Regional News

January 23, 2013

Jordanian polling station officials read lists explaining the distribution of ballot boxes in Amman on Tuesday on the eve of the general election. (Khalil Mazrawwi/AFP)
08:00 GMT

Jordanians headed to the polls on Wednesday amid a heavy security presence and allegations of vote buying.

January 22, 2013

African leaders are meeting to discuss speedy deployment of troops to Mali. (Sia Kambou/AFP)
09:20 GMT

French and Malian troops recaptured Tuesday two key towns from al-Qaeda-linked Islamists holding the country’s north, as Egypt warned the Paris-led offensive could spark regional conflict.

January 21, 2013

The death toll according to Salal was 37 hostages who were killed by the militants.
22:53 GMT

A convoy of about 30 armored vehicles transporting some 200 Malian and French troops moved into Diabaly, 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital Bamako.

Eritrea's state TV station taken off air.
13:56 GMT

A group of soldiers may have taken over the government, forcing state TV off air.

Old clashes in Alexandria (Photo: Ahram Online archive)
07:36 GMT

Fighting erupted in Alexandria on Sunday after presiding judges in the slain protesters case stepped down before delivering a final verdict.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, dubbed Mr. Marlboro, head of the self-initiated Islamist al-Multahemeen (the masked) Brigade.
05:07 GMT

Twenty-five Algerian and foreign hostages were announced dead Sunday after Algerian special forces staged a final assault against Islamist hostage-takers Saturday at the Saharan gas plant of In Amenas, Algeria.

January 20, 2013

