Regional News

August 23, 2014

The Tripoli airport has been a long-sought after control post for rival militias. On Saturday, Islamist group Fajr Libya announced it has seized total control. (AFP/File)
20:11 GMT

Libyan Islamist militant group Fajr Libya announced Saturday its seizure of the Tripoli airport from rival nationalist militia groups.

August 22, 2014

Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:25 GMT

Heavy fighting has once again broken out between rival militants around the international airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, forcing locals to flee their homes.

President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan announced Tuesday new plans to introduce harsher punishments for terrorism charges. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

United Arab Emirates announced Thursday a harsher set of anti-terrorism laws amid global fears of Islamic extremism.

August 21, 2014

Attacks by Sinai-based militants have increased dramatically since the ouster of Morsi, with attacks primarily targeting Egyptian security forces. [Press TV]
13:31 GMT

4 militants killed as Egypt's troops press on with daily offensives in Sinai

A Bahraini Shiite protester reacts as she is detained by riot police during an anti-government demonstration in the center of the capital Manama on September 21, 2012. [AFP]
06:43 GMT

Regime forces in Bahrain have launched a new crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in the Persian Gulf country.

A protester holds up a picture of the Shia movement's leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:29 GMT

Thousands of Yemen's Houthi Shias staged an anti-government protest in the country's capital, Sana'a, giving leaders until Friday to resign.

August 19, 2014

460 aid workers were affected by attacks in 2013. (AFP/File)
19:18 GMT

Humanitarian aid workers are being attacked and killed at record rates.

Rival militias have battled for control of Tripoli's airport since July 13. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT

Forces loyal to retired General Khalifa Haftar have claimed responsibility for recent air strikes in Tripoli.

Demonstrators had gathered outside a cemetery where Turkish police attempted to remove the statue of a Kurdish rebel who founded the PKK (File/AFP)
11:43 GMT

A Kurdish protester was killed and two others injured Tuesday during clashes with Turkey's security forces in Diyarbakir province.

Ibrahim Halawa, 18, from Firhouse, a suburb of Dublin, was arrested in August 2013 along with his three sisters after they were caught up in a military siege of a mosque in Cairo while his family was on holiday in the country. [Facebook]
10:37 GMT

Tony Blair has been urged to intervene in the case of an Irish teenager who has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for a year and is now facing the death penalty in a mass trial, which has been described as a “mockery of a court process”.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speak during a press conference in Ankara, February 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT

Turkish authorities summoned the German ambassador over allegations of spying. Germany's secret service, BND, is believed to have targeted Turkey since 2009.

August 18, 2014

MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques over the past 12 months (Adam Jan/ AFP).
18:00 GMT

MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques and ma’atams within 12 months.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal (AFP/ File Archive).
16:00 GMT

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss strengthening bilateral relations.

Kuwait´s parliament, where Member for Parliament Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate about misbehaving Kuwaitis abroad (Yasser al-Zayya, AFP).
13:09 GMT

Two Kuwaiti parliament members have demanded that the passport of any Kuwaiti who tarnishes the country’s image and reputation abroad should be revoked.

Egypt's security forces are often targeted ever since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

An Egyptian police officer was shot dead Monday in the Nile Delta when an armed group attacked a security checkpoint.