Regional News

April 17, 2014

Aitan was kidnapped in Tripoli on Tuesday by an anonymous armed group. (Courtesy of The Jordan Times)
07:19 GMT

Libyan authorities said they still have no news about the fate of Fawaz Aitan, the Jordanian ambassador who was abducted in Tripoli on Tuesday morning.

Multiple confrontations between students and Egyptian police have taken place at Azhar University in Cairo. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

Egyptian riot police have clashed with students once again at Cairo's al Azhar University.

The Qatar-Saudi rift was not on the agenda of the most recent Gulf Cooperation Council meetings (File Archive/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi told reporters this week that the Gulf rift between Qatar and its neighboring states has now ended.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is well on his way to contend in Egypt's elections (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received over half a million recommendations, well over the 25,000 requirement, according to his campaign's legal advisor.

April 16, 2014

Kidnappings have become frequent in Libya since the country fell into chaos after the overthrow of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

A U.S. Embassy security guard has escaped her kidnappers in Libya.

A recent U.N. report found that 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

A new report issued Wednesday by a coalition of feminists and human rights groups blames the Egyptian government for not doing enough to stop sexual violence in Egypt.

Health authorities say MERS is unlikely to cause an epidemic and people "need not worry" (File/AFP)
17:19 GMT

Following the death of a Filipino woman who contracted Mers-Coronavirusm, three new cases have appeared in Abu Dhabi.

53 people were killed last year during a pro Morsi protest. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced 120 Morsi supporters to three years in prison on Monday.

Bahrain's security forces continue to clash with protesters (File/AFP)
16:28 GMT

Complicating things: Opposition group says over 200 houses have been raided and 187 arrests were made by Bahraini forces in March.

Two suicide bombers in Ramadi targeted the Anbar provincial capital's government headquarters (File Archive/AFP)
13:55 GMT

Two suicide bombers in Iraq's Ramadi left at least five people dead on Tuesday, and other violence was also reported in the country's Saba Al Bur area.

April 15, 2014

Jordan's ambassador was kidnapped from his car by militants Tuesday (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
20:02 GMT

Jordan's ambassador to Libya is being held by Al Qaeda-affiliated kidnappers who are demanding the release of a Libyan who is serving a life prison sentence in Jordan.

Bandar previously served as KSA's ambassador to the United States (File Archive/AFP)
19:51 GMT

Saudi Arabia has replaced its intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan "at his own request."

529 Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death by Egypt's courts last month (File Archive/AFP)
19:41 GMT

An Alexandria court banned all members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running for election in the upcoming presidential polls.

Two Saudi soldiers were also killed by suspected Yemeni militants last week (Getty/AFP)
18:20 GMT

A Saudi soldier died after coming under attack near the Yemen border. The kingdom's interior ministry is in contact with Yemeni authorities to investigate.

Iraqi authorities cite security concerns as the reason behind closing the prison (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

The notorious prison which was brought to the world's attention when U.S. military personnel committed grave human rights violations against detained Iraqis, has been closed.