Regional News

June 25, 2014

While border activity has slowed, business has been relatively normal on the Iraq-Jordan Trebil crossing (Courtesy of Raad Adaileh/The Jordan Times)
18:00 GMT

Jordan's senior military leadership told reporters Wednesday that Amman is ready to defend the country against "any agression" in response to growing fears related to the country's shared border with Iraq.

Barely 13 percent of Libya's registered voters participated in Wednesday's parliamentary poll (AFP)
17:48 GMT

A mere 13 percent of Libya's voters went to the polls Wednesday morning to participate in the country's parliament elections.

A truce to end the fighting between Sanaa and the Houthi rebels only lasted for 11 days (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

At least 13 people were killed in clashes in Yemen Wednesday.

Head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, Mohammad Radd, said the group was prepared to protect Iraq's holy Shia shrines (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

Lebanon's Hezbollah are ready to intervene in Iraq against ISIS militants, the group said during a rally on Monday.

Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri said Saudi nationals "are not a target" after a wave of suicide attacks in Beirut (File/AFP)
08:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri, attempted to reassure Saudi tourists amid safety concerns after a recent wave of bombings in Beirut.

The Nigerian government is under fire for failing to prevent abductions (File/AFP)
07:38 GMT

The number of people kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria has topped 400 after a further 91 people including young children were abducted by the group in weekend attacks.

June 24, 2014

Khalifa Haftar issued a warning earlier this week for all Turks and Qataris to leave the country within 48 hours (File Archive/AFP)
17:55 GMT

Turkey is in the process of evacuating hundreds of its citizens from Libya.

On Monday, three Al Jazeera journalists were given to up to 10 years in jail, causing international outrage (File/AFP)
09:25 GMT

Egyptian ambassadors across the globe prepared to be summoned following Monday's sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo.

June 23, 2014

Fighting between Sunni militants and government forces have left the city of Ramadi in shambles (AFP)
14:56 GMT

Kuwait withdrew its ambassador in Baghdad Monday due to the security situation in the country.

June 22, 2014

Al-Qaeda militants frequently target Yemeni security forces. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT

A senior Yemeni army officer was shot dead in front of his home by suspected al-Qaeda militants.

June 20, 2014

It is not just the Houthis who are facing socioeconomic difficulties in Yemen: many locals in Sanaa have been protesting electricity cutoffs over the past few weeks (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Dozens of individuals have been killed over the past two days in ongoing clashes between government troops and Shiite Houthi rebels north of the capital.

The six men were also accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is listed a terrorist organization (File/AFP)
10:57 GMT

An Egypt court sentenced six supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to eight years in jail on charges of rioting.

June 19, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said he held Saudi Arabia "responsible" for ISIS attacks (File/AFP)
12:45 GMT

Saudi officials denied any involvement in ISIS activities across Iraq and that the kingdom didn't provide any "moral or financial support" to the terrorist network.

June 18, 2014

Iraq's armed forces is in the process of recruiting volunteers to curb escalating sectarian violence nationwide (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
19:02 GMT

The UAE recalled its ambassador in Iraq Wednesday for consultations regarding what Abu Dhabi has described as "the continuation of the policy of exclusion, sectarianism and marginalization of basic components of the Iraqi people."

The 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi left 4 Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (AFP/File)
11:20 GMT

The man who helped plan the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi will face at least three federal criminal charges.