Regional News

October 11, 2013

Zeidan says he will release more information about the political party responsible for his kidnapping in the upcoming days (AFP/Getty)
07:33 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has accused a “political party” for his kidnap from a Tripoli hotel Thursday, but did not elaborate or give names on possible suspects.

Turkey's PM implemented reforms aimed at improving Ankara's relationship with the Kurdish community, but the Kurdish PKK, led by Abdullah Ocalan, announced Thursday that the reforms fall short of expectations (Courtesy of the Kurdistan Tribune)
07:08 GMT

Turkey's decision to extend its air strike mandate may undermine Turkey's ceasefire withe the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).

October 10, 2013

Muslim pilgrims arrive to perform the afternoon prayer in Mecca's Grand Mosque. (Image credit: AFP)
17:31 GMT

Two more Saudis have died of the MERS coronavirus a few days before the HAJ, which begins on Sunday.

The United States has provided billions in aid to Cairo since the 1979 in efforts to ensure peace. [washingtonpost]
13:42 GMT

Egypt responds to US changes in military aid.

Four Egyptian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

A suicide bomb went off in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing four Egyptian soldiers and injuring five.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed by the rebels who kidnapped him from a hotel on Thursday morning. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed by former rebels who seized him from a hotel earlier on Thursday following the capture of a senior Al Qaeda official on Saturday.

The MERS virus has killed 58 individuals globally, with 49 of the fatal cases originating from Saudi Arabia (AP)
09:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that the Kingdom is MERS-free ahead of Sunday's annual hajj.

Egypt prepares for new constitution. [nation.com]
09:17 GMT

In an attempt to recover governmental leadership standards post Morsi, Egypt is drafting a new constitution.

Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE November 5th for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (Courtesy of Gulf News)
08:48 GMT

Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE next month for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf country.

EU rep Catherine Ashton says she found potential for sustainable democracy in Egypt during her recent visit. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

European Union official Catherine Ashton, who has worked closely with the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim Egyptian government, said that the clashes seen in Egypt this week prove the deep polarisation and mistrust inherent in Egyptian society.

The US announced Wednesday that it will withhold certain aid from Egypt until it improves its human rights record, particularly in reference to recent fatal crackdowns on Morsi supporters (AFP/Getty)
06:33 GMT

The White House announced late Wednesday that it will withhold major military equipment and cash transfer aid to Egypt until the country's democracy and human rights record improves.

Libya's PM Zeidan was kidnapped Thursday by a group of armed men believed to be former rebels (AP)
06:13 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed militants early Thursday while staying at a hotel in Tripoli and has been taken to an unknown location.

Asoui was arrested for posting a cartoon online that mocks Algerian President Bouteflika (AFP)
05:00 GMT

Algerian blogger Abdelghani Aloui, who was detained for "contempt" and "defending terrorism" after he posted cartoons online that mock the country's president Abdelaziz Boutelifka, is expected to file for bail Thursday.

October 9, 2013

Two million pilgrims are expected in Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj (Courtesy of BBC)
19:19 GMT

Saudi Arabia issued a warning to Muslim pilgrims Wednesday to not use next week's hajj for "political purposes."

Separatists are planning to stage a protest in the former South Yemen capital of Aden demanding secession from the country and restoration of pre-1990 borders (Courtesy of National Yemen)
17:33 GMT

Yemen's national dialogue session scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after delegates from The Southern Movement and Zaidi Ansarullah staged a sit-in in Sanaa to protest the direction of the talks.