Regional News

28 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014

International attention was forced back on Bahraini authorities this month following the release of renowned rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja. (AFP/File)
08:47 بتوقيت جرينتش

Following anti-government protests in 2011, Bahrain's prison population has doubled, boasting at least 2,000 political prisoners and the Arab world's second highest prison population rate per 100,000 people. How did this happen?

26 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014

Syrian refugees arrive at the port of Limassol after being rescued close to Cyprus' coast, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:39 بتوقيت جرينتش

A cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus rescued around 300 Syrian refugees from a fishing boat. The refugees had reportedly spent days at sea before being found on the faulty boat.

Over half of Brits (57 per cent) said they supported bombing Islamic State extremists (File/AFP)
10:21 بتوقيت جرينتش

The majority of the British public back air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria according to a YouGov poll.

25 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014

UK-based Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary. [Press TV]
12:42 بتوقيت جرينتش

UK police say they have arrested nine men, reportedly including a Muslim preacher, in a London raid, accusing them of involvement in suspected terror acts.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014. [AFP]
11:10 بتوقيت جرينتش

Egypt cancels meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he brands El-Sisi a 'coup leader' during a UN speech; Turkey says no such meeting was planned

Egyptian security forces deploy at the site of a bomb attack near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in central Cairo on September 21, 2014. [AFP]
08:18 بتوقيت جرينتش

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on US President Barack Obama to censure Egypt’s human rights record during his Thursday meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

24 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014

Abu Qatada had been deported from the UK to face trail in Jordan (File/AFP)
09:54 بتوقيت جرينتش

Radical Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada, was acquitted by a Jordan court of planning to carry out attacks against westerners in Amman Wednesday.

Demonstrators hold posters reading "Supporting Herve Gourdel", a French mountain guide who was seized on September 21 evening while trekking in Algeria's rugged, heavily forested Kabylie area, where Al-Qaeda is active (Jean Christophe Magnenet/ AFP).
08:22 بتوقيت جرينتش

The French government says will do all it can to free hostages, but will not change its position in fighting terrorism.

Is Jordan's Arabic news in trouble? Study finds more than 60 percent of content from local dailies comes from Petra news wire. (AFP/File)
06:00 بتوقيت جرينتش

A media study conducted by the newly minted media monitoring site, Akeeb, reports 63 percent of the content printed in major Arabic dailies comes "ready-made" from country news wire Jordan News Agency.

23 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014

Bahrain's main opposition party, al-Wefaq, has not yet announced if it will participate in the elections. (AFP/File)
19:10 بتوقيت جرينتش

Bahrain is set to hold parliamentary elections on November 22.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani. [AFP]
13:05 بتوقيت جرينتش

The Libyan parliament approves Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani’s cabinet ministers after rejecting a previous line-up last week.

[AFP]
09:21 بتوقيت جرينتش

The U.S. military said on Tuesday its partners in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria included Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Iranian soldiers march past President Hassan Rouhani (L) during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of Iran's war with Iraq (1980-88) in Tehran, on September 22, 2014 (Behrouz Mehri/ AFP).
05:00 بتوقيت جرينتش

Iran has unveiled a new home-made radar system named “Fath 2” and a new drone dubbed "Sadeq 1" during its "Sacred Defense" week.

22 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014

Jordan is cracking down on its nationals that support or join the Islamic State (File Archive/ AFP).
18:00 بتوقيت جرينتش

Jordanian security authorities arrested several militants associated with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group who were preparing to conduct terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.

Egyptian security forces and forensic experts work at the site of a bomb attack near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in central Cairo on September 21, 2014 (Mohamed al-Shahed/ AFP).
17:00 بتوقيت جرينتش

A bomb exploded near the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo on Sunday.