Regional News

May 29, 2014

Around 565 people have contracted the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia according to health officials (File/AFP)
17:08 GMT

Saudi authorities recorded 13 deaths from the MERS virus, bringing the total people killed to 186 since 2012.

General Haftar says he wants to crush the militias that are causing chaos around Libya. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT

Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has resumed airstrikes on the city of Benghazi.

U.S. Ambassador David Hale said in a statement that it was “unfortunate” the polls “did not occur on time, in accordance with the Lebanese constitution." (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

The Obama administration is planning to issue a statement that would back the Lebanese government after the presidential vacuum and call for the swift election of a new head of state, diplomatic sources said.

May 28, 2014

Britain has been criticized for its costly role in Iraq and Afghanistan during times of economic hardship (File/AFP)
13:56 GMT

British wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost over $50 billion, according to a prominent defence think-tank.

Bahrain rejected 42 claims of human rights violations and violence outlined in the U.S. report (File/AFP)
13:16 GMT

Bahrain's interior ministry denied wrongdoing after a report on violence and human rights in the country was released by the U.S. State Department.

Libya's government is struggling to control multiple violent militias. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Due to growing instability in Libya, the U.S. State Department has issued a warning urging Americans in Libya to leave as soon as possible.

May 27, 2014

Syrian envoy Bahjat Suleiman was given 24 hours to leave by Jordanian authorities (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition called the expulsion of Assad's envoy to Jordan a "great victory," Monday, despite Amman attempting to downplay the incident.

At least five soldiers were killed in the Tuesday's attacks (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
13:38 GMT

At least five Yemeni soldiers were killed on-duty from a Shiite rebel-led attack on the officials in the city of Amran.

Two policemen and one civilian were killed in the attacks (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT

Three people died on Tuesday in two separate car bomb attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to security officials.

Ahmed Maiteeq was sworn in as prime minister late on Monday evening (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Ahmed Maiteeq's home was attacked on Tuesday by gunmen who threw grenades into the property. One militant was killed in the battle between security forces and the gunmen, sources say.

Nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed after attacking Israeli Defence Force naval commandos during Israel´s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010 (File Archive/ AFP).
11:01 GMT

Israel has appealed to Interpol against Turkey issuing warrants for former IDF officers involved in the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship during Israel´s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization by both the Saudi and the Egyptian governments. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

Nine university professors have been arrested in Saudi Arabi for alleged links with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

Eygptians now have an extra hour to vote (File Archive/ AFP)
08:41 GMT

In Egypt´s final day of presidential elections citizens have received an extra hour to vote and government workers the day as a holiday.

Ahmed Maiteeq has called for negotiations to end Libya's current crisis. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Ahmed Maiteeq has been sworn in as Libya's new prime minister.

May 26, 2014

Egyptians are voting for a new president on May 26 and 27. (AFP/File)
17:54 GMT

An NGO coalition has reported some violations at Egypt's polls Monday.