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November 13, 2014

Kurdish fighters continue to battle ISIL militants in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT

Kurdish forces cut off a key route used by ISIL militants to resupply their ranks in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, according to a local official.

Interior Minister Hussein Majali delivers an address at the seventh Amman Security Colloquium on Wednesday. [Petra photo]
04:00 GMT

As the region’s instability and political complications linger, Jordan still believes in the importance of creating a weapons of mass destruction free zone (WMDFZ) in the region, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said Wednesday.

November 12, 2014

Students demonstrate against the deployment, at Sanaa University campus, of armed Yemani militia from the Shi'ite Huthi movement in the capital Sanaa on November 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT

A powerful suicide bomb attack on Shiite militia fighters in central Yemen left dozens of people dead on Wednesday, military and tribal sources said

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem announced her country's recognition of Palestine on Oct. 30, making it the first major European country to do so
19:04 GMT

The Swedish Consul General on Wednesday signed an agreement with the UNDP to step up financial support for the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip.

 Abbas is also to meet Washington's top diplomat John Kerry to discuss the upsurge in violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. [AFP]
18:00 GMT

PA chief scheduled to meet Kerry in Amman on Thursday to discuss the peace process.

A British woman terrorist suspect dubbed the 'White Widow' has been killed in Ukraine, it was claimed on Wednesday
17:50 GMT

White Widow terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite who was married to 7/7 bomber is 'killed by sniper in Ukraine'

Smoke rises after an airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab on November 9, 2014. [AFP]
17:29 GMT

US-led coalition forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria and 7 in in Iraq since Monday, the US Central Command said.

One car bomb went off in a busy street in the eastern city of Tobruk near the Egyptian border, where the elected parliament is based in a hotel. [Mohammed Hashem]
15:24 GMT

Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally-recognized government on Wednesday, wounding at least 20 people, officials said.

Israel approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighborhood in east Jerusalem. [AFP]
15:12 GMT

An Israeli planning committee Wednesday approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem

Palestinian Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. [AFP]
14:59 GMT

Palestinian figure serving life sentence called for armed resistance in order "to be faithful to the legacy of Arafat," on 10th anniversary of late Palestinian leader's death.

Hamas announced on November 11, 2014 that Taha passed away at the age of 77. [AFP]
14:50 GMT

Muhammad Salih Taha, a co-founder of the Hamas movement, died in Gaza late Tuesday after a long struggle with illness, medics said.

 Masum is in Saudi Arabia for the highest-level talksbetween the two neighbours in years, as relations thaw in the face of the jihadist threat. [AFP]
14:10 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz met with Iraqi President Fuad Masoum at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday evening, to discuss regional developments and steps to improve the relationship between the two countries.

The vote would be non binding but highly symbolic. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

West Bank mosque partly torched in apparent settler attack. [AFP]
13:53 GMT

"Those who encourage and allow attacks on mosques and against Palestinians should expect a response," organization warns.

A-Azhar University has been a hotbed of dissent in Egypt. (AFP file photo)
12:42 GMT

This is the latest in a series of expulsions at the prestigious Islamic university.