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December 23, 2014

Approximately 30 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants from the Nusra Front and Daesh in early August. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT

Sheikh Naim Qassem prioritized the need for discretion in negotiating the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadists.

Daesh has collected 23 million pounds from the sale of pilfered artifacts from churches in Nabaq, according to a report by The Christian Post. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT

Sources claim Daesh converted churches into torture chambers and sold stolen holy artifacts on the black market.

The vote is due to take place before next year according to PA official Saeb Erekat. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT

The UN is due to vote on a draft resolution to finalize the Palestine-Israel peace deal by the end of the year, PA official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday.

The Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida), a group which some analysts believe thrives on anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric, organize protests every Monday in Dresden, Germany.(AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Thousands joined protests organized by the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) this Monday in Dresden.

Armed militias have continued to clash with government forces since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

Hundreds of Libyan civilians caught up in fighting between armed groups and government forces were killed since late August, the UN said.

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.