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December 5, 2013

Smoke rises from the suicide bomb attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
08:41 GMT

A suicide car bomber attacked Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday killing at least twenty and leaving dozens wounded.

Syria's fragile domestic security situation could derail the OPCW's ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014, according to the head of the mission. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT

Syria's fragile domestic security situation could derail the OPCW's ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014, according to the head of the mission.

Security officials examine a car after a bomb in Kirkuk Wednesday (Reuters)
06:44 GMT

Nine people were killed in northern Iraq Wednesday as part of a a coordinated, massive attack on a shopping mall.

Five Palestinians were wounded, including a 14-year-old girl, from Tuesday's bomb explosion during the funeral procession of Fatah official Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Issa ( Courtesy of Stefan Christoff/Electronic Intifada)
06:08 GMT

Recent bombing and shootings in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp has left the community-and town-paralyzed.

The U.S. and its allies have begun talks with Islamist rebels fighting in Syria ahead of the Geneva peace talks in January (AFP/File)
05:59 GMT

The United States has reached out to Islamist militias among the Syrian opposition as it seeks to reach a political solution to war in Syria, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday.

Raed Hijazi, a Jordanian-American jihadist, was detained in Jordan last month (Courtesy of Lawrence Journal)
05:53 GMT

Jordan is cracking down on jihadists on hardline Islamists.

According to the U.N. resolution drawn up earlier this year, Assad and his government are responsible for ensuring that all foreign workers who are involved in the destruction of the chemical weapons are given full access to the sites. (AFP/File)
05:47 GMT

NATO and Russian officials have pledged their public support to the international effort to destroy Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpile and called on Damascus to ensure that UN officials working on their destruction have "unfettered" access to the weapons.

Egypt's central Cairo prosecution referred Ahmed Douma, along with Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel have  to criminal court Wednesday (File Archive)
05:40 GMT

Prominent Egyptian youth activists Ahmed Maher and Mohmaed Adel were sentenced to face criminal court late Wednesday. Two other activists, Ahmed Douma and Alaa Abdel-Fattah, were also charged and detained earlier this week.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Hezbollah official Hassan Laqqis, which he says was a "new chapter in Israel's attempts to create sectarian strife and target civil peace" in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
05:38 GMT

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Hezbollah official Hassan Laqqis, which he says was a "new chapter in Israel's attempts to create sectarian strife and target civil peace" in Lebanon.

December 4, 2013

Assad has been clear that he intends to run for re-election to "let the people decide" what they want. [wikia]
11:13 GMT

Syrian government will attend Geneva II with full intention of Assad keeping command through any transitions.

Palestinians watch an Israeli excavator destroying a Palestinian house in a village in the West Bank. (Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty images)
09:01 GMT

According to a report from the Israeli media, the government is planning to transfer 20,000 dunams (just over 20 km²) of occupied land in Area C in the West Bank to the PA for use in commercial projects.

Cairo University's students backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi flash the four-finger sign during a demonstration against July's military "coup," in Tahrir square on December 1, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Protesters were chanting "Down with the military regime!", "People want the fall of the regime!" and "Rabaa Rabaa", an AFP reporter said. (AFP)
08:41 GMT

Coalition of Islamists led by Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood says rewriting of charter is 'absurd', whilst claiming that the upcoming referendum will be rigged. The group did not say it would boycott the vote, however.

After they entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound under armed guard, Israelis clashed with Palestinian Muslim worshippers in Jerusalem on Wednesday (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT

After they entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound under armed guard, Israelis clashed with Palestinian Muslim worshippers in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The militant Shiite group Hezbollah on Tuesday said that one of its leaders had been "assassinated" near Beirut. The group accused Israel of being behind the death (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

The militant Shiite group Hezbollah on Tuesday said that one of its leaders had been "assassinated" near Beirut. The group accused Israel of being behind the death.

The Saudi  Human Rights Commission's report acknowledged the "difficulties, obstacles, and discrimination women face in their life on a daily basis under the male guardianship system" (AFP)
06:20 GMT

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered authorities this week to consider the Human Rights Commission's recommendations on 72 proposals, including women driving rights.