Regional News

September 19, 2013

Usually practicing an open door policy, Turkey has closed border crossings with Syria periodically for security reasons (Courtesy of National Turk)
13:21 GMT

Turkey closed its Oncupinar border gate on Thursday due to clashes between Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda affiliated rebel groups in the frontier town of Azaz.

National Dialogue talks in Bahrain will continue despite opposition party boycott (Courtesy of Bahrain Observer)
10:31 GMT

Bahrain's Prime Minister calls for new security guidelines "to protect all" after clashes in Dair and Duraz and the opposition boycott of the National Dialogue shake the country's stability.

The Egyptian police launched an offensive on the Cairo district of Kerdasah on Thursday in an attempt to arrest Islamist militants suspected of torching police stations and killing security officials. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

At least one police officer was killed in the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday when security forces launched an operation against armed Islamist groups in the capital's Kerdasah district.

September 18, 2013

Mohamed Morsi spoke to his family for the first time since his ousting in July last week, his lawyer said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's legal team said the ousted leader spoke to his family for the first time since June 30, when he was removed from office, last week.

Following the mass protests and violence that have swept across Egypt after the ousting of former presidents Morsi and Mubark, Egypt's interim government is said to be considering adopting a mixed political system with a rigorous balance of powers. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT

Egypt might adopt a mixed political system after decades of presidential system, fearing a slip back to authoritarian rule. The new system would ensure balance of powers between the executive and legislative powers.

September 17, 2013

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi raise up posters with the four finger symbol during a demonstration against the military backed government in Cairo. (AFP)
13:19 GMT

17 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were arrested in Cairo on Tuesday while they were attempting to block the Cairo metro.

New curfews in Egypt have been adapted to be school-friendly (Image: courtesy of
10:36 GMT

Egypt is planning to adjust curfews from August protests in fourteen governorates to accommodate students starting the school year this Saturday.

September 16, 2013

10 Egyptian soldiers were injured in Sinai on Monday after a roadside bomb exploded. (AFP)
10:37 GMT

A roadside bomb in the Sinai peninsula injured 10 Egyptian soldiers on Monday, as the army launches a major offensive against militant groups in the area.

A picture taken from the southern Gaza Strip shows an Egyptian soldier standing guard on the border between Egypt and the Palestinian territory. The Egyptian army vowed to continue its crack down on the Sinai peninsula on Monday. (AFP)
09:38 GMT

The spokesperson for the Egyptian army said Monday that it will continue to launch offensives against the Sinai peninsula until militant forces have been completely eradicated from the area.

September 15, 2013

An Egyptian child walks in front of the wreckage of a burnt down car, the day after an attack by Egyptian Army in a village on the outskirt of the Northern Sinai (AFP)
11:03 GMT

The Egyptian army is continuing its crack down on militant groups in the Sinai peninsula, raiding several villages near the Rafah border with Palestine.

Egyptian toppled president Hosni Mubarak has charged Washington with sparking the uprising that removed him from power in 2011. (AFP)
10:47 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly blamed the US for starting the uprising that ousted him from power, charging that it began in 2005 and not 2011.

Egyptian toppled president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons Alaa (R) and Gamal stand behind bars during their trial at the Police Academy on September 14, 2013 in Cairo (AFP)
10:23 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was back in court on Saturday over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters in Cairo in 2011.

September 12, 2013

Egypt has extended its state of national emergency for another twomonths, citing still prevailing security issues. (AFP)
17:31 GMT

The Egyptian government has extended its national state of emergency by two months, under directives from interim President Adly Mansour.

Demonstrators have clashed with police in Turkey, where protests have been reignited (Photo credit: AFP)
04:13 GMT

Policemen clashed with Turkish demonstrators for a third night in a row following the death of a 22 year old protester in mysterious circumstances.

September 11, 2013

18 Saudi preachers have been detained for mentioning Egypt and Syria in their sermons. Egyptian men attend weekly Friday prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. [AFP]
13:58 GMT

18 Saudi Arabian preachers have been suspended after talking about the political events in Syria and Egypt during their Friday sermons, as the Kingdom strives to stay removed from the bloody developments in its neighbouring countries.