Regional News

November 2, 2013

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP Gulay Samanci (R) is greeted as she attends a general assembly meeting wearing a headscarf at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara. (Image credit: AFP)
05:13 GMT

Female lawmakers in Turkey wore headscarves to Parliament for the first time following the end of a long-standing ban.

November 1, 2013

View of the Gaza Strip's sole power plant in Nusairat, on March 26, 2012 [AFP/File, Mohammed Abed]
13:25 GMT

A shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Secretary of State John Kerry with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. [Mario Tama/Getty Images]
13:17 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in Bethlehem as part of ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jordan's Interior Minister, Hazza al-Majali. []
12:38 GMT

Jordan’s interior minister stressed on the importance of cooperating on intelligence gathering between countries.

A Palestinian militant of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images]
11:42 GMT

Three members of the Hamas Kassam Brigades were killed in an IAF strike of an attack tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Friday.

UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  attends a press conference in the Syrian capital Damascus on November 1, 2013 prior to his visit to Lebanon. [/AFP/Getty Images]
11:18 GMT

United Nations envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that the proposed Geneva peace conference to end the war in Syria could not be held without the participation of the opposition.

October 31, 2013

The picture shows a damaged vehicle after a bomb went off in the Western Bekaa Valley, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. [The Daily Star/Stringer]
19:29 GMT

Two people arrested for suspected involvement in a bomb that exploded near an Army Intelligence post in east Lebanon

Syrian civilians evacuate the war-battered suburb of Damascus, Moadamiyet al-Sham, with the help of the Social Affairs Ministry, as fighting between pro-government troops and rebel fighters continues in districts of the capital. [AFP/Getty Images]
19:16 GMT

International Amnesty is calling for international support to help Jordan end its border restriction on Syrian refugees.

Egyptian students of al-Azhar University block the access to an administration building during an anti-army protest on October 30, 2013 at the university in Cairo. [KHALED KAMEL/AFP/Getty Images]
17:28 GMT

Supporters of Egypt's ousted Prime Minister called for daily protests before Morsi's trial scheduled for next week.

Smoke rises from shell explosions in the Syrian village of al-Jamlah. Photo: [REUTERS/Baz Ratner]
16:14 GMT

A syrian air defense base was reportedly destroyed early Thursday in missile attack, Lebanese and Syrian media say Israel is behind the attack.

Yemeni border patrol on guard in light of increase in Al-Qaeda attacks.  [presstv]
13:41 GMT

Al-Qaeda assailants opened fire on a border patrol killing one soldier and injuring several more before escaping.

Algerian President Bouteflika called for a mechanism to protect Sahrawi rights and monitor human rights violations in the Moroccan-controlled territory Wednesday (Courtesy of Defence Web)
06:01 GMT

Morocco recalled its ambassador to Algeria Wednesday following Algerian president Bouteflika's comments that human rights violations in the Morocco annexed territory of Western Sahara need to be monitored "now more than ever."

October 30, 2013

Egyptian policemen in plain clothes detain students of al-Azhar University in Cairo on October 30, 2013. (Image credit: AFP)
17:54 GMT

Egyptian security forces stormed al-Azhar University campus on Wednesday to quell student protests against the military-backed government.

A picture released by the Egyptian interior ministry shows senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian following his arrest at an apartment in east Cairo where he had been in hiding on October 30, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP)
13:00 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Erian, who has been on the run since the state crackdown on the Islamist group, was arrested in Cairo on Wednesday morning.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt at a busy Tunisian beach resort on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a popular Tunisian beach resort in the city of Sousse on Wednesday. There were no casualties in the blast, according to local officials.