Regional News

December 19, 2013

Security forces who have violently cracked down on opposition activists rarely are charged or even tried for their crimes (File Archive/AFP)
08:42 GMT

Many Bahraini opposition activists have been detained, tortured or killed since the 2011 uprisings. For those still on the streets, time--and resources--are running out to stop government forces from dooming them to similar fates. We take a look at the growing movement of Bahraini activist asylum-seekers who are starting to flee the Gulf Island for protection elsewhere.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill Wednesday that would restore aid to Egypt in full (Shutterstock)
07:17 GMT

The United States Senate approved a bill Wednesday that restores aid to Egypt in full at $1.6 billion vis-a-vis granting U.S. President Barack Obama the "power to waive a federal law based on national security."

The faces of the hostages in the January Algerian gas plant attack (Courtesy of the Guardian)
05:50 GMT

The United States officially blacklisted Algerian jihadists and a Syrian Islamist rebel group Wednesday.

The Tunisian and Egyptian leader were both ousted during the Arab Spring. [outernationalist]
03:34 GMT

The Swiss government has opted to hold funds from two ousted leaders as the investigation continues for the source of the funds.

December 18, 2013

The Egyptian security forces originally claimed the 37 died during an escape attempt - but it was later proved that they died of asphyxiation due to tear gas and overcrowding while they were being taken to a Cairo prison. (AFP/File)
15:50 GMT

The trial of the Egyptian police officers charged with killing 37 detainees by asphyxiation in August has been postponed until December 24.

An Egyptian supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood holds the portraits of deposed president Mohamed Morsi during a rally outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque late on July 7, 2013. [AFP]
13:43 GMT

Morsi officially being charged with conspiracy and acts of terror as the trial for the former President of Egypt continues.

If Karzai does not approve the U.S. security agreement, there will be no foreign troops on Afghan soil post-2014. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Failing Afghan President Hamid Karzai's green light on a deal securing the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan post-2014, NATO would have to start preparing its troops for total withdrawal by this spring, according to top military commander Philip Breedlove.

Israeli riot police walk towards stone-throwers as pass the Dome of the Rock mosque following Friday prayers. [Getty Images]
07:59 GMT

Jordan demanded on Tuesday that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the city's sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Egypt's Al Sisi originally said that he would not seek the presidency, but in recent weeks has reversed his stance (File Archive/AFP)
05:23 GMT

Egypt's constitutional committee said Tuesday that it will "urge" Egypt's military chief to run for president.

A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is seen beaten by pro-government and army supporters during clashes. [AFP]
01:26 GMT

Students attempting to march to a sit-in were stopped by police who used tear gas and hoses.

December 17, 2013

Saudi numbers for 2013 beheading are tied with 2012 figures. [ytimg]
17:06 GMT

Syrian drug trafficker beheading in Saudi brings beheading death count to 76, the same amount from 2012.

King Abdullah of Jordan loading a box containing ready meals onto a helicopter during his visit to the Northern Command in Ajloun, as he follows up on the national effort to deliver services and goods to citizens caught in the snow storms through out the kingdom. [AFP]
16:26 GMT

After the worst winter storm in over 100 years, King Abdullah visits Baqaa refugee camp to ensure supplies and shelter are available.

Car bombs in Cairo's Nasr City previously targeted the Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim earlier this year (Courtesy of the Daily Mail/European Pressphoto Agency)
11:42 GMT

A bomb exploded near a school in Cairo and fires erupted in an electric company in Alexandria Tuesday.

Tunisians' "Day of Rage" protest echoed similar calls for political and economic reforms from Tunisia's Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
10:22 GMT

In honor of the third anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring, Tunisians gathered for a "day of rage" at the birthplace of the region's revolutions.

The Saudi Prince's comments came during an interview at the World Policy Conference in Monaco (Valery Hache/AFP)
09:46 GMT

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal denunced US policy in the Middle East Tuesday, and said that his country and other Gulf states were "astonished" by secret American-Iranian dealings.