Regional News

October 3, 2013

Yemeni forces reclaimed their headquarters in the south late Wednesday after al-Qaeda militants attacked and seized the building Monday (AFP)
07:43 GMT

Yemeni forces announced Wednesday that they have reclaimed control of their army headquarters in the south from al-Qaeda militants who seized the building earlier this week.

Disrespecting the Egyptian flag is now punishable under law with up to a six month prison sentence or a 5,000 pound fine (Courtesy of Chris Newbould/Digital Production Middle East)
06:47 GMT

While Egyptian cabinet members pass draft legislation into law that criminalizes "ridiculing" the nation's flag, an EU convoy met with Muslim Brotherhood leaders to discuss steps for reconciliation between the Islamist opposition and the interim government going forward. Clashes in Suez late Wednesday were also reported, leaving one student dead in the fighting.

Kuwaiti courts sentenced opposition activist Mohammed al-Wushaihi to a three-month jail term because of his Twitter posts that allegedly "defamed" the former premier Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT

Kuwaiti opposition writer Mohammed al-Wushaihi received a three-month jail sentence Wednesday for using Twitter to post "tweets" about a former prime minister.

October 2, 2013

The Russian embassy in Libya was attacked earlier this year by alleged exiled activists from the Syrian opposition (Courtesy of the Voice of Russia)
18:22 GMT

Al Arabiya reported Wednesday that gunmen attacked the Russian Embassy in Libya's capital city.

UGTT reported Wednesday that its top leaders, such as UGTT head Hussein Abassi, have received "serious threats" due to their efforts to end the political crisis in Tunisia through national dialogue talks (Courtesy of Voice of America)
17:32 GMT

Tunisia's UGTT announced Wednesday that its leaders have been targeted with "serious threats" due to their efforts to end political turmoil in the country by acting as mediators between the Islamist-led government and the opposition.

Yemen's national dialogue was initiated in March, but FM Qirbi announced Wednesday that talks will be further delayed for up to three months (Courtesy of BBC)
16:23 GMT

Yemen's Foreign Minister announced Wednesday that national reconciliation talks may be delayed up to three months. With Yemen's rocky political transition still in limbo, Al-Qaeda-linked violence continues in the south of the country leaving four Yemeni soldiers.

The Muslim Brotherhood is united and will not stop calling for the reinstatement of Mohamed Morsi, its secretary general said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday said it will not retract its calls to end the "military coup" that ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi and will still demand the former president's return to office.

EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton is set to push for reconciliation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian interim government during her three day visit to Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is set to arrive in Cairo for a three-day visit on Wednesday, during which she will push for dialogue and reconciliation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim government.

Egyptian security forces ended clashes between Islamists and secularists in Tahrir Square on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Hundreds of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and his protestors engaged in a short-lived clash in Cairo on late Tuesday. The Egyptian army quashed the confrontation shortly after it broke out.

October 1, 2013

Sisi is considered responsible for directing the overthrow of former Egyptian President Morsi that has left the country in turmoil and chaos since the president's exit in July (Courtesy of Voice of America)
19:19 GMT

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made calls Tuesday for a "quick political transition" to restore stability in the country.

Last week's lethal Saudi religious police car chase has claimed another victim with the passing of Saud Algoos (Courtesy of al-Watan)
17:36 GMT

A second Saudi man who was wounded in a road accident resulting from a car chase by members of the kingdom’s religious police last week has died.

8,000 conflicted-related detainees are being held in detention facilities without rights to due process (Courtesy of Al-Arabiya)
17:08 GMT

The UN released a report Tuesday condemning torture practices in Libya's detention centers and has called on Tripoli to bring the facilities under full state control.

Egyptian courts have banned all Muslim Brotherhood activities in the country, but will hear an appeal on this decision October 22nd (Courtesy of Crispian Balmer/Reuters)
16:41 GMT

An Egyptian court will hear an appeal on October 22nd against its decision to ban and seize funds from all Muslim Brotherhood activities in the country.

Six Egyptian soldiers have been killed in the army's ongoing crackdown on militants in the Sinai peninsula. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT

An Egyptian soldier was killed by militants in the Sinai peninsula, bringing the deathtoll of military forces during the army's crackdown on the area to six on Monday alone.

The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Suez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a military court. It seems likely that all those seen to be involved in the deadly clashes between the state and the Islamists in August will receive strict sentences. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood leader in Suez Mohamed Mongey was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Suez military court Monday, signalling the tough measures the new interim government is taking with members of the Islamist group following Morsi's ouster.