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August 2, 2015

A Palestinian boy going into a building on which Hebrew graffiti has been daubed, allegedly by Jewish settlers, in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
07:23 GMT
Family members of the Palestinian baby who burned to death in a fire spoke out against the attack.
Israelis hold placards during a demonstration on August 2, 2015 in Tel Aviv against the death of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, the toddler who was burned to death by suspected Jewish extremists. (AFP/Jack Guez)
07:17 GMT
The arsonists behind the attack which killed an 18-month old Palestinian toddler and injured three other members of the same family are being held under administrative detention.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor called for the Taliban to continue its military campaign after replacing Mullah Mohammad Omar as supreme leader. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor called for the Taliban to continue its military campaign after replacing Mullah Mohammad Omar as supreme leader.
Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants gather in the Qandil mountains. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan called Saturday for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to withdraw from the region where the militant group has a number of bases after Turkish airstrikes killed at least eight civilians there.
A breathtakingly beautiful land of contradictions - Lebanese men enjoy a peaceful moment fishing during sunset outside the northern city of Tripoli, where armed clashes have broken out between Sunni and Shia residents. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:46 GMT
Tom Fletcher says good bye to Lebanon; on being Jewish and Tunisian; and the quiet beauty of Palestine's olive trees.
A 'heat dome' over the Middle East brought scorching temperatures to Iran and Iraq. (Courtesy of Twitter/@RyanMaue
05:20 GMT
A port city in Iran’s southwest has experienced a temperature of 163 °F (73 °C), reportedly one of the hottest registered across the world to date, according to a weather website.
The death toll includes 844 civilians and 488 Iraqi security forces. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:00 GMT
As many as 1,332 people were killed in violence across Iraq in July, according to a monthly report released on Saturday by the UN. Another 2,108 people –including both civilians and military personnel – were injured over the same period.
A hashtag shows a window to the grief and anger coming out of last week's horrific West Bank attacks. (AFP/File)
00:10 GMT
A hashtag shows a window to the grief and anger coming out of last week's horrific West Bank attacks.

August 1, 2015

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in Sinai. (Al Bawaba/File)
20:41 GMT
A top Daesh-affiliated militant commander has been killed during an encounter with Egyptian army troops in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, military sources say.
Sami Khedira
20:08 GMT
The former Real Madrid midfielder was forced off in the first half of his side's friendly with Marseille after clutching at his hamstring
Joan Laporta
18:34 GMT
The former Blaugrana supremo has vowed to continue his fight to dethrone Josep Maria Bartomeu, who he claims has betrayed the Catalan club's core values
Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was in exile in Saudi Arabia for four months. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:31 GMT
Yemen's exiled prime minister, Khaled Bahah, arrived Saturday in Aden, four months after Iran-backed rebels forced his government to flee the southern city.
“These people who harm, who dress in black to carry out attacks, destroy the property of others in the name of Islam, what they do has nothing to do with Islam. That is why I want to ban the niqab,” said Guinean President Alpha Conde. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT
Congo, Chad, Cameroon, and Guinea have initiated a ban on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil "for security reasons," noting people wearing black, including women and girls wearing the niqab often carry out Boko Haram suicide attacks.
Israeli forces throw tear gas canisters towards Palestinians protesting an arson attack that killed a toddler in the West Bank on July 31, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
14:33 GMT
17-year-old Laith Fadel al-Khaladi was killed by Israeli forces amid violent clashes in Ramallah.
OPEC said price volatility and oversupply was damaging the market. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT
OPEC said price volatility and oversupply was damaging the market.
The US has given the World Food Program $65 million for Middle Eastern countries struggling to support Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
The US has given the World Food Program $65 million for Middle Eastern countries struggling to support Syrian refugees.
Mario Balotelli
12:34 GMT
The former Chelsea forward believes a spell in the Middle East would help the Liverpool player regain some stability and allow him to return to Europe as a star
Mohamed Salah
12:32 GMT
After finishing medical tests with Serie A giants Roma, Egypt winger Mohamed Salah has expressed his pleasure with the Italian fans’ warm welcome.
