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November 16, 2014

The North African country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups that refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Medical sources say at least 340 people have been killed in fighting in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi since October 15.

European nations are taking a more pro-Palestinian stand. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Hugh Lovett, an official with European Council on Foreign Relations, predicts several EU countries are likely to follow Sweden in recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

November 15, 2014

The clashes erupted after the Ansarullah forces entered the town in an attempt to restore stability there. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Fighting in a town in central Yemen has left at least 80 people dead over the last three days.

North Sinai has witnessed intensifying activity of the armed forces after a major militant attack. (AFP/File)
19:43 GMT

Egyptian armed forces killed 10 and arrested 54 "terrorists" in North Sinai.

The US is slated to train the Free Syrian Army in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT

The United States and Turkey have agreed to train Free Syrian Army rebels starting late December 2014.

Retaking the refinery marks a significant achievement against ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

Iraqi troops retook Iraq's largest oil refinery after a month long ISIL siege.

The U.S. remains firm in its resolve not to send combat troops into Iraq or Syria. (File/AFP)
10:55 GMT

A U.S. State Department spokesman reaffirmed the U.S. stance to not send combat troops to Iraq or Syria.

U.K. Muslims makes up 4.8 percent of the country's population and number around 2.7 million. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Tell Mama, a charity that documents crimes and acts against Muslims, said recent events in the UK and internationally have resulted in a sharp increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.

The small village of Deir Nidham is located beside the Hallamish Jewish settlement and often the site of fierce clashes. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

Four Palestinians were injured during a raid by armed Israeli settlers in a village north of Ramallah Friday.

November 14, 2014

Prosecutors charged with the Hariri bombers' trial are reportedly "clearly pointing" in the direction of Assad's security personal as key players in the 2005 Valentine's Day assassination.
16:19 GMT

The Special Tribunal handling the trial to prosecute bombers who killed former premier Rafik Hariri will allow prosecutors to show evidence of a deteriorating relationship between Syria President Bashar al-Assad and Hariri as the first stepping stone to demonstrate the possibility of Syria's role in the assassination.

The UN Commission announced plans to release the report earlier this week detailing ISIL 'crimes against humanity.'
14:46 GMT

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria released its first report on ISIL's crimes against humanity.

Defense lawyers in charge of prosecuting assailants who carried out the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri claimed to have evidence linking Assad's phone to the case during a Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

During a speech Sunday, Lebanon's interior minister Nouhad Machnouk suggested Syrian President Bashar al- Assad may be linked to the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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.