Regional News

December 29, 2013

The U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked and burned by local fighters not linked to Al Qaeda new evidence shows (File Archive/AFP)
06:37 GMT

New evidence presented in a New York Times report Saturday shows that the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi last year was not linked to Al Qaeda.

John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

As his first diplomatic move in the New Year, US Secretary Of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East next week to help resume the so-called peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior State Department official said Saturday.

December 28, 2013

A man stands outside a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University after student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood stormed it on December 28, 2013. [AFP]
13:42 GMT

At least one person was killed in clashes between security forces and students at Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Saturday.

December 27, 2013

Egyptian riot policemen run after Muslim brotherhood members following a demonstration in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district on December 27, 2013. [AFP]
14:30 GMT

Police launch teargas at students protesting killing of a 1st year Azhar student during earlier clashes with local residents in Cairo; Brotherhood clashes with police in several cities; 2 deaths reported

Former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah [thedailystar.com]
12:59 GMT

The assassination of former Finance Minister and advisor to Hariri Mohammed Chatah drew widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum on Friday as officials and politicians mourned the loss of a “moderate” voice.

Lebanese security forces and firefighters at the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. [AFP]
12:13 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri hinted Friday Hezbollah was behind the assassination of his senior aide, former minister Mohammad Shatah, saying the killing was another message to the March 14 coalition.

During the phone call, Kerry and Fahmy "agreed that there can be no place for violence in Egypt and that the Egyptian people deserve peace and calm," Psaki said. [Getty Images]
11:44 GMT

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern on Thursday over Egypt’s intensified crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood declaring it a terrorist group.

Sisi is expected to run for president in Egypt's tentative elections (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Egypt’s Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed on Thursday to fight terrorism and stabilize the deeply divided country after explosions left five dead Thursday.

December 26, 2013

This photo taken on December 26, 2013, shows Turkish prosecutor Muammer Akkas as he walks out from a courthouse in Istanbul. [AFP]
21:10 GMT

Prosecutor in charge of investigation into corruption scandal claims his efforts are being blocked.

Iraq and Jordan sign an agreement to build an oil pipeline between the two nations earlier in 2013. [AFP]
20:53 GMT

After an official visit to Baghdad, Jordan's Prime Minster Abdullah Ensour and Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki express their commitment to refocus on bilateral relations.

Raif Badawi, founder of the Free Saudi Liberals site, has been sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes by a Jeddah court, according to a tweet from his lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair. [indexoncensorship]
20:24 GMT

After jailed blogger, Raif Badawi, was sentenced to 600 lashes, a Saudi judge has recommended that he be charged for apostasy which carried the death penalty if convicted.

Activists from the Muttahida Shehri Mahaz shout slogans as they protest against a US drone attack in Multan on December 26, 2103. [AFP]
18:00 GMT

Two missiles launched by US drones kill four in Pakistan.

 A member of the Egyptian security forces stands in front of the damaged police building following a powerful car bomb explosion in the Egyptian city of Mansura earlier this week. [AFP]
15:28 GMT

Just one day after being declared a "terrorist group", Egyptian government officials have arrested 16 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood on terrorist charges.

Syrian civilians were evacuated from a besieged town near Damascus earlier this year in a rare truce agreement that suspended rebel-regime fighting to allow Syrians to flee to safety (File Archive/AFP)
13:41 GMT

Syrian and Egyptian turmoil have developed to new devastating levels throughout 2013, and recent tensions between regime and opposition groups suggest ending the turmoil in both countries is not necessarily in the near future. Is the end therefore closer-or further away than before?

Ahmed Maher is one of three activists who started a hunger strike this week in protest of their prison conditions in Cairo (File Archive)
12:12 GMT

Egypt's prominent youth activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma, who were jailed by authorities last week, launched a hunger strike this week to protest their treatment in a south Cairo prison.