Fourteen Islamist women jailed for 11 years for a peaceul protest in Egypt will be released after a court slashed their sentences in a case that had outraged opposition groups and human rights campaigners.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the United States will maintain a wide array of military forces in the Middle East to ensure security in the region despite diplomatic overtures toward Iran over its nuclear program.
The UN General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council to replace Saudi Arabia, which had rejected the seat in an unprecedented act to protest the council's failure to end the Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.
Yemeni security forces have launched a sweep in the capital to find the perpetrators of a deadly attack on the country's Defence Ministry, sparking clashes that left several armed men killed, officials said.
Fighters linked to al-Qaeda have kidnapped and executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman working in northern Syria, the first foreign journalist killed by fighters in the rebel-held north, according to a press freedom watchdog.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Israelis and Palestinians are making "progress" in the peace talks.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to hold talks with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to step up American involvement in the hope of reviving faltering peace efforts.
The UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are awaiting approval from an unnamed country to use its port to load Syria's deadly chemicals onto a US ship for destruction offshore, the head of the mission Sigrid Kaag has said.
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