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December 8, 2013

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbi told reporters Saturday that Sana'a wants to join the GCC during the annual Manama dialogue (Reuters)
07:16 GMT

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbia told reporters Saturday that Yemen is hoping to join the Gulf Cooperation Council.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers the keynote address at the 10th Anniversary Saban Forum, Power Shifts: US-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East, in Washington on December 7, 2013. (AFP)
07:07 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that pursuing a two-state solution and peace with Palestine was in Israel's best interests as he reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to safeguarding Israel's security.

Selling alcohol in Iraq is a dangerous business, with liquor store workers facing bombings, shootings and robberies. [GettyImages]
05:43 GMT

Militants have claimed the lives of nine people after an attack on alcohol shops in Baghdad in what continues to be a rise in death toll for Iraq.

Beltagi was arrested earlier this year for his participation in the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al Adawiya sit-in (File Archive)
05:42 GMT

Egyptian judges on Saturday refused to hear the case against Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Al Beltagi and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi. The judges expressed "unease over the case" and have demanded that another court precedes over the trial.

Wajih Al-Ramahy is not the first Palestinian child to die at the hands of an Israeli soldier.  [juancole]
05:21 GMT

Family and friends blame Israeli troops for firing on and killing a teenage Palestinian boy near the Jalazoun refugee camp.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [jagranjosh]
04:53 GMT

Syrian government and opposition to receive invitations to attend the Geneva II meetings which will be held in late January.

People inspect site of a car bomb attack in Iraq. [presstv]
04:30 GMT

Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings in the northern Baghdad region have killed at least four people and wounded over twenty more.

The photo shows Greek Orthodox nuns at the Meriamiah Church in Damascus on December 9, 2012. [alalam]
04:00 GMT

The head of Lebanon's General Security headed to Qatar on Saturday to seek assistance in the case of a group of nuns seized earlier this month in Syria.

US President Barack Obama speaks about US, Iran and Israel and the Middle East at the 10th Anniversary Saban Forum hosted by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, December 7, 2013. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

US President Barack Obama on Saturday defended nuclear diplomacy with Iran, saying talks can achieve greater peace for Israel and the United States than could military action.

December 7, 2013

Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah attends the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
21:14 GMT

Oman is opposed to the Saudi proposal to deepen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and transform it into a Gulf Union

Egyptian women members of the Muslim Brotherhood hold roses as they stand in the defendants' cage dressed in prison issue white during their trial in at the court in the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria on December 7, 2013. [Getty Images]
19:53 GMT

Fourteen women, in their early 20s and initially jailed for 11 years, were ordered freed after receiving one-year suspended sentences.

Syrian pro-government forces patrol in their tank in the town of Nabak near Damascus on December 7, 2013. [Getty Images]
19:36 GMT

At least 40 bodies of men, women and children were discovered on Saturday in the Syrian town of al-Nabk, a Damascus suburb, in an apparent new massacre, the Syrian Revolutionary Council reported, following a heavy shelling campaign by the regime’s army.

Militants from over 80 countries fighting in Syria [Muzaffar Salman]
15:33 GMT

A report has revealed that al-Qaeda-linked groups are using “safe houses” in southern Turkey to send foreign militants to neighboring Syria to take part in the war against its government.

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold up Jordanian national flags and shout slogans demanding political and economic reform, and access to cases of corruption, during a demonstration in Amman on June 14, 2013. [AFP]
11:00 GMT

Protest marches and sit-ins took place across Jordan on Friday, with demonstrators calling for security and safety in light of a recent wave of crime to hit the country, according to local media reports.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

Hagel promises US will maintain 35000-strong force in Gulf region despite recent deal with Tehran.