Regional News

June 2, 2014

Anti-government protests swept the nation after the Gezi Park protests in May 2013. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

Turkish prosecutors have demanded prison sentences of up to 100 years for five protesters who recently took part in anti-government protests last year.

Social networking sites such as Twitter will be targeted in the new review of the Anti-Cybercrime Law (Ingvar Bjor/ Shutterstock.com).
08:54 GMT

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reviewing its 2007 Anti-Cybercrime Law to define legal proceedings against social networking sites that promote adultery, homosexuality and atheism.

Prime Minister Salam has emphasized that ministers should focus on securing the presidential elections (File Archive/ AFP).
08:13 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Salam states that the presidential vacuum should not be used to relinquish of his constitutionally appointed powers.

Sabahi won only 3.5 percent of the Egyptian vote and questioned the credibility of the results (Mohammed Al Shahed /AFP).
07:39 GMT

Complaints of poor electoral proceedings lodged by presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi's campaign party have been rejected by Egypt's Presidential Election Commission.

June 1, 2014

Egyptian activist Safwan Mohamed was arrested for a sticker similar to the ones shown here (Associated Press).
19:15 GMT

Police in Alexandria have arrested Safwan Mohamed for a sticker on his bag that said "No to Military Trials".

Hezbollah has given the impression it will nominate, though has not officially endorsed, Lebanon's Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (AFP) as its presidential candidate.
17:19 GMT

Hezbollah announces that it has chosen, though not publicly identified its presidential candidate and claims that the March 14 coalition is using a time-wasting strategy.

Egyptian President Sisi is expected to give a TV statement after security reasons prevented him from giving his speech in a Cairo square (AFP).
16:19 GMT

Egypt's newly elected President Sisi is expected to give his first presidential statement on Egypt's "new politics", expressing a strong stance on adopting national independence.

Prime Minister Erdogan warned against people joining the anniversary protests (File Archive/ AFP).
14:04 GMT

More than 100 people have been arrested and fatalities reported during the one-year anniversary of Turkey's anti-government demonstrations.

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Opposition parties in Bahrain have decided to boycott the parliamentary and municipal elections that are scheduled to take place in October.

May 31, 2014

Several people were also reportedly injured during the pro-Morsi protest in eastern Cairo (File/AFP)
18:24 GMT

Two women were among the dead after police fired rounds during a rally for ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Friday.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won 93 percent of votes during Egypt's presidential election (File/AFP)
13:14 GMT

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has vowed for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to take his post as the country's new leader on time, according to a legal aide.

Yemen's Houthi fighters have been in conflict with then central government for many years (Image: Twitter)
09:15 GMT

Violent clashes between Houthi fighters and Salafi tribesmen in western Yemen left at least 12 people dead, officials say.

May 30, 2014

The UN has expressed concern over Lebanon's failure to elect a new president (File/AFP)
14:23 GMT

The UN has urged Lebanon to elect a president "as soon as possible" before there is further political uncertainty in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a "terrorist group" in December 2013 (File/AFP)
12:39 GMT

President Adly Mansour cancelled ousted leader Mohamed Morsi's decree to pardon 52 men, imprisoned on terrorism charges.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won an overwhelming majority of votes on Thursday (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The EU hailed Egypt's presidential elections as "democratic and free" as Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the majority of votes, Thursday.