12 December 2011
Last updated at 11:07 ET
Syria holds local elections despite an opposition boycott and fresh reports of fighting between troops and opposition forces in several regions.
The Israeli army says it is investigating the death of a Palestinian activist who died after being hit in the face by a tear-gas canister at a weekend protest.
Israel closes a wooden walkway to Jerusalem's holiest site for safety reasons, sparking Palestinian anger.
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