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November 25, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets the European Union's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Ramallah on November 8, 2014. (AFP)
17:18 GMT

The European Parliament delayed a planned vote on Palestinian statehood due to wording of the motion, sources said.

PST announced there is a 60- to 90-percent chance that Norway will be exposed to a terror attack during the next year. (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT

Norway is to go ahead with plans that allow its security forces to carry firearms at all times, not just in special situations, in response to an increased terror threat.

European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deliver a statement in Vienna on the status of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program before he leaves Vienna on November 24, 2014. (AFP)
16:21 GMT

The European Union (EU) has extended a freeze on certain sanctions imposed against Iran over the country’s nuclear program after Tehran and six world powers agreed to continue talks for seven more months.

A police detective inspects the site of a suicide blast, which was carried out by a woman, outside the central administration building of the Kano State Polytechnic institute in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, July 30, 2014. (AFP/file)
15:36 GMT

Twin bomb blasts have left at least 45 people dead in a crowded market in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.

Members of the Tunisian ISIE elections body hold a press conference to announce the results of the first round of the presidential election on November 25, 2014. (AFP)
15:26 GMT

An official under Tunisia’s former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has come out on top in the country’s first free presidential election.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Photo: AFP)
15:18 GMT

Supremem leader talks tough after extension, president hails ‘significant victory’ and says negotiations will lead to deal.

A total of 27 candidates, including one woman, contested Sunday's election for the highest post. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT

Leader of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, has been confirmed as the frontrunner in Tunisia's presidential elections.

Saleh, 72, resigned in late 2011 under a Gulf-sponsored settlement between Yemen's political rivals following massive protests calling for his resignation after 33 years in power. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to resign two years ago in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings, described the latter as a "tool" aimed at weakening Arab economies and armies.

American photo journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIL in August 2014. The US government does not pay ransoms for American hostages. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

ISIL militants received some $45 million in ransoms over the past year by kidnapping Western nationals, according to a UN expert.

Lebanese security forces drive through Tripoli during armed clashes with gunmen, October 25, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:19 GMT

A Syrian refugee was killed while several others were injured during clashes Monday between two groups linked to Fatah in Lebanon's Burj al-Barajneh camp.

Yemen continues to struggle with growing instability. (AFP/File)
09:10 GMT

Yemeni security forces rescued seven Yemeni hostages and one foreigner in a special operation against al Qaeda extremists.

Drivers cling to a truck amid flood waters in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco on Nov. 22.  (AFP photo)
08:37 GMT

Most victims were swept away by swollen rivers which also submerged cars, buildings and roads.

There have been numerous demonstrations in Saudi oil-rich Eastern Province since February 2011, with protesters calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to discrimination against minority Shia Muslims. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 77 people in connection with a terrorist attack that killed eight Shia Muslims earlier this month, stating that the attack is believed to have been ordered by the ISIL groups.

Tensions have been high in Jerusalem after five Israelis were killed in a synagogue last week. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

A 45-year-old man was stabbed in Jerusalem by assailants believed to be Palestinian amid increasing tensions since a synagogue was attacked last week.

The country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Troops loyal to Libya’s globally-recognized government have taken control of the strategic western town of Kekla after over 40 days of clashes with militias there.