Regional News

June 8, 2013

The vote, to be held on June 14, is a race between eight presidential candidates. (AFP)
08:55 GMT

Iran‘s hardline nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, was criticized by rival candidates over the lack of progress in nuclear talks with world powers. The vote, to be held on June 14, 2013, will be Iran’s first since the 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

June 6, 2013

Tunisian soldiers patrol a street (image used for illustrative purposes)
09:15 GMT

Two soldiers have been killed in an explosion, a local security official told Al Arabiya news channel

June 5, 2013

Visitors to some news websites in Jordan are greeted with the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of the telecommunication regulatory commission."
11:34 GMT

Total of 9 news websites were unblocked on Wednesday, after they rectified their licensing status within the Kingdom

Walid Al-Kurdi was fined approximately JD284 million on Wednesday.
10:38 GMT

The Jordanian King's uncle by marriage is facing more than 30 years of hard labour and fines of an estimated JD280 million. The ruling was passed on Wednesday.

A protester gestures towards riot police after they fired tear gas in front of a barricade in Istanbul on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Image credit: Reuters)
06:45 GMT

Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc apologized to demonstrators on Tuesday, but his gesture only seemed to fuel protesters.

June 4, 2013

Judge Makram Awwad (Egypt Independent/ Tarek Wageeh)
12:37 GMT

43 NGO employees have been sentenced to between one and five years by Cairo court

A pair of twins died following a blaze in Fujairah recently. (File photo)
09:53 GMT

A pair of twins died following a blaze in Fujairah recently.

09:03 GMT

A court in northwestern Bangladesh has issued a warrant ordering the arrest of a judge who has repeatedly defied summons to testify in a case involving the gang rape and murder of a college student in 2008.

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