Security forces inspect the West Bank house destroyed in an arson attack on July 31, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
12:26 GMT
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday sharply condemned an arson attack by Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) flag. (Al Bawaba/File)
11:43 GMT
Turkey’s state news agency has alleged that the country’s week-long aerial warfare against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has killed around 260 members of the outlawed group.
The airport had more than two million passengers in one month alone. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT
The airport had more than two million passengers in one month alone.
Oil production in northern Iraq continues without disruption. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
Oil production in northern Iraq continues without disruption.
A soldier stands guard in Benghazi. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT
Daesh has reportedly slain five troops loyal to Libya’s internationally-recognized government in the country’s east.
Saudi soldiers shell Yemen from a post in southwestern Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
08:32 GMT
At least three Saudi soldiers have been killed and seven others injured by a Houthi rocket attack on a military base in Saudi Arabia.
Palestinians attend the funeral of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha, who died after his house was set on fire by Jewish settlers, on July 31, 2015, in the West Bank village of Duma. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
06:00 GMT
President Mahmoud Abbas said he would demand a probe by the International Criminal Courts into a series of attacks against Palestinians by Israeli settlers, including the incident which killed an infant earlier Friday.
The group was sponsored by a foundation aiming to build harmony between disabled and non-disabled children. (Photo: Pixabay)
06:00 GMT
A foundation for the visually impaired arranged a trip for 40 kids to an entertainment park in Jeddah; however, they were denied entrance because of a policy prioritizing tourists.
El-Al and British Airways aircraft sit on the ground at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
05:45 GMT
When Israeli authorities prevented Father Khoury's return to his birthplace; how the world is failing the Yemeni people; and why we need to focus on Tunisia's youth activism.
Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in Beirut's suburbs, January 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Despite making an advance in the Syrian border city of Zabadani, Hezbollah lost two fighters in clashes with militants.

July 31, 2015

There's a new Taliban leader, and to the media, he's just as mysterious as Omar. (AFP/File)
23:57 GMT
There's a new Taliban leader, and to the media, he's just as mysterious as Omar.
Reports emerged Friday of a UK plane crash. According to Arabic media, that plane was carrying several bin Laden family members. (AFP/File)
23:38 GMT
Reports emerged Friday of a UK plane crash. According to Arabic media, that plane was carrying several bin Laden family members.
AFC president considers Platini a unique candidate
22:25 GMT
The chief of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday praised Michel Platini as a "unique candidate" who would bring stability to FIFA.
IOC president Thomas Bach shows the card with the name Beijing as the winning name of the 2022 Winter Olympic bid city
22:15 GMT
Beijing has beaten Kazakhstan's Almaty to be named host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, with only four votes separating the two bidders, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.
Relatives carry the body of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha, through the streets of the West Bank village of Duma during his funeral on July 31, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
18:00 GMT
Mourners gathered at a funeral for the Palestinian infant killed in an arson attack by Israeli settlers earlier Friday.
A Syrian refugee man selling beans at the Zaatari refugee camp home to more than 55,000 Syrians, located close to the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
The money will offset the effects of the World Food Programme cutting off all assistance to 440,000 Syrian refugees living in urban communities in Jordan.
Xavi Hernandez
16:24 GMT
Xavi Hernandez is the most decorated Spanish footballer in history with an astounding 28 titles to his name, but this serial winner remains relentless in his pursuit of glory.
President Beji Caid Essebsi’s office issued a statement on Friday extending the state of emergency until August 3rd. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi ordered the state of emergency on July 4th for an initial 30 days after a Tunisian student used an MK-47 assault rifle to kill tourists at a hotel near the city of Sousse.
Israeli security forces block a road leading to the annexed east Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Israeli police and authorities limited access to one of Islam's holiest sites on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
14:30 GMT
The gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem were closed by Israeli forces in an effort to enhance security measures following the murder of a Palestinian infant by Israeli settlers.
True - Valdet Gashi: The 28-year-old two-time Thai Boxing World Champion left a wife and two children in Bavaria for Daesh. Earlier this month, his family said he had died in Syria, and though the circumstances were unclear, some reports said he’d been killed for trying to defect from the militant group.
13:57 GMT
Spoiler: Macklemore has in fact not joined Daesh.
Israeli forensic police inspect a car belonging to Israeli victims of a gun attack by a Palestinian man near the Dolev settlement, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
A Israeli vehicle was shot at by a passing car in the Binyamin region of the West Bank. No causalities have been reported.
