Regional News

June 4, 2014

Abdullah al-Thinni originally declined to recognize Miitig's administration. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Abdullah al-Thinni, Libya's outgoing prime minister, expressed his readiness to hand over power.

Houthi fighters seized control of Amran in February. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

Yemeni warplanes bombed the northern city of Amran Tuesday.

MERS is increasingly thought to come from camels and Saudi Arabia has warned its people to take precautions near the animals (AFP, File).
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia has dismissed a Deputy Health Minister following the discovery of 113 unrecorded MERS cases, making the country´s death toll jump to 282.

June 3, 2014

21 anti-regime protesters have been jailed whilst police officers and soldiers involved in putting down the protest have been acquitted of wrongdoing (AFP/ File).
20:01 GMT

Bahrain has sentenced 21 anti-regime protesters to 15 years in jail and acquitted police and soldiers involved in its ongoing harsh crackdown against dissidence.

The arrested suspect stands accused of gathering intelligence on the UAE (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

A man accused of spying and collaborating with a foreign country is under investigation by the UAE's State Security.

Egypt's new but media shy first lady, Entissar Amer, is seen here with her husband (AFP/ File).
17:01 GMT

Little is known about the wife of Egypt’s president-elect Abdul Fattah al-Sissi, who is soon to become the country's new First Lady.

Mr Kerry is due to meet Iran's new ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, sources say (File/AFP)
16:48 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Beirut Wednesday for a scheduled meeting with Iran's ambassador, according to Al-Jadeed television channel.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad is cited as calling Iran's Supreme Guide Khamenei as the “guide of the entire region” (AFP/ File)
15:23 GMT

The outcome of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad's visit to Iran has been positive with both sides agreeing to developing stronger ties between the two countries, in the interests of the whole region.

Armed forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar stand guard in Benghazi on Monday (File/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Head of the Libyan Vital Installations Guard, Captain Azmy Al-Borghothy, was assassinated in Benghazi after backing renegade general Khalifa Haftar's war against militants.

The Houthi movement in Yemen has been fighting against the central government for years. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

The death toll from recent clashes between Yemeni government forces and Houthi fighters has reached 120.

Ali Abdullah Saleh still remains at liberty in Yemen, unlike other leaders ousted during the Arab Spring (File/AFP)
10:30 GMT

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has denied accusations that he embezzled billions of dollars during his 33-year rule.

The Kurdish people have been fighting with Turkey since the 1980s over the issue of self-rule. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Turkish forces have fired on a village in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Libya's current Prime Minister, Abdullah al Thinni, is refusing to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

The new Libyan government has taken office despite the refusal of Abdullah al Thinni's cabinet to leave power.

June 2, 2014

Libyans have taken to the streets to protest the intense violence that has swept across the country. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The latest violence in Libya's city of Benghazi has left at least 7 people dead.

Anti-government protests swept the nation after the Gezi Park protests in May 2013. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

Turkish prosecutors have demanded prison sentences of up to 100 years for five protesters who recently took part in anti-government protests last year.