40 Terrorists Planning Attacks during Christmas Celebrations in Egypt Killed: Egyptian Interior Ministry

CAIRO- Egypt's Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that it had killed 40 terrorists in a raid on three hideouts in Egypt's Giza and North Sinai governorate, a statement by the interior ministry read.

The ministry highlighted that the raid was carried out at dawn on Saturday targeting terrorists who have been planning to carry out hostile acts during Christmas celebrations, according to Ahram Online.

According to the statement, 14 were killed in the 6th of October city in Giza governorate while 16 others were killed in a residential area at the Al-Wahat Al-Baharia road near Giza governorate.

US Presence in Syria Has Nothing to Do with Fighting Daesh: Zarif

TEHRAN – Iran's foreign minister has said the presence of the United States in Syria was illegitimate since the very beginning, adding that Turkey needs to coordinate with the Syrian government before conducting any military operation, the Iranian Mehr News Agency reported.

"We do not have enough information on US plans in Syria to announce our specific position on [withdrawal of its troops]," Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen on Monday, according to the Iranian agency.

Some Parties Don't Want Govt. Formed: Lebanon's Parliament Speaker

Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says the government formation process in the country has been derailed as there are parties that do not want a new cabinet to be formed.

 "What happened confirms there are parties that do not want the government to be born at all," Berri told al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published on Monday.

The country has been facing a political deadlock since its first parliamentary vote in nine years was held in May.

Berri expressed concern about regarding "what awaits the country in the coming period."

Top Iranian Diplomats, MPs Discuss Regional, International Issues

Members of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission held a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputies for talks on the major issues surrounding the foreign policy and economic diplomacy.

The senior lawmakers went to the Foreign Ministry on Sunday for a meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif and members of the Council of Deputies of the ministry.

In the gathering, Zarif and his deputies explicated the latest developments in foreign affairs and the most important regional and international issues.

Zionist Entity Bars Palestinian Activist from Entering Al-Aqsa

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - Zionist authorities Monday barred a Palestinian activist from al-Quds entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for 15 days.

Nathem Abu Rumooz, 37, was banned entry into the mosque compound and fined the sum of NIS 2500 ($660).

A day earlier, Israeli military police detained Abu Rumooz, a resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, while he was reading al-Quran inside the mosque compound.

He was investigated for being in the mosque compound at the time of an Israeli settlers’ tour.

Abu Rumooz had spent five years in Israeli prisons before he was released in 2013.

Israeli settlers set up caravan in Bethlehem-district village

In Bethlehem, Israeli settlers Monday set up a caravan in Palestinian-owned lands in the southern West Bank village of Battir, north of Bethlehem city, said a local activist.

Ibrahim Awadallah, local activist, told WAFA that a group of settlers raided the area of al-Khimar, northeast of Battir, and set up a caravan as a prelude to the construction of a new outpost.