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May 2, 2016

Niger says arrested more than 600 people for Boko Haram links since February. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said in a statement that at least three militants were killed while nine were captured in the operations in northeastern Borno State.
More electricity lines were cut as the power supply crisis worsened in Gaza. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The company's Public Information Officer Tariq Labad told Ma'an that Egypt promised to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Australian aid worker Katherine "Kerry" Jane Wilson. (Courtesy photo)
15:00 GMT
Australian aid worker was reportedly abducted in east Afghanistan by unidentified men claiming to be intelligence officers.
The UN Security Council, seen in session at the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015 in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
14:30 GMT
Egypt won a seat at the Security Council in a vote held last October.
Jordan was ranked fifth among Arab countries in terms of press freedom. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
A recent Freedom House report ranked Jordan 145th out of 199 in press freedom globally.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with refugee children at a preschool, during a visit to a refugee camp on April 23, 2016 on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep. (AFP/Stringer)
13:30 GMT
The group has strong support from Germans who criticized Angela Merkel's open-door policy for refugees.
Migrants are evacuated by French police officers and gendarmes from a makeshift camp under the Stalingrad metro station in Paris, on May 2, 2016. (AFP/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt)
12:30 GMT
1,350 people had gathered at the camp to be relocated to reception centers, where they are expected to request asylum.
A Palestinian farmer works in his fields in the Gaza Strip village of Khuzaa. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Witnesses told Ma'an that four armored military bulldozers and three digging machines escorted by Israeli military vehicles stormed the Gaza Strip buffer zone east of Rafah.
Iraqi soldiers inspect the wreckage of a car following an explosion. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
Sources reported three separate explosions which killed nine people and injured 26 combined.
Citizenship means security, stability, and a passport. (Shutterstock)
11:30 GMT
Families of Afghanistan and Pakistan immigrants who die while fighting for Iranian forces may be granted citizenship.
Yemeni women show their hands painted with flags of Arab nations. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
Baroud explores the political ties between Palestinians and other Arab states.
Yemeni security forces extinguish fire at a site where a bomb-laden car exploded in Aden's Mansura district on May 1, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
11:00 GMT
Yemeni government sources allege that Houthi rebels stormed an army installation and committed other ceasefire breaches.
Piles of garbage block the streets in Beirut as the trash crisis continues to linger. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Lebanese Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced that Beirut will be "free this week from trash mounds."
A man hangs a Turkish flag in the border town of Kilis, after Daesh rockets struck the town. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
10:00 GMT
The Turkish military launched an attack against Daesh after the militants shot rockets into Kilis.
Syrian and Lebanese protesters wave the Syrian flag as they take part in a demonstration in front of United Nations offices in Beirut in solidarity with the civilians of Aleppo on May 1, 2016. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
09:30 GMT
Aleppo has been the center of a deadly escalation of violence over the last week.
Protests outside the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in 2015. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The Journalists Syndicate in Cairo was raided by police forces, who arrested two journalists for "inciting protests."
A file photo of Sinai Province militants in northern Egypt. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Hamas, Israel, and Egypt are teaming up to fight a common enemy - the Daesh-linked Sinai Province.
Two Sadrist protesters walk through Baghdad's Green Zone, after a weekend of protests and sit-ins demanding parliamentary change (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
08:00 GMT
Sadrist protesters withdrew from the Green Zone after a weekend of protesting in and around Iraq's parliament.
Coptic Pope Tawadros II leads an Easter service in Egypt. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Coptic Pope Tawadros II included a call to political action in his Easter service.
Saudi police survey the aftermath of the Al-Asir mosque bombing in August 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Saudi authorities arrested a man suspected of participating in the Asir bombing, shooting at mosque worshippers, and planning large-scale attacks.
Lebanese army soldiers on patrol, as their country's flag waves in the background. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The Lebanese army released a video of explosions and artillery fire, and claims it was a successful operation against militants.
Egyptian protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in central Cairo against a controversial deal to hand over two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, April 15, 2016. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Egypt has put on trial 237 people detained during mass protests against a controversial government decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.
Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the parliament in Baghdad on April 13, 2016. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The protesters loyal to influential Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr eventually left parliament on Saturday night, only to start an open-ended sit-in to push for long-delayed reforms.

