Sheikh Ali Salman gets new four-year stint at helm of Al-Wefaq movement

Coalition pounds Islamic State positions with 39 air strikes

Clashes set off huge fire at Al-Sidra oil terminal in Libya

Egypt police kill two members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis at Cairo checkpoint

Egypt bans epic movie Exodus over historical mistakes

Syria voices readiness to meet opposition in Moscow

Schoolboy arrested for 'insulting' Turkish leader freed

Egyptian Coptic teen abducted in Libya found dead

PMs advisor: Ankara has no intention of giving up on EU bid

Khartoum orders two senior UN officials to leave

Did IS down Jordan warplane?

Clashes with Islamists kill at least 19 soldiers in eastern Libya

Shebab stage brazen attack on heavily-fortified AU base in Somalia

Clashes with Kurdish forces kill dozens of jihadists in Syria

Hezbollah detains Mossad agent in its ranks

Sudan expels two senior UN officials

Turkey arrests student for 'insulting' President Erdogan

Jordan vows to make all efforts to save captured pilot

Oil prices to take their toll on Saudi 2015 budget

Iran flexes muscles with massive Gulf military drills

Huthis abduct senior Yemen intelligence official

Man gets apostasy death sentence in Mauritania

Riyadh gives 'final warning' on high-speed rail project

Iran says lasting nuclear agreement 'within reach'

Pilgrims gather in Bethlehem to begin global celebration of Christmas

Israel gives final approval for new settler homes in east Jerusalem

Syria dissidents meet in Cairo to discuss ways to end war

Somalia parliament gives unanimous approval to new PM

Egypt, Qatar to end row over Morsi ouster

Israel strikes Gaza for second time since summer war

Deadly suicide attack targets Sahwa fighters in Iraq

'Islamic State' captures Jordan pilot after plane went down in Syria

Egypt jihadists unveil video of army informant 'executions'

Sudan prosecutor probes detained opposition figures

Turkey's EU bid suffers tough blow

New round of Libya peace talks set for January 5

Abbas will no longer deal with Israel if UN fails

Gazans celebrate Christmas tinged with sadness

Sudan postpones elections for constitutional amendment

Iraq cabinet approves $102.5 billion budget for 2015

UN warns of war crimes as hundreds of civilians die in Libya violence

Coalition strikes in Syria kill more than 1,000 jihadists in three months

New leader to people of Tunisia: We must look to future

Algeria army kills head of Jund al-Khilafa jihadist group

Egypt President ratifies law to pave way for parliamentary elections