Regional News

December 1, 2013

Members of the Egyptian constitutional committee prepare to vote on the new constitution in Cairo. [presstv]
03:57 GMT

Freedom being called for as an absolute right in the draft outline of Egypt's new constitution. So far, 50 of the 246 articles have been approved in the final document. Line by line details are being reviewed in back to back meetings.

November 30, 2013

Members of Egypt's constitution committee will meet at the Shura Council for the final vote on a draft Egyptian constitution. [hrw.org]
13:25 GMT

Egypt will vote on its final draft of the new constitution on Saturday.

Dozens of southern separatists flooded Yemen's streets on Saturday, calling for independence from the north of the country, which they say discriminates against them. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

Southern separatists in Yemen held mass demonstrations on Saturday calling for independence from the north following a speech made by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Female members of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on November 27, 2013. Seven of the 21 arrested are aged between 15-17. (AFP)
05:57 GMT

Following international pressure from human rights groups, Egypt's interim president will reconsider the status of 21 female protesters who were given 11-year jail sentences by an Alexandria court this week - despite seven of them being aged 15-17.

November 29, 2013

Egyptian Activists and members of the 6th of April movement shout slogans against the Egyptian Military on November 27, 2013, in Cairo. [Gianluigi Guercia/AFP]
12:06 GMT

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood call for protests after Friday prayers despite new limits on demonstrations

Libyan men stand outside a building used by Ansar al-Sharia militia after it was torched by residents on November 25, 2013 in Benghazi. [Abdullah Doma/AFP]
04:00 GMT

An explosion at a weapons depot in an air base south of Libya killed more than 40 people on Thursday, a security source said according to Reuters.

November 28, 2013

Fourteen women and seven girls were sentenced to heavy jail terms due to their alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and participation in a violent October protest (AP)
13:12 GMT

Cairo courts acquitted three police officers Thursday for torturing five Islamists who were under their custody during former president Hosni Mubarak's rule.

Many youth in the Middle East are losing hope as they face unemployment and corruption on a daily basis. The 2020 expo may serve as a gateway to curb unemployment rates and transform the region into a hub of innovation for the next generation (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)
12:53 GMT

Dubai' recent bid win to host the 2020 World Expo has the potential to give Arab youth a brighter future by transforming the Middle East into a global hub of innovation.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. [Georges Gobet/AFP]
11:47 GMT

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton signs a financial agreement of €90 million in assistance to Egypt despite recent 'worrying reports'

Egypt's long-awaited new constitution may be put to the vote on Thursday afternoon (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT

Egypt's 50-member constitution panel may begin voting on Thursday afternoon, committee leader Amr Moussa has said.

The UN is sending in a special force in response to escalating clashes in Benghazi and in the capital of Tripoli in recent weeks (Esam Omran Al Fetori/Reuters)
07:17 GMT

The United Nations announced Wednesday that it plans to send a 235-member special force to Libya in order to provide protection in light of the recent rise in attacks throughout the country.

A U.N. official has denied that there are any problems arising in the reconciliation talks between the global organisation and the Yemeni delegates (AFP)
07:10 GMT

A U.N. official denied Wednesday that the Yemeni delegates had walked out of reconciliation talks, adding that both Sanaa and the U.N. are committed to bringing stability to the restive Gulf state.

November 27, 2013

Tunisians protestors set fire to documents and belongings of the country's ruling Islamist Ennahda party's outside their headquarters in the central Tunisian town of Gafsa on November 27, 2013. [AFP]
16:02 GMT

Tunisian protesters have set fire to the office of the country’s ruling Ennahda Party in the central town of Qafsa.

Ahmed Maher, who is one of the founders of the April 6 movement that led efforts to oust of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, is one of the two activists who is currently being targeted for arrest by the Egyptian prosecution order (File Archive)
08:20 GMT

An Egyptian prosecutor ordered Wednesday the arrest of two leading activists, Ahmed Maher and Alaa Abdel Fattah, for inciting protests.

Members of Ansar Sharia and many other militias throughout the country have refused to disarm following the oust of Gaddafi which has led to clashes and tension between the militias and the Libyan government forces accordingly (File Archive/AFP)
05:59 GMT

Libyan army and Islamist militants clashed early Wednesday outside of Benghazi again following Monday's fatal fighting.