Regional News

May 11, 2014

Despite being his rival in the election, Sabbahi said he will help protect Sisi if he elected president. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Presidential hopeful candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has vowed to protect Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi if he is elected president in this year's elections.

Security forces have increased checkpoints in Yemen to combat al Qaeda attacks. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

Three militants thought to be members of AQAP were killed while trying to attack a security checkpoint near the presidential palace on Sunday.

Security forces in Yemen are increasing security after continued attacks from AQAP. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Security forces in Yemen prepare for reprisal attacks as violence continues in Yemen.

Protesters were demonstrating against the rampant violence across Libya since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Four Libyans were killed in clashes between protesters and militants in Benghazi.

May 10, 2014

Mohammed El-Beltagy is also accused of inciting violence, in addition to the libel charge (File/AFP)
14:59 GMT

A senior member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood has been fined for libel while he stands trail for a number of other charges.

Human rights groups say around 1,400 people have been killed in violence since Morsi was ousted last year (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Clashes erupted across Egypt on Friday between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

May 9, 2014

Beshara Rai has been criticized in the Arab world for his upcoming visit to the holy land (File/AFP)
16:42 GMT

Sheikh Maher Hammoud, an ally of Hezbollah defended on Friday the head of Lebanon's Maronite Church Beshara Rai's visit to occupied Jerusalem with the Pope.

Christians in Lebanon were forced to leave their homes during the country's civil war in the eighties (File/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Lebanese Minister for the Displaced Alice Shabtini authorized Druze tenants to leave residences belonging to Christians as part of reconciliation efforts on Friday.

Al-Qaeda militants have a growing presence in Yemen (File/AFP)
07:44 GMT

Yemen's army killed an al-Qaeda commander thought to have been the mastermind behind various kidnappings of diplomats and foreigners in the country, a spokesperson said.

May 8, 2014

MERS cases have also been reported in Jordan, Egypt and the UAE (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia reported four more people have died from the MERS virus bringing the number of infections up to 449 since 2012.

Raif Badawi has been behind bars since 2012 for allegedly insulting Islam (Image: Facebook)
15:17 GMT

Founder of a human rights group and prominent blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes and ordered to pay a $267,000 fine for insulting Islam and adopting a liberal ideology.

Al-Qaeda linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades has carried out numerous attacks in Lebanon with many members still at large (File/AFP)
12:43 GMT

A military judge has issued new arrest warrants for five suspects thought to be involved in the deadly 2013 Beirut bombings, which killed at least 80 people.

At least 75 militants and 24 soldiers have been killed in the latest fighting between Yemeni soldiers and militants alone (STR/AFP)
11:47 GMT

The Yemeni government has allegedly seized control of the last major Al Qaeda stronghold in the country's south.

In the past, clashes and demonstrations have taken place outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa will be closed to the public until further notice, the State Department announced late Wednesday.

The new law punishes sexual harassment with a prison sentence, a fine or both. (AFP/File)
07:14 GMT

Egypt’s cabinet approved on Wednesday a new anti-sexual harassment law. Previously, there has not been a specific law proscribing sexual harassment in Egypt.