May 1, 2016

Ambulances on the site of the blast. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Nine police officers were among the injured in the attack in Gaziantep, the report cited the governor as saying.
Founded in the early 1990s with seed money from late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines gained international notoriety for kidnapping dozens of foreign tourists for ransom in the early 2000s. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Police sources confirmed the release of 10 sailors abducted from boat in March.
People carry the coffin of a Turkish policeman during a funeral ceremony at the Kocatepe Mosque in the capital, Ankara, on April 8, 2016. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT
The deaths took place in Mardin province's Nusaybin – a district on the Syrian border which has been the focus of counter-terrorism operations since March 14 – according to a security source speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Thousands of Iraqi protesters invaded the main session hall of the parliament in Baghdad on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
09:07 GMT
The crowd moved into the assembly shortly after it adjourned a scheduled meeting to vote on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's new cabinet nominees.
Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo in another day of bloodshed. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
08:36 GMT
Nearly 30 strikes hit rebel-held areas of the city – the ninth straight day that Aleppo has been targeted by government forces.
A photo of the aftermath in Turkey's Gaziantep is trending on social media. (Twitter/Anadolu Agency)
08:20 GMT
One Turkish police officer reported dead and several injured in car bomb attack in Gaziantep, Turkey.
In this handout video capture released by the Italian Coast Guard on April 30, 2016, refugees arrive at Lampedusa harbor after a rescue operation at sea, off the coast of Libya. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Some 1,400 refugees were rescued over the last week after attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C) arrives to give a press conference at the Information ministry in Kuwait City on April 26, 2016.  (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
05:00 GMT
The Saudi-backed government have accused the Houthis and their allies of attempting 'to alter the military equation' in the war.

April 30, 2016

Iraqi protesters climb over a concrete wall surrounding the parliament (unseen) after breaking into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
16:49 GMT
All entrances to Baghdad have reportedly been shut down and a UN spokesman said embassies are in lockdown.
Saudi border guards are seen during training exercises. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
The interior ministry said the three were involved in the assassination of Col. Kitab al-Otaibi.
The Libyan coast guard watches over a group of African migrants after towing their boat to the Tripoli shore. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
The migrants were taken to the island of Lampedusa, but an unknown number of people may also be missing.
Iraqi passersby stand at the site of a suicide bombing in the Baghdad Jadida area on April 25, 2016. The blast ripped through shops in eastern Baghdad, killing at least seven people. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
12:00 GMT
The attack targeted a group of Shia pilgrims in southeast Baghdad.
Turkish special forces are seen during a raid in Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Turkey has stepped up its effort to stop foreign fighters moving in and out of Syria.
There are currently 700 Palestinians being held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, detention without charge or trial. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Sami Janazreh has been on hunger strike for 58 days to protest his administrative detention and solitary confinement.
An Iranian woman holds a child to help her cast her ballot as she votes in the second round of parliamentary elections in Robat Karim, some 40 kms southwest of Tehran, on April 29, 2016. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
09:00 GMT
If reformists' lead continues, a coalition with conservatives could win over half the available seats.
Two women walk along the beach with a child in Myrsini on April 20, 2016, a few metres away from a summer resort sheltering nearly 350 Syrian refugees. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
07:00 GMT
Central European countries are looking to Italy to prevent another mass influx of refugees from the Mediterranean.
People walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
06:00 GMT
Violence in Syria has surged back to levels not seen since a ceasefire went into effect.

