Regional News

March 12, 2013

Women are banned from public gatherings in Saudi Arabia (Photo used for illustrative purposes)
08:34 GMT

Having been arrested at a protest in Buraidah, the group were released without charge.

A shooting targeting a former member of Fatah al-Islam in Ain al-Hilweh on Monday led to sporadic clashes between the Islamist organization and Fatah in the Palestinian refugee camp. (Photo courtesy of Getty) -Picture used for illustrative purposes -
07:29 GMT

A shooting targeting a former member of Fatah al-Islam in Ain al-Hilweh leads to sporadic clashes between the Islamist organization and Fatah in the Palestinian refugee camp.

Egyptian protesters carry their gravely injured comrade during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 9, 2013. Two protesters were killed in the clashes in Cairo --one from bird shot and one from suffocation. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD KHALED)
07:15 GMT

Despite officers being accused of using "excessive force" in both Mansoura and Port Said, the Muslim Brotherhood back police action.

March 11, 2013

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shake hands with well-wishers as they leave St John The Baptist City Parish Church in Cardiff. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADRIAN SHERRATT)
13:27 GMT

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall begin their trip to the Middle East amid questions of Saudi human rights abuses.

Iraqi security and fire fighters secure the scene following a car bomb, in the northern city of Kirkuk on March 5, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/MARWAN IBRAHIM)
12:58 GMT

The attack close to the Kurdish Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills three and wounds around 100 people.

A Syrian rebel aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in the streets near Aleppo international airport in northern Syria on Monday (Photo: AFP/Stephen J. Boitano) - Picture used for illustrative purposes -
09:57 GMT

An al-Qaeda group claims responsibility for last week's killing of 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards in western Iraq.

March 10, 2013

Iraqi protestors shout slogans during a demonstration in the Iraqi city of Samarra in early March demanding the ousting of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD AL-SAMARRAI)
10:31 GMT

Iraqi authorities send security forces to break up demonstrators at the main rallying point for anti-government Sunni protests in Western Iraq.

Mohammed al Qahtani was sentenced to ten years in prison.
09:26 GMT

Two human rights activists are jailed for setting up an illegal organization in the Kingdom and rebelling against the authority of the king.

This image released by the SITE Intelligence Group, reportedly shows the executions of seven foreign employees of the Setraco construction company kidnapped by the Nigerian Islamist group Ansaru. (AFP PHOTO / SITE Intelligence Group)
06:58 GMT

Among the men kidnapped by a splinter group of Boko Haram were three Middle Easterners according to reports.

March 9, 2013

Egyptians attend the funeral procession of Abdelhalim Mehana, who was killed during clashes with riot police in Port Said on March 4. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
08:31 GMT

21 of the defendants in the Egyptian trial have been sentenced to execution with a further five set to spend life in jail.

An Egyptian protestor flashes the sign for victory as he puts a flag with writing on it reading in Arabic: "state of Port Said" on the gate of the security headquarters, following the withdrawal of police forces from the main office. (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
05:00 GMT

More than 30 police stations close as the security situation across Egypt deteriorates.

March 7, 2013

The Britons were in the Sinai Peninsula when they were kidnapped (Photo Getty)
15:13 GMT

Andy Willis, 51 and wife Caroline, 48 are both employees of Exxon-Mobil

The Arab League is to allow member states to arm Syrian rebels, as it also announces it will offer a seat to a rebel coalition. (File photo)
11:27 GMT

The Arab League is allowing member states to arm rebels in Syria and will also offer a rebel coalition the seat Damascus once occupied.

An unidentified Egyptian man shouts slogans against Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and in support of an election boycott during a meeting of leaders from the Egyptian National Salvation Front (NSF) in Cairo in February. (Photo:  AFP / Gianluigi Guercia)
05:12 GMT

The presidency assures its respect for the constitution and rule of law, after Egypt's Administrative Court requests halting elections until electoral law is referred back to the High Constitutional Court.

March 6, 2013

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr speaks at a press conference in Sydney on Wednesday. (Photo: AFP / William West)
10:04 GMT

Australia's Foreign Minister confirms for the first time that Australian-Israeli citizen 'Prisoner X', who died in a maximum-security Israeli prison in December 2010, had been working for Israel's government.