Your taxi ride may cost more than you think if you're leaving valuables behind! (Image: Pixabay)
13:17 GMT
Forgetful taxi passengers left behind a small fortune gold, jewelry, cash, watches and other valuable items. But 98 percent of all reported cases were resolved.
Nusra Front militants have prevented aid from reaching areas in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Villages in Syria's Idlib province remained under siege by Nusra Front militants while there was a shortage of medical supplies and a need for humanitarian assistance, according to a Press TV report.
Tensions are high between Israel and Lebanon since the 2006 war with Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Israeli authorities installed the Iron Dome Defense System near the border with Lebanon in wake of the Iran nuclear deal, an IDF commander said.
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. (AFP/Getty Images)
12:25 GMT
In less than 24 hours 79 Muslim Brotherhood supporters and members have been arrested across Egypt for various charges, including inciting violence against state institutions and public utilities.
Zico
11:30 GMT
Brazilian legend Zico and his team FC Goa will be making Dubai their home for the preseason training ahead of the second edition of the Indian Super League that kicks off early October.
Over 80 percent of Yemen's population is in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
The UN launched an aid distribution program to around 340,000 people in the Yemeni port city of Aden Thursday as the humanitarian situation worsens.
An IDF soldier stands outside the Dawabsha family home, which was burnt down by settlers, July 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday strongly condemned an arson attack carried out by settlers on a Palestinian family where a toddler was killed.
Turkey's government blamed the PKK for the attack, which left two police officers dead. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT
Two officers and two suspects were killed during an assault on police headquarters in Turkey's Adana province. The Turkish government has blamed the PKK for the attack.
A Palestinian man inspects the damage caused by the Jewish settler attack on a family home in the West Bank village of Duma, July 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT
A Palestinian toddler was killed and four others injured after Israeli settlers set fire to a home near Nablus early Friday.
Gisele Bündchen allegedly dons a burqa to secretly visit Paris plastic surgeon 'for $11,000 eye and breast operation.' (Article.wn.com)
08:00 GMT
Gisele Bündchen allegedly dons a burqa to secretly visit Paris plastic surgeon 'for $11,000 eye and breast operation.'
The government plans to raise electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
The government plans to raise electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent.
Rival party Hamas called the announcement by the Palestinian Authority a "coup". (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Palestinian Authority announced reshuffling the cabinet in a move denounced by Hamas as a "coup".
Sisi's praise comes as rumors circulate over a growing political division between the two countries. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday courted Saudi Arabia, saying that both countries are the "two wings" of the Arab national security.
The girls would solicit recruiters online claiming to want to join the group, and then disappear after money had been transferred. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
Three female con-artists who swindled Islamic State (Daesh) operatives into forking over their cash in a crafty recruitment scheme have been detained by Chechen police and are currently awaiting arraignment.
A regime airstrike in Idlib. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Syrian regime warplanes killed 27 civilians, including 10 children, on Wednesday night after launching airstrikes on the towns of Saraqub and Maaret al-Numan in northern Syria's Idlib province.

July 30, 2015

Diego Maradona
21:48 GMT
The Argentina icon claims he has the support of a number of players should he launch a campaign to become Sepp Blatter's successor
Israel on Thursday passed a law that would allow force-feeding prisoners on hunger strikes. (Shutterstock)
21:05 GMT
The distinction between prisoner and patient plays a big role in how doctors conduct the practice.
An image from Twitter shows two Israeli security troops as they try to take down the assailant. (Twitter)
19:14 GMT
An assailant stabbed six people marching in the annual Jerusalem gay pride parade on Thursday.
Members of the Kurdish YPG take position inside a house during clashes with Daesh on the southern outskirts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
17:11 GMT
An attack by Daesh militants on a town in northern Syria Thursday left at least 18 people dead.
Israel's Knesset passed a law Thursday to forcibly feed hunger striking prisoners. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The Palestinian Authority Prisoner's Affairs Committee condemned Thursday Israel's law to forcibly feed hunger striking prisoners.
The US-led coalition carried out over 30 airstrikes on Daesh targets in the past 24 hours. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
At least 15,000 Daesh militants have been killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since the campaign began a year ago, according to the CIA.