April 29, 2016

Accommodation blocks were previously destroyed in the detention center on Nauru, which has come under fire for inhumane conditions for asylum-seekers. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The 23-year-old set himself on fire as UN representatives visited the detention center.
The Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen in Kunduz, Afghanistan following a deadly US airstrike that killed 42 people. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
No criminal charges have been filed against the soldiers and officers.
The constitutional amendments roll back the promise of reforms made in the wake of the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The changes grant the King power to hire and fire key appointments without any nomination or approval process from the government.
A Syrian family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike on April 28, 2016 in the Bustan al-Qasr rebel-held district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/Baraa al-Halabi)
11:00 GMT
The airstrikes also destroyed a hospital that was supported by MSF.
Iranian men arrive to cast their vote in the second round of parliamentary elections at a polling station in the town of Robat Karim, some 40 kms southwest of the capital Tehran, on April 29, 2016. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
10:00 GMT
Reformist candidates won historic victories against conservative hardliners in the first round of parliamentary elections in February.
A general view shows Israeli security forces standing guard on the rooftop next to the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on April 25, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:59 GMT
Al-Aqsa has been the scene of daily scuffles during the weeklong Passover holiday.
An Iraqi solider walks past a sign pointing toward Mosul. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The US Army determined that launching a full-scale operation on Mosul would not happen within the next five weeks.
Kuwaiti security forces surround a Shia mosque that was attacked by Daesh. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Kuwait reaffirmed its commitment to fighting Daesh internationally.

April 28, 2016

Tunisian special forces on patrol after a Daesh attack. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
The Tunisia Interior Ministry received reports of militants plotting suicide bombings in the country.
The closed gates of the Kerem Shalom crossing. (AFP/Said Khatib)
17:00 GMT
Israeli authorities have shut down the Kerem Shalom crossing until Sunday.
Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Ankara in December 2014. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The measure was signed by Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah with the presence of Davutoglu and Qatari Interior Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Lebanese forces deployed in Arsal. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Abu Fouz, a top Daesh commander, was killed in an offense in Arsal, Lebanon.
A man gestures while walking through rubble after multiple airstrikes in Aleppo today. (AFP/Amee Alhalbi)
14:32 GMT
Multiple airstrikes hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, killing dozens.
Pro-Hadi loyalist forces and civilians examine the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Aden. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
14:17 GMT
The UN Resident Coordinator for Yemen called for more international involvement in addressing the humanitarian needs in Yemen.
A French soldier stands guard at the Prince Hassan French military base, some 100 kilometres from the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP/File)
13:19 GMT
A French soldier stands guard at the Prince Hassan French military base, some 100 kilometres from the Jordanian capital Amman
Jews at prayer in Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli settlers arrived in over 15 buses to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus around midnight.
Spanish police arrest an 18-year-old Moroccan girl suspected of recruiting other women. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The state prosecutor has charged her with preparing and distributing material against the Kingdom on Twitter, which posed a threat to the country's security and stability. Through her posts, she demanded the release of detainees, the prosecutor said, a local publication reported.
Refugees in Sweden receive food from an aid worker. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Among other things, he allegedly threatened to carry out a suicide attack on a mosque
People stand in front of a shop that was damaged following a bombing, in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on April 27, 2016. (AFP/Onur Yurtsever)
11:29 GMT
A suicide blast on Wednesday in northwestern Turkey killed one person.
Syrian civil defence volunteers remove the body of a man from the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported airstrikes on April 27, 2016 in the rebel-held eastern neighbourhood of Bab al-Nayrab in the city of Aleppo. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
11:00 GMT
Civil defense workers blamed the airstrike on Russian warplanes, saying it struck a hospital.
A courtesy photo of Al Jazeera offices. (Twitter)
10:04 GMT
Iraqi officials have revoked the operating license of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network and closed its bureau in the capital, Baghdad, over its violation of government guidelines.
A member of the Libyan pro-government forces patrols a rural area on the outskirts of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi which they retook from armed groups as fighting continues in the second city on April 19, 2016.  (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
10:00 GMT
Egyptians living in Libya have increasingly been caught up in the country's internal conflict.
The aim of the talks is to bring peace between the Houthis and other groups affiliated with the former president Ali Abdallah Saleh on one side and the current president Hadi Mansour supported by Saudi Arabia on the other side. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT
The parties are committed to discussions towards a comprehensive political solution, said UN envoy to Yemen.
Jordanian King Abdullah II and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
King Abdullah and King Salman, during an expanded meeting in the presence of high-ranking officials from both countries, expressed their keenness to boost Jordanian-Saudi relations in all fields in a way that serves the interests of both countries and peoples, the Royal Court statement added.
Egyptian riot police fire tear gas towards protestors as they demonstrate on April 25, 2016 in Cairo against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
08:30 GMT
Watchdog groups have condemned the harsh police response, which included inspections and arrests of bystanders.
Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president patrol a street in the southern city of Lahj on April 24, 2016 during an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of the southern provinces. (AFP/Salah al-Obeidi)
08:00 GMT
The attack comes after a period of relative calm in the southern city.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura expressed deep frustration about an escalation in fighting in Syria, which all but torpedoed the talks. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
Russia and the US need to bring the cessation of hostilities back to the level it was at when it first went into effect in late February and early March, de Mistura said after concluding the latest round of peace talks in Geneva.
Children queue for food at the makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 27, 2016. (AFP/Joe Klamar)
07:00 GMT
The controversial bill allows the government to declare a state of emergency and reject most asylum-seekers at the border.
The King of Saudi Arabia receives King Abdullah of Jordan at the airport. (Twitter/Arab News)
06:00 GMT
During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments at regional and international arenas. They also discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in all fields.
Women protest at Al Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Witnesses told Ma'an that a group of over a hundred right-wing Israelis entered the mosque compound via Dung Gate, four of whom performed religious rituals in violation of longstanding agreements regarding worship at the site.

