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December 13, 2014

Iraqi military and Kurdish militias have been battling ISIL for months. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT

Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.

ISIL fighters have recaptured several villages near Anbar governorate. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT

ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.

Yemeni security forces do routine inspections at checkpoints, but they rarely inspect vehicles carrying women. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.

Pictured are US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right). (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli relations in a Friday phone conversation.

Tensions have been running high in the past few weeks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Israeli forces injured four Palestinians by firing rubber bullets at West Bank protesters.

"Let [the two groups] establish a genuine partnership, far from political wrangling, for the liberation of Palestine," leading Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar said in a Friday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A leading member of the Palestinian Hamas movement has called for a "genuine partnership" with the Palestinian Fatah group – its longstanding rival – against the Israeli occupation.

December 12, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT

The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.

Greece has long been considered a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment due to the public's sympathy for the Palestinian cause. (AFP/FIle)
15:04 GMT

Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.

Despite making progress, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany failed to clinch a final nuclear deal by a November 24 deadline during their talks in Vienna. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT

The European Union has confirmed that the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers will resume on December 17 in Geneva.

Mahran Al Deeri, 31, died while fleeing gunfire in Damascus Wednesday. (Image: Al Jazeera)
13:42 GMT

Four journalists were killed in the past week while covering the conflict in Syria, including a 31-year-old reporter for Al Jazeera.

The Palestinian man, believed to be in his thirties, was shot at the scene. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT

A Jewish family near southern Jerusalem was attacked with acid by a Palestinian man, wounding at least six people including young children.

Egyptian soldiers guard a prison in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, September 8, 2013. (AFP/File)
12:35 GMT

Egypt's army on Thursday killed 12 militants in the Sinai Peninsula after a series of attacks in the troubled region.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein, December 11, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

Israeli forces attacked thousands of Palestinians attending the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein Thursday injuring at least 19 people.