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December 2, 2013

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay gives a press conference on December 2, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva.[ AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini]
16:23 GMT

The U.N. human rights chief said Monday there was mounting evidence that Syrian government officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, are responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Two senior security officers were wounded when sticky bombs attached to their cars exploded near Sulaimaniyah city in Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region (File Archive)
12:47 GMT

Bombing in Iraq and the country's self-ruled Kurdish region left senior officials

Despite militant activity decreasing for a short period of time, southern separatists and northern rebels - not to mention a heavy Al Qaeda presence - are threatening Yemen's stability. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Three Yemeni soldiers and six suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed after insurgents launched an attack on an army base in eastern Yemen on Monday, according to the defence ministry.

A Syrian mortar shell hit the Golan Heights city of Majdal Shams Monday. Before Israel's illegal annexation of the territory, the plateau was under Syrian control (Courtesy of Haaretz)
11:29 GMT

A Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Monday.

Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri has put forward a plan that will restore stability in the troubled northern city of Tripoli, which includes deploying the Lebanese army in the violence-struck town. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri has put forward a plan that will restore stability in the troubled northern city of Tripoli, which includes deploying the Lebanese army in the violence-struck town.

Iran's FM Zarif is meeting with top GCC officials as part of a regional tour to assure Gulf States that Tehran's nuclear deal is in the interest of the region (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
08:28 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Saudi Arabia Monday to cooperate with Tehran on "[achieving regional] stability."

US officials are worried that American fighters in Syria will be "radicalized" by Al Qaeda-linked groups in the country and will pose as a security threat to the US upon their return (File Archive/AFP)
06:38 GMT

Federal officials told reporters Sunday that many Americans are joining the war in Syria, which has raised concerns among many US officials that returnees pose as a security risk to the nation due to their potential exposure and involvement with Al Qaeda-linked groups while abroad.

The World Zionist Organization is planning to diminish the Arab presence in Galilee by settling more Jews in the area. (AFP/File/for illustrative purposes)
06:27 GMT

The World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division is seeking to expand Israel's illegal settlements to Galilee to promote "judaiztion" and "even out" the demographic balance between Arabs and Jews.

The US Naval ship the Cape Ray [not pictured] is being equipped with hydrolysis equipment so that it can destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea. [US naval ships sail in the Mediterranean Sea. AFP/File]
06:14 GMT

The U.S. government has begun preparing the ship Cape Ray so that it can destroy the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal at sea, in conjunction with OPCW.

Arab-Israelis take part in a demonstration against the against the Prawer plan in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on November 30, 2013. The so-called Prawer-Begin Bill calls for the relocation of 30,000-40,000 Bedouin in the Negev - 80 percent of which support the law, according to Israeli official Dror Almog. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

Despite nationwide protests and community leaders categorically stating otherwise, Dror Almog, an Israeli official working on the Prawer Plan, says that the majority of Bedouins in the Negev support the idea of being forcibly removed from their homes and villages.

An Iraqi cafe owner injured in an bomb attack attends a seminar for owners. [resources1]
04:42 GMT

After a rise in suicide bomber attacks in local cafes, owners attend a security held anti-suicide bomber seminar to learn about ways to prevent the attacks.

Police brutality played a large role in recent historical government turnovers in Egypt. [dw]
04:16 GMT

After a car accident which led to an argument between the two parties, a policeman shot and killed a student.

An Egyptian riot policeman fires tear gas in Cairo, Egypt. [csgazette]
04:05 GMT

Upon approval of its draft constitution, Egyptians take to the streets in protest due to some of the language in the document.

December 1, 2013

An air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. [Mohammad Al-Khattib/AFP]
18:52 GMT

A wave of regime airstrikes on a northern Syrian town has killed 50 people in two days, a monitoring group said.

Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on September 18, 2013 for a brief opening for special cases after the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing 'indefinitely' the day before for security reasons. [Mohammad Abed/AFP]
18:11 GMT

Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mahmud al-Habbash, unveiled on Saturday the details of an Egyptian-Palestinian agreement to open Rafah crossing twice a month in order to facilitate the passage of Gazans on pilgrimage to Mecca.