Regional News

April 21, 2013

Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki submitted his resignation to President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday.
16:04 GMT

Egyptian Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki offers his resignation.

Jordan says it is currently hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees and the United Nations High Commissioner expects the number to soar to 1.2 million by the end of 2013.
14:05 GMT

Eight Syrians at the overcrowded Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan have been arrested on suspicion of inciting violence, say Jordanian officials.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel waits for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to arrive for meetings at the Pentagon on Thurday in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: AFP)
10:46 GMT

US defense secretary Chuck Hagel will present Israel and Arab states with a $10 billion arms deal to defend themselves from Iran on his week-long trip to the Middle East, which kicked off on Sunday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conferance at the Friends of Syria meeting on Saturday in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE)
09:53 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Sunday a doubling of US aid to opposition forces in Syria, offering an additional $123 million in non-lethal assistance, according to reports.

Bahraini protesters put fire on barricades during clashes with riot police following a protest against the Formula One Grand Prix on Friday in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
06:32 GMT

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets across Bahrain to protest Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix amid a fierce government crackdown.

April 20, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has announced that a ministerial reshuffle is to be expected "soon."
21:26 GMT

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has announced that a ministerial reshuffle is to be expected "soon."

April 19, 2013

Protests at Presidential Palace, Cairo (Image used for illustrative purposes)
21:32 GMT

Scores are injured as Islamist anti-judiciary protesters clash with unknown rivals, demanding a 'cleansing' of the court membership. Rallies near Egypt's High Court in downtown Cairo erupted into violence as firearms were used leaving at least 95 injured.

April 18, 2013

Protestors in Bahrain attend a demonstration ahead of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix (AFP/ Mohammed Al-Sheikh)
11:07 GMT

Activists told Amnesty International that dozens of protestors have been arrested

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al_Zawahiri
10:27 GMT

Seven-strong group arrested for financing, recruiting and providing logistical support for al-Qaeda's regional activity

The US is to deploy 200 troops to Jordan over the deteriorating security situation in Syria
06:54 GMT

Around 200 U.S. Army planners will be dispatched to Jordan as the conflict in neighboring Syria worsens, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate hearing on Wednesday

April 17, 2013

President Barack Obama of the U.S. stands shoulder to shoulder with Jordan's King Abdullah II
22:15 GMT

As the announcement breaks of more U.S. troops deployed to Jordan to help contain Syria, we look at the U.S. ambassador to Jordan's affirmation of the U.S.'s solidarity with the Kingdom as borne out by Obama's recent visit and material aid flow.

Hosni Mubarak waves from his bed during his retrial which was quickly adjourned (AFP)
14:34 GMT

The retrial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during Egypt's 2011 revolution will begin on May 11.

Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil with Qatar's Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani in Doha
14:10 GMT

The court also ordered that Prime Minister Hisham Qandil should be removed from his post for failure to nationalize the Tanta Flax and Oil Company

A handout picture released by Syria's opposition-run Shaam News Network shows destruction in the central city of Homs on April 7, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK)
11:25 GMT

Syrian activists say a regime rocket attack on Wednesday morning on a village near the central city of Homs killed at least seven people.

Investigators in white jumpsuits work the crime scene on Boylston Street following Monday's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon. (Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images/AFP)
09:15 GMT

The Saudi Arabian man who was put under armed guard at a hospital in the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings is not a suspect, AFP reports.