Regional News

December 15, 2014

An Iranian refugee with radical views took an unknown number of people hostage inside a Sydney cafe Monday. (AFP/File)
15:47 GMT

Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, who has been reported as either 49 or 50 years old, moved to Australia in 1996 where he assumed the title of “Sheikh Haron”. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT

Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.

The policeman was shot dead during a rescue operation to free three hostages. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT

A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.

A hostage can be seen running from the chocolate cafe towards police in Sydney, December 15, 2014. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
08:35 GMT

Five people escaped from a chocolate cafe in Sydney where they were being held by a potential jihadist gunman.

Staff members from Turkey's Zaman newspaper protest prior to the arrest of their editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli (center), December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

The European Union condemned Turkey's government for its clampdown on opposition media outlets following a series of raids in a television station.

Hostages in the siege are forced to hold up an Islamic flag, December 15, 2014. (Image: Channel 7)
00:58 GMT

Dozens of people have been taken hostage Monday in a Sydney chocolate cafe by gunmen. Staff and customers were forced to hold up a black Islamic flag while police closed off the area.

December 14, 2014

American Egypt scholar Michele Dunne, who is also a former US diplomat, has been a critic of the 2013 ousting of president Mohamed Morsi and the handling of Egypt's new government that followed. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

Egyptian authorities have refused Egyptian entry to an American Middle East researcher, citing 'security reasons,' despite the researcher being apparent invitation by a "pro-government group" to attend a conference to attend a conference.

A file photo shows demonstrators protesting against freedom of speech infringements and journalists' arrests in Turkey last November. Sunday's raid attempt was only the most recent in a list of trouble journalists have faced with the Turkish government. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT

Turkish authorities attempted a raid operation on one of the country's most popular newspapers early Sunday, in which they indented to arrest the paper's editor-in-chief, but were not able to enter amid heavy protests by readers.

A Turkish Kurd waves a Kurdish flag at Iraqi peshmerga forces as they enter Turkey on the way to join the fight against ISIL in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/FIle)
08:20 GMT

Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.

Kurdish peshmerga fighters scan the horizon at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, the group took back the north-east city of Jaloula from ISIL militants last month. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.

The inciident comes on the heels of American photojournalist Luke Somer's death, who died at the hands of the same al-Qaeda earlier this month during an attempted rescue mission by U.S. special forces.
07:08 GMT

Several suspected al-Qaeda militants dressed in women's niqabs were confronted and killed at the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen when a bus security search prompted one of the militants to open fire.

December 13, 2014

Yemeni security forces do routine inspections at checkpoints, but they rarely inspect vehicles carrying women. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.

December 12, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.

Hamadi Jebali, a former prime minister, announced Thursday that he was stepping down from the party as he no longer agreed with its policies. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The secretary general of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamic Movement has tendered his resignation as the leader of the country’s most prominent political party.