send Mirage fighter jets to Jordan to increase its operations against the ISIL cult.
Palestinian solidarity march. Madrid, 2009. (Flickr)
15:02 GMT
Israel has censured the Spanish parliament over a symbolic vote, which calls on the Madrid government to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.
Such expansion is made possible when often little known or relatively new jihadist groups announce their allegiance to IS, as was the case in Derna. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT
The Islamic State has seized control of the coastal city of Derna on Libya's Mediterranean coast.
The ISIL launched an offensive in June and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT
At least six people were killed in a car bomb in the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
Over 500,00 Israeli settlers live illegally in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT
The Israeli government approved the construction of 78 new settlement units in East Jerusalem Wednesday after the decision was approved by the city's municipality.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennet said Israel needed to "attack" rather than defend Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
Economy Minister Naftali Bennet said Wednesday Israel should launch a military operation in East Jerusalem to root out "terror".
During the 2nd Intifada, at least 3,900 Palestinians were left homeless by demolitions. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
Israel's practice of demolishing houses as a form of punishment is disproportional and only fans the flames of hatred and violence.
Lebanese tanks patrol through the country's border town of Arsal, March 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT
Clashes continued into the early hours of Wednesday in the Syrian town of Assal al-Ward, close to the Lebanese border.
Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU’s Ashton attended a working lunch and discussed how to advance the talks within the next days as the November 24 deadline approaches. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Iranian deputy foreign ministers have held talks with US diplomats as negotiations are expected to continue between Tehran and the P5+1 group on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Egypt's army launched an extensive campaign against militants amid increasing violence in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT
Seven civilians and three militants were killed after a mortar shell hit a home in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, a security source said.
A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, displays his portrait inside his family home after it was raised by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood on November 19, 2014, as Israel speeds up the application of a controversial demolition policy. The demolition came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a harsh response to a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue yesterdat, the city's bloodiest in year. Home demolitions have long been used as a deterrent punishment in the occupied West Bank but it is the first time that they have been adopted as a matter of policy in annexed Arab east Jerusalem. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
08:32 GMT
A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, displays his portrait inside his family home after it was raised by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem.
Al-Azhar University and Cairo University were scenes of some of the worst student-led violence during last year's academic terms. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
Police stormed Al-Azhar University on Tuesday afternoon after student protesters torched a faculty member's car on the Cairo campus.
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.