Regional News

June 4, 2013

A 22-year-old man died from a gunshot wound following a protest in Turkey on Tuesday.
07:41 GMT

A 22-year-old man died from a gunshot wound following a protest in Turkey on Tuesday.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the USS Freedom (AFP/ US Department of Defense)
07:39 GMT

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel confirmed that the US will send Patriot missiles and F-16 planes to Jordan, initially to take part in an international military exercise but he confirmed that the equipment could remain in the Kingdom permanently

June 3, 2013

The suspect admitted to kissing the girl, but denied molesting her, police said. (File photo)
11:35 GMT

A 20-year-old Pakistani driver was charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl in an elevator recently, police said.

Egyptian police forces were kidnapped and held in Sinai last month (AFP)
10:32 GMT

A police checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai region came under attack for the 39th time since the Egyptian Revolution, when unidentified gunmen shot at policemen, who returned fire at the attackers

It was perhaps the most deadly clash between Syria and Lebanon. Rockets were fired, but only caused material damage.
07:32 GMT

The floodwaters from the Syrian crisis rose higher in Lebanon Sunday, with Lebanese security sources reporting that for the first time fighting between Hezbollah and Syrian rebels had occurred on Lebanese soil.

Syrian officials have denied Red Cross aid, citing that they will not be able to enter until the war is over.
07:07 GMT

With reports of up to 1,500 wounded citizens trapped in Qusair, Syria insisted Sunday that the Red Cross would not be allowed access to the strategic town until fighting was over.

June 2, 2013

Visitors to some news websites in Jordan were greeted with the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of the telecommunication regulatory commission."
12:43 GMT

Contradictory reports of Jordanian news websites being banned emerged from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission on Sunday, with the Head of the Press and Publications Department Shawabkah denying such a step but several sites were inaccessible shortly after his announcement

Shura Assembly building in Cairo, Egypt
11:07 GMT

Top court in Cairo rules Shura Council was illegally elected and will be dissolved once the new parliament is elected

Tear gas surrounds a protestor holding a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as he takes part in a demonstration in support of protests in Istanbul in Ankara on Saturday
08:30 GMT

Police have withdrawn from the Turkish capital Istanbul after a a peaceful protest over the removal of trees in the city turned violent on Friday with police forces firing tear gas at protestors and causing widespread outrage.

June 1, 2013

A protestor throws back a canister of tear gas to Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park on Friday.  AFP Photo
08:40 GMT

What started as a protest against the removal of trees in an Istanbul square turned violent on Friday, as riot police fired tear gas and people called for the government to resign.

May 30, 2013

Seven Bahraini policemen were injured after a 'terrorist' bomb went off just outside Manama on Thursday. Image courtesy of
12:55 GMT

Seven Bahraini policemen were injured in a bomb that went off just outside capital Manama on Thursday. 10 suspected terrorists behind the attacks have been arrested, according to the Interior Ministry.

Ahmed Maher. AFP Photo
12:06 GMT

A previous supporter of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has come forward to say that there is "little difference" between the Muslim Brotherhood leader and former President Hosni Mubarak's rule of Egypt.

 Syrian army soldiers walking nearby facilities of Dabaa military airfield during an operation that led to the control of the airport, north of the Syrian city of Qusayr. AFP Photo
11:56 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is set to meet on Sunday so that member states may discuss the possibilities of putting Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah on the list of terror organisations, in light of its involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Waliur Rehman. AFP Photo
05:00 GMT

Four Taliban militants, including the number two in command Waliur Rehman, have been killed by a reported US drone in North Waziristan, near the Afghani border.

May 29, 2013

An electron image of the nCoV virus.
10:18 GMT

A 65 year old French man who travelled to Dubai has died of the newly named nCoV SARS virus in a hospital in Lille.