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December 4, 2017

Amman alleged Israel was allowing extremists into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT
Jordan on Sunday sent a diplomatic letter of protest to Israel over ongoing Israeli violations in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the country's official news agency.
The AJACS program, established in 2014, was intended to support community policing in areas outside the Syrian regime’s control (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
The British government has suspended a major aid program in Syria following an investigation by the BBC that revealed extremists had co-opted some of the funds.
Aleppo-born Ziyad Sabsabi, a Russian senator, speaks during a press conference during the handing over of Chechen nationals back to Russia on Nov. 12, 2017, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Over the past year, Chechnya significantly expanded its role and foothold in Syria, including funding the reconstruction of major Syrian mosques and deploying highly trained Chechen military forces to some of the toughest front lines.

December 3, 2017

There are around 27,000 people with disabilities in Gaza and the West Bank (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
“We are here to draw attention to the rights and demands of people with disabilities in Gaza,” Amjad al-Shawa, chairman of the Palestinian Non-governmental Organizations Network, told participants.
"The level of outrage from the liberal elite in this country is out of all proportion with what happened here"
 (AFP/File)
15:07 GMT
The ex-Ukip leader used an appearance on the BBC Andrew Marr Show to claim the reaction has been "out of all proportion" to the offense.
A JKW fighter pictured in the group's propoganda, Twitter
14:28 GMT
While ISIS facing total military defeat in Syria, one small ISIS affiliate looks like it's here to stay.
During his election, Trump promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki on Sunday called on the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene to discuss the situation in Jerusalem.
The authority reassured the UAE citizens and residents that the county’s atmosphere is safe (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority on Sunday denied Al Houthis' allegations of launching a missile towards the UAE.
A sub-Saharan migrant shows writings on a wall as he waits at the Qanfouda detention center, in the southern outskirts of Benghazi, before being repatriated on Dec. 2, 2017. 
(Abdullah DOMA / AFP)
10:54 GMT
A sub-Saharan migrant shows writings on a wall as he waits at the Qanfouda detention center, in the southern outskirts of Benghazi, before being repatriated on Dec. 2, 2017. (Abdullah DOMA / AFP)
225 people were also injured in the violence (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
At least 36 people have been killed in two days of rebel infighting in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, according to a medical source on Sunday.
Government lawyers expect the law to prevail because it requires people to show their faces for identification purposes (AFP/File)
08:32 GMT
A judge in Quebec temporarily suspended a new religious neutrality law that bans face coverings for government workers and anyone receiving public services in the Canadian province.

December 2, 2017

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Saturday he was open to talks with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels to end the three-year conflict (AFP)
13:47 GMT
He also accused the Houthis of “terrorizing” civilians.
An airstrike on Damascus (file photo)
12:37 GMT
Israel has reportedly carried out airstrikes outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, according to local sources.
The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said Hezbollah must disarm for Lebanon to survive and prosper (Wikimedia)
11:33 GMT
The Saudi foreign minister said Hezbollah must disarm for Lebanon to survive and prosper, shortly before Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Prime Minister Saad Hariri were set to meet in Paris.
Turkish prosecutors ordered the assets of gold trader Reza Zarrab to be seized Friday as he testified in Manhattan on his role in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran (Ozan Kose/AFP)
08:01 GMT
Turkish prosecutors ordered the assets of gold trader Reza Zarrab to be seized Friday as he testified in Manhattan on his role in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.

December 1, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s air defense system has destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen (AFP)
12:58 GMT
Local media reports that missile was fired by Houthis from Yemen
Egyptian presidential hopeful, Ahmed Shafiq, will begin his campaign for presidency with an international tour (AFP)
12:34 GMT
Egyptian presidential hopeful, Ahmed Shafiq, will begin his campaign for presidency with an international tour, starting in France, before travelling across other European communities and the US
Staffan de Mistura, has said that the current talks in Geneva aimed at ending the six-year-old Syrian conflict is to run through December 15 (AFP)
12:24 GMT
The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said that the current talks in Geneva aimed at ending the six-year-old Syrian conflict is to run through December 15, but that it would not be “just a normal round of talks”.
Yemen has suffered a severe cholera outbreak during the conflict (AFP)
12:12 GMT
At least 15 died when clashes broke out in Sanaa between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, two groups allied in their fight against the internationally recognized Yemeni government.
Muslim immigrants have been a politically sensitive topic in Europe following the influx of newcomers in 2015 and 2016 (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Muslim population could triple in some European countries by 2050, with the U.K. projected to see one of the most rapid rises throughout the continent.

November 30, 2017

“Syria to us – people born off its land – is like a mother. It’s impossible for someone to find a mother other than his own" (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Pressure to leave Lebanon has been mounting recently as tensions between displaced Syrians and Lebanese locals have become more strained. It is “host-community fatigue,” said Dr. Nasser Yassin, the director of research at the American University in Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.
During the debate, Shura members expressed support for the recommendation (AFP/File)
14:38 GMT
A recommendation to allow Saudi women to take up leading positions in the kingdom’s diplomatic missions abroad was defeated by a single vote at the Shura Council.
The GCC Summit is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6 (AFP/File)
13:45 GMT
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Thursday received an invitation from Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Jaber al-Sabah to attend an upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to be held early next month in Kuwait City.
A digital rendering of Trump veiled by the Iran flag, Al Bawaba
13:34 GMT
In responding to Iran's growing power in the region, the US is doing more to help than prevent one of its more feared enemies from gaining influence.
The MEPs said there were "serious allegations of Saudi Arabia breaching international humanitarian law in Yemen" (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
The European Parliament on Thursday called for an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia amid the "world’s largest famine" in Yemen.
El-Arish was once a popular tourist town (AskAladdin.com)
12:50 GMT
Egypt's El-Arish city has turned from a tourist resort destination into a militant battleground, long before it faced Egypt's worst terrorist attack in its modern history that killed 300 people at a mosque just east of the city.
Most cross-border assistance to opposition-held parts of Syria comes from Jordan and Turkey (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT
Russia said on Wednesday that it is seeking changes to a U.N. Security Council resolution that authorizes cross-border aid delivery to opposition-held parts of Syria without approval from the Syrian government, AFP reported.
There are 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
Senate President Faisal Fayez stressed that it is not Jordan which started the Syrian crisis, wondering why the Kingdom has been bearing the responsibility and repercussions of the refugee influx.
The Eastern Ghouta region is designated by Russia, Turkey, and Iran as a so-called de-escalation zone (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT
Dozens of mortar bombs targeted the besieged Eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital on Wednesday, despite a 48-hour cease-fire announced one day earlier, Reuters reported.
Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
The Head of General Security for Dubai, Dhahi Khalfan, disputed the statement made by former Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, who claimed he had been banned from leaving the UAE by Emirati authorities, just hours after announcing his bid for the 2018 Egyptian presidency.
President Trump retweeted three videos initially posted by far-right Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
A video retweeted by Donald Trump of a Muslim migrant beating up a boy on crutches was dismissed as fake news by police in the Netherlands.
He urged the UAE authorities to lift the restrictions and allow his freedom to travel (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
Former Egyptian Premier Ahmed Shafiq said on Wednesday the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was preventing him from traveling to his country after he announced his plans to run in Egypt's presidential elections next year.
Robert Mardini, the regional director for the ICRC, called the move an "exceptional stop-gap measure" (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT
The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday it is buying 750,000 liters of diesel fuel to provide clean water to cities in Yemen affected by a blockade enforced by a Saudi-led coalition.