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December 16, 2014

The British Embassy shut on December 7 after security concerns. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

The British embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday after it closed on December 7 due to security reasons along with the Canadian embassy.

The photos were circulated by a jihadist forum but have not yet been independently verified. (Image: Press TV)
07:48 GMT

Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.

Thirty-one government troops were killed in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Jihadist rebels seized a Syrian government military base in Idlib Monday. The Wadi Deif base was captured by Nusra Front rebels and Ahrar al-Sham.

ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.

No figure for the EU's sustained contributions was provided. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council recommitted Monday to providing Syria with relief and recovery assistance.

December 15, 2014

The southerners have been pushing for independence from the north for years. (AFP/File)
19:44 GMT

Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.

Haftar's forces continue to clash with numerous militant groups inside Libya. (AFP/File)
19:01 GMT

Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.

Since mid-June, fighting in Iraq has pitted the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT

At least five people were killed and 13 others were wounded in three different attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, authorities said.

An Iranian refugee with radical views took an unknown number of people hostage inside a Sydney cafe Monday. (AFP/File)
15:47 GMT

Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, who has been reported as either 49 or 50 years old, moved to Australia in 1996 where he assumed the title of “Sheikh Haron”. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

At least 1,132 French nationals have joined ISIL in Syria, according to police. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT

French authorities dismantled an alleged ISIL network following a series of raids across the country Monday.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT

Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.

A woman inspects the damage of a classroom following a price-tag attack on the Hand-in-Hand school in Jerusalem, November 30, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
13:46 GMT

Three Israeli men were indicted Monday for a price-tag attack on an mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. All three suspects are members of an extremist Jewish group, according to Shin Bet.

Libyan soldiers patrol the city of Benghazi during unrest. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry Monday reissued a security warning to nationals in Libya after the death of two citizens during clashes.

The policeman was shot dead during a rescue operation to free three hostages. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT

A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.