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December 8, 2014

The Al Aqsa compound has been at the center of clashes in recent weeks following growing violence in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT

Israeli intelligence officers and settlers in Jerusalem stormed the Al Aqsa compound Monday, according to a mosque official.

Israeli warplanes struck two sites in Damascus Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Syria's Foreign Ministry called on the UN to impose sanctions against Israel Sunday after Tel Aviv bombed two sites in Damascus.

Security was tightened along the border with Lebanon after Israeli warplanes bombed Damascus on Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

Israel tightened security along the border with Lebanon over fears of clashes after the Jewish state bombed Syria a day earlier.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie gestures during a court hearing, June 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Four Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death for killing protesters who stormed the blacklisted group's headquarters last year.

Up to 136 detainees remain in the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, according to the Pentagon. (AFP/John Moore)
06:46 GMT

Six Guantanamo Bay detainees were transferred to Uruguay after being held by US authorities in Cuba for over 12 years.

Over 100 ISIL militants have been killed since they attempted to take a military airport in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

The Syrian army repelled an attack by ISIL militants on a key military airport in Deir al-Zor, a London-based human rights organization said.

Around 7.2 million Syrians have been internally displaced by the war, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT

The UN warned of dangerous consequences if urgent humanitarian assistance wasn't provided to over 180,000 Syrian refugees.

The secretary of state pledged that the United States would not interfere in the coming Israeli elections, but said that brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace remained a priority. (Photo: AFP)
04:00 GMT

Secretary of state says fight against terror opening up new possibilities, urges two-state solution, defends nuclear talks with Iran.

December 7, 2014

The new president of the Tunisian Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur  gives his first speech, in the presence of his deputies Abdelfattah Mouro and Faouzia Ben Fodha, during a plenary session on December 4, 2014 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP)
19:29 GMT

The Tunisian electoral commission has announced that polling stations will be open to voters in the country’s presidential runoff election later this month.

King Abdullah II of Jordan listens while US President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP)
18:33 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah, in an interview on CBS' "This Morning" that aired Friday, described the fight against Islamic State as akin to a third world war.

A picture said to show a fireball after an alleged Israeli strike on sites inside Syria on December 7, 2014. (Screen capture: Channel 2)
16:37 GMT

Syrian state TV says two targets hit 'by Israeli enemy' in government-held province near capital.

The US has defended the failed rescue operation of Luke Somers. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT

US officials defend the failed rescue operation in Yemen that left two hostages dead.

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman, Major General Mansour al-Turki. (Photo: AFP)
15:28 GMT

Saudi Arabia has detained 135 people whom it has accused of planning to carry out terrorist activities and destabilizing the country’s security, the Saudi Interior Ministry says.

Egyptian protersters shout slogans on Abdel Moneim Riad Square in the capital Cairo on December 5, 2014, during a demonstration against a court's decision to drop a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak. (Photo: AFP)
14:57 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced four members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death as part of the government’s intensifying crackdown on supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

The British embassy has indefinitely stopped public services given heightened risks of terrorism in Cairo. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

The British embassy in Cairo suspended public services on Sunday for security reasons. The embassy cites risks of terrorism in particular.