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December 18, 2014

Ansarullah’s recent gains pose a serious challenge to the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has for long destabilized the impoverished Arab country. (AFP/File)
18:27 GMT

Dozens of people have been killed or wounded after two car bombs targeting the positions of Shia Ansarullah fighters went off in the western Yemeni city of Hudaydah.

Tunisia's presidential runoff vote will be held on Sunday inside Tunisia and on December 19, 20 and 21 at voting stations overseas. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said

Ever since Morsi was overthrown, the Egyptian authorities have maintained a harsh crackdown on Morsi's supporters, detaining thousands and killing hundreds. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT

An Egyptian court on Thursday slapped 41 Muslim Brotherhood members with jail terms of varying length for committing "acts of violence," a judicial source has said.

Last month, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi nominated Bahah, the former oil and minerals minister, as the country's new premier to form the national unity government and end the unrest in the country. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

The Yemeni parliament has given a vote of confidence to the government of Prime Minister Khaled Mahafoudh Bahah following months of severe political crisis.

An estimated 1,900 people from the Syrian Shoueitat tribe have now been killed by ISIL if the allegations are proven true. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT

Some 1,000 people are believed to have been killed by ISIL militants in the Syrian village of al-Kashkiya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Armed Shia Houthi rebels protest during an anti-government rally in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, September 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT

Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said his government could resign following continued Houthi rebel raids on state institutions and public offices in the country's capital, Sanaa.

The draft resolution also seeks a one-year peace deal with Israel before full withdrawal from Palestinian land in 2017. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

The Palestinian Authority submitted a finalized version of a UN resolution presented by Jordan, to end Israeli occupation by 2017.

Human rights groups have condemned Israel for unlawfully detaining Palestinian minors. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

Israeli police detained a 17-year-old student and an 11-year-old boy in Jerusalem Wednesday to be interrogated.

ISIL targets were hit near Mosul, Irbil and also in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.

At least 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed since Syria's 2011 war began. (File/AFP)
07:23 GMT

Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed in Syria since the start of the country's civil war, according to an activist group.

The Syrian conflict has raged on for over three years. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would impose new sanctions "on those supporting the Syrian regime’s procurement of specialty fuels and base oil used in its military campaign against the Syrian people."

Washington has given an annual aid package of about $1.5 billion to Cairo for over 30 years. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The US State Department welcomed new conditions passed by the congress granting the secretary of state more flexibility to approve aid to Egypt, while expressing worry about the human rights situation in the country.

December 17, 2014

The bribery investigation was the biggest in Turkey's history. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT

Protests, public demonstrations, and panel discussions around Turkey have marked the one-year anniversary of the largest corruption and bribery investigation in the history of the country, which went public last December.

Those killed are believed to be members of the al Sheitaat tribe. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT

A mass grave with over 230 bodies was discovered in Syria's Deir al Zor Province.

Peshmergas have so far forced ISIL militants to retreat from the villages close to the northern city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.