Regional News

September 1, 2013

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa survived coming under fire from gunmen in Sanaa on Saturday. (AFP)
09:45 GMT

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindwa survived an assassination attempt after a group of gunmen opened fire on Saturday, one of his aides reported.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's toppled president Mohamed Morsi carry placards during a demonstration in Nasr city, northeast of Cairo, August 30, 2013. (AFP)
09:07 GMT

The curfew imposed on 14 Egyptian governorates has been extended as the country slowly returns to normal following bitter clashes between the state and Mohamed Morsi supporters.

Egyptian security are set to beef up their presence on the Suez canal following a failed 'terrorist' attack on Saturday. (AFP)
07:23 GMT

Following a failed 'terrorist' attack on a ship on the Suez Canal on Sunday, the Egyptian army has ordered to boost security and their presence in the region.

August 31, 2013

SYRIA, JOBAR : Syrian army soldiers are seen deployed in the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus on August 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / STR
21:48 GMT

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said Saturday that the Syrian army is ready for potential foreign military intervention and has its "finger on the trigger".

UNITED STATES, Washington : US President Barack Obama, with US Vice President Joe Biden, speaks on Syria in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on August 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
21:36 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama has sought Congress authorization to attack Syria, in retaliation for what the U.S. believes was a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime on civilians.

ISRAEL, Haifa : A Patriot surface-to-air missile battery is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa north of Israel on August 29, 2013. PHOTO / JACK GUEZ
16:06 GMT

A senior Iranian military official warned Saturday that Israel would face retaliation if the United States launches a strike against Syria.

ISRAEL, Kibbutz Gesher Haziv : Israeli residents inspect the damage caused by a rocket fired from Lebanon in to their Kibbutz of Gesher Haziv in northern Israel on August 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA
15:31 GMT

Two suspects have been arrested over the recent rocket attack from Lebanese territory into Israel.

EGYPT, Cairo : Representatives of Arab countries hold an extra-ordinary meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, August 27, 2013, to discuss the latest political and military crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO/STR
14:49 GMT

Arab Foreign ministers will meet three days earlier than planned on Sunday, in light of the current escalation of events surrounding intervention in Syria.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : Syrians gather near a vehicle of the United Nations (UN) arms experts as they inspect a site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack last week on August 28, 2013 in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus. AFP PHOTO /MOHAMED ABDULLAH
14:08 GMT

United Nations weapons inspectors left Damascus Saturday, with final results from their analysis of samples expected to take up to two weeks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / ALEXEY NIKOLSKY
13:46 GMT

Russian leader Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he was "convinced" chemical attacks in Syria were the work of those trying to push foreign powers into the Syrian conflict.

LEBANON, Tripoli : A Lebanese soldier inspect burnt vehicles on August 24, 2013 on the site of a bombing outside Al-Taqwa mosque the day before in the northern city of Tripoli. AFP PHOTO IBRAHIM CHALHOUB
11:40 GMT

Bahrain became the latest country late Friday to urge its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, following in the footsteps of travel warnings issued by the UK, France and Kuwait.

Syrian troops fire a heavy machine gun mounted on a pick-up truck in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/SAM SKAINE
11:28 GMT

A parliamentary delegation left for Syria and Lebanon on Saturday to examine the situation there.

SYRIA, DERIK : Fighters of the Kurdish of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) stand in a trench on August 28, 2013 about 30 kms south of the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. AFP PHOTO ALICE MARTINS
10:40 GMT

A Syrian security official said Saturday that the country was expecting a military strike "at any moment", just hours after U.N. inspectors left the capital Damascus.

EGYPT, Cairo : Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi clash with security forces, in Cairo, on August 30, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
10:04 GMT

Friday saw a relatively low turnout of protesters in support of ousted President Morsi on the streets of Cairo, despite six dead and dozens of injuries.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : A Syrian army tank maneuvers in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/SAM SKAINE
09:55 GMT

The government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria branded as "fabricated" a U.S. intelligence report which found the Syrian regime guilty of using chemical weapons on its own citizens.