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November 14, 2014

A police spokesperson announced the lifting of Israeli age-restrictions for Palestinian entry to al-Aqsa this week. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT

Israeli authorities opened the al-Aqsa compound to men of all age groups in time for Friday prayer this week, hoping to quell mounting tensions in Jerusalem.

The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.

A group of Palestinians at the shut Rafah crossing has been stuck  for the last three weeks. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT

A group of Palestinians is stuck on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border asked Egypt to reopen the crossing Thursday and allow them to pass back into the Gaza Strip.

According to AP sources, the meeting took place in a farmhouse near Aleppo around midnight on Nov. 2 and included leaders from Nusra Front and ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

According the AP sources in Syria, al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Nusra Front and ISIL have agreed to stop fighting one another after a meeting of each groups' top leaders near Aleppo last week.

November 13, 2014

According to the witnesses, the two blasts, only minutes apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no casualties reported. (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two separate car bombings were reported in the vicinities of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassies in the Libyan capital Tripoli, eyewitnesses said.

Al-Baghdadi's 17-minute message makes no reference to the airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, which supposedly harmed him.  (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT

An audiotape allegedly recorded by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been released on social media, days after he was reportedly killed or wounded.

Jordanian King Abdullah II rejected Israel's unilateral practices in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. (AFP/File)
15:57 GMT

Jordanian King Abdullah II rejected Israel's unilateral practices in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during a Thursday meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman.

Air strikes continue to rock many Syrian neighborhoods. (AFP/File)
14:06 GMT

In further signs of the military chaos in Syria, new videos on social media sites show intense fighting across the country.

Navy vessels patrol the coast of Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, February 17, 2011. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

Five servicemen were injured and eight others remain missing after "armed assailants" attacked an Egyptian vessel Wednesday.

Militants in the Sinai frequently target Egyptian security forces. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

Five Egyptian conscripts were shot dead in attacks in North Sinai on Thursday.

It is unclear who was responsible for the bombing. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

At least four persons suffered injuries in a bomb blast on Cairo's underground train.

Roughly 3.3 million civilians have fled ongoing violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

Two international aid agencies have criticized the US and EU for not accepting enough Syrian refugees fleeing conflict.

The law might be utilized in the highly publicized case of Al Jazeera journalists. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree on Wednesday giving him the authority to transfer non-Egyptian defendants on trial or already convicted to be sent to their countries to be tried or serve their sentences.

The Lebanese parliament has failed to pick a new president since Suleiman’s term came to an end in May. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged the Lebanese parliament to immediately choose a new president.

Egypt has been rocked by numerous bombings and hundreds of anti-government protests since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi last year. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Clashes between anti-government protesters and police forces have left at least two demonstrators dead and several others wounded in the Egyptian province of Giza.