Regional News

December 22, 2013

The Al Qaeda gunmen shot the three soldiers at a checkpoint Saturday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Gunmen killed three soldiers and abducted four others in Yemen's southern region this weekend.

Living in plastic tents, many refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are facing severe winter conditions (File Archive/AFP)
06:54 GMT

The UAE announced Saturday that it has raised nearly $28 million for Syrian refugees.

Car bombs have frequently targeted checkpoints throughout the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
06:36 GMT

A bomb exploded near an army checkpoint outside of Libya's Benghazi Sunday, leaving at least seven dead and injuring eight others.

December 21, 2013

An Egyptian anti-government protester holds a poster mocking Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in Cairo on February 8, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:31 GMT

Mohamed Morsi will be tried with more than 100 other defendants, including members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

December 19, 2013

On 13 December 1996, the United Nations Security Council recommended Annan to replace the previous Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt, whose second term faced the veto of the United States.[wikipedia]
18:01 GMT

Members of a constitutional committee which included former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan viewed the document with approval calling it "one step closer to democracy" in Egypt.

Istanbul Police Headquarters in Fatih are seen on December 18 ,2013 in Istanbul. Turkish police detained more than 20 people including the sons of three cabinet ministers and several high-profile businessmen. [AFP]
17:24 GMT

After probes into police practices as elections near in Turkey, Istanbul's police chief is relieved of his duty after corruption trails turn up bribery and threats of local governments.

Kurdish people hold flags and shout slogans as they gather to support Syrian Kurds on November 24, 2013. [AFP]
12:38 GMT

Syrian Kurds on Thursday voiced their demand for their own delegation, seperate from both the government and opposition at next month's peace talks in Switzerland aimed at halting the conflict in Syria, Kurdish political leaders said.

Egypt police have cracked down on Islamists throughout the country since July (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
11:36 GMT

An Islamist militant in Egypt blew himself up Thursday to avoid arrest.

Hosni Mubarak's Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was acquitted Thursday of corruption charges related to squandering public funds (Marwan Naamani/AFP)
09:45 GMT

Egypt's criminal court Thursday acquitted former president Hosni Mubarak's Prime Minister of "squandering public funds" and "facilitating the illegal sale of state land." Mubarak's two sons were also acquitted on similar charges.

Security forces who have violently cracked down on opposition activists rarely are charged or even tried for their crimes (File Archive/AFP)
08:42 GMT

Many Bahraini opposition activists have been detained, tortured or killed since the 2011 uprisings. For those still on the streets, time--and resources--are running out to stop government forces from dooming them to similar fates. We take a look at the growing movement of Bahraini activist asylum-seekers who are starting to flee the Gulf Island for protection elsewhere.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill Wednesday that would restore aid to Egypt in full (Shutterstock)
07:17 GMT

The United States Senate approved a bill Wednesday that restores aid to Egypt in full at $1.6 billion vis-a-vis granting U.S. President Barack Obama the "power to waive a federal law based on national security."

The faces of the hostages in the January Algerian gas plant attack (Courtesy of the Guardian)
05:50 GMT

The United States officially blacklisted Algerian jihadists and a Syrian Islamist rebel group Wednesday.

The Tunisian and Egyptian leader were both ousted during the Arab Spring. [outernationalist]
03:34 GMT

The Swiss government has opted to hold funds from two ousted leaders as the investigation continues for the source of the funds.

December 18, 2013

The Egyptian security forces originally claimed the 37 died during an escape attempt - but it was later proved that they died of asphyxiation due to tear gas and overcrowding while they were being taken to a Cairo prison. (AFP/File)
15:50 GMT

The trial of the Egyptian police officers charged with killing 37 detainees by asphyxiation in August has been postponed until December 24.

An Egyptian supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood holds the portraits of deposed president Mohamed Morsi during a rally outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque late on July 7, 2013. [AFP]
13:43 GMT

Morsi officially being charged with conspiracy and acts of terror as the trial for the former President of Egypt continues.