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November 25, 2014

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.

Twelve Syrian refugees were deported back to their country by Jordanian authorities. (AFP/File)
05:39 GMT

Human Rights Watch criticized the Jordanian government for deporting vulnerable Syrian refugees back across the border.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is calling for the U.S. Congress to formally declare war on ISIL. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

US Senator Rand Paul called for the American Congress' formal declaration of war against ISIL.

November 24, 2014

Syria continues to be plagued by conflict, leading refugees to Greece and other neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Syrian refugees staged their sixth day of a hunger strike in Athens, Greece over the observation of their rights as refugees.

At least 10 people have been killed and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Ten people have been killed, and 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion in Baghdad.

A former British soldier joined his friend to fight alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT

A former British soldier claims to have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces in fighting against Islamic State militants.

Israeli forces have arrested at least eleven Palestinians in overnight operations late Sunday. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT

Israeli forces have arrested at least eleven Palestinians in overnight operations on a number of Palestinian houses across the West Bank.