December 12, 2013
Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, Reuters cited security sources as saying.
U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources.
Iraq has signed a $1.1 billion deal with South Korea to purchase 24 multi-role light fighters
The Saudi Arabian-backed Syrian opposition has been waging wars against Assad's regime in Damascus - but isn't making any gains.
US senators are planning to introduce legislation that imposes new sanction on Iran as soon as this week.
An explosion was reported outside of NATO headquarters in Kabul Thursday
During a phonecall with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow wants a "speedy" end to Israel's harsh blockade of Gaza.
The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.
The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014.
Two women were detained by police in Riyadh Wednesday for breaking the official ban on female driving.
UN offices in Yemen's capital will be closed Thursday after news spread that a possible attack may happen near the international organizations' buildings in Sanaa.
Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.
Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban.
December 11, 2013
Syria regime accuses Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, of contributing in large part to killing of Syrians and destruction of their country.
A new report says the number of foreign militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now above 5,000.
A court in Bahrain has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters to prison for allegedly attacking a car warehouse as the Al Khalifa regime steps up its crackdown on dissent.
Judges walked out of the trial of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies Wednesday following chaos in the courtoom.
Riyadh's Special Criminal Court sentenced and convicted a man who allegedly plotted to assassinate KSA's Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh to 16 years in jail.
The Gulf Cooperation Council's two-day summit in Kuwait ended Wednesday with leaders of the council condemning Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the conflict.
The United States has officially suspended all of its non-lethal assistance to areas in northern Syria, according to Reuters reports from Wednesday.
Initial reports are indicating that the explosion was likely from a suicide bomber but no casualties have been recorded so far.
Key Syrian human rights lawyer and prominent opposition activist Razan Zeitouneh and three colleagues have been kidnapped near Damascus.
Not to be confused with the FSA, a Syrian rebel group named the "Islamic Front" has seized Turkey border crossing that included Western-backed FSA components.
Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms.
Kerry expressed doubts on the nuclear deal with Iran in front of US lawmakers Tuesday, while an EU delegation finalized preparations for its historic trip to Tehran Friday.
Activists call for specific reform for new regulations that are women specific in Lebanon's prisons.
Families of two Spanish reporters held by ISIS in Syria come forward to the media after months of silence.
December 10, 2013
The death toll in Iraq climbs to record highs after a suicide bomber killed 11 and wounded 20 people at a Shi'ite Muslim funeral.
UN looks to Iraq to guarantee safety of several Camp Ashraf residents who were abducted after an attack that killed over 50 people.
Students protest the death of another student, Abdel Ghany Mohamed Hamoula, who was killed during clashes with security forces in November.
Israeli President Shimon Peres offered to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The offer was declined by Rouhani.
Turkey has charged 255 protestors with various crimes linked with their involvement in demonstrations last June.
Israel votes to detain migrants for one year without trial, says Africans "pose threat to Jewish character"
Israel's parliament voted in favor of a law that allows illegal African immigrants to be detained for up to a year without trial. The Jewish state is also set to open a new migrant detention facility this Thursday.
Figures from 2012 Saudi beheading total 76 cases with the 2013 figures increasing as the year ends.
The UN is planning to send its first humanitarian airlift to Syria via Iraq this week.
UN chemical watchdog head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters Tuesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons will likely begin in late January.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) commenced their two-day summit in Kuwait City Tuesday, with contentious issues such as a Gulf Union, ties with Iran, and the Syrian conflict on the table for discussion.
The Iranian parliament has been pushing to improve Tehran's diplomatic ties with US and European states by forging direct relationships with lawmakers in each country.
The trial of Jordanian citizen Omar Mohammad Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, began on Tuesday in Amman with a panel of civilian judges.
Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister.
Hezbollah reaches out in disagreement on news channel Al-Manar who made a public apology to Bahrain on Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be returning to the Middle East just five days after his last visit in a bid to secure a full, not an interim, peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis.
Amendments to Egypt's 2012 charter include greater autonomy for military, more rights and freedoms and the possibility to withdraw power from the president if needed.
Fighting is still ongoing as leaders decide details around chemical weapons destruction.
The Middle East needs their very own Nelson Mandela - someone who recognizes that forgiveness and compromise are sometimes needed to move politics forward.
Russia is considering serving as the transportation provider for Syria's chemical weapons move to the floating destruction facility.
December 9, 2013
According to a recent Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Salafists from Gaza and Israeli Arabs have joined ranks with jihadist rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a defensive statement on Monday in which he said that the West's efforts to curb Iran's nuclear sector were not working, and that the world had been forced to see the might of Iran's capabilities.
Chaos continued Monday at Egypt's Al Azhar University after the school's chairman called on security officials to suppress violent protests around the campus.
Moroccan police violently cracked down on a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara ahead of an EU deal with Rabat that would exploit the contested territory's fish resources.
PLO official: Kerry and his pro-Israeli security proposals will cause "total failure" of peace talks
Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo on Monday told AFP that the U.S. proposals on Israel's security threaten the future of the peace talks.
History is expected to be made upon the signing of the an agreement that would allow water to be drawn from the Red Sea in order to provide desalinated water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians as well as rescue the dying Dead Sea.
Bomb attacks in the capital and north of Baghdad killed at least 15 in Iraq Monday.
