Regional News

June 26, 2014

Kerry met with his MENA regional counterparts in Paris Thursday to discuss the developing Iraq crisis (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered KSA authorities to "take necessary measures" to defend the Kingdom from terrorism the eve before the Arab leader is set to meet with U.S. officials on Iraq.

Salwa Bugaighis had been at the forefront of revolutionary demonstrations against Gaddafi's regime in 2011 (Image: vitalvoices.org)
14:23 GMT

Salwa Bugaighis, a prominent woman's rights lawyer, was shot dead in her home by hooded gunmen in Libya, security officials confirmed.

Sanaa's aerial offensive, in cooperation with the U.S drone program in the country, is building anti-government and anti-U.S. sentiment in Yemen nationwide (File Archive/AFP)
13:48 GMT

Gunmen who are allegedly linked with Al Qaeda raided a Yemeni airport Thursday

Abu Qatada was found not guilty of plotting terrorist attacks but will continue to be held by Jordanian authorities on separate charges (File/AFP)
12:38 GMT

Radical preacher Abu Qatada has been found not guilty by a Jordan court of terrorism offences, but will remain in custody on separate charges.

Wednesday's suicide bombing was the third to hit Lebanon this week (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT

Security officials in Lebanon tightened security across the country after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a hotel to avoid arrest, bringing the total number of bombings to three this week.

Tunisia currently runs under an interim government until elections are held in October (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Tunisia will hold parliamentary elections on October 26.

June 25, 2014

Rogue general Khalifa Haftar has recruited troops to implement his anti-Islamist campaign across Libya, particularly within the eastern part of the country (File Archive)
21:00 GMT

Three Libyan soldiers died Wednesday in clashes with Islamists in the city of Benghazi.

Kerry met with Iraq's leadership earlier this week ahead of his meeting with Riyadh royalty Friday (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
20:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh Friday to meet with Saudi Arabia's leadership about the developing crisis in Iraq.

While border activity has slowed, business has been relatively normal on the Iraq-Jordan Trebil crossing (Courtesy of Raad Adaileh/The Jordan Times)
18:00 GMT

Jordan's senior military leadership told reporters Wednesday that Amman is ready to defend the country against "any agression" in response to growing fears related to the country's shared border with Iraq.

Barely 13 percent of Libya's registered voters participated in Wednesday's parliamentary poll (AFP)
17:48 GMT

A mere 13 percent of Libya's voters went to the polls Wednesday morning to participate in the country's parliament elections.

A truce to end the fighting between Sanaa and the Houthi rebels only lasted for 11 days (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

At least 13 people were killed in clashes in Yemen Wednesday.

Head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, Mohammad Radd, said the group was prepared to protect Iraq's holy Shia shrines (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

Lebanon's Hezbollah are ready to intervene in Iraq against ISIS militants, the group said during a rally on Monday.

Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri said Saudi nationals "are not a target" after a wave of suicide attacks in Beirut (File/AFP)
08:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri, attempted to reassure Saudi tourists amid safety concerns after a recent wave of bombings in Beirut.

The Nigerian government is under fire for failing to prevent abductions (File/AFP)
07:38 GMT

The number of people kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria has topped 400 after a further 91 people including young children were abducted by the group in weekend attacks.

June 24, 2014

Khalifa Haftar issued a warning earlier this week for all Turks and Qataris to leave the country within 48 hours (File Archive/AFP)
17:55 GMT

Turkey is in the process of evacuating hundreds of its citizens from Libya.