April 27, 2016

Sven Mary, Belgian lawyer of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, talks to the media outside the building of the Federal Police in Brussels, on Saturday. (AFP/Belga/Aurore Belot)
19:59 GMT
Mary made the comments in an exclusive interview with French newspaper Liberation, revealing his thoughts on Abdeslam and lifting the lid on the pressure that came with representing him.
Police on site at the scene of an alleged suicide bombing in Bursa, Turkey, April 27, 2016. (Twitter/Anadolu Agency)
16:59 GMT
The cause of the blast has yet to be confirmed. The explosion damaged a number of shops in the vicinity.
A refugee eats her dinner in a tent after a short rain at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 24, 2016. (AFP/Joe Klamar)
16:30 GMT
Greece said none of the Syrians had applied for asylum in Greece and wanted to return to Turkey.
A young Syrian boy poses for a picture between destroyed houses in the northern Syrian town. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Mohammad Hawash al-Slaiman, a 6-year-old Syrian boy, was found in a large pond in the Bouday plain in the northern Bekaa Valley, after he was reported missing Tuesday night.
Aden, Yemen, the temporary capital of the Hadi government, faced an unusual act of violence this week. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
A Yemeni activist was slain after being accused of apostasy and atheism.
The meeting between Syrian government delegation and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, during Syria peace talks, at the United Nations Office in Geneva. (AFP/Xu Jinquan)
14:30 GMT
Today is the last day of UN-led negotiations, but delegations plan to reconvene in a few weeks.
A file photo of Big Ben in London. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Sharif Adel Mikhail, 21, died on Monday in a fire that broke out in a building in the district of Southall in London, state-run news agency MENA reported on Tuesday citing British police.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Davutoglu issued the statement while giving a speech to his ruling AK Party in parliament. Earlier this week, Speaker Ismail Kahraman commented that overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey needed a religious constitution. This suggestion goes against the modern republic's founding principles.
Raids have increased recently in Jordan, which remains a corridor for drug trafficking. (File photo)
13:00 GMT
One person was arrested attempting to smuggle cocaine through the Amman airport, while others were arrested attempting to cross the border illegally.
A UN peacekeeper is seen near Lebanon's Blue Line, with a picture of the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in the background. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
The Lebanese army said Israeli surveillance planes violated Lebanese airspace by flying over border villages.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures at his watch. (AFP/File photo)
12:23 GMT
Just two weeks before Abbas made that statement in which he referred to some illusory "popular resistance" under his command, a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah revealed that a majority of Palestinians, 65% of respondents, want him to resign.
The Pentagon says recruitment is down for Daesh, who has suffered a string of territorial and cash losses over the last several months. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
A US General says new recruits for Daesh are down to about 200 per month, compared with a high of about 1,500 a year ago.
This file video image taken from a CCTV camera at a petrol station north of Paris on November 11, 2015 shows Salah Abdeslam (R), a suspect in the Paris attacks, and Mohamed Abrini (C) buying goods. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
The 26-year-old Frenchman was arrested in Brussels four days before the deadly attacks on the Belgian capital.
A file photo shows Incirlik air base in southern Turkey. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The decision comes as the southern Turkish city of Kilis has been hit by 45 rocket rounds since January.
