Regional News

December 10, 2013

Members of Egypt's constitution committee meet at the Shura Council for the final vote on a draft Egyptian constitution in Cairo. [hrw]
05:02 GMT

Amendments to Egypt's 2012 charter include greater autonomy for military, more rights and freedoms and the possibility to withdraw power from the president if needed.

December 9, 2013

Egyptian police fired tear gas on student protesters at Egypt's Al Azhar Monday (Tarek Wajeh/AFP)
16:47 GMT

Chaos continued Monday at Egypt's Al Azhar University after the school's chairman called on security officials to suppress violent protests around the campus.

Many Sahrawis were forced out of the Western Sahara when Morocco annexed the contested territory. They have been living in refugee camps in Algeria since the 1970s (File Archive/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Moroccan police violently cracked down on a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara ahead of an EU deal with Rabat that would exploit the contested territory's fish resources.

The Jordanian version of the Dead Sea-Red Sea canal will channel 1.9 billion cubic meters of water per day from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea once the final agreement has been signed. [greenprophet]
11:21 GMT

History is expected to be made upon the signing of the an agreement that would allow water to be drawn from the Red Sea in order to provide desalinated water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians as well as rescue the dying Dead Sea.

Erdogan told reporters that "revealing state secrets cannot be considered freedom of expression, it is quite simply treason" (File Archive/AFP)
10:42 GMT

Turkish newspaper Taraf announced Monday that it plans to sue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his involvement in a "treason row,

 U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2nd R) arrives to speak to U.S. troops at the Kandahar air base, on December 8, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.[AFP]
08:29 GMT

As part of his Middle Eastern tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Pakistan to discuss continued efforts to maintain open borders to Afghanistan.

Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a Kurdish protest in Yuksekova, leaving two people dead. (Mehmet Engin/AFP)
08:14 GMT

Members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) released four Turkish soldiers Monday morning after Kurdish politicians intervened into the situation.

Media stations affiliated to Hezbollah have apologized for their biased coverage of sporadic Shiite protests in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
06:16 GMT

Media groups affiliated with Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have apologized to Bahrain for their biased and subjective coverage of Shiite protests in the Gulf state.

A Kurdish protester falls to the ground as Turkish riot police use water cannons to disperse them during a demonstration in Diyarbakir on December 8, 2013. [AFP]
04:43 GMT

Kurdish militants abducted four Turkish soldiers on Sunday by removing them from their vehicles at a security checkpoint.

December 8, 2013

The interim Egyptian government has cracked down on Islamists since former president Morsi's oust in July (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
10:32 GMT

155 people arrested during clashes in the capital in October were acquitted in Cairo's misdemeanor court Saturday.

Ahmed Douma, Ahmed Maher, and Mohamed Adel face charges for violating Egypt's new protest law (Courtesy of Ahram Online)
08:39 GMT

Prominent Egyptian youth activists Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher will appear in court Sunday due to their participation in a demonstration last week in violation of the country's new protest law. Mohamed Adel, will be tried in absentia according to judicial sources.

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that Jordan is well up to the responsibilities needed to be a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Hashemite Kingdom is more than capable of living up to the responsibility of being a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbi told reporters Saturday that Sana'a wants to join the GCC during the annual Manama dialogue (Reuters)
07:16 GMT

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbia told reporters Saturday that Yemen is hoping to join the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Beltagi was arrested earlier this year for his participation in the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al Adawiya sit-in (File Archive)
05:42 GMT

Egyptian judges on Saturday refused to hear the case against Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Al Beltagi and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi. The judges expressed "unease over the case" and have demanded that another court precedes over the trial.

December 7, 2013

Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah attends the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
21:14 GMT

Oman is opposed to the Saudi proposal to deepen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and transform it into a Gulf Union