Regional News

December 31, 2014

A second plane belonging to a militia group was downed following a raid on the Al-Sedra oil port. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Libyan forces downed a second militia plane after a raid on the Al-Sedra oil port, while the UN condemned a suicide attack on the country's parliament headquarters.

The King was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh for medical check ups Wednesday. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

King Abdullah was admitted to hospital Wednesday for check ups, the Royal Court said in a statement.

December 30, 2014

Fierce clashes have rocked war-torn Libya since last week, when militants attempted a takeover of the Ras Lanuf oil terminals in the north. (AFP/File)
20:30 GMT

Pro-government forces in Libya say they downed a helicopter carrying militants, who days earlier carried out air attacks on major oil facilities in the country's east.

The attack follows another on Monday by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, (AQAP) where two soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Yemen's Hadramawt province. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT

An unidentified gunmen on a motorbike shot dead an army officer Tuesday in the south Yemen city of Aden, marking the latest in a series of brutal attacks on security and military personal in the restive country.

The prominent Shia opposition leader was arrested Sunday following a peaceful rally outside Bahrain's capital Manama to protest the country's general elections held last month. (AFP/File)
18:55 GMT

Bahraini authorities announced the week-long holding of opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman Tuesday, sparking outrage among international human rights organizations and the Al-Wefaq opposition movement Salman leads.

Heavy damage was reportedly caused by a car bomb inside the Libyan parliament headquarters in Tobruk. (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT

A car bomb rocked Libya's parliament headquarters in the eastern city of Tobruk Tuesday with an unknown number of casualties reported.

The attack is believed to have been religiously motivated. (AFP/File)
13:05 GMT

The bodies of three Coptic Christians were returned to Egypt after they were murdered by unidentified gunmen in Libya.

Yemen has witnessed frequent unrest between Al Qaeda, tribesmen and Houthi militants. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Two soldiers and 11 others were injured after an Al Qaeda ambush targeting a regional army chief in southeastern Yemen.

Officials from Qatar's embassy have made no comments on the incident. (AFP/File)
09:55 GMT

Qatar's embassy in Turkey was attacked by an armed man, injuring a security guard at the site, according to a report.

NATO ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan on Saturday. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

Around 13 Taliban militants including four senior officials were killed in NATO drone strikes across Afghanistan, authorities said.

December 29, 2014

Upon the letter's release, the Jerusalem high school released a statement of its own, saying most of it's students did go on to serve in the IDF, but that it also wanted to emphasize students' right to think independently. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT

In open letter signed by 53 alumni of Jerusalem's Arts and Science Academy, Israelis denounced the "policy of separation" and "collective spirit of ongoing violence" they believed were involved in IDF activities, and encouraged students to become conscientious objectors.

Since the onslaught on their insurgency in Yemen's capital Sanaa in September, the Houthis has spread into several areas across the country, finding both allies and opposition within communities.  (AFP/File)
20:30 GMT

In Yemen's ever-changing Houthi insurgency, oil-rich Ma'rib province holds out against the militants from the capital Sanaa, while the eastern Al-Hudaydah province says it plans to incorporate the group into security forces by 2015.

The ruling, made on Monday, will stand unless overturned by an appeal from a higher Egyptian court. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT

An Egyptian court has ruled to permanently ban a Jewish celebration where hundred of Jews gather yearly at the 19th century tomb of Moroccan Rabbi Jacob Abu Hasira, citing unspecified "moral offenses".

While finalizing talks have been suspended until July 1, 2015, Obama said Iran should take the opportunity to secure a nuclear agreement to lift long-term sanctions on the country. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

In an interview with NPR news that aired Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama said Iran had the chance to emerge as a regional power holder and have better international relations if the country could secure a long-term nuclear agreement.

The three journalists were arrested last year on charges of using Al Jazeera as a Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece following the overthrow of Brotherhood-aligned president, Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
16:59 GMT

On the one year anniversary of the detainment of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt, the network is launching a plea for their release on social media.