Regional News

December 13, 2014

Yemeni security forces do routine inspections at checkpoints, but they rarely inspect vehicles carrying women. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.

December 12, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.

Hamadi Jebali, a former prime minister, announced Thursday that he was stepping down from the party as he no longer agreed with its policies. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The secretary general of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamic Movement has tendered his resignation as the leader of the country’s most prominent political party.

"We will jointly work towards a comprehensive reconciliation process in Libya that will bring together all the parties in the country," Davutoglu said, speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara with the Italian prime minister. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi agreed to work together to find a solution for the conflict in Libya.

December 11, 2014

The visit lasted several hours after which El-Sisi returned to Egypt. It comes ten days after Jordan's King Abdullah II visited Cairo for similar talks. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II agreed in a meeting in Amman on Thursday on the necessity of a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Denmark has confirmed that a citizen was shot and wounded in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 22. (AFP/File)
19:02 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says the country has arrested three supporters of the ISIL terrorists for the shooting and injuring of a Danish citizen late November.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT

The European Union has barred all Libyan airlines from operating in the European airspace due to concerns over passenger safety amid fierce clashes in the North African country.

The move does not aim "to sanction or criticize Libya but solely to seek the assistance of the Security Council to eliminate the impediments to cooperation,” the statement said. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred Libya to the UN Security Council for not handing over the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi for prosecution.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made his first visit to Jordan since becoming leader in June. (AFP/Getty)
14:31 GMT

Egypt's premier Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with his Jordanian counterpart King Abdullah on his first visit to the kingdom Thursday.

Afghan security forces inspect a bus after it was blown up by a Taliban militant in Kabul, December 11, 2014. (AFP/Shah Marai)
10:35 GMT

A suicide bomber targeting a bus in the outskirts of Kabul killed six Afghan soldiers and injured at least 12 other people.

Al Qaeda spokesman Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi reads a message threatening to execute American journalist Luke Somers days before he was killed in a botched US rescue mission. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT

Al Qaeda spokesman Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi blamed Barack Obama for the deaths of two foreign hostages after they were killed in Yemen.

The Al Qaeda attack targeted a US airbase, which controls drone operations in Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

An Al Qaeda attack rocked a US military base in Yemen Thursday, according to reports. The explosion targeted the American operation center, believed to control drone raids in the country.

December 10, 2014

The UN refugee agency says over 207,000 people have made the sea crossing since the beginning of the year. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

2014 saw a record 3,419 deaths of migrants, mainly from Syria and Eritrea, attempting to reach Europe by way of unstable boats on the Mediterranean.

The well-known cleric faces trial in absentia in Egypt over charges of  "agreement, incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft," according to Interpol. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

The Muslim Association of Britain has urged the Qatari government not to extradite well-known Muslim Brotherhood supporter Yusuf al-Qaradawi to Egypt following an arrest warrant for the elderly cleric and several other Brotherhood supporters by Interpol Friday.

The air raids took place Tuesday evening in Tirah neighborhood in Khayber district, where pro-Taliban militants and members of a banned group called Lashkar-e-Islam have taken refuge. (Photo: AFP)
07:35 GMT

Pakistan says its military has launched airstrikes against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, killing 11 militants.