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November 7, 2014

Iraqi special forces advance in the Jurf al-Sakhr area on Oct. 30, after they retook the area from ISIL jihadists. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
20:43 GMT

The AP report said the president was also requesting $5 billion from Congress.

Libyans wave the national flag as they celebrate the decision of the supreme court to invalidate the internationally recognized parliament, setting the stage for deepening political chaos. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
19:00 GMT

Libya’s parliament moved to Tobruk after an armed group from the town of Misrata seized the capital and most government institutions in August.

Jordanian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood protest in Amman against the storming of al-Aqsa compound on Nov. 7. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
16:09 GMT

Hammam Saeed described the 1994 treaty between Amman and Tel Aviv as "shameful."

Palestinian youths throw stones during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem on Nov. 7. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
15:53 GMT

Hundreds of Palestinians battled Israeli security forces on Friday, as tensions continued unabated in Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to news reports.

Fayez Abu Eitta, a Fatah leader in Gaza, speaks on the phone as he inspects damage to his car. At least 10 explosions hit houses and cars belonging to Fatah members in Gaza on Friday. (AFP/ Mohammed Abed)
12:53 GMT

Bomb attacks overnight targeted the homes and cars of Fatah leaders in Gaza.

Egypt announced severe restrictions on truck traffic after this week's fatal crash. (AFP)
12:41 GMT

Most of the victims' bodies were burned in the ensuing fire.

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian youths in the refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, on Nov. 6. AFP/Ahmad Gharabli
12:11 GMT

Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last week following the shooting of an extremist rabbi in west Jerusalem.

This image from Twitter is said to show the aftermath of the shooting attack in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
08:30 GMT

The total number of dead now stands at 13 from Monday's shooting attack and its aftermath.

The Mavi Marmara (AFP file photo).
08:16 GMT

Nine Turkish activists were killed in the storming of the vessel Mavi Marmara in 2010.

Masked Palestinian youths use doors as shields during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in East Jerusalem on Nov. 6.  (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
07:52 GMT

Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued separate statements calling on Palestinians to take to the streets following Friday prayers.

Iraq says its air force has hit a number of ISIL positions in Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.  (AFP file photo)
07:23 GMT

Iraq's Ministry of Defense said that the Iraqi air force carried out "effective strikes" in the oil-rich town of Baiji in Salahuddin Province.

The letter was meant to reinforce the shared interest of Iran and the United States in defeating ISIL. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

President Barack Obama sent a letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that described a shared interest in defeating the Islamic State.

November 6, 2014

The Kurdish efforts to liberate territory from ISIL are just the first stage in a major military operation, the KDP official said. (File/AFP)
20:05 GMT

Chancellor Masrour Barzani spoke about ISIL and the recent successes of recapturing territory. However, Barzani calls on Iraq and international community to assist the Peshmerga.

One strike hit the group's Babsaqa headquarters, near the Syrian border with Turkey, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP/File)
16:57 GMT

Ahrar al Sham is targeted by US-led coalition airstrikes for the first time in the Syrian conflict.

IDF soldiers seen blocking the area where three soldiers were injured when a Palestinian driver rammed into a bus stop near the West Bank village of Al-Aroub. [Flash90]
13:55 GMT

A senior security source said one of the directions being examined is that the incident was a hit and run accident, and that the suspects did not intend to strike the soldiers.