Regional News

November 15, 2014

The U.S. remains firm in its resolve not to send combat troops into Iraq or Syria. (File/AFP)
10:55 GMT

A U.S. State Department spokesman reaffirmed the U.S. stance to not send combat troops to Iraq or Syria.

November 14, 2014

The UN Commission announced plans to release the report earlier this week detailing ISIL 'crimes against humanity.'
14:46 GMT

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria released its first report on ISIL's crimes against humanity.

November 13, 2014

According to the witnesses, the two blasts, only minutes apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no casualties reported. (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two separate car bombings were reported in the vicinities of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassies in the Libyan capital Tripoli, eyewitnesses said.

Al-Baghdadi's 17-minute message makes no reference to the airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, which supposedly harmed him.  (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT

An audiotape allegedly recorded by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been released on social media, days after he was reportedly killed or wounded.

Interior Minister Hussein Majali delivers an address at the seventh Amman Security Colloquium on Wednesday. [Petra photo]
04:00 GMT

As the region’s instability and political complications linger, Jordan still believes in the importance of creating a weapons of mass destruction free zone (WMDFZ) in the region, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said Wednesday.

November 12, 2014

Students demonstrate against the deployment, at Sanaa University campus, of armed Yemani militia from the Shi'ite Huthi movement in the capital Sanaa on November 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT

A powerful suicide bomb attack on Shiite militia fighters in central Yemen left dozens of people dead on Wednesday, military and tribal sources said

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.