Regional News

July 28, 2014

Smoke billowing from an oil depot on 28 July 2014 near the Tripoli airport, resulting from some of the most violent clashes since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was overthrown in 2011 (Mahmud Turkia /AFP).
17:06 GMT

The international community is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya amid growing violence between armed Islamist groups and soldiers loyal to the Libyan government.

A Sheikh leads a prayer on 28 July 2014, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, in the heavily damaged Al-Faruq mosque, in Rafah, Gaza (Said Khatib /AFP).
14:00 GMT

The start of Eid al-Fitr has seen reduced fighting in the Gaza strip, following the United Nations Security Council´s call for an immediate ceasefire.

Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity nearly three years after the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Several countries have advised their nationals in Libya to leave the country immediately amid clashes.

July 27, 2014

Egyptian troops in the border area of the Sinai Peninsula have killed fourteen Islamist militants (AFP/ File Archive).
15:57 GMT

Egyptian troops in the border Sinai Peninsula have killed fourteen Islamist militants and arrested dozens of others on Sunday morning.

Increased fighting between armed groups in Tripoli has caused not just the U.S. embassy to withdraw staff, but UN, Turkish and Saudi diplomats to be pulled out also (Mahmud Turkia / AFP).
14:59 GMT

The United States has withdrawn its embassy staff from Libya following two weeks of increased violence in Tripoli.

 Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
12:51 GMT

An official Lebanese delegation headed on Sunday to Paris en rout to Mali to follow up the probe into the Air Algerie plane that crashed three-days ago and to carry out the necessary procedures to identify the bodies of the Lebanese victims.

Intense fighting at Tripoli's airport has led to the cancellation of most international flights. (AFP/File)
11:49 GMT

Over fifty people have been killed in Libya in the past few days as militia rivalries intensify.

Al-Qaeda militants frequently target military personnel. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT

Twelve people were killed Sunday when al-Qaeda militants attacked three military posts.

The Tunisian government is struggling to combat militants in the Chaambi region. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT

At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in a gun battle with militants near the border with Algeria.

July 24, 2014

Afghan policemen arrive at the site of a Taliban attack at Kabul's airport on July 17, 2014. [AFP]
20:10 GMT

Two US-led forces are killed in southern Afghanistan, raising the death toll of foreign troops in Afghanistan to 3,460.

(Photo courtesy of the Royal Court).
14:21 GMT

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein supervised the dispatch of a humanitarian assistance convoy carrying food and medical supplies for Gaza on Wednesday.

Air Algerie lost contact with the plane about an hour after takeoff. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

The missing Air Algerie plane has crashed in Niger.

The flight should have landed 5am Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

Algeria's national airline says it has lost contact with a passenger plane carrying 116 people.

The Libyan government is struggling to defeat Libya's powerful militias. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Libya's General National Congress is ready to hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament in August.

July 23, 2014

A Palestinian woman looks at mock coffins being prepared by protesters before taking them to the UN headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 22, 2014 in memory of the Palestinians who were killed during the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
07:54 GMT

The Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Israeli forces for their "unimaginable restraint" in their offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip, says the Israeli envoy to the United States.