According to the SOHR, ISIS still controls three percent of Syrian territory, or 5,600 square kilometers (2,162 square miles) (AFP/File)
December 17, 2017 - 19:00 GMT
During the same week the U.S. and Russia declared victory over ISIS in Syria, the militant group launched a series of surprise attacks around the country. Despite the triumphant claims of world leaders, these offensives suggest such statements are a little premature.
A young Rohingya Muslim refugee passes through a temporary bamboo barricade to collect cooked food at the Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on Nov. 10, 2017 (AFP)
December 17, 2017 - 17:00 GMT
Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar and taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh since the beginning of a brutal military crackdown in late August say the prospect of returning to Myanmar is a daunting or even impossible one.
Egyptian Coptic Christian religious leaders celebrate Christmas in the monastery of Saint Samaan in Cairo on Jan. 6, 2015 (AFP)
December 17, 2017 - 14:42 GMT
Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar order the security alert to be raised to the maximum level during Christmas holidays.
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December 17, 2017 - 14:11 GMT
The biggest loser in Trump's Jerusalem move? Palestinians
Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square on Dec. 17, 2017, in the Vatican (Andreas SOLARO/AFP)
December 17, 2017 - 12:41 GMT
The head of the Catholic church denounced such actions as "very serious" sins that hurt all involved.
December 17, 2017 - 12:35 GMT
Dec. 17, 2017 marks the seven-year anniversary of Mohamed Bouazizi, the 26-year-old street vendor who set himself on fire and with that ignited uprisings all over Arab countries, but where has that left youth today?
Choi is expected to appear in court this week, facing a total of six charges (Australian Federal Police)
December 17, 2017 - 12:15 GMT
Police will accuse him of brokering sales of North Korean missile components as well as technological expertise including a software used for guiding ballistic missiles.
Sabih al-Masri chairs several companies and institutions, most notably the Arab Bank Group (Youtube screengrab/Wamda)
December 17, 2017 - 11:45 GMT
Al-Masri was detained in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for questioning after a business trip to the kingdom, but the sources said he was set free on Sunday.
Earlier this month, Houthi militiamen executed Saleh -- who had until recently been considered one of the group’s primary allies -- after waylaying his motorcade outside the capital (AFP/File)
December 17, 2017 - 09:45 GMT
The family of slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left Yemeni capital Sanaa to the southern city of Aden, according to a Yemeni military source.
During the meeting, he also said that an amnesty law would “soon” be completed and called it “very serious” (AFP/File)
December 17, 2017 - 08:47 GMT
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday denied that his relationship with Saudi Arabia had been strained since he announced his now-rescinded resignation on Nov. 4. and said he would be vigilant to ensure parties complied with the policy of dissociation.
At least five were killed and 16 injured, including women and children (AFP/File)
December 17, 2017 - 08:45 GMT
The blast took place at 12 noon ( 7 a.m. GMT) when people were attending Sunday services at a church in Quetta, the capital of the southwestern Balochistan province, local Geo News reported.
Iraqi Yazidi women and children (file photo)
December 16, 2017 - 15:00 GMT
“The two graves contain the remains of 90 victims, most of them were Yazidis,” Mohamed Khalil, the mayor of Sinjar city, told Anadolu Agency.
A U.S. official said Friday that Washington expects that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be part of Israel (Wikimedia)
December 16, 2017 - 14:02 GMT
A U.S. official said Friday that Washington expects that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be part of Israel.
Houthis in their stronghold Sanaa earlier this month (AFP)
December 16, 2017 - 09:58 GMT
Yemeni government forces have stormed Bayhan town, the Houthis' last urban bastion in the southern province of Shabwa, local government and military commanders said on Friday.
This file photo taken on May 19, 2017 shows Palestinian demonstrator Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh waving a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli soldiers (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
December 16, 2017 - 07:32 GMT
Four Palestinians have been declared dead by the Palestinian Health Ministry in the West Bank and Gaza, after a day of violent clashes with Israeli forces on Friday across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and besieged Gaza Strip.
Lebanon will receive millions in U.S. military aid. (AFP/File)
December 15, 2017 - 17:53 GMT
The United States has announced three new Department of Defense programs for Lebanon to help in its capability to conduct border security and counter-terrorism operations.