Regional News

July 25, 2013

This picture, taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on July 24, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un shaking hands with Abdullah al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of the Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party in Pyongyang.  "AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS"
13:48 GMT

A delegation from President Bashar Al-Assad has arrived in Pyongyang on the anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire.

SYRIA, IDLIB : A Syrian rebel tries on a gas mask seized from a Syrian army factory in the northwestern province of Idlib on July 18, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS
13:39 GMT

Syria's National Coalition praises Barack Obama's decision to fund and arm rebels fighting the Syrian government.

No one was injured in the early-morning attack (Getty file photo)
10:14 GMT

Reuters reported that the Emirates' embassy in Libya had come under grenade attack.

July 24, 2013

LEBANON, MARJAYOUN : Spanish peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol in their armoured vehicles near a placard of Hezbollah on July 23, 2013 in the southern Lebanese city of Marjayoun. AFP PHOTO MAHMOUD ZAYYAT
14:45 GMT

Hezbollah official Ammar Moussawi to meet with the European Union representative in Lebanon

 Hezbollah fighters, holding up Lebanese flags and the yellow flag of the militant Shiite Muslim group. AFP PHOTO/RAMZI HAIDAR
14:22 GMT

Hezbollah called on to hand in its weapons and end its military involvement in Syria

RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Moscow : Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
14:20 GMT

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized Barack Obama's plans to help Syrian rebels

CAIRO, EGYPT - JULY 12: Mohamed Morsi masks are displayed for sale at the base for supporters of ousted president Morsi on the third day of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up to sun-down on July 12, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. ( Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
13:39 GMT

A Qatar foreign ministry official says continued detention of deposed President Morsi detrimental to Egypt's stability.

Logo of TV Channel Al Alam, For Illustrative Purposes (Wikimedia Commons)
13:28 GMT

Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance has described as "unacceptable" a security raid by Egyptian forces on Iranian satellite TV channel in Cairo.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : A UN Syrian staff (L) welcomes Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom (R) and Angela Kane (unseen), the UN high representative for disarmamen, at a hotel in Damascus on July, 24, 2013. The two senior UN inspectors tasked with examining claims that chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria's civil war arrived in Damascus today. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA
12:52 GMT

Two senior UN inspectors arrived in Damascus Wednesday to investigate claims chemical weapons have been used during the Syrian conflict.

FRANCE, Paris : Syria's new opposition chief Ahmad Jarba is welcomed by Elisabeth Guigou, head of the French national assembly Foreign Affairs commitee, before his hearing on July 23, 2013 on the fisrt of a two-day visit aimed at convincing France to boost its support for rebels battling Syrian President. AFP PHOTO / PHOTO PIERRE ANDRIEU
12:35 GMT

Ahmad Harba, Syria's opposition leader, is to meet with French President Francois Hollande in Paris

 A Palestinian worker stands at the entrance to smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border on July 19. AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
09:59 GMT

About 80 percent of the supply tunnels have been closed, and prices for staples in Gaza are soaring.

July 22, 2013

Downtown Beirut, for Illustrative Purposes Only (Commons Wikimedia/Bertil Videt)
16:14 GMT

Western diplomatic sources say Lebanon has been placed under temporary protection of powers including France, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
16:04 GMT

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati says he regrets EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah

EGYPT, Cairo : Osama Mohamed Morsi son of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi speaks during a press conference in Cairo on July 22, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
15:17 GMT

Deposed President Morsi of Egypt's family condemn his detention as a "kidnapping".

One of the Palestinian leaders of the Islamic Jihad movement in the West Bank, Jaafar Ezzeddine embraces a relative after being release from an Israeli prison in the West Bank city of Jalama, near Jenin, on May 8, 2013. (SAIF DAHLAH/AFP/Getty Images)
15:03 GMT

An Israeli official has said around 80 Palestinians will be released from Israeli Prisons