Regional News

December 15, 2013

Palestinian civil defense volunteers help people to travel across flood waters in Gaza City following rain storms for the past few days, on December 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:53 GMT

As a winter storm sweeping the Middle East begins to recede on Sunday, the countries affected are counting the costs of the damage snowstorm Alexa has caused.

 Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. [Getty Images]
09:43 GMT

Egypt’s upcoming constitutional referendum is the country’s “biggest challenge” since July 30 overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Saturday.

A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday. Yemen is struggling to stay stable with a growing number of violent attacks, a northern rebellion and southern secessionists. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday.

Tunisia's UGTT labor union leader, Houcine Abbassi, announced Saturday that Mehdi Jomaa will serve as the interim Prime Minister for the country's government transition (Salah Habibi/AFP)
08:48 GMT

Tunisia and the MENA region could learn a lot from South Africa's transition from an apartheid state to a multicultural society for its own political-and economic-future.

Tunisian Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa takes an oath of office on March 13, 2013 at the Carthage Palace in Tunis (AFP/File, Fethi Belaid)
05:31 GMT

Tunisia's leading Ennahda party and the major opposition parties on Saturday agreed to elect Mehdi Jomaa, the Minister of Industry, as Tunisia's interim prime minister.

December 14, 2013

Tunisians have been calling for new government leadership and the oust of Ennahda since MP Mohammed Brahmi's assassination in July (File Archive/AFP)
15:38 GMT

Tunisian political parties held final talks Saturday to choose an interim leader to end the country's political deadlock.

1,500 US troops will stay in Jordan until "the [regional] security situation improves," said the White House this weekend (Courtesy of Petra News Agency)
12:55 GMT

The White House announced to Congress this weekend that 1,500 US troops in Jordan will remain in the Kingdom due to the regional security situation.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced the dates of the referendum Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
12:18 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour announced Saturday that Egypt will hold its national referendum on the new draft of the constitution Jan. 14-15.

December 13, 2013

A Syrian woman shovels snow following a storm in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on December 12, 2013. [AFP]
12:04 GMT

A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice.

December 12, 2013

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood (background) clash with riot policemen outside the University of Cairo campus in the capital on December 11, 2013. [AFP]
15:20 GMT

Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, Reuters cited security sources as saying.

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest.

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014. (AFP/File)
05:57 GMT

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014.

In late September, KSA activists renewed efforts to allow women the right to drive (File Archive)
05:45 GMT

Two women were detained by police in Riyadh Wednesday for breaking the official ban on female driving.

A funeral was held earlier this week for the 56 that were killed in the attack on the defense ministry Dec. 5 (Mohamed Huwais/AFP)
05:30 GMT

UN offices in Yemen's capital will be closed Thursday after news spread that a possible attack may happen near the international organizations' buildings in Sanaa.

Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's (pictured) reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban. (AFP/File)
05:14 GMT

Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban.