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November 11, 2014

Before Mubarak's fall, Egyptian media only ran official statements about the army, but after the uprising criticism of the military became widespread (AFP file photo).
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Journalists and activists fear that if implemented, the law would end general coverage of the military, which wields major political and economic influence.
Shia rebels have been battling al Qaeda militants and Sunni tribesman for control of various cities across Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Yemeni rebels sparked clashes at Sanaa international airport Tuesday, leaving 4 people dead.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) counts money as he visits the Mattrah souk in Muscat on November 10, 2014. Iran and the United States held a second day of talks today in Oman about a long hoped for nuclear deal, with key differences threatening to scupper a final agreement. (AFP/POOL/Nicholas KAMM)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) counts money as he visits the Mattrah souk
The moderate Syrian opposition has been fighting Assad's forces since 2011. (AFP/File)
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British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reiterated UK's support for the syrian moderate opposition as they fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levent's (ISIL) extremism and Syrian president Bashar Al-Assadآ’s regime.
Israel is an oasis in the region for LGBT communities. (AFP file photo)
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Perhaps the most neglected major news story unfolding in the Middle East is the systematic repression of the region’s LGBT community.
Critics of the NGO law say it allows for the same security surveillance they were subjected to before the 2011 uprising, as well as specifying long jail terms for those who violate the law. (AFP/File)
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A government ultimatum for NGOs to register under a law they say will restrict their activities expired on Monday.
"We are working hard," Kerry said of the talks. (AFP/File)
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A hard-fought nuclear deal hung in the balance as Iran and the United States ended talks Monday in Oman.
ISIL is currently in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
At least 54 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants have been killed in separate Iraqi army attacks in Iraq's northern Saladin and Diyala provinces.
Jordan's King Abdullah II. [AFP]
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Upon the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, the army on Monday dispatched a military aircraft laden with humanitarian assistance, including various supplies and blankets, to Iraq.

November 10, 2014

US Treasury blacklisted Saleh, Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim "for engaging in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security, or stability of Yemen." [AFP]
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The United States has imposed sanctions on its former ally, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted Yemeni dictator, and two Houthi commanders.
A terrorist attack in the UK linked to Islamic extremism is 'almost inevitable' in coming months, security chiefs have warned. [Paul Hackett]
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UK’s top security personnel have warned the British parliament of an “almost inevitable” militant attack in the country over the “acute” levels of terror activities.
Israeli rescue teams security forces work at the scene of a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on November 2014. [AFP]
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An Israeli soldier who was stabbed Monday in Tel Aviv has died of his injuries, Israeli media reported Monday.
Israeli Zaka emergency services volunteers inspect the site where a Palestinian man stabbed three Israelis outside the Alon Shvut settlement in the Etzion settlement. [AFP]
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The Islamic Jihad movement has claimed responsibility for the two stabbing attacks that occurred in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion on Monday.
British forces conducted their first drone attacks on ISIS militants in Iraq over the weekend, the Ministry of Defence has said. [AFP]
19:32 GMT
RAF make first strike on ISIS with drone: Missile launched from Reaper hits ISIS terrorists laying bombs in Iraq
Secretary General of UN Ban Ki-moon. [AFP]
19:21 GMT
The United Nations has tasked a five-member panel with investigating Israeli attacks on UN shelters during Tel Aviv’s deadly summer war on the Gaza Strip.
A Jordanian court has sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership in the ISIL terrorist group. [AFP]
18:44 GMT
A Jordanian court has sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership in the ISIL terrorist group and promoting the Takfiri group on social media networks.
Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement launched an offensive on Monday to push into an al-Qaeda stronghold outside the town of Rada. [AFP]
17:11 GMT
At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against Islamic State (IS) group on November 8, 2014. [AFP]
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"They are our brothers. They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really," woman tells Israel Radio.
Israeli rescue teams security forces work at the scene of a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on November 2014. [AFP]
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Palestinian stabs three people at hitchhiking post outside Alon Shvut settlement; attack comes hours after IDF soldier stabbed and critically hurt in Tel Aviv.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) meeting with United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus on November 10, 2014. [AFP]
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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has said a ceasefire proposal for the embattled northern city of Aleppo, which has been raised by the UN envoy to the country, is “worth studying.”
Palestinian fishermen collect a few small fish they caught on their nets after wading in the surf off the beach in Gaza City on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
14:43 GMT
For the first time since 2007, fish caught by Palestinian fishermen in Gaza was allowed to enter the West Bank on Monday, an official said.
