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December 2, 2014

Lebanese authorities have arrested one of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives, according to media reports. (File photo)
07:42 GMT

Media reports say one of Baghdadi's wives was arrested with her son at Lebanon's border with Syria.

Tahrir was sealed-off by troops using armored vehicles and barbed wire. (AFP/File)
07:15 GMT

Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square has been closed for the second time following the announcement of a court verdict dropping charges against ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

An estimated 1,000 people have been killed in Kobani since the border town was besieged by ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT

Turkish forces bombed the Syrian border town of Kobani, wounding civilians and Kurdish fighters, according to a local newspaper.

William Henderson was killed in a carjacking while working in the Karama oil field. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Egyptian militant group that pledged allegiance to ISIL last month has claimed it was behind the killing of an American oil worker.

December 1, 2014

A judicial source said the former president could soon be released. (AFP/File)
19:11 GMT

A judicial source claims that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be completely released from custody after an embezzlement appeal in January.

Overall, more than 190,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict between the Assad regime and opposition forces began in early 2011. (AFP/File)
18:40 GMT

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that at least 1,685 were killed in Syria during November 2014.

the UN’s World Food programme announced it was suspending aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees from lack of funds. (AFP/File)
16:09 GMT

The UN's World Food Programme announced it was suspending aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees from lack of funds.

The pro-Morsi alliance, meanwhile, continues to organize regular rallies to protest last year's ouster of Morsi. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT

Egypt's National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, called for upcoming mass demonstrations on Tuesday after a court verdict acquired former president Hosni Mubarak.

Iraqi forces launched a security operation in Anbar's Ramadi since it was seized by ISIL. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT

Ten ISIL militants and two Iraqi troops were killed during clashes in Anbar's Ramadi district, according to security officials.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan stands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Saint Petersburg, November 22, 2013. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT

Vladimir Putin is due to meet his Turkish counterpart Monday in an attempt to boost ties between both nations.

The 20-year-old Palestinian woman is said to be in critical condition while the Israeli settler was lightly injured. (AFP/File)
10:47 GMT

A Palestinian woman was shot by Israeli security forces after she stabbed a settler near Gush Etzion, in the West Bank.

The Canadian national is the forth expat to be attacked in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

A Canadian man was stabbed with a metal object while he shopped with family in eastern Saudi Arabia, police have confirmed.

Benjamin Netanyahu chairs his weekly meeting from his Jerusalem office, November 30, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet coalition partners in an attempt to save the government from "collapsing".

The newly formed Revolutionary Command Council claims to represent over 70 Syrian rebel militias. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)
08:48 GMT

A broad coalition of Syrian factions announced joining forces, allegedly representing over 70 rebel militias, excluding the Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front.

The 2009 flooding caused millions in damage. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:28 GMT

The 2009 floods killed more than 120 people.