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December 9, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi requests more airstrikes to combat ISIL. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT

With the recent success of the anti-ISIL campaign, Iraq presses the US to increase support and escalate their attacks.

US Senator Dianne Feinstein led the Senate Intelligence Committee efforts to review and release the torture report. (AFP/file)
12:26 GMT

The US will release a much-anticipated report on post-9/11 CIA torture and interrogation methods. Embassies are tightening security in preparation for backlash.

Bahrain's Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into the attack. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

A Bahraini policeman was killed in an explosion southwest of the country's capital, Manama, on Monday night.

Over 2,160 Palestinians were killed during Israeli attacks in Gaza this year. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

An Amnesty International report accused Israel of committing war crimes during its 51-day attack in the Gaza Strip.

US Defense Secretary Hagel plans to visit US troops and meet with Iraqi leaders. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Tuesday in order to discuss security and ISIL.

Libya's two rival governments will begin peace talks next week. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT

The United Nations postponed Libya's peace talks to next week in order to give the rival parties time to work out the details.

A Palestinian protester runs for cover as an Israeli military vehicle sprays a foul-smelling spray known as "skunk" during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT

A mob of Israeli settlers stabbed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in the Old City of Hebron Monday night, medical sources told Ma'an.

Bombs targeting Houthi militiamen exploded in the Yemeni capital early in the morning, injuring several people according to police. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

Six soldiers were killed and several others injured in southeastern Yemen after car bombs exploded outside military headquarters.

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood is the country's biggest opposition party, has operated legally for decades and has substantial grassroots support. (Photo: AFP)
07:06 GMT

Jordan charges deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood with "souring ties with a foreign country".

Israeli authorities have so far denied claims of carrying out air strikes in Damascus over the weekend. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Israeli air strikes in Damascus allegedly killed two Hezbollah fighters, according to Al Arabiya news Monday.

Palestine's status was also upgraded by the UN General Assembly to a non-member observer state in November, 2012. (AFP/File)
06:35 GMT

Palestine secured an observer status at the ICC Monday, allowing President Mahmoud Abbas to potentially sue Israel over war crimes.

Millions were displaced in 2014 due to ongoing conflicts. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The United Nations has appealed for a record USD 16.4 billion in humanitarian aid to help almost 60 million people across the globe next year.

The UK has only resettled a mere 90 Syrian refugees so far. (AFP/File)
05:29 GMT

Wealthier states have been urged by humanitarian groups to resettle five percent of Syrian refugees by the end of 2015 ahead of a donor conference Tuesday.

Approximately 460,000 Iraqis are internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The number of internally displaced persons in Iraq has increased over the past ten days due to Iraqi military operations against ISIL, an Iraqi government official said on Monday.

December 8, 2014

Elections will take place on March 17. (AFP/File)
21:17 GMT

Members of Israel’s 19th Knesset voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to dissolve the parliament, officially putting an end to the current government and paving the way for new elections in March.