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December 4, 2013

Egypt's El Sisi is the current frontrunner for TIME's 2013 Person of the Year (AFP)
04:00 GMT

Recent polls show that Egypt's El Sisi is the current frontrunner for TIME's person of the year for 2013.

December 3, 2013

Russia's Putin and KSA's Prince Bandar previously met in July to discuss the war in Syria (Alexey Druzhinin/RIA Novosti)
16:13 GMT

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet with Saudi's intelligence chief Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Syria

Mansour will serve as Egypt's head of state until a new president is elected. [guim]
11:24 GMT

Expectations are high for final approval by interim President Mansour on Egypt's draft constitution.

Douma was also arrested earlier this year for calling then-President Mohamed Morsi a liar and a criminal. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

Prominent Egyptian social activist Ahmed Douma was arrested at his home in Cairo on Tuesday morning, in the latest in crackdown on public bloggers and activists by the authorities.

Car bombs are often made using gas containers and explosives placed inside the trunk of the car.  [Ashraf Abdul-Wahab]
05:19 GMT

Security forces defused an abandoned car bomb staged to explode near a convoy in Cairo.

December 2, 2013

Yemen is the home base of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which the United States views as the global militant network’s most dangerous franchise. [AFP]
18:50 GMT

Clashes on Monday between al-Qaeda suspects and Yemeni troops in the southeastern province of Hadramawt left nine people dead, three of them soldiers, the Defense Ministry reported.

Despite militant activity decreasing for a short period of time, southern separatists and northern rebels - not to mention a heavy Al Qaeda presence - are threatening Yemen's stability. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Three Yemeni soldiers and six suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed after insurgents launched an attack on an army base in eastern Yemen on Monday, according to the defence ministry.

Police brutality played a large role in recent historical government turnovers in Egypt. [dw]
04:16 GMT

After a car accident which led to an argument between the two parties, a policeman shot and killed a student.

An Egyptian riot policeman fires tear gas in Cairo, Egypt. [csgazette]
04:05 GMT

Upon approval of its draft constitution, Egyptians take to the streets in protest due to some of the language in the document.

December 1, 2013

Ahmed Maher had previously turned himself into authorities Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
12:40 GMT

Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher was released Sunday afternoon after being detained by authorities for his involvement in an illegal demonstration to protest the new assembly law early last week.

Hagel urges Egypt to show its efforts in peacekeeping during the constitutional transition. [theiranproject]
11:02 GMT

US reaches out to discuss up and coming concerns regarding new protest laws in the draft Egyptian constitution.

A key figure in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, political activist Ahmad Maher turned himself into the Egyptian authorities late on Saturday after they issued a warrant for his arrest. (file
06:51 GMT

A key figure in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, political activist Ahmad Maher turned himself into the Egyptian authorities late on Saturday after they issued a warrant for his arrest.

Tunisian protestors hurled stones at security officials late last week, calling for the ruling Islamist party Ennahda's resignation (Fethi Balaid/AFP)
06:22 GMT

Tunisian police arrested 10 alleged members of the banned Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia Saturday following clashes between security officials and members of the Salafist group earlier last week.

Young Israeli Arab activists have organized what they call an "international day of rage". [haaretz]
04:17 GMT

In what is being called a "day of rage", Israeli Bedouins protests against plans to relocate people to a southern region of the country.

Members of the Egyptian constitutional committee prepare to vote on the new constitution in Cairo. [presstv]
03:57 GMT

Freedom being called for as an absolute right in the draft outline of Egypt's new constitution. So far, 50 of the 246 articles have been approved in the final document. Line by line details are being reviewed in back to back meetings.