Regional News

July 8, 2014

Jordan's armed forces are between 150,000 and 200,000 (File Archive)
15:22 GMT

Jordan officially launched a recruitment drive Tuesday in an effort to boost its ranks to combat the jihadist militant threat from neighboring Iraq.

A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT

Heavy clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen backed by government forces erupted in northern Yemen.

July 7, 2014

A ceasefire between Shia Houthi fighters and government forces expired on June 23, leading to further violence (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT

At least 35 people were killed and 40 injured as Shia rebels clashed with tribesmen allied with the government in Yemen.

MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, causing anger across Kuwait (File/AFP)
07:47 GMT

Protesters on Sunday clashed with police following the arrest of a leading opposition figure. MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, sparking unauthorized demonstrations.

July 6, 2014

Many army units have joined Haftar's offensive on Islamists in Libya, despite opposition from Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Libya's central government called for an end to fighting in the country's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
17:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.

Shia rebels were bombed by Yemen's air force after the ceasefire between the two expired (File/AFP)
11:51 GMT

Yemen's air force raided Shia Houthi positions in Amran, 30 miles northwest of the country's capital Sana'a on Saturday, reportedly causing a number of casualties.

July 5, 2014

Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of criticism in terms of Manama's human rights violations against opposition activists (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack,At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack.

Bouteflika has made very few public appearances since strokes left him hospitalized in France last summer (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made his first public appearance Saturday since he was sworn in for his fourth term as head of state in April.

Kuwaitis took to the streets after an opposition figure was detained for "insulting" the government earlier this week (Kuwaiti Interior Ministry/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kuwait's Interior Ministry released a statement Friday saying that the government will firmly confront all forms of rioting and incitement following this week's rise in public protests in the capital.

July 4, 2014

Steinitz's statement of support comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to "support" and "safeguard" Jordan from Islamist militant forces if need be (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

A top Israeli official told reporters Friday that Tel Aviv is ready to help Jordan fight off any Islamist insurgents from its neighbor Iraq if requested.

At least 374 Yemeni forces have been killed during the first half of 2014 in Sanaa's offensives on AQAP, Shiite Houthi rebels and southern separatists (File Archive)
16:25 GMT

Armed gunmen from Yemen killed a Saudi security official Friday.

July 3, 2014

Thousands gathered Wednesday evening in Kuwait city demanding for Barrak's release (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Kuwaiti forces used teargas and stun grenades Thursday to dismantle an opposition demonstration.

At least 374 Yemeni armed forces members have been killed in the first half of 2014 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

At least two people were killed and three wounded in an attack on a government complex in Yemen's Baida province Thursday.

ISIS militants seized the truck drivers in Mosul earlier this month (File Archive)
13:41 GMT

At least 30 Turkish truck drivers who were being held by jihadis in Iraq were released this week.