Regional News

January 15, 2014

An Egyptian man holds a portrait of Egypt's Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi outside a polling station during the vote on a new constitution. [AFP]
05:08 GMT

Despite several deaths in the region since the polls have been opened to vote on the new constitution, Egyptians turned up in numbers to cast their votes.

January 14, 2014

Algerian President Bouteflika suffered a stroke in early 2013 and has made few public appearances since (File Archive/AFP)
18:34 GMT

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was admitted to a Paris hospital Monday for a "long-planned check-up."

Mubarak's lawyer told reporters Tuesday that the former dictator wants to participate in the country's constitutional referendum (File Archive/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak's lawyer told Reuters Tuesday that the former leader wants to vote in the country's constitutional referendum.

Pro-independence movements for the Western Sahara cause is starting to gain greater international attention and momentum, particularly within Europe (Courtesy of The Washington Post)
15:40 GMT

Young protestors in Western Sahara's main city of Laayoune clashed with Moroccan security forces.

An Egyptian man shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote on a new constitution at a polling station in Cairo on January 14, 2014. (AFP)
14:05 GMT

Clashes between pro-Mohamed Morsi supporters and Egyptian police resulted in the deaths of three protesters on the first day of a landmark vote on the new constitution, security officials said Tuesday.

A vehicle owned by the German embassy was hit by gunfire from unknown assailants in Awwamiyya town. [firstpost]
09:21 GMT

Unknown gunmen fired on German diplomats in the Eastern Province of Saudi on Monday.

A Shiite Muslim reads the Quran before starting an anti-government rally in 2012. According to recent reports, government forces have damaged a prominent Shiite shrine. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

Bahraini forces belonging to the Al Khalifa ruling family have vandalized the Shiite shrine of Sasaa Sohan al-Abdi, a companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

A man carries a box full of voting ballots near Egyptian soldiers standing guard outside a school that will be used as a polling station on January 13, 2014 in Cairo. [AFP]
05:11 GMT

The poll is seen by many as a referendum on Mohamed Morsi's ouster and support for army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, to include his possible run for president in the future.

January 13, 2014

Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. [AFP]
12:58 GMT

VP and Prime Minster of the UAE is hopeful that Minister of Defence General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi continues his role as head of the army thus refraining from any presidential run.

An Egyptian woman living in Oman casts her vote on a divisive draft constitution in Egypt at the Egyptian embassy in the Gulf sultanate's capital Muscat on January 8, 2014. [AFP]
12:07 GMT

Egyptian expatriates began casting their ballots on the draft of the new constitution in 161 countries last week and most are voting "yes".

Egyptian forces have been seeking to oust militants from the Sinai peninsula since Morsi left office in July. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT

Two suspected militants were killed in an explosion near the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid on Monday, Egyptian security officials said.

Thousands of expats were deported in 2013 yet local Saudis have been unable to fill their roles. [riyadhconnect]
10:05 GMT

After thousands of expats were deported from Saudi, the country is still working to fill the void left in their place.

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday resumed its hearings for the retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. [AFP]
05:26 GMT

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak is adjoined to February as more top officials are set to give testimonies.

January 12, 2014

An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station.
17:37 GMT

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, who promised that the “new constitution will establish a modern civil state,” said the country’s new leader will have “full powers,” without detailing what these powers are in a television address on Sunday.

Mr. Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council that served as the "political arm" that ended Gaddafi's dictatorship in 2011 (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:56 GMT

Libya's deputy industry minister was shot dead in his hometown of Sirte Saturday.