Regional News

January 1, 2015

Oman's finance ministry released the 2015 state budget on Thursday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Oman plans to increase expenditures amid the oil slump, leaving the country with a projected USD 6.47 billion budget deficit in 2015.

December 31, 2014

Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militia fire an anti-tank cannon during clashes with forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government near the Wetia military air base. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
18:30 GMT

The attack launched on Libya’s largest oil terminal saw militants fire rockets from speedboats, setting alight huge oil tanks and causing Libya’s oil production to plunge by two-thirds, to 350,000 barrels per day, according to the state oil company.

Salafist leader Jamil Riyan was arrested by Jordanian security forces for allegedly "breaking the law". (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT

Security forces in Jordan released hardline Salafist Jamil Riyan after his 80-day detention period due to insufficient evidence for his arrest.

Houthi rebels had gathered in central Yemen to mark the Prophet Mohammed's birthday. (AFP/File)
14:44 GMT

At least 30 people were killed and dozens others injured after an explosion targeted a cultural building in central Yemen.

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.