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December 3, 2014

Palestinians wave Palestinian flags during a protest in central Brussels. (AFP/file)
15:56 GMT

Belgian coalition calls on parliament to recognize 'Palestinian state'

IDF soldiers at the scene of a stabbing attack in Gush Etzion, December 1, 2013. (AFP/file)
15:43 GMT

Palestinians started attacking civilians outside Rami-Levy; terrorist apprehended by security guard.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently called for early elections. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT

The leaders of Israeli parliamentary blocs have agreed to hold early general elections on March 17 of next year, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Wednesday.

An Iranian official denied Pentagon reports of Iranian airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

Contrary to Pentagon reports, an Iranian official denied Iranian airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq.

Lebanese security officials had told media outlets Baghdadi's wife was arrested at the country's border. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT

The wife of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was not arrested by the Lebanese army, an Iraqi official said Wednesday.

President Sisi has been criticized by human rights organizations for cracking down on freedom of speech. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is to issue a presidential decree that "criminalises insulting the 25 January and 30 June uprisings."

Syrian opposition members have called for the immediate resignation of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad since the onset of the country's uprising in March 2011. (AFP/File)
09:54 GMT

Senior Syrian opposition figure Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib said the opposition wanted to sit down for direct talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to begin a peace process to end the country's more-than-three year civil war.

Yemeni security forces stand at a checkpoint near Sanaa's airport during unrest in the city. (AFP/File)
09:39 GMT

Three people were killed and several others injured following a car bomb attack outside the residency of Iran's ambassador to Yemen, in the country's capital, Sanaa.

Libya has been plagued by ongoing violence and instability since the ouster of Moammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT

Casualties in the Benghazi city clashes east of Libya have increased to 10 deaths and eight injuries, said medical sources here Wednesday.

The Iraqi army and Peshmerga have been battling the ISIL in Iraq since mid-June. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

A fresh batch of Iraqi Peshmerga troops has entered the Syrian town of Kobani through Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, official sources said.

North Sinai has seen violent attacks by militants following the 2011 Egyptian revolution. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Egyptian army killed seven militants and arrested 73 other people in raids in North Sinai, according to the military.

Up to 140 Norwegian nationals joined ISIL, double the estimated number, according to the police. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Up to 140 Norwegian nationals left the country to join ISIL in Syria, according to police officials.

Jordan's announcement came while France voted in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state. (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT

Jordan's envoy to the UN, Dina Kawar, said she would meet with Arab representatives to push for peace between Palestine and Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the French vote a 'grave mistake'. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

Israel condemned the French parliament's decision to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state after it was passed Tuesday.

December 2, 2014

Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters chant slogans as they gather in Abdel Moneim Riad Square in Cairo, November 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
20:37 GMT

A court in Egypt Tuesday sentenced 188 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death for storming a police station last year, leading to 11 security personnel being killed.