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December 22, 2014

Voter turnout, the commission added, stood at 60.11 percent of the country's registered voters. (AFP/File)
15:19 GMT

Beji Caid Essebsi of the Nidaa Tounes party was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff with 55.68 percent of the vote.

State news agencies reported a voter turnout of 47 percent. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

The favorite to win Tunisia's first democratic election, presidential hopeful Beji Caid Essebsi, claimed victory not long after the polls closed on Sunday in the country's first-ever democratic election. But interim leader President Moncef Marzouki says it is too early to declare a winner.

Some 192,417 people fled to Turkey from the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.

Israeli settlers frequently tour the Al Aqsa compound, causing tension with Palestinians in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT

A large group of 68 Israelis toured the Al Aqsa compound for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah while Palestinians protested outside Monday.

Dozens of Daesh militants were killed during the operation to retake the town of Al Wafa, according to the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.

The Egyptian army conducted a series of raids in the north Sinai over the past three days, leading to 45 arrests. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

Fourteen alleged militants were killed and 45 others arrested by the Egyptian army during a series of raids in north Sinai.

Supporters of Beji Caid Essebsi march during an election campaign rally in Tunis, November 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in the Tunisian elections despite official results not being announced till late Monday.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces inspect the remains of a vehicle bearing the symbol of Daesh after it was hit by a US airstrike, north of Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.

All Syrian men of military age will need special permission to leave the country. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

The Syrian government imposed travel restrictions on military-age men, according to opposition media outlets.

French police monitor the scene where a man shouting “Allah Akbar” drove into a crowd of pedestrians, December 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

Eleven people were injured after a man shouting "Allah Akbar" drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in the French city of Dijon.

Yemen has been at the center of conflict between Shia Houthis, Al Qaeda and local tribesmen. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

Some 12 Houthi militants were killed Sunday following a series of blasts in the Radaa district, according to a local security source.

Over 600 Gazans have entered Egypt since the Rafah border crossing opened. (AFP/File)
06:08 GMT

Egypt temporarily opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday. It had been closed since October 2014.

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."