 King Abdullah mosque in Amman, Jordan.
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In another move to crack down on ISIS supporters in the country, Jordanian authorities have ordered clerics to preach only moderate Islam
Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound late last week. (AFP/File)
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Dozens of Jewish settlers under Israeli police protection have forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a Palestinian guard at the holy site said Monday.
A Syrian Kurdish boy peers as children take lessons on November 10, 2014 in a makeshift school tent in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Turkey's maintained an "open door" policy for all those fleeing Syria's civil war and there are now over 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in the country. More than 280,000 Syrian refugees are living in refugee camps, mostly in the southeast, according Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). (AFP / ARIS MESSINI)
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A Syrian Kurdish boy peers as children take lessons in a makeshift school tent
A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
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An Islamic State spokesman has confirmed that U.S. airstrikes injured IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani (left), was one of ISIL leader Baghdadi's closest aides (Image: The Telegraph)
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An aide to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by a US air strike according to Iraqi state television, while the fate of the militant group's chief remains unclear.
The incident came amid increased tensions following recent clashes at al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
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An approximately twenty-year-old man was stabbed and critically injured in Tel Aviv near Hahagana train station on Monday in what police believe was a nationalistically motivated attack.
Four of the nuclear engineers were Syrian while one was Iranian, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
10:59 GMT
Five nuclear engineers were reportedly assassinated by unknown gunmen close to a research center in northern Damascus.
Israeli forces fired on Palestinian fishermen after they allegedly entered Egyptian territorial waters. (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT
Three Palestinian fishermen were injured off the Gaza coast by Israeli gunboats late Sunday, local witnesses said.
Ansar Beit al Maqdis has claimed responsibility for multiple high-profile attacks across Egypt. (AFP/File)
10:17 GMT
Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis purportedly swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group and called on Egyptians to take up arms against the government.
Israeli soldiers walk through the Al Aqsa compound following days of intense clashes, November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur called ongoing tensions in Jerusalem a "stab wound" on the country's relationship with Israel.
Oman is hosting two-day talks in an effort to hammer out a nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT
Oman voiced hope that talks between Iran, the US, and the EU regarding Iran's nuclear program will reach a final agreement soon.
Lebanese soldiers have been carrying out raids across Syrian refugee camps since outbreaks of clashes in Arsal in August, 2014. (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's army raided a gathering in a Syrian refugee camp Sunday following a nationwide crackdown on militancy in the country.
The proposed bill will apply Israeli laws to illegal settlements in the West Bank (File/AFP)
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A proposed Knesset bill to apply Israeli laws to illegal settlements in the West Bank was condemned by Palestinian official, Nabil Shaath Sunday.
Ahmet Davutoglu's comments came after clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces resumed (File/AFP)
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Ahmet Davutoglu called for the protection of Al Aqsa Mosque a "divine duty" following reports of right-wing Israeli settlers storming the holy complex last week.
Fearing infiltration, ISIL has changed its entry requirements. (AFP/File)
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ISIL now requires European recruits to undergo background checks, fearing infiltration by Western intelligence agents.

November 9, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas  arrives for the opening of a museum of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 9, 2014. [AFP]
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President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday the shrine of late President Yasser Arafat will be moved to Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, at the earliest possible opportunity.
Arab Israeli protesters shouts slogans during a rally in the northern Israeli town of Umm al-Faham on November 9, 2014, a day after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. [AFP]
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Israeli forces have raised the alert level across the occupied territories as Palestinians continue protests over the killing of a young man.
A Lebanese army soldier mans a checkpoint at the entrance to Arsal town in the Bekaa valley.
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The Lebanese Army Sunday arrested a Syrian rebel commander and his chauffeur near the northeastern border town of Arsal
ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed Sunday that al-Baghdadi was hurt in US-led strike, but said he was not killed.
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ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed Sunday that al-Baghdadi was hurt in US-led strike, but said he was not killed.
Israeli security forces detain an Arab-Israeli youth during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 9, 2014, a day after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. [AFP]
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A general strike paralyzed the majority of Arab cities and towns in the Negev on Sunday in protest against the Israeli police shooting dead an Arab young man in the Galilee a day earlier.
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi declared himself the leader of ISIL in June. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi officials say an investigation is being carried out to determine whether ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in recent airstrikes by the US-led coalition.
Sunday marks the ninth anniversary of the Amman hotel bombings, when coordinated attacks targeted three of the capital’s hotels in November 2005.
