Regional News

June 11, 2014

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that "there can be a few hundred centrifuges, but the Iranians want thousands" (AFP/ File).
20:00 GMT

France´s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says that Iran must maintain access to only a few hundred centrifuges to overcome the impasse in nuclear talks between Iran, Germany and UN Security Council permanent member states.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held an emergency meeting with the Undersecretary of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay to discuss the situation (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Militants have seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, taking 48 people to a militant base.

Anti-government demonstrations have swept the country since 2011. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep concern over the Bahraini government's crackdown on political dissidents.

The Libyan government has been unable to control powerful militias causing chaos across the country. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has agreed to a truce during Libya's upcoming election.

June 10, 2014

Rivlin won 63 of 119 votes (AFP/ File).
14:47 GMT

Former parliamentary speaker Reuven Rivlin has beaten Meir Sheetrit to become Israel's tenth president.

Al-Dhale has witnessed frequent clashes since December 2013 onwards after 15 Yemenis were killed by the 33rd Armored Brigade (File/AFP)
14:17 GMT

Tensions remain high in the Sanah district of Al-Dhale after clashes between the 33rd Armored Brigade and gunmen erupted on Sunday.

Reuven Rivlin, one of the two main candidates in Israel's second round presidential voting (AFP/ File).
12:27 GMT

Israel has advanced to its second round of voting in the presidential elections following failure in the first round to win an outright 61- vote majority.

Over 1,400 people have been killed during Egypt's political violence since July 2013, according to HRW (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Amnesty International and HRW called on Egypt's new president, Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, to end "rampant abuses" in the country.

Saudi Arabia is notorious for showing what rights advocates describe as zero-tolerance toward dissent.
10:34 GMT

A Jeddah court sentenced two Shia activists to death for attacking security forces during a 2012 anti-regime protest on Monday.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea says that he cannot accept General Aoun as president (AFP/ File).
07:23 GMT

On Monday, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea proposed selecting two then voting in one nominee from the March 14 and the March 8 coalitions other than himself and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

June 9, 2014

Yemen faces devastating economic circumstances. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

The U.N. says Yemen's fragile democracy is vulnerable to sever humanitarian needs.

Prince Zeid is considered generally popular with a solid reputation as a human rights advocate (AFP/ File).
14:43 GMT

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid, Jordan's former permanent representative to the UN has been nominated to replace South Africa's Navi Pillay as the UN high commissioner for human rights.

Al-Sisi stated during his speech that he embraced reconciliation between Egyptians, but will exclude those who have committed crimes or engaged in violence (AFP/File).
09:53 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi promised his people better lives within four years, based on honest engagement, not "shining hopes".

June 8, 2014

Diyarbakir has been the scene of multiple protests against the Turkish government recently. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

Two Kurdish people died during clashes with Turkish police Saturday.

June 7, 2014

Ten out of a total of 48 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

An Egyptian criminal court handed down 10 death sentences to pro-Morsi supporters, accused of inciting violence.