Regional News

January 6, 2015

One of the two officers injured in the attack died shortly after. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT

A police officer died from injuries incurred in an attack by a female suicide bomber today in Istanbul.

In recent years, Turkey has faced numerous protests fighting restricted freedom of speech. (AFP/File)
18:55 GMT

The Turkish police briefly detained Dutch journalist Frederike Deerdink for spreading PKK propaganda.

January 5, 2015

While a Libyan military spokesman claims he oil tanker was shot at after refusing to stop, Greece says the vessel was anchored at port when the fighter jet struck. (AFP/File)
20:16 GMT

A Greek-operated oil tanker was attacked by a Libyan fighter jet Monday in Libya's port city of Derna. Two sailors and two crew members were killed.

A third Saudi guard succumbed to injuries sustained early Monday morning when four militants stormed a Saudi-Iraq border post and detonated an explosive belt. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

The death toll has risen to three in this morning's suicide bombing attack near the Saudi Arabian border with Iraq, where four gunmen opened fire on border personnel and later detonated an explosive belt, killing two guards and wounding anther, who has since succumbed to his injuries.

The north African country has been the site of brutal killings and kidnappings by powerful militias, including seven other Egyptian Christians found shot dead near Benghazi in February. (AFP/File)
16:37 GMT

A tribal leader in Libya reported Monday that the 13 Egyptian Christians being held in the country since Saturday, refuting original claims of kidnapping and insisting they had instead been held by 'people smugglers.'

The north African country has been the sight of fierce clashes between rival militias since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's longtime regime. (AFP/File)
16:02 GMT

After French President Francois Hollande said Paris would strike militants attempting to leave restive Libya on Monday, a high-ranking Libyan official declared his government in opposition of any Western intervention attempts.

Members of the Shia Houthi movement gather outside a bombed police station controlled by the group in Sanaa, January 5, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT

A bomb targeting Shia Houthis in the Yemini town of Dhamar killed at least four people including a journalist while injuring 25 others.

A protester in Bahrain holds up a poster of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman's banned Al-Wefaq movement during a demonstration. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

Further clashes erupted in Bahrain after key opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman continued to be held by police.

Bahrain has seen almost daily protests since the al-Wafaq leader was arrested last week. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Formal charges have been filed against Bahraini opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, according to the Shia resistance figure's lawyer.

Civilian deaths accounted for at leas 1,200 of the total casualties in 2014, according to the study. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Fierce clashes in 2014 killed over 7,700 Yemenis, according to a recent study from a Yemeni NGO.

January 4, 2015

With the next round of talks not scheduled in Geneva until Jan. 15, President Rouhani argues Iran's nuclear activities are only meant for peaceful 'civilian' purposes. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the pursuit of a nuclear deal with Washington Sunday during an economic conference in Tehran following his capital's dismissal of reports that an agreement had been reached Saturday.

Iraqi President Fouad Masoum visited Riyadh late last year, raising hopes of better relations between the two neighbors. (Shutterstock)
13:02 GMT

Riyadh has also announced plans to set up a consulate in Erbil.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks with French soldiers of the Barkhane operation on January 1, 2015, in Madama, Niger, near the Libyan border. (AFP PHOTO / Dominique Faget)
11:00 GMT

Niger’s president explicitly called for military intervention in Libya, a position that is supported by a number of other African states including Mali and Senegal.

Libyan authorities have no control over areas claimed by extremist groups, especially in Sirte. (AFP/FIle)
08:30 GMT

The latest incident brings the number of Egyptian Copts currently abducted in neighbouring Libya to 20.

January 3, 2015

Yemeni cities have seen fierce violence in recent months since Houthi insurgents took over large swaths of territory in September. (AFP/File)
16:11 GMT

At least 8 killed in Yemen clash between security forces and tribesman Saturday, according to security sources.