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November 26, 2014

Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the United Nations. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the government’s Finance Ministry to set aside 18 million dollars for a settlement expansion project in the occupied West Bank.

Yemeni security forces hold a position outside a court hearing in Sana'a on November 25, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:28 GMT

Also Wednesday, at least 10 people were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Houthi rebels.

The Rafah crossing is the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million people and the outside world, but Egypt largely keeps it closed as part of the jointly-enforced Israeli blockade on the Strip. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza to allow thousands of Palestinians, stranded for weeks on the Egyptian side, to return home to the Strip.

A state of emergency was declared in parts of North Sinai following last month's deadly attack. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT

The Egyptian army resumed air operations in the Sinai Peninsula, reportedly killing five members of the militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and injuring four others.

The Syrian civil war has killed thousands and forced millions to flee. (AFP/File)
09:04 GMT

At least 130 people were killed in airstrikes on Syria`s Raqqa province which is currently under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

A Kurdish Peshmerga sniper's scope aims towards the horizon near Erbil in northern Iraq on Sept. 15. (AFP/JM Lopez)
08:41 GMT

Over the past few days Peshmerga forces have captured a strategic road near Sinjar that ISIL used as a key supply route from Syria.

Hezbollah and the FSA have been in a longstanding battle in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

A captured Hezbollah fighter was released by the Free Syrian Army in exchange for two rebels held by the Shia group.

Recent fighting between the warring camps in the country's central and western regions has left dozens dead. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

At least 10 people were killed early Wednesday in clashes between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen in central Sanaa, local residents said.

Iraq's army broke ISIL's siege of Baiji oil refinery last week after months of clashes. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

Iraqi troops pushed back ISIL militants in fresh clashes surrounding the Baiji oil refinery Tuesday, local residents said.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the royal family to give up power. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Bahrani troops have attacked people protesting the Al Khalifa regime security forces' storming of a prominent cleric’s home, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent.

The Syrian city of Raqqa has been an ISIL stronghold since it was seized in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT

Air strikes carried out by Bashar al-Assad's army targeting ISIL in Raqqa killed 60 people, according to a London-based monitoring group.

November 25, 2014

A 22-year-old died from sustained injuries in the West Bank town of Jenin. (AFP/File)
21:59 GMT

An Israeli bus driver ran over two Palestinian at al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin, killing one person and injuring another, Palestinian security sources said Tuesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (AFP)
19:38 GMT

Turkish parliament to debate a bill, proposed by far-right MP, which would define Israel as a 'terrorist state'.

Egyptian rescue workers and residents remove a body from the rubble of a collapsed building on November 25, 2014 in Cairo's northern district of Matariya (AFP)
18:06 GMT

Rescue workers and family members tried to free others trapped in the rubble after the building collapsed. Investigators suspect illegal construction as the cause.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets the European Union's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Ramallah on November 8, 2014. (AFP)
17:18 GMT

The European Parliament delayed a planned vote on Palestinian statehood due to wording of the motion, sources said.