Regional News

September 23, 2014

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani. [AFP]
13:05 GMT

The Libyan parliament approves Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani’s cabinet ministers after rejecting a previous line-up last week.

[AFP]
09:21 GMT

The U.S. military said on Tuesday its partners in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria included Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Iranian soldiers march past President Hassan Rouhani (L) during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of Iran's war with Iraq (1980-88) in Tehran, on September 22, 2014 (Behrouz Mehri/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iran has unveiled a new home-made radar system named “Fath 2” and a new drone dubbed "Sadeq 1" during its "Sacred Defense" week.

September 22, 2014

Jordan is cracking down on its nationals that support or join the Islamic State (File Archive/ AFP).
18:00 GMT

Jordanian security authorities arrested several militants associated with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group who were preparing to conduct terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.

Egyptian security forces and forensic experts work at the site of a bomb attack near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in central Cairo on September 21, 2014 (Mohamed al-Shahed/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

A bomb exploded near the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo on Sunday.

Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government rebels add to growing insecurity in Sanaa (Mohammed Huwais/ AFP).
14:37 GMT

The `Friends of Yemen´ group, which includes Gulf Cooperation Council members, will meet in New York on 24 September 2014 following continued insecurity in Sanaa and Prime Minister Basindwa´s resignation on Sunday.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kisses the daughter of a hostage who was freed by IS (File/AFP)
13:51 GMT

A PKK leader accused Turkey's government of collaborating with Islamic State militants after the extremist group released 49 Turkish hostages.

The security situation in Sanaa has disintegrated amid rising clashes between government and rebel forces. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Sources report Saudi warplanes have been deployed to Yemen at the request of Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

September 21, 2014

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa announced his resignation Sunday amid rebel surge in Sanaa (AFP/File)
21:02 GMT

Amid reports of rebel take-over in the capital, Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa resigned Sunday.

While Jordan's remained one of the few stable countries neighboring IS control, many believe extremist sleeper cells could begin to pose a threat inside the country. (AFP/File)
19:45 GMT

Jordanian security officials said on Sunday that they arrested 11 members of the Islamic State for plotting terrorism attacks in the Kingdom.

Despite a ceasefire agreement yesterday, shelling and clashes continued between government forces and Houthi rebels Sunday. (AFP/File)
18:33 GMT

Fierce shelling continued in Sanaa on Sunday as Houthi rebels moved in on a key army base.

The Cairo attack is the second since June to target police forces in the capital since June. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT

State TV reported Sunday a bomb attack occurred outside the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo, killing two police officers.

Reports indicate the military transport plane crashed due to a sudden technical error during a training exercise. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

A Egyptian military aircraft crashed south of Cairo Sunday, killing six military personnel and injuring another.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. [AFP]
09:09 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi heads to the US for the first time as leader to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly

Apache helicopter in flight.
08:53 GMT

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo's counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said.