Hamas removed from terror blacklist, Palestinian state recognised by EU – 17 December was a big day
Hamas welcomes ruling as a 'correction of injustice', but Israel calls for an immediate reversal
Taliban militants also killed, and Pakistani officials say the attack on a military school in Peshawar is over
It provoked soul-searching in Britain and the US, but many Arabic news sources ignored the report
Clerics promise a crackdown on 'shameful' couples fighting for freedom and independence by moving in together
But while West is keen to help Lebanese take on IS, donor fatigue means Syrian refugees will go hungry
Human rights groups say Soheil Arabi's execution is 'imminent' and appeals to a Tehran court for amnesty
Israeli prime minister fires two ministers sending Israel to the polls just two years after the last election
Pentagon confirms Tehran air strikes against IS but dismisses talk of co-operation
Taliban claims responsibility for the suicide bombing, vowing to increase its attacks on foreigners
A street vendor in Kabul sells balloons to a group of Afghan children. Although the economy in Afghanistan has shown some signs of improvement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, low wages and unemployment remain challenges for the government.
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