Lebanon's army has been involved in a wide-scale anti-terror operation against militants over the past year. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Dozens of Lebanese nationals, Palestinians and Syrians were arrested across Lebanon by security forces during anti-terror raids.
A fighter loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi walks with crutches in Yemen's second city of Aden on July 30, 2015. (AFP/STR)
14:21 GMT
The president of Doctor's Without Borders warned that the blockade against Yemen will have devastating humanitarian consequences.
England's FA said it will back Platini's bid to become president of FIFA
14:21 GMT
England's Football Association said it will back Michel Platini's bid to become president of FIFA.
It looks like the Shakira's little boy is shaping up to follow in his football playing father's footsteps! (Hola.com)
14:10 GMT
It looks like the Shakira's little boy is shaping up to follow in his football playing father's footsteps!
Israeli settlers frequently storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque, causing rising tensions with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:45 GMT
Palestinian children were prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa compound Thursday while right-wing settlers visited the site.
One of two new F-16 warplanes delivered to Iraq by the United States on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT
The United States is delivering eight advanced fighter jets to Egypt on Thursday and Friday "as part of ongoing American support in Egypt and throughout the region," the U.S. embassy in Cairo said on Thursday.
Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is said to have replaced Mullah Omar, whose death was confirmed this week by the Afghan government. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT
The Taliban have reportedly appointed a new leader for the militant group following the Afghan government's conformation of Mullah Omar's death.
Turkey's war's not all the PKK. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
It's not all about the PKK.
A general view taken from Aleppo's Syrian regime-controlled neighbourhood of Karm al-Jabal shows the war-wracked city's historic citadel in the background on July 30, 2015. (AFP/GEORGE OURFALIAN
13:01 GMT
Al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front has abducted the leader of a US-backed Syrian rebel group in the north of the country, dealing a blow to Washington’s struggling train-and-equip program to battle Daesh.
Garbage thrown by protesters lie on a street in front of Lebanon’s parliament building in Beirut during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis on July 25, 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
13:00 GMT
Four Lebanese activists have been charged for attacking Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas’ car during an anti-trash demonstration earlier this week.
Members of the Israeli security forces walk in front of the Israeli controversial separation barrier as they arrest an Israeli settler following clashes while bulldozers started demolishing the so-called Dreinoff buildings under an Israeli High Court ruling, in the settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on July 29, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
12:53 GMT
Israeli announced its approval to build nearly 300 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem.
Palestinian boys, from the adjacent Jalazon refugee camp, look towards the Israeli settlement of Beit El. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
12:46 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved building 300 more housing units in the same illegal settlement in which a court ruled the destruction of two buildings.
A picture shows boats crossing the new waterway at the new Suez Canal in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
12:36 GMT
A picture shows boats crossing the new waterway at the new Suez Canal in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo.
Dennis Quaid and Don Johnson among other Hollywood greats confirmed for first Dubai Celebrity Smash.(Geeknation.com)
12:29 GMT
Dennis Quaid and Don Johnson among other Hollywood greats confirmed for first Dubai Celebrity Smash.
A file photo of a Predator drone. (AFP/John Moore)
12:07 GMT
A drone targeting member of Ansar al-Sharia struck a car in in al-Mahfad in Abyan province.
The man threatened to murder the girl if she told anyone of the incident. (Photo: wireltern.ch)
12:00 GMT
A man in his 60s allegedly sexual harassed a seven-year-old girl at a cafeteria in one of Jeddah's public markets.
The Northeastern Badia District in Jordan showed low passing rates for students. (AFP/Ali Jarekjiali Jarekji)
11:59 GMT
The Northeastern Badia District in Jordan showed low passing rates for students.
The Ministry of Economy said the revised fuel prices in the UAE will not have an impact on the price of consumer goods. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
The Ministry of Economy said the revised fuel prices in the UAE will not have an impact on the price of consumer goods.
Salma Hayek a vision in tuxedo-style wrap dress at premiere of her animated movie Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. (AFP)
11:40 GMT
Salma Hayek a vision of elegance in tuxedo-style wrap dress at premiere of her animated movie Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet.
