Regional News

May 25, 2014

Netanyahu said that he appreciates "the Pope's strong stand against anti-Semitism". (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pope Francis to Israel, when he spoke Sunday before the weekly cabinet meeting.

Mansour urged Egyptians to vote in his last speech before the presidential elections. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

In his last speech before the presidential election, interim President Adly Mansour has called on Egyptians "to express their free will" in choosing a candidate that will help build the state.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis denied in an online statement on Sunday that Shadi El-Menei had been killed along with five other fighters in a Thursday shootout. (The Cairo Post/File)
10:15 GMT

An Egyptian militant group has dismissed claims that its top leader was killed days earlier in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border.

Haftar spent nearly 20 years in exile in the United States, and is often accused of working with the CIA (File Archive/AFP)
08:46 GMT

Libya's rogue general Khalifa Haftar released a statement this weekend saying that the people of Libya have given him a "mandate" to "crush jihadist militants in the country."

May 24, 2014

The Pope pictured with King Abdullah in the Vatican last month (File/AFP)
19:08 GMT

Pope Francis was greeted by King Abdullah and Queen Rania upon his arrival to Jordan for a three-day visit to the Middle East.

Protesters have been gathering since Seyed Mahmood Seyed Mohsen was shot on Wednesday (File/AFP)
18:38 GMT

Angry protesters are preparing for the funeral of a 14-year-old teen, shot by Bahraini security forces near the capital Manama.

Weekly protests in Egypt are commonplace since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July last year (File/AFP)
14:25 GMT

Three protesters were killed across Egypt and 58 injured in clashes between pro-Morsi demonstrators and police, the country's health ministry said.

Lebanon failed to nominate a president for the fifth time on Thursday (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Saad Hariri on Saturday said Lebanon's democratic system will be jeopardized if a president isn't elected soon during a farewell bid to outgoing President Michel Sleiman.

Security sources say around 20 militants were among the dead (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Nearly 30 people were killed in overnight militant attacks on government buildings in the city of Seiyun.

May 23, 2014

Tensions are high across Turkey as the anti-government protests continue (File/AFP)
16:36 GMT

Two people have been killed while over 10 others were wounded in clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators.

Militants from the group Fatah al-Islam fought heavy battles with Lebanon's army in the past (File/AFP)
16:05 GMT

The UN Relief and Works Agency was forced to close its offices Friday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared due to violent clashes.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said "the door is still open" for talks with separatists from the south of Yemen (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on pro-independence leaders from Yemen's south to join dialogue on the country's political future.

Shady El-Mene'i was allegedly killed late on Thursday according to Egyptian security officials (File/AFP)
13:49 GMT

The leader of militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis was reportedly killed in North Sinai according to security sources.

Libya continues to be divided over the actions of "renegade" ex-army general Khalifa Haftar (File/AFP)
10:14 GMT

Libya's Muslim Brotherhood has criticized statements made by rogue ex-army chief Khalifa Haftar against the group and said it works "within the framework of the law."

Boko Haram has been responsible for bombings and attacks across Nigeria since 2009 (File/AFP)
09:24 GMT

The UN has blacklisted terrorist group Boko Haram for carrying out numerous attacks in Nigeria and kidnapping 300 school girls that are still missing.