Regional News

January 19, 2013

Mauritania's leader
16:06 GMT

Mauritanians are not toeing the North African line in inviting the French intervention against Mali. Mauritania still sees France as the colonial enemy with ulterior motives in the region.

A statement agreed by the 15-member council stressed the need to bring the Al-Qaeda linked attackers and their backers to justice.
08:40 GMT

The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the “heinous” attack and hostage-taking at an Algerian gas complex by Al-Qaeda linked militants.

January 18, 2013

650 people have been rescued from a gas plant in Algeria, but more hostages are still being help.
15:02 GMT

650 people have been rescued on Friday from an Algerian gas facility in a rescue mission by the military.

In the latest violence to hit the cradle of the 2011 revolt that ousted dictator Muammar Qaddafi, a car bomb killed a police officer in Benghazi on Tuesday. (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Libyan authorities declared Thursday a curfew on the restive eastern city of Benghazi from midnight to 8 in the morning.

January 17, 2013

At least three Japanese were among the 41 foreigners kidnapped by heavily armed Islamist gunmen attacked a gas complex in Algeria. (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)
13:46 GMT

Thirty-four hostages and 14 of their captors were reportedly killed in an air raid on Thursday afternoon by the Algerian armed forces.

Reports indicate two Japanese workers were injured in the attack. (AFP)
12:41 GMT

Algerian helicopters have attacked the gas complex where Islamists seized dozens of hostages on Thursday.

Militants have threatened to blow up the gas field if the Algerian army intervenes.
10:53 GMT

30 local workers escaped from the desert gas facility where scores of hostages are being held.

A road sign near the In Amenas gas field, in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border, Algerian troops surrounded Islamists holding foreign hostages at the gas field on Thursday. (AFP Photo/Statoil/Kjetil Alsvik)
10:03 GMT

Hostages held by Islamist militants at a gas field in Algeria have reportedly been forced to wear belts strapped with explosives.

An undated handout picture released by BP on Wednesday shows their operation at the In Amenas field in the Sahara desert, 1,300 kilometres (810 miles) southeast of Algiers, close to the Libyan border (Photo: BP PETROLEUM COMPANY / AFP)
05:41 GMT

Seven Americans were among those abducted on Wednesday when Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria.

January 16, 2013

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi poses prior to a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister in Cairo. (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
07:43 GMT

A State Department spokesperson calls the Egyptian president's comments "deeply offensive".

January 15, 2013

Supreme constitutional court, Egypt
21:24 GMT

The Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled to leave the Shura Council dissolution case hanging for a bit longer until it gets reviewed by a panel, and postponed the Constituent Assembly dissolution case to 3 February.

Syrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in the old city of Aleppo. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
11:35 GMT

After allegations that an Egyptian company was manufacturing the dangerous weapons, Egypt's military answers back.

Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri hold placards during a protest march in Islamabad on Tuesday. Police fired tear gas on protesters in Islamabad as clashes erupted. (AFP PHOTO/ Farooq NAEEM)
10:14 GMT

Faced with corruption in the upcoming elections, the people of Pakistan, led by Dr. Tahirul Qadri, take to the streets.

A Rescue team tries to find survivors under the debris of the derailed carriage (Photo: Mohamed Nada / Ahram Online)
07:08 GMT

At least 19 were killed and 100 injured after an Egyptian military train carriage derailed in the early hours of Tuesday in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrashin.

Iranian men who had been held hostage by Syrian rebels since early August hug each other as they arrive at a hotel in Damascus after being freed in a prisoner swap. (AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA)
06:52 GMT

The prime minister of Syria is planning to head to Tehran to shore up the regime's friendship with its last regional ally.