Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has reelected Sheikh Ali Salman as its leader.
A teenager recruited by Daesh surrendered himself and his explosive belt to Iraqi authorities after refusing to carry out his mission to bomb a Shia mosque.
A metal silo collapsed on top of factory while workers remained trapped inside.
Drive-by attack occurred not far from Cairo square.
The Syrian regime killed 32,507 individuals, 24,430 of whom were civilians, in 2014.
Airstrikes on Daesh-held towns resulted in at least 50 deaths, of whom the majority are suspected to be civilian.
At least 25 Palestinians including five teenagers were arrested across the West Bank by Israeli forces in overnight raids.
Eight Kurdish fighters along with 20 Daesh militants were killed during clashes Friday in Iraq's Sinjar region, a source from the Peshmerga forces said.
December 26, 2014
Three militants including a member of Nusra Front were shot dead by Lebanon's army near the border with Syria overnight Thursday.
Two members of Egypt's security forces were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula late Thursday, the army said.
Around 2,500 Palestinian refugees have been killed in the Syrian conflict while an equal number are believed to be missing.
A mosque in Sweden was set ablaze in the town of Eskilstuna by an unknown arsonist, injuring five people.
A Jordanian army general said an air force plane was not shot down by Daesh in northern Syria despite contrary reports.
Two men with alleged links to extremist groups were arrested by Lebanese forces in the border town of Arsal Thursday.
Israeli police arrested 24 high-ranking officials in a corruption probe. The scandal predominantly hit Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party.
December 25, 2014
A prisoner exchange could be an option for the captured Jordanian pilot who is being held by Daesh militants in Syria.
Over 23 civilians were killed Thursday in Aleppo after government airstrikes hit residential areas, according to an opposition group.
Coptic Christians in Egypt increased security around churches for Christmas Thursday following threats from extremist groups.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Daesh militants to release a Jordanian pilot, captured when his warplane was reportedly shot down in Syria.
Bodies of the two Jerusalem synagogue attackers were returned to their families by Israeli authorities Thursday.
An Iraqi Christian boy, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul poses for a photo wearing Christmas hat
An Iraqi Christian boy, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, poses for a photo wearing a Father Christmas hat in the grounds of Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church.
Israeli forces shot a five-year-old Palestinian child in the face with a rubber-coated bullet as the boy exited a school bus Wednesday.
When German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented Daesh activities in Iraq's Mosul, he entered a horrific world of child soldiers, a fundamental interpretation of Sunni Islam and a lot of tension.
Daesh militants allegedly attacked the city of Hit in Iraq's Anbar province with chlorine gas strikes, according to an Iraqi security source.
December 24, 2014
The US military said Daesh did not shoot down a Jordanian warplane in Syria despite claims from the militant group the jet was targeted with a heat-seeking missile.
A Fatah official was shot and killed by masked gunmen in the Yarmouk refugee camp, south of Damascus, local activists said.
France will send a top Middle East official to Lebanon early next year in an attempt to end the country's presidential deadlock.
Up to 30 people were injured by an explosion in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta Wednesday. No group so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Saudi brokered talks to end an 18-month standoff between Doha and Cairo will continue into January following Al Jazeera's decision to close its Egypt channel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF would "respond forcefully" after a soldier was critically wounded by Hamas fighters.
Jordanian officials confirmed the capture of a Royal Air Force pilot by Daesh militants Wednesday after his warplane was shot down in northeastern Syria.
A senior PKK leader said Kurds could "start a war" and hostilities could resume with Turkey if talks with Ankara failed.
Jerusalem's municipality confirmed approval to build 380 illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem after investing $12.7 million in the development.
Shia militants abducted 20 anti-Houthi protesters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Wednesday, eyewitnesses said.
Three fishermen were fired upon by the Syrian navy off the coast of northern Lebanon Wednesday. Sources say the fishermen were detained while their boat was seized.
While media in the Middle East is influential and can to some extent take sides, it doesn't hold as much power and control as people think.
A suicide bomber targeting Daesh militants killed at least 33 people and wounded 55 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Wednesday.
Israeli airstrikes and tank fire killed a Gazan Hamas militant in response to sniper fire, according to a military statement.
A warplane belonging to coalition forces has allegedly been shot down in Syria, with the Jordanian pilot being held captive.
Algeria's army killed three militants including a key leader of a group linked to Daesh, which claimed responsibility for killing a French national in September.
Daesh militants made further gains in Iraq and Syria after returning to a strategic oil refinery and retaking a hill near a Syrian military base.
