Regional News

November 12, 2014

One car bomb went off in a busy street in the eastern city of Tobruk near the Egyptian border, where the elected parliament is based in a hotel. [Mohammed Hashem]
15:24 GMT

Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally-recognized government on Wednesday, wounding at least 20 people, officials said.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia militant group said it killed nine Shiite Houthi militants in a roadside explosion in central Yemen's Al-Bayda' province.

Jordan, one of the US's closest allies in the region, is aiding America in an air strike campaign against ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jordan on Thursday for discussions with King Abdullah II.

Iran's nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Rosatom Director General Sergey Kirienko sign a deal for Russia to build two reactors on Nov. 11. (AFP/ROSATOM)
07:52 GMT

The Kremlin agreed to build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed on Tuesday.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor says reports indicate that war crimes are being committed in Libya.

November 11, 2014

People walk through debris in an area recently hit by an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 11, 2014. [AFP]
21:50 GMT

The United Nations refugee agency says the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have roughly displaced 13.6 million people, bemoaning poor humanitarian assistance on the part of some countries.

Shia rebels have been battling al Qaeda militants and Sunni tribesman for control of various cities across Yemen. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Yemeni rebels sparked clashes at Sanaa international airport Tuesday, leaving 4 people dead.

November 10, 2014

US Treasury blacklisted Saleh, Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim "for engaging in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security, or stability of Yemen." [AFP]
21:04 GMT

The United States has imposed sanctions on its former ally, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted Yemeni dictator, and two Houthi commanders.

A Jordanian court has sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership in the ISIL terrorist group. [AFP]
18:44 GMT

A Jordanian court has sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership in the ISIL terrorist group and promoting the Takfiri group on social media networks.

Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement launched an offensive on Monday to push into an al-Qaeda stronghold outside the town of Rada. [AFP]
17:11 GMT

At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.

 King Abdullah mosque in Amman, Jordan.
14:32 GMT

In another move to crack down on ISIS supporters in the country, Jordanian authorities have ordered clerics to preach only moderate Islam

November 9, 2014

Sunday marks the ninth anniversary of the Amman hotel bombings, when coordinated attacks targeted three of the capital’s hotels in November 2005.
15:57 GMT

Jordan on Sunday marks the ninth anniversary of the Amman hotel bombings, when coordinated attacks targeted three of the capital’s hotels in November 2005, killing over 60 people and injuring some 115.

A Yemeni soldier stands guard outside the former headquarters of the General People's Congress party on Nov. 6 in Sana'a. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
10:19 GMT

Two bombs were discovered before they exploded.

A Yemeni man reads a newspaper headline announcing the formation of a new government headed by former oil minister Khalid Bahah, on Nov. 8 in the capital Sana'a. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
09:08 GMT

The new government, led by Prime Minister Khaled Al-Bahah, includes a number of ministers affiliated with the Shi’ite Houthi movement and the southern Hirak movement.

The report said Pakistan's Taliban offered to join the ISIL militant movement (File/AFP)
06:31 GMT

ISIL has begun luring members of the Taliban and other militant groups to join its ranks, according to a state government report from the Balochistan province.