Regional News

October 4, 2014

Having been long delayed over political unrest, economic instability and sporadic violence, Tunisia's parliamentary election race officially opened to campaigners Saturday. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

Official campaigning began Saturday for the Tunisian parliamentary elections in a monumental first move toward democracy for the 'birthplace of the Arab Spring'

October 3, 2014

Yemen has been at the forefront of violence between Sunni tribesmen and the Houthi Shia group (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

An explosion in northern Yemen killed at least two people and left 10 others injured, although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

David Cameron is the first world leader to meet Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, October 3rd, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Afghanistan Friday, making him the first premier to meet the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

October 2, 2014

Turkey can now deploy its troops in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Turkey's parliament passed a motion Thursday approving a military response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Libya has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militant groups. (AFP/File)
16:23 GMT

Seven Libyan soldiers have been killed and over 50 injured in car bomb attacks and clashes with militants near Benina Airport.

The UN will attempt to end the ongoing strife caused by the country's multiple power-hungry militias. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT

The United Nations is planning to hold talks with Libyan militias in an effort to end clashes.

Afghan firefighters wash blood off a road at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on October 2, 2014. [AFP]
08:09 GMT

At least three people have been killed in yet another bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, just days after the Afghan government and the US struck a security deal.

Islamic State opens 1st consulate in Turkish capital. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

The ISIL terrorists have purportedly opened a consulate in Turkey and use it to issue visas for those who want to join the fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

October 1, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released by Islamic State group's official Al-Raqqa site via YouTube on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:22 GMT

Iraqi tribesmen have found a depot of Jordan-made weapons belonging to ISIL Takfiri militants in northern part of the country.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Islamic State allegations "dirty plots" (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied allegations that his country supported the Islamic State after 49 hostages were freed from the city of Mosul.

Terrorists seized Gourdel while he was hiking in a national park in eastern Algeria. (AFP/File)
08:49 GMT

Algerian officials say they have identified suspects in the abduction and decapitation of French tourist Herve Gourdel.

A rebel from Libya Dawn flashes a V for victory sign close to Tripoli's airport, August 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:33 GMT

A major militia group known as "Libya Dawn", rejected UN calls for an immediate ceasefire and demanded the disarmament of other rival groups instead.

September 30, 2014

More than 190,000 signatures were collected on an international petition protesting Reyhaneh Jabbari's conviction. Amnesty told the Independent the stay gave supporters hope, but they feared Jabbari may still be executed after the ten day period. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

International attention spotlighted the country after Iran's Supreme Court upheld a verdict to execute an Iranian woman charged with murder over killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. Now, Reyhaheh Jabbari has been granted a last-minute stay, postponing her execution by ten days.

The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.

Turkey initially refused to join the US-led coalition, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara's position has changed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The Turkish government has announced its decision to submit motions to parliament requesting an extended mandate for military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.