Regional News

May 7, 2013

President Mohamed Morsi hails from the Brotherhood, which the opposition accuses of seeking to tighten its hold on power.
11:28 GMT

Nine ministers have been replaced in the Egyptian government headed by Prime Minister Hesham Qandil.

Israeli infantry soldiers of the Golani brigade take part in exercises during their deployment in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights. (Photo: AFP / Menahem Kahana)
09:38 GMT

A mortar shell fired from Syria explodes in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, hitting an open field without causing any casualties or damage.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Syria. (Photo: AFP)
08:26 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss the crisis in Syria.

Carla del Ponte speaking at a press conference in February 2013 (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP).
06:11 GMT

U.N. war crimes investigators have reached no conclusions on whether any side in the Syrian war has used chemical weapons, the inquiry commission said on Monday.

May 6, 2013

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
10:29 GMT

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's convoy was shot at in Cairo late on Sunday night

Libyan protesters hold placards and banners during a demonstration in support of the "political isolation law" in Libya's landmark Martyrs Square on May 5, 2013 in Tripoli, Libya. (Photo: AFP / Mahmud Turkia)
09:08 GMT

Libya's parliament passed a law on Sunday banning officials from the Gaddafi era from holding political office.

Israel carried out a pre-dawn air strike near Damascus on May 5, targeting Iranian missiles destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah. (AFP PHOTO / SANA /HO)
06:27 GMT

Alleged attacks "open the door to all possibilities", Syria's information minister says, as Arab League urges UN action.

May 5, 2013

Authorities responded by targeting the media, in particular social media, given its ability to respond immediately to the uprisings’ day-to-day events.
12:51 GMT

Gulf countries always fail the freedom of the press test, as seen with the 2013 World Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters Without Borders. Although these countries are wealthy and boast the trappings of modern states, they continue to rank at the bottom.

Israel deploys Iron Dome missile defenses in the north.
12:20 GMT

Israel's military deploy a rocket defense system to the north of the country following reported Israeli airstrikes in neighboring Syria, reports say.

General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan reportedly said Iran is ready to help "train" the Syrian army if Damascus asks for such assistance. (Photo: PressTV)
10:52 GMT

Iran reassures its support to the Assad regime, saying it is ready to train Syria's army if there is a need but without any involvement in the operations.

Israeli jets fly over south Lebanon on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
09:36 GMT

Lebanon will lodge a complaint to the United Nations Security Council over Israel's repeated violations of its airspace days after Israeli warplanes reportedly targeted Hezbollah-bound shipments in Syria on two occasions.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition came top in provincial elections held two weeks ago, according to results released on Saturday. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
07:58 GMT

A coalition led by Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki wins the most seats in seven of 12 provinces, in the first elections since US troops withdrew in 2011.

Damascus sky lights up following the heavy blasts that shook the capital early Sunday. (Al Arabiya)
05:57 GMT

Syrian state TV says Israeli rockets have hit an army research center near Damascus, as huge explosions shake the outskirts of the capital.

May 3, 2013

Tensions ran rife in the West Bank earlier this week as Palestinian land was burned and destroyed by Israeli settlers in retaliation to the stabbing of an Israeli man on Tuesday. AFP photo
06:00 GMT

The stabbing of an Israeli man on Tuesday by a Palestinian in the West Bank, near the city of Nablus, has sparked Israel settlers in the local area to plan building a "revenge colony" as payback.

May 2, 2013

The World Health Organisation says it is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus.
10:24 GMT

At least five people have died in Saudi Arabia from a virus similar to the one that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the country’s health ministry says.