Small businesses have been severely hit by the pile-up as fewer customers enter the establishments. (AFP/File)
11:27 GMT
Small businesses have been severely hit by the pile-up as fewer customers enter the establishments.
Picture courtesy: ahram.org.eg
11:08 GMT
Zamalek claimed their first Egyptian Premier League title in 11 years without kicking a ball on Tuesday after nearest challengers Ahly were held to a 1-1 draw by Smouha, ending a long wait for an elusive crown.
A Fatah movement member stands next to a mural of the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
Palestinian group Fatah blocked the northwest entrance for its rival, Jund al-Sham, in a refugee camp in Lebanon.
Chung Mong-joon
10:27 GMT
The 61-year-old has set his sights on the top job in world football and feels he would be a better candidate than the current Uefa president
Members of Israeli security forces on July 24, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
10:15 GMT
The Israeli military is reacting to an alleged "threat of terrorism" from Egypt's Sinai region after the Daesh affiliate formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for a rocket attack from Sinai into southern Israel earlier this month.
American pop diva Mariah Carey to give small "greatest hits" concert in Israel on her way back from Europe. (Gowrealtips.co)
10:13 GMT
American pop diva Mariah Carey to give small "greatest hits" concert in Israel on her way back from Europe.
An Egyptian criminal court postponed its ruling on three journalists who worked for the Qatari news network. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
An Egyptian criminal court postponed its ruling on three journalists who worked for the Qatari news network.
Reports said "summer camps" in Baghdad are training children for Iraq's fight against Daesh. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The use of teenage suicide bombers and boy soldiers isn't exclusive to Daesh.
Ellie will be headlining Dubai Music Week in September. (Radio.com)
09:27 GMT
British award-winning singer Ellie Goulding will headline Dubai Music Week on September 24.
Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian man during clashes between protesters and police after authorities limited access for Muslim worshipers to the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
09:25 GMT
Clashes broke out after Israeli forces disguised as Arab citizens arrested and beat a group of Palestinian teens.
Iranian Khodro and German Mercedes-Benz will sign a deal soon for production of cars, Iran's auto manufacturer said.
09:17 GMT
Iranian Khodro and German Mercedes-Benz will sign a deal soon for production of cars, Iran's auto manufacturer said.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, April 12, 2015 (AFP/File).
09:08 GMT
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke in front of the Security Council on Wednesday, expressing his disappointment in the failure to implement previous peace resolutions in Syria.
Samsung has announced the date for its next Galaxy Unpacked event where the company will launch the next flagship Note. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT
Samsung has announced the date for its next Galaxy Unpacked event where the company will launch the next flagship Note.
A file picture taken on June 12, shows a girl holding a placard of her relative during a demonstration to show solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, outside the Red Cross building in east Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:58 GMT
Israel's parliament on Thursday legalized the ability to force-feed in times of hunger strikes.
Omar says that his granddad didn't care about him being gay. (Itgetsbettertour.org)
08:41 GMT
Omar Sharif Jr talks about being gay and what his famous actor grandfather thought of it.
Kuwaiti security forces stand next to a body wrapped in shrouds as they inspect the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
08:40 GMT
The cell consists of five Kuwaitis who claim to have been trained and indoctrinated by Daesh.
Bahraini female bodybuilder and personal trainer Haifa al-Musawi has several certificates from international fitness and bodybuilding associations. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
08:06 GMT
Haifa Musawi is breaking culture norms in the Gulf States as a bodybuilder and personal trainer.
A photo purportedly showing Daesh militants preparing to execute dozens of captured Iraqi security force members in the Salahuddin province. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Daesh has executed 3,065 people since establishing the so-called caliphate.
Sepp Blatter (L) chats with his predecessor Joao Havelange
07:39 GMT
The current president Joseph Blatter is to step down at an extraordinary congress on February 26, 2016.
The drying shores of the Dead Sea, south of the Jordanian capital Amman, seen on Nov. 9, 2009. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
07:37 GMT
A mild earthquake hit the Dead Sea region, but no damage or injuries were reported.
Turkish soldiers patrol the border town of Ceylanpinar at the Turkish-Syrian border. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
Kurdish fighters from the PKK allegedly attacked a Turkish military convoy travelling from Karakocan to an outpost at Yogunagac.