Regional News

August 29, 2013

Pope Francis welcomes Jordan's King Abdullah prior a private audience on August 29, 2013 at the Vatican. (AFP)
16:38 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah and Pope Francis agreed on Thursday that dialogue is the only option for Syria, urging the Western states to rethink their potential strike.

A protester is seen with a picture of President Mohamed Morsi, at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, on June 28, 2013 (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT

Former Brotherhood members and leaders of the Salafi Nour Party and Ghad Al Thawra party met in secret this week to devise solutions for the current political crisis between the army and Egypt's Islamists.

August 28, 2013

Saif Al Islam, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Saif will go on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity next month. (Al Bawaba file photo)
13:06 GMT

Saif Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will go on trial in September for war crimes and crimes against humanity that he perpetrated during Libya's civil war.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with an Egyptian army official earlier this year. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that Washington will continue to push for national reconciliation in Egypt, as the interim government pushes the country towards economic, democratic reform.

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's toppled President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans during a demonstration against the ouster of the former Islamist leader on Aug. 23. (AFP)
08:08 GMT

Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi have warned that the amendments to the Egyptian constitution, placing the judiciary and army above the state, will return Egypt to Mubarak-style politics.

August 27, 2013

Jordanian Prime Minster Abdullah Ensour casts his vote in Amman on Tuesday. (Image via Jordan News Agency, Petra)
11:57 GMT

Despite military leaders meeting in Amman over a potential Syrian intervention, millions of Jordanians headed to local polling stations to cast their votes in the municipal elections.

Secularists will come head to head with ultraconservative Islamist groups during the creation of the final draft of Egypt's constitution. Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour was handed the latest constitutional amendments on Monday. (AFP)
07:45 GMT

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour is to form a 50 member committee to finalise Egypt's constitution, amid expectations that the committee will largely be formed of secular thinkers despite the participation of ultraconservative Nour Party.

August 26, 2013

An Egyptian army soldier holds his rifle as he walks by a street cleaner behind a barbed wire checkpoint on a street in Cairo on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
09:57 GMT

Egyptian Salafist Nour Party has said it will partake in upcoming discussions on Egypt's new constitution to ensure that Egypt's Islamic identity is protected.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood spray graffiti on the wall reading "Rabia", meaning four in a Arabic, and which has become a symbol to remember those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp, on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
07:48 GMT

The spokesman for the Egyptian interim government Ahmed El Meslemani said that the country is ready to move forward with its 'political roadmap' that it has defeated a conspiracy against the state.

August 25, 2013

Egyptian judge Mohamed al-Karmouti (C) announces the adjournment of the trial of Muslim Brotherhood Supreme leader Mohamed Badie and 32 other Islamists on August 25, 2013 at a Cairo court. (AFP)
13:08 GMT

The trial of high ranking Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders was postponed on Sunday because the defendents, former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and two deputies, were absent.

An image grab taken from the Egyptian state TV shows Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak sitting in the defendants' cage on August 25, 2013 during his trial in Cairo. (AFP/Egyptian TV)
11:38 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former interior minister Habib El-Adly and his aides arrived in court on Sunday for their retrial over the killing of protesters during the January 25 uprising.

emeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013.(AFP)
10:21 GMT

Six Yemeni airforce personnel were killed on Sunday after a bomb hit a bus transporting them to their military base in Sana'a.

Hosni Mubarak, Khairat Al Shater, Hazem Abu-Ismail and Mohamed Badie. (Image courtesy of Ahram Online)
07:34 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and several leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood are due in court on Sunday over charges relating to the killing of protesters in separate Cairo courts.

August 24, 2013

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows Syrian volunteers helping victims in a field hospital in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, whom the Syrian opposition said on August 21, 2013 were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces. AFP PHOTO/HO/SHAAM NEWS NETWORK
17:51 GMT

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says it has treated upwards of 3 000 people in Damascus with symptoms of chemical poisoning.

Palestinians wait near their luggage at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into neighbouring Egypt on August 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO SAID KHATIB
17:24 GMT

Egyptian authorities re-opened the Rafah crossing into Gaza on Saturday, after shutting down the terminal