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Jordan on Sunday marks the ninth anniversary of the Amman hotel bombings, when coordinated attacks targeted three of the capital’s hotels in November 2005, killing over 60 people and injuring some 115.
ISIL launched their offensive against Kobani in mid-September. (AFP/File)
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More than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting in Kobani, a monitor group said Sunday.
Palestinian supporters of the Islamist group Hamas wave flags of the movement during a graduation ceremony in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip on November 7, 2014. [AFP]
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Tensions reach new heights as official says Hamas refused to provide security for event to mark 10 years since death of Yasser Arafat.
A Palestinian schoolgirl displays a pool of water at a UN-run school that was partially destroyed during the 50 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas. [AFP]
14:09 GMT
Gaza's Energy and Natural Resources Authority on Sunday urged Palestinian officials to ship fuel to Gaza in order to increase the efficiency of the Strip's sole power plant.
King Abdullah II reportedly cancelled Jordanian participation in a ceremony scheduled to begin this week marking 20 years of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty. [AFP]
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Citing Temple Mount tensions, Jordan's king orders officials not to attend 20th anniversary ceremony for peace treaty in Jordan Valley.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU representative, Catherine Ashton, met at Muscat’s Al Bustan Palace on Sunday morning to discuss the progress of the nuclear negotiations. (AFP/File)
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Representatives of Iran, the US, and the EU have kicked off a trilateral meeting in the Omani capital, Muscat.
At the opening of the cabinet meeting Netanyahu said to Peretz: "Thank you for realizing your place is not at the cabinet table." (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz resigned Sunday amid a public fight with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Iraqi soldiers inspect an ISIL vehicle, destroyed by US air strikes in Iraq (File/AFP)
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No one saw ISIL coming. Over the past few months, ISIL militants have managed to seize land the size of Great Britain across Iraq and Syria. Clearly, this terrorist group needs stopped. Sending more US soldiers into Iraq isn't the answer.
A Yemeni soldier stands guard outside the former headquarters of the General People's Congress party on Nov. 6 in Sana'a. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Two bombs were discovered before they exploded.
Egypt's army has continued with an ongoing operation to battle militancy in the Sinai Peninsula (File/AFP)
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Egyptian security forces killed eight suspected militants in the Sinai Peninsula as part of ongoing anti-jihadist operations.
A fighter from the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands before clashes resume with ISIL in Kobani, November 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
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At least 13 ISIL militants and Kurdish fighters were killed following clashes in the Syrian border town of Kobani, which has been under siege for nearly two months.
A Yemeni man reads a newspaper headline announcing the formation of a new government headed by former oil minister Khalid Bahah, on Nov. 8 in the capital Sana'a. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The new government, led by Prime Minister Khaled Al-Bahah, includes a number of ministers affiliated with the Shi’ite Houthi movement and the southern Hirak movement.
Saudi mourners hold posters reading in English "Sectarianism shall be defeated. Together we stand." (L) and "Terrorism victimizes us all" as they attend on November 7, 2014, the funeral of eight Shiite victims killed earlier this week by masked gunmen in the town of Al-Dalwa in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. Seven of the dead were killed when gunmen opened fire at a crowd, as Shiites commemorated Ashura, one of their holiest occasions. (AFP/STR)
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Saudi mourners hold posters reading in English "Sectarianism shall be defeated.
A Palestinian man prays on the street outside Jerusalem's Old City as Israeli police stand guard following restrictions imposed on worshipers at Al Aqsa Mosque, November 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:14 GMT
Tensions continued Sunday following overnight protests across Israel after a Palestinian man was unlawfully killed by Israeli police on Friday.
Jordan's relationship with Israel continues to sour over Al Aqsa violations (File/AFP)
07:29 GMT
Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets of central Amman to protest against Israeli actions in Jerusalem's holy Al Aqsa Mosque.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been hit in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim, close to the Syrian border (Image: Screenshot)
06:59 GMT
ISIL leader and self-proclaimed "Caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has allegedly been seriously injured by a US air strike, local witnesses and government sources reported.
Kabir Ahmed from Derby killed eight people in the Iraqi town of Beiji, according to a security expert (File/AFP)
06:45 GMT
A British national who joined ISIL blew himself up in Iraq, killing eight people. Kabir Ahmed from Derby originally appeared on a BBC program stating why he wanted to be a suicide bomber.
The report said Pakistan's Taliban offered to join the ISIL militant movement (File/AFP)
06:31 GMT
ISIL has begun luring members of the Taliban and other militant groups to join its ranks, according to a state government report from the Balochistan province.