Regional News

August 10, 2013

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 9, 2013.  TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
08:16 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday al-Qaeda has been "broken apart" but that regional offshoots still pose a grave threat.

August 9, 2013

Egyptian police man the Rafah border (AFP/File)
18:18 GMT

A huge Israeli airstrike was launched Friday afternoon targeting Egyptian militants at the Rafah border, according to news reports.

EGYPT, Cairo : Members of the Muslim brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi attend a sit-in outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on the first day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations on August 8, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP)
11:57 GMT

The European Union will continue with its mediation efforts in Egypt despite not making much progress so far, a spokesperson for EU high ranking official Catherine Ashton said Friday.

Two men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia on terror charges. (AFP/File/Image for illustrative purposes)
08:45 GMT

Saudi officials have said they arrested two men for plotting terror charges that are allegedly linked to the Al Qaeda threats made on Western interests in the Middle East.

August 8, 2013

An Egyptian woman displays a pro-Morsi slogan made of pastry to be used for Eid al-Fitr cookies as supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi take part in a sit-in outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on August 7 (AFP)
09:02 GMT

The Egyptian presidency said Wednesday that foreign attempts to kickstart democracy in the country have failed due to unwillingness and violence on the part of the Muslim Broterhood

August 7, 2013

A supporter wears a mask of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi showing a portrait of a child, victim of the clashes during a protest in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on August 6, 2013. (AFP)
17:00 GMT

One man was killed and 46 people were injured on Wednesday after clashes broke out in the Egyptian city of Alexandria between supporters and opponents of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

A police trooper inspects a vehicle at the entrance of the Sanaa International Airport on August 7, 2013. (AFP)
15:19 GMT

The Yemeni government on Wednesday said that it had intercepted and stopped a huge Al Qaeda terrorist plot that sought to kidnap foreigners, take control of oil exports and seize two major cities.

Tunisians chant slogans in front of the National Constituent Assembly on August 6, 2013 in Tunis. (AFP)
09:48 GMT

The recent suspension of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly has been called a coup by an Assembly member from Ennahda, the Tunisian ruling Islamist party.

EGYPT, Cairo : A handout picture made available by the Egyptian presidency on August 6, 2013, shows Egypt's Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei holding talks with the US Senator John McCain on August 6, 2013 in Cairo. "AFP PHOTO / HO /EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY "
05:08 GMT

US and EU envoys in Egypt did not discuss ways to end the crisis between Egypt's interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood, says the Islamist pro-Morsi coalition.

August 6, 2013

EGYPT, Alexandria : Supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, hold up his image during a protest in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria late on August 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STR
18:20 GMT

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged Egypt's interim government to release jailed members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

LEBANON, RWEISS : Lebanese women loyal to Hezbollah wave the national flag and Hezbollah flags during a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Rweiss on August 2, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO
17:22 GMT

Lebanon's Future Bloc called Tuesday for the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria.

YEMEN, SANAA : An image grab taken from an AFPTV video shows people heading to Sanaa International Airport as they prepare to leave Yemen on August 6, 2013. The United States ordered Americans to leave Yemen "immediately" amid a worldwide alert linked to electronic intercepts from Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV
16:46 GMT

Britain withdraw all its embassy staff in Yemen Tuesday, with the US flying out certain American personnel from Sanaa.

RAN, Tehran : Iran's President Hasan Rowhani smiles as he adresses his first news conference since taking office, in Tehran, on August 6, 2013. Rowhani said that Iran was ready for "serious" talks on its nuclear programme without delay and that US calls for tougher sanctions showed a lack of understanding. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE
16:29 GMT

Iran's new President Hassan Rowhani said Tuesday he is determined to resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

President Barack Obama waves as he returns to the White House in Washington on August 4. (AFP)
07:51 GMT

US President is planning to meet with several high ranking Muslim Brotherhood officials in the White House to hear their views on Egypt in the aftermath of President Morsi's ousting.

EGYPT, Cairo : Egyptian supporters of Egyptian Armed Forces General Ahmed Fattah al-Sisi rally at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
05:24 GMT

Jailed deputy leader of Muslim Brotherhood Khairat El-Shater has spoken of a possible deal to avert further violence in Egypt, according to foreign diplomats and political sources in Cairo.