Israeli soldiers clashed with a peaceful Palestinian Christmas march in Bethlehem, mildly injuring several people.
At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.
Speaker of Iran's parliament Ali Larijani (L) meets with Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Bashir Hussain Najafi,one of the five Grand Ayatollahs in Iraq.
Police found plethora of illicit substances at a home in Fanar, a suburb of Beirut.
Daesh crucified at least ten people in Syria, amid continuation of crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
December 23, 2014
Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.
Protesters dressed as Santa Claus promoted peace, freedom, and justice as they marched towards the Israeli checkpoint.
Monitoring group reviewed civilian deaths over the past three months due to US-led air strikes.
Palestine's president insisted UN Security Council draft resolution must pass or else he will cut ties with Israel.
Sheikh Naim Qassem prioritized the need for discretion in negotiating the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadists.
Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.
The UN is due to vote on a draft resolution to finalize the Palestine-Israel peace deal by the end of the year, PA official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.
Thousands joined protests organized by the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) this Monday in Dresden.
Hundreds of Libyan civilians caught up in fighting between armed groups and government forces were killed since late August, the UN said.
Hundreds of cultural heritage sites were damaged by ongoing conflict in Syria from looting, explosions and violence, according to a UN report.
Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.
Security forces in Egypt increased security in north Sinai after militants attacked a gas pipeline, which provides gas to Jordan Tuesday.
A Shia Houthi fighter was killed after five bomb blasts rocked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Tuesday, according to reports.
US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.
Israeli authorities issued five demolition orders for Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem including one built in 1938.
A Palestinian woman awaits permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza
A Palestinian woman awaits permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip on December 22, 2014.
Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Yemen have threatened to attack facilities belonging to the French oil company, Total.
Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion.
December 22, 2014
Egyptian authorities announced on Monday the extension of the opening of Rafah border crossing for an additional day, after initially planning to open the border Sunday and Monday only.
Tunisian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest in the southern Gabes province after presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential runoff.
Qatar's controversial Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al-Jazeera Egypt) announced on Monday that it is broadcasting its last news items before closure, as reconciliation efforts to mend tensions between Egypt and Qatar continue.
Egyptian relations with the Gulf states, especially Qatar, are essential to regional stability.
Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.
A group of Libyan students in Turkey has broken into their own embassy in Ankara in a row over scholarships.
Beji Caid Essebsi of the Nidaa Tounes party was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff with 55.68 percent of the vote.
The favorite to win Tunisia's first democratic election, presidential hopeful Beji Caid Essebsi, claimed victory not long after the polls closed on Sunday in the country's first-ever democratic election. But interim leader President Moncef Marzouki says it is too early to declare a winner.
Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.
A large group of 68 Israelis toured the Al Aqsa compound for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah while Palestinians protested outside Monday.
Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.
Fourteen alleged militants were killed and 45 others arrested by the Egyptian army during a series of raids in north Sinai.
Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in the Tunisian elections despite official results not being announced till late Monday.
Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.
The Syrian government imposed travel restrictions on military-age men, according to opposition media outlets.
Eleven people were injured after a man shouting "Allah Akbar" drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in the French city of Dijon.
Some 12 Houthi militants were killed Sunday following a series of blasts in the Radaa district, according to a local security source.
An elderly Syrian couple await treatment at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma.
Egypt temporarily opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday. It had been closed since October 2014.
December 21, 2014
The polls close in Tunisia's run-off election. Essebsi's campaign is confident of a victory.
Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.
Th US-led coalition hit targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo in at least 12 strikes.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani held a press conference on Mount Sinjar, the site of the recent Kurdish victory against Daesh. Barzani called the advancement "historic."
The twenty Lebanese nationals who died in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer returned to Lebanon on Sunday afternoon.
A group of Israeli settlers have stormed into the Islamic museum of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid rising tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Jordan ends its eight year ban of the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder.
Tunisia ushers in full democracy with run-off Presidential elections four years after uprising.
Egypt has abruptly sacked the nation's powerful intelligence chief for “health reasons,” replacing him with his deputy, security authorities said.
Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.
Children play on a swing in the park of the Safir Maalula Hotel, in the ancient Christian town of Maalula.
Ten Apache helicopters arrived in Egypt on Saturday. The US had delayed the shipment due to Egypt's uncertain political situation.
Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.
December 20, 2014
The US transferred four prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan.
Saudi security forces killed four anti-regime militants in clashes in the town of Awamiyah
As tomorrow's run-off presidential election approaches, Tunisians are tense. The first round results were tight and the candidates must win the support of Popular Front voters.
A bomb explosion injured three policemen in a Shia village in Bahrain