22 December 2014 Last updated at 07:21

Tunisia candidate refuses to concede

Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi.


Iraqi Kurdish forces head to battle Islamic State militants, on the summit of Mount Sinjar, in Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS

Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.

Oil pump in BahrainOil price fall 'not Opec's fault'

Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.

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