Turkish newspaper Taraf announced Monday that it plans to sue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his involvement in a "treason row,
As part of his Middle Eastern tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Pakistan to discuss continued efforts to maintain open borders to Afghanistan.
Members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) released four Turkish soldiers Monday morning after Kurdish politicians intervened into the situation.
Following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of an Israeli solider on Sunday, Ramallah on Monday came to a standstill as youths from nearby refugee camps forced business to close.
Media groups affiliated with Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have apologized to Bahrain for their biased and subjective coverage of Shiite protests in the Gulf state.
Despite being lambasted by the press for his outrageous spending on luxuries such as icecream, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral as it is "too expensive" to travel to South Africa.
The international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW warned Sunday that there might be a delay of a few days in transporting Syria's chemical weapons out of the country due to unforeseen technical difficulties.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to participate in the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week.
Kurdish militants abducted four Turkish soldiers on Sunday by removing them from their vehicles at a security checkpoint.
A senior Orthodox Church official has urged Christians to take up arms to defend themselves and their holy places in the wake of the recent abduction of a group of nuns from the ancient village of Maaloula in Syria.
Netanyahu: Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is "the minimal requirement for peace"
During a webcast video speech to the 10th annual Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington, Netanyahu said that Palestinians needed to "come to grips" with the idea of Israel as a Jewish nation state in order for peace negotiations to succeed.
December 8, 2013
Syrian government forces made advances on Sunday in the town of al-Nabk, one of the last rebel-held areas in Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon, a watchdog said.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani, Agence France-Presse reported.
Hundreds of Syrians fled to Jordan on Saturday as allegations of a new chemical weapons attack reportedly fuelled a fresh exodus from Damascus towards the border region.
155 people arrested during clashes in the capital in October were acquitted in Cairo's misdemeanor court Saturday.
Israel's Economy Minister Naftali Bennett proposed Sunday that the Jewish state annex parts of the West Bank.
At least five people were killed from a bomb that detonated in an outdoor market in Iraq's capital Baghdad.
Hundreds turned out for a march that led from Ajami Mosque to Gazan Park in Jaffa in protest of the Prawer Plan which aims to relocate Bedouins from large land settlement to a fraction of the space.
Prominent Egyptian youth activists Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher will appear in court Sunday due to their participation in a demonstration last week in violation of the country's new protest law. Mohamed Adel, will be tried in absentia according to judicial sources.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will discuss details of Geneva II with U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Paris on Sunday.
Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Hashemite Kingdom is more than capable of living up to the responsibility of being a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbia told reporters Saturday that Yemen is hoping to join the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Kerry reaffirms U.S. support of Israeli security, says peace with Palestine will "make Israel stronger"
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that pursuing a two-state solution and peace with Palestine was in Israel's best interests as he reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to safeguarding Israel's security.
The Mandela-Algeria connection: The influence of Algeria's revolution on South Africa's anti-apartheid movement
The late Mandela's military training in Algeria during the 1960s with the rebels of the National Liberation Front played a critical role in shaping and influencing the late leader's formation and ideology of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement and the country's African National Congress.
Militants have claimed the lives of nine people after an attack on alcohol shops in Baghdad in what continues to be a rise in death toll for Iraq.
Egyptian judges on Saturday refused to hear the case against Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Al Beltagi and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi. The judges expressed "unease over the case" and have demanded that another court precedes over the trial.
Family and friends blame Israeli troops for firing on and killing a teenage Palestinian boy near the Jalazoun refugee camp.
Syrian government and opposition to receive invitations to attend the Geneva II meetings which will be held in late January.
Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings in the northern Baghdad region have killed at least four people and wounded over twenty more.
The head of Lebanon's General Security headed to Qatar on Saturday to seek assistance in the case of a group of nuns seized earlier this month in Syria.
US President Barack Obama on Saturday defended nuclear diplomacy with Iran, saying talks can achieve greater peace for Israel and the United States than could military action.
December 7, 2013
Oman is opposed to the Saudi proposal to deepen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and transform it into a Gulf Union
Fourteen women, in their early 20s and initially jailed for 11 years, were ordered freed after receiving one-year suspended sentences.
At least 40 bodies of men, women and children were discovered on Saturday in the Syrian town of al-Nabk, a Damascus suburb, in an apparent new massacre, the Syrian Revolutionary Council reported, following a heavy shelling campaign by the regime’s army.
A report has revealed that al-Qaeda-linked groups are using “safe houses” in southern Turkey to send foreign militants to neighboring Syria to take part in the war against its government.
Protest marches and sit-ins took place across Jordan on Friday, with demonstrators calling for security and safety in light of a recent wave of crime to hit the country, according to local media reports.
Hagel promises US will maintain 35000-strong force in Gulf region despite recent deal with Tehran.
The latest violence follows warnings from Britain that a solution to the Syrian conflict must be found in 2014.
December 6, 2013
The U.N. General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected
The military wing of Syria’s foreign-sponsored opposition says it will not take part in the upcoming Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria, Press TV reports.
Arab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.
AQAP claims Thursday’s attack on the defense ministry in Sanaa that killed 52 and wounded 167 people.
An Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Defense Ministry compound in the capital, Sanaa.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela's commitment to his people's cause as he mourned the South African liberation icon.
Syrian opposition activists on Thursday accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of again using poison gas in rebel-held areas, saying victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Thursday peace talks with Israel were “difficult and complicated,” after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah.