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December 2, 2013

The World Zionist Organization is planning to diminish the Arab presence in Galilee by settling more Jews in the area. (AFP/File/for illustrative purposes)
06:27 GMT

The World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division is seeking to expand Israel's illegal settlements to Galilee to promote "judaiztion" and "even out" the demographic balance between Arabs and Jews.

The US Naval ship the Cape Ray [not pictured] is being equipped with hydrolysis equipment so that it can destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea. [US naval ships sail in the Mediterranean Sea. AFP/File]
06:14 GMT

The U.S. government has begun preparing the ship Cape Ray so that it can destroy the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal at sea, in conjunction with OPCW.

Arab-Israelis take part in a demonstration against the against the Prawer plan in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on November 30, 2013. The so-called Prawer-Begin Bill calls for the relocation of 30,000-40,000 Bedouin in the Negev - 80 percent of which support the law, according to Israeli official Dror Almog. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

Despite nationwide protests and community leaders categorically stating otherwise, Dror Almog, an Israeli official working on the Prawer Plan, says that the majority of Bedouins in the Negev support the idea of being forcibly removed from their homes and villages.

An Iraqi cafe owner injured in an bomb attack attends a seminar for owners. [resources1]
04:42 GMT

After a rise in suicide bomber attacks in local cafes, owners attend a security held anti-suicide bomber seminar to learn about ways to prevent the attacks.

Police brutality played a large role in recent historical government turnovers in Egypt. [dw]
04:16 GMT

After a car accident which led to an argument between the two parties, a policeman shot and killed a student.

An Egyptian riot policeman fires tear gas in Cairo, Egypt. [csgazette]
04:05 GMT

Upon approval of its draft constitution, Egyptians take to the streets in protest due to some of the language in the document.

December 1, 2013

An air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. [Mohammad Al-Khattib/AFP]
18:52 GMT

A wave of regime airstrikes on a northern Syrian town has killed 50 people in two days, a monitoring group said.

Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on September 18, 2013 for a brief opening for special cases after the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing 'indefinitely' the day before for security reasons. [Mohammad Abed/AFP]
18:11 GMT

Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mahmud al-Habbash, unveiled on Saturday the details of an Egyptian-Palestinian agreement to open Rafah crossing twice a month in order to facilitate the passage of Gazans on pilgrimage to Mecca.

A Palestinian child raises up a paper ship reading 'No siege' during a rally to protest against the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip on November 30, 2013 at Gaza City harbour. [Mahmud Hams/AFP]
15:55 GMT

Amid a dire fuel and power shortage in the Gaza Strip, Amnesty International has called on the Israeli regime to immediately end the blockade it has imposed on the enclave.

People run for cover from sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on December 1, 2013. [AFP]
15:34 GMT

Fighting in Tripoli between supporters and opponents of Syria's Assad regime raged Saturday night and carried on Sunday as the death toll reached twelve with dozens more wounded.

Ahmed Maher had previously turned himself into authorities Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
12:40 GMT

Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher was released Sunday afternoon after being detained by authorities for his involvement in an illegal demonstration to protest the new assembly law early last week.

Israel boycotted the UNHRC for the past 18 months because of the council's plans to investigate Jewish settlements' violations on Palestinians' rights (Reuters)
12:33 GMT

Israel will join the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as a member of the European Bloc, after the Jewish state cut ties with the group in March 2012 following the announcement that UNHRC planned to investigate Israeli settlement violations of Palestinian rights.

Suicide car bombs and related attacks throughout Iraq killed nearly 950 in November alone (File Archive/AFP)
11:46 GMT

Nearly 950 people were killed in attacks in Iraq during the month of November alone according to recently released statistics.

Iran's Deputy FM Abbas Araqchi told reporters that "we are in no way optimistic about [the West world powers]-we are pessimistic- and we have told them that we cannot trust you" (Courtesy of Press TV)
11:24 GMT

Iran and six world powers will meet next week to develop steps to implement the historic deal reached in late November on Tehran's nuclear program.

Hagel urges Egypt to show its efforts in peacekeeping during the constitutional transition. [theiranproject]
11:02 GMT

US reaches out to discuss up and coming concerns regarding new protest laws in the draft Egyptian constitution.