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December 23, 2014

The Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, is among the most heavily damaged cultural sites. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
13:13 GMT

Hundreds of cultural heritage sites were damaged by ongoing conflict in Syria from looting, explosions and violence, according to a UN report.

A pipeline carrying gas supplies to Jordan was blown up in north Sinai by militants Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT

Security forces in Egypt increased security in north Sinai after militants attacked a gas pipeline, which provides gas to Jordan Tuesday.

The latest bomb attacks come after dozens of Houthi militants were killed during clashes Sunday. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

A Shia Houthi fighter was killed after five bomb blasts rocked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Tuesday, according to reports.

Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.

Palestinian children stand beside their belongings after Israeli forces destroyed their home in East Jerusalem, October 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

Israeli authorities issued five demolition orders for Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem including one built in 1938.

Militant groups linked to al Qaeda are responsible for multiple bombings in Yemen. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Yemen have threatened to attack facilities belonging to the French oil company, Total.

Lebanon hosts over a million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion.

December 22, 2014

This is the second time that the crossing has opened to Palestinians in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip since one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian soldiers took place in North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
18:48 GMT

Egyptian authorities announced on Monday the extension of the opening of Rafah border crossing for an additional day, after initially planning to open the border Sunday and Monday only.

The poll, billed as Tunisia's first free presidential election, was the first since Ben Ali was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:22 GMT

Tunisian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest in the southern Gabes province after presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential runoff.

Al-Jazeera's move to take its Egypt channel off the air comes amid attempts by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to to mend the relationship between the two countries after months of tensions over Doha's support to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
17:48 GMT

Qatar's controversial Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al-Jazeera Egypt) announced on Monday that it is broadcasting its last news items before closure, as reconciliation efforts to mend tensions between Egypt and Qatar continue.

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 overthrow and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
15:39 GMT

A group of Libyan students in Turkey has broken into their own embassy in Ankara in a row over scholarships.

Voter turnout, the commission added, stood at 60.11 percent of the country's registered voters. (AFP/File)
15:19 GMT

Beji Caid Essebsi of the Nidaa Tounes party was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff with 55.68 percent of the vote.

State news agencies reported a voter turnout of 47 percent. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

The favorite to win Tunisia's first democratic election, presidential hopeful Beji Caid Essebsi, claimed victory not long after the polls closed on Sunday in the country's first-ever democratic election. But interim leader President Moncef Marzouki says it is too early to declare a winner.

Some 192,417 people fled to Turkey from the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.