Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has passed a number of laws which will effectively weaken the country's civil society. Local NGOs will suffer under the new laws but also foreign ones.
Kurdish peshmerga forces have brought aid to civilians and fighters taking refuge from jihadist militants on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq's northwest. The peshmerga broke a months-old siege by the militants earlier this week.
Security forces have killed four alleged terrorists in Saudi Arabia's Shiite-dominated Awamiya town. The inhabitants of the restive oil-rich region complain of discrimination and demand greater autonomy from Riyadh.
Winter is setting upon the Gaza Strip, which was all but destroyed in seven weeks of war between Israel and Hamas. The humanitarian disaster continues for tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and work.
An Israeli airstrike has hit targets in Gaza, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state. It was the country's first strike since August's truce, following a deadly 50-day war.
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It has been deemed 'the most successful' offensive to date against the "Islamic State." Kurdish forces announced Thursday they have broken the siege on Mount Sinjar and recaptured territory in a two-day assault.
Multiple high-level military leaders of the "Islamic State" militia have been killed by US airstrikes in northern Iraq. The most significant figure killed was a deputy to the leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
At a donors' conference in Berlin, the UN has launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria. Billions of dollars in aid is still needed for the millions of displaced people inside and outside the country.
As winter approaches making life for the Syrian refugees stuck in Lebanon even more miserable, one aid agency is trying to help by encouraging them to become more self-reliant. Melissa Tabeek reports from Lebanon.
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle. The compromise motion did not back immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.
Germany's government has agreed to send up to 100 Bundeswehr troops to northern Iraq. The soldiers, who will not be involved in combat, will train Kurdish forces fighting the "Islamic State" group.
An EU court has struck off the Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas from the bloc's list of terrorist organizations. It said the 2001 listing was influenced by the media and the internet.
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