Regional News

October 19, 2014

Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.

Libya has been in a state of upheaval since its former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed three years ago. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT

In a joint statement issued late Saturday by the governments of the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy, the group threatened sanctions against violent parties in Libya if a ceasefire and negotiation process is not implemented.

The Houthis captured Tawwal border crossing in Hajjah Province on Saturday. They also took control of Wagha region in the same province. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT

Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.

Houthi rebels sit at a barricade following clashes with Yemen's government in Sana'a, September 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.

October 18, 2014

Kurdish demonstrators clash with Turkey's security forces outside a university in Ankara, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kurdish protests across Ankara over Turkey's inaction against the Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobani has hit 40.

October 16, 2014

Newly appointed Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein referred to IS as the  "antithesis of human rights" (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT

The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, warned of Islamic State atrocities across Iraq and Syria Thursday.

Dira square in Riyadh where public executions are sometimes carried out (AFP/File)
16:01 GMT

The prominent Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has been sentenced to death for allegedly encouraging protests in Saudi Arabia, his family said.

A man holds up mortar shrapnel allegedly fired across the Indo-Pakistan border, October 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT

Pakistani representatives at the UN called on India to end "unprovoked" firing and shelling in the line of control between both countries, which killed over 12 people.

Yemen claims oil flows through the Marib pipeline. (AFP/FIle)
15:00 GMT

Reuters reports that Yemeni tribesmen attacked the main oil export pipeline on Wednesday, stopping the flow of crude oil.

The Ebola virus has killed over 4,400 people, mostly in western Africa (File/AFP)
14:23 GMT

A passenger from Liberia travelling through Dubai has been put into isolation over fears he may have contracted the Ebola virus, late Wednesday.

U.S. manned drone strikes have been criticized in Yemen due to the high number of civilian deaths (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT

A Yemeni man whose brother-in-law and nephew were allegedly killed in a U.S. drone strike controlled from a Berlin army base has filed a lawsuit against Germany for facilitating the incident.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking in parliament (Adem Altan/ AFP).
09:41 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday a unilateral intervention in Syria would do more harm than good as he called for an “all inclusive” effort to resolve the crisis.

A vehicle drives in a deserted road as smoke billows during clashes between soldiers and Islamists who control Benghazi, the country's second biggest city, on October 15, 2014. [AFP]
08:00 GMT

Libya's Operation Dignity and Egyptian officials deny earlier reports that Egypt's warplanes were involved in targeting Islamist sites in Benghazi

October 15, 2014

Houthi rebels recently took control of Yemen's capital. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

Sunni militants associated with al-Qaeda engaged in fierce fighting with Shiite rebels in Yemen.

The US announced in September plans to send the Apaches to Egypt to support counter-terrorism efforts. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Ending a year long freeze on military aid amid unrest, the US sent 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt this week to aid in the anti-IS campaign.