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December 23, 2013

Saudi Arabia's intervention in Bahrain to suppress the Shiite majority opposition uprising in 2011 sparked other protests in KSA's Eastern Province in response (File Archive)
08:54 GMT

A Saudi Arabian Shiite citizen of the overwhelmingly Sunni kingdom was sentenced for 30 years for acts of violence and protest over Riyadh's decision to aid Bahrain in suppressing its opposition risings in 2011.

The Arab Ministers had planned to attend the Christmas Eve midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity (Musa Al Shaer/AFP)
08:14 GMT

Israel refused visas for five Arab ministers planning to come to Palestine for the Christmas holidays.

Up to 240 Britons are believed to be in Syria (Shutterstock)
08:02 GMT

Fighters in Syria that hold British citizenship were stripped of their UK nationality this week due to their engagement in the 33-month old civil war.

Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for many of the car bombs that kills dozens in Iraq on a daily basis (File Archive/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Al Qaeda is using once deserted camps in Syria to "wage operations against Iraqi targets," sparking tension and violence throughout the country and region.

U.S. Secretary of State is supposed to announced the proposed peace agreement by the end of this year, but it is not yet clear if both Palestinian--and Israeli--considerations will be fully met (File Archive/AFP)
07:00 GMT

US Secretary of State confirmed Sunday that he will present a framework peace agreement to Palestinian and Israeli leaders by the end of the year.

Ahmed Maher was one of the youth activists that was sentenced to three years in prison Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
06:50 GMT

Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement, often credited as one of the main "founders" of the Jan. 25 revolution, announced Sunday that it has dropped support for the country's

Discussions on how to implement the nuclear accord have been suspended until after the Christmas holiday (Courtesy of CNN)
06:18 GMT

Iran and world powers will suspend negotiations on how to implement the historical, landmark nuclear agreement reached in November until after the Christmas holiday.

December 22, 2013

People shout anti-government slogans as they carry a casket made of empty shoe boxes during a protest against corruption in Ankara, on December 21, 2013. [AFP]
17:57 GMT

After probes into Prime Minister Erdogen's government over corruption and bribery, an Interior Minister's resignation is on the table.

Israeli police explosive experts survey a damaged bus at the scene of an explosion in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. [AFP]
17:40 GMT

Bomb specialist only person involved in what is being called a terrorist attack attempt on an empty bus in Israel.

Syrian children search for their belongings at a school following airstrikes by Syrian government forces on December 22, 2013 in the northern Syrian city of Marea on the outskirts of Aleppo. [AFP]
17:26 GMT

Syrian government helicopters have bombed a district of Aleppo, killing at least 25 people, as fighting for the country's second city rages.

Gunmen fire during clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government in northern Lebanon. [presstv]
15:54 GMT

An off duty Army soldier was among the five killed in Northern Lebanon after a neighboring family feud escalated amidst Syrian violence.

Mohamed Adel is seen with Ahmed Maher , founder and former leader of the "April 6" movement, when Maher turned himself in at Abddein court in Cairo, November 30, 2013.
12:45 GMT

April 6 Youth movement founder Ahmed Maher, member Mohamed Adel and prominent activist Ahmed Douma are handed a three-year prison sentence and a LE50,000 fine each

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  gestures towards his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino as they give a joint press conference in Tehran on December 22, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:53 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the nuclear negotiations with six world powers are moving forward slowly.

Many members of the so-called tolerated opposition group, National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, have been arrested and detained in recent weeks (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Syrian security forces released a regime-tolerated opposition member Sunday while a car bomb in Homs killed 7.

NSA documents showing that the U.S. spied on Israel's then-Prime Minister and Defense Minister were leaked to newspaper last week by Edward Snowden (Courtesy of The Independent)
09:51 GMT

Israeli ministers demanded Sunday that the United States ends its spying activities on the Jewish State.