Regional News

May 30, 2014

The UN has expressed concern over Lebanon's failure to elect a new president (File/AFP)
14:23 GMT

The UN has urged Lebanon to elect a president "as soon as possible" before there is further political uncertainty in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a "terrorist group" in December 2013 (File/AFP)
12:39 GMT

President Adly Mansour cancelled ousted leader Mohamed Morsi's decree to pardon 52 men, imprisoned on terrorism charges.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won an overwhelming majority of votes on Thursday (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The EU hailed Egypt's presidential elections as "democratic and free" as Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the majority of votes, Thursday.

May 29, 2014

The 16-year-old is said to have driven a tuk tuk on the wrong side of the road (File/AFP)
19:28 GMT

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead in Cairo by a police officer over a traffic dispute where the teen was allegedly driving down the wrong side of the road, Thursday.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is currently visiting Palestine where he vowed to help the Christian community (File/AFP)
17:40 GMT

Security forces in Lebanon denied allegations that two Syrians worked with a regional intelligence agency to assassinate Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.

Around 565 people have contracted the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia according to health officials (File/AFP)
17:08 GMT

Saudi authorities recorded 13 deaths from the MERS virus, bringing the total people killed to 186 since 2012.

General Haftar says he wants to crush the militias that are causing chaos around Libya. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT

Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has resumed airstrikes on the city of Benghazi.

U.S. Ambassador David Hale said in a statement that it was “unfortunate” the polls “did not occur on time, in accordance with the Lebanese constitution." (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

The Obama administration is planning to issue a statement that would back the Lebanese government after the presidential vacuum and call for the swift election of a new head of state, diplomatic sources said.

May 28, 2014

Britain has been criticized for its costly role in Iraq and Afghanistan during times of economic hardship (File/AFP)
13:56 GMT

British wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost over $50 billion, according to a prominent defence think-tank.

Bahrain rejected 42 claims of human rights violations and violence outlined in the U.S. report (File/AFP)
13:16 GMT

Bahrain's interior ministry denied wrongdoing after a report on violence and human rights in the country was released by the U.S. State Department.

Libya's government is struggling to control multiple violent militias. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Due to growing instability in Libya, the U.S. State Department has issued a warning urging Americans in Libya to leave as soon as possible.

May 27, 2014

Syrian envoy Bahjat Suleiman was given 24 hours to leave by Jordanian authorities (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition called the expulsion of Assad's envoy to Jordan a "great victory," Monday, despite Amman attempting to downplay the incident.

At least five soldiers were killed in the Tuesday's attacks (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
13:38 GMT

At least five Yemeni soldiers were killed on-duty from a Shiite rebel-led attack on the officials in the city of Amran.

Two policemen and one civilian were killed in the attacks (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT

Three people died on Tuesday in two separate car bomb attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to security officials.

Ahmed Maiteeq was sworn in as prime minister late on Monday evening (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Ahmed Maiteeq's home was attacked on Tuesday by gunmen who threw grenades into the property. One militant was killed in the battle between security forces and the gunmen, sources say.