Regional News

January 17, 2015

Bahrainis have staged numerous protests against the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman since he was arrested on December 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

Bahraini forces cracked down on the thousands protesting the detention of political prisoners on Friday. The protests erupted in response to the indefinite extension of Sheikh Salman's detention.

The success of the upcoming UN-backed peace talks hinges on the participation of Libya Dawn, the alliance in control of Tripoli, which opted out of last week's talks. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT

Warring Libyan factions announced a ceasefire and agreed to continue UN peace talks next week. The talks will focus on forming a national unity government.

January 16, 2015

An August report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights documented 36 cases, or 63 citizens, being charged with 'blasphemy' from 2011 to the end of 2012 under a shady law from the country's 1982 penal code. (AFP/File)
19:21 GMT

A look into the restive nation's increasingly troubling relationship with those who don't believe.

January 15, 2015

2014 ended with more than 17,000 civilian and security personnel deaths due to brutal violence in Iraq, while 519 civilian deaths have already been documented in 2015. (AFP/File)
09:10 GMT

A search team uncovered a mass grave of 16 corpses northern Iraqi area previously held by Daesh militants and liberated by peshmerga and Iraqi Shia troops last November.

A spike in Islamist militant insurgency in the Sinai has taken Egypt by storm over the last year, where militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for killing at least a dozen people by decapitation. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

Three more decapitated bodies were found in the restive North Sinai governorate Wednesday, according to one security source, following a troubling trend of brutal Islamist militant insurgency in the area.

January 14, 2015

Charlie Hebdo published their first weekly since the attacks last week, again featuring the Prophet Muhammad. (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT

Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper, was ordered police protection after publishing the last Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad.

In its first publication since last week's shocking attack, three million copies of the satirical magazine will circulate worldwide, but with its cover to don the Prophet, some groups say its release will only add to the tension. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The controversial new edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, available in newspapers Wednesday, will be featured in six new languages, including Turkish, while a digital version will be available in Arabic.

January 13, 2015

A screen shot of a Daesh propaganda video shot last March shows militants riding on tanks through the northern Syrian city of Homs, experts say the use of children in the most recent videos reflects a drastic change in direction. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

A video by the militant group in Iraq and Syria purports to show a young boy, thought to be around 10 or 11 years old, shooting dead two men they call

A similar incident occurred at the same checkpoint in October, but officials say the car did not reach the checkpoint before exploding and caused no casualties aside from its driver. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT

A explosive-laden car entered a checkpoint east of Benghazi before detonating and killing three Libyan soldiers Tuesday, the AFP reports.

Sixteen militants have been executed in Pakistan since the government reintroduced the death penalty last month. (AFP/File)
14:44 GMT

Seven convicted militants were executed in Pakistan, bringing the total number to 16 since the country lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty.

French soldiers patrol the Eiffel Tower in Paris, January 8, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

More than 10,000 troops were deployed across France to protect Jewish schools and synagogues in wake of the deadly terror attacks last week.

January 10, 2015

The attackers killed two soldiers and a senior officer at the Saudi border on Monday. (AFP/File)
04:53 GMT

According to the Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia, three of the four gunmen who attacked the Saudi-Iraq border on Monday have since been identified as Saudi nationals. The attackers and three others were killed in the attack.

January 9, 2015

French security forces evacuate a kosher supermarket where hostages were being held by a gunman in Paris, December 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
17:32 GMT

Two Charlie Hebdo suspects have been killed by French security forces and their hostage freed, meanwhile, the armed siege at a kosher supermarket in Paris left five people including the hostage taker dead.

The gunman is believed to the the same individual who shot dead a policewoman in southern Paris Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:58 GMT

At least two people have been killed in a kosher supermarket, while a gunman took five hostages, according to police in Paris.

Raif Badawi will reportedly receive 50 lashes every Friday for the next 20 weeks. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi received 50 lashes in public for "insulting Islam", despite a global outcry from human rights groups calling for his release.