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December 21, 2014

Election officials are counting votes for Tunisia's first democratically elected president. (AFP/File)
19:15 GMT

The polls close in Tunisia's run-off election. Essebsi's campaign is confident of a victory.

The 12 or more airstrikes launched on Sunday aimed for Daesh targets north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT

Th US-led coalition hit targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo in at least 12 strikes.

Barzani praised Peshmerga forces for their success in Sinjar. The advancement freed hundreds of Ezidi Kurds who had been trapped there by Daesh. (AFP/File)
17:13 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani held a press conference on Mount Sinjar, the site of the recent Kurdish victory against Daesh. Barzani called the advancement "historic."

The Air Algerie plane was found in Mali shortly after it crashed in late July, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:46 GMT

The twenty Lebanese nationals who died in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer returned to Lebanon on Sunday afternoon.

Palestinians gather at al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayer (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

A group of Israeli settlers have stormed into the Islamic museum of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid rising tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Jordan ended its eight year capital punishment ban (Image: Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT

Jordan ends its eight year ban of the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder.

Beji Caid Essebsi appears as the front-runner in today's elections (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Tunisia ushers in full democracy with run-off Presidential elections four years after uprising.

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sacks longtime mentor and intelligence chief (AFP/Vasily Maximov/File)
08:30 GMT

Egypt has abruptly sacked the nation's powerful intelligence chief for “health reasons,” replacing him with his deputy, security authorities said.

Daesh militants have been in control of Tikrit for six months, while many civilians fled. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT

Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.

Cairo plans to use the Apache attack helicopters to combat terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
06:15 GMT

Ten Apache helicopters arrived in Egypt on Saturday. The US had delayed the shipment due to Egypt's uncertain political situation.

Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.

December 20, 2014

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility holds 132 remaining detainees. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

The US transferred four prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan.

Saudi security forces killed four and injured a number of others in Awamiyah on Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

Saudi security forces killed four anti-regime militants in clashes in the town of Awamiyah

A Tunisian woman exits a Tunis polling station after voting in the first round of presidential elections on November 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

As tomorrow's run-off presidential election approaches, Tunisians are tense. The first round results were tight and the candidates must win the support of Popular Front voters.

In recent years, Bani Jamra has been the site of anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

A bomb explosion injured three policemen in a Shia village in Bahrain