Lebanese army forces on patrol in Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Three Syrians were arrested for attacking Lebanese army and security forces.
A Palestinian woman reportedly tried to stab Israeli officers stationed at Qalandiya checkpoint before being shot dead. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Israeli forces reportedly fired more than 15 rounds into the woman's body and prevented paramedics from accessing the woman and child for medical treatment.
A screenshot of John Ridsdel, beheaded by Daesh-afiliated militants in the Philippines. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
A Daesh-linked militant group beheaded a Canadian in the Philippines, despite being offered thousands of dollars in ransom.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C) arrives to give a press conference at the Information ministry in Kuwait City on April 26, 2016. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
08:30 GMT
Yemen peaces talks have moved into joint negotiations, with hopes that the ceasefire continues to hold.
Afghanistan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The US denied granting a visa to Afghanistan's vice president, over concerns of warlord tactics.
A scientific drawing of the norovirus at a microscopic level. (Shutterstock)
07:30 GMT
Jordan denied over 2,000 tourists entry after some passengers were found to have norovirus.
An area of green farmland in the Galilee. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A shooting late Tuesday night killed two and wounded three people.
A file photo of a woman in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Deputy Crown Prince's remarks about women's right to drive aroused a hot debate between liberals and conservatives in Saudi Arabia. Surprisingly, many women were on the side opposing women's driving.
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has refused to sign a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new military aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.

April 26, 2016

Egyptian police in front of the police academy during the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/File)
19:35 GMT
Several political forces and public figures called for protests on Apr. 25, which coincided with Sinai Liberation Day, against the agreement which was signed earlier this month between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
A file photo of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
At least 35 fighters were either killed or wounded during the clashes that broke out in Haska Mena district's Nari Obu area, Nangarhar police spokesman Col. Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pahwok Afghan News.
Azerbaijan's defence ministry said its troops repelled an overnight attack, forcing Armenian troops to retreat. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
At least two ethnic Armenian military personnel have been killed in a series of fresh clashes between Azerbaijani soldiers and Armenia-backed forces in the disputed Caucasus region of Karabakh.
Israeli security forces patrol Al Aqsa mosque compound. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT
Witnesses told Ma'an that nearly 130 Jewish Israelis raided the Aqsa compound under armed guard via the Moroccan gate in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City.
Controversial Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT
Supporters of Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are protesting until the government initiates widespread reforms.
Current Egyptian President Sisi. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT
The Egyptian government's attempt to shut down protesters may be helping the opposition more than hurting it.
Turkish policemen (L) disperse demonstrators during a protest of pro-secular Turks outside the Parliament in Ankara on April 26, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
12:57 GMT
Protesters gathered in Ankara after the Turkish parliament speaker reportedly called for an end to the country's secular principles.