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November 18, 2014

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.
Martha Clark wears a badge with picture of his son Jonathan Rivadeneira, who was killed in action in 2007 in Iraq at the age of 22, before the start of the Veterans Day Parade in New York on November 11, 2014. Veterans Day honors all who have served in the US Armed Forces. (AFP / Jewel Samad)
08:50 GMT
Martha Clark wears a badge with picture of his son Jonathan Rivadeneira, who was killed in action in 2007
The Lebanese parliament has failed to pick a new president since Suleiman’s term came to an end in May. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged the Lebanese parliament to immediately choose a new president.
Gunmen loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh gather during a rally outside his headquarters, November 6, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
Events in Yemen have turned out for the worst in a civil war between Houthis and Al Qaeda. The UN and Arab nations must act fast in order to avoid further bloodshed.
Egypt has been rocked by numerous bombings and hundreds of anti-government protests since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi last year. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Clashes between anti-government protesters and police forces have left at least two demonstrators dead and several others wounded in the Egyptian province of Giza.
Military advisors from over 30 nations will discuss developments against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
05:38 GMT
America's military will hold a planning conference with 30 other nations Thursday to discuss defeating ISIL militants.
Kurdish fighters continue to battle ISIL militants in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT
Kurdish forces cut off a key route used by ISIL militants to resupply their ranks in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, according to a local official.
Interior Minister Hussein Majali delivers an address at the seventh Amman Security Colloquium on Wednesday. [Petra photo]
04:00 GMT
As the region’s instability and political complications linger, Jordan still believes in the importance of creating a weapons of mass destruction free zone (WMDFZ) in the region, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said Wednesday.

November 12, 2014

Students demonstrate against the deployment, at Sanaa University campus, of armed Yemani militia from the Shi'ite Huthi movement in the capital Sanaa on November 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT
A powerful suicide bomb attack on Shiite militia fighters in central Yemen left dozens of people dead on Wednesday, military and tribal sources said
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem announced her country's recognition of Palestine on Oct. 30, making it the first major European country to do so
19:04 GMT
The Swedish Consul General on Wednesday signed an agreement with the UNDP to step up financial support for the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip.
 Abbas is also to meet Washington's top diplomat John Kerry to discuss the upsurge in violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. [AFP]
18:00 GMT
PA chief scheduled to meet Kerry in Amman on Thursday to discuss the peace process.
A British woman terrorist suspect dubbed the 'White Widow' has been killed in Ukraine, it was claimed on Wednesday
17:50 GMT
White Widow terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite who was married to 7/7 bomber is 'killed by sniper in Ukraine'
Smoke rises after an airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab on November 9, 2014. [AFP]
17:29 GMT
US-led coalition forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria and 7 in in Iraq since Monday, the US Central Command said.
One car bomb went off in a busy street in the eastern city of Tobruk near the Egyptian border, where the elected parliament is based in a hotel. [Mohammed Hashem]
15:24 GMT
Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally-recognized government on Wednesday, wounding at least 20 people, officials said.
Israel approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighborhood in east Jerusalem. [AFP]
15:12 GMT
An Israeli planning committee Wednesday approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem
Palestinian Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. [AFP]
14:59 GMT
Palestinian figure serving life sentence called for armed resistance in order "to be faithful to the legacy of Arafat," on 10th anniversary of late Palestinian leader's death.
Hamas announced on November 11, 2014 that Taha passed away at the age of 77. [AFP]
14:50 GMT
Muhammad Salih Taha, a co-founder of the Hamas movement, died in Gaza late Tuesday after a long struggle with illness, medics said.
 Masum is in Saudi Arabia for the highest-level talksbetween the two neighbours in years, as relations thaw in the face of the jihadist threat. [AFP]
14:10 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz met with Iraqi President Fuad Masoum at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday evening, to discuss regional developments and steps to improve the relationship between the two countries.
The vote would be non binding but highly symbolic. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT
French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.
West Bank mosque partly torched in apparent settler attack. [AFP]
13:53 GMT
"Those who encourage and allow attacks on mosques and against Palestinians should expect a response," organization warns.
A-Azhar University has been a hotbed of dissent in Egypt. (AFP file photo)
12:42 GMT
This is the latest in a series of expulsions at the prestigious Islamic university.
Turkey recently allowed about 160 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to pass through Turkey into Kobani. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT
There has been a significant impact of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters’ recent entry into the Syrian town of Kobani through Turkey.
Rumors continue to grow over the fate of the ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT
Speculation continues to grow after a US air strike allegedly killed ISIL's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If rumors are true, what will happen to the notorious jihadi group?
The shootings were caught on camera and sparked international outrage. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
An Israeli border policeman has been arrested in connection with the fatal May 15 shootings of two Palestinian teenagers, an Israeli police spokesman told Ma'an Wednesday.
Hezbollah is traditionally a Shia resistance movement in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT
Christians, Druze and Sunni Muslims are being recruited by Hezbollah in east Lebanon to fight ISIS according to a local newspaper.
Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
A local ceasefire agreement between pro-government officials and insurgents is allowing food and aid supplies to enter Damascus Wednesday.
The government declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
09:35 GMT
Ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast in Egypt's Sinai.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia militant group said it killed nine Shiite Houthi militants in a roadside explosion in central Yemen's Al-Bayda' province.
The settlers also wrote racist slogans on the walls of the mosque. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
A group of Israeli settlers set fire inside a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah early Wednesday.