Regional News

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.

President Morsi had intended to replace ten ministers, the source added, but the number was trimmed to six because he could not persuade enough replacements to join his cabinet.
10:15 GMT

Egypt's cabinet reshuffle will see six ministers replaced, Al-Ahram Arabic news website has reported, citing a government source.

A car bomb in north-eastern Baghdad killed at least three people and wounded 14, police and hospital sources said. Another car bomb north of the city of Ramadi killed two policemen and wounded another 10.
(Photo used for illustrative purposes)
08:05 GMT

At least 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said,

Jordan is looking for "international support"
03:59 GMT

Last Friday’s summit between Jordan's King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama at the White House again highlights Jordan’s determination and relentless efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

May 1, 2013

The parked car bomb exploded in the Shia-dominated district of Hussainya, east of Baghdad, on Wednesday morning, killing four civilians.  (Photo used for illustrative purposes)
10:21 GMT

A car bomb in a Shia suburb of Baghdad killed four people and wounded 12 others on Wednesday morning.

U.S. President Barack Obama is gearing up to send lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, according to senior administration officials speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday. (Photo: AFP / Saul Loeb)
07:50 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama is gearing up to send lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, according to senior administration officials speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday.

April 30, 2013

An image grab of local TV coverage showing the car bomb that exploded in the Marjeh area of Damascus. AFP Photo
10:42 GMT

A car bomb that exploded in the heart of the Syrian capital near the Interior Ministry has left at least five people dead, according to local TV reports.

The United Nations office in Geneva. Getty Images.
09:16 GMT

Egypt has decided to withdraw from talks on the Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons because "the international community is not taking the issue of Arab security seriously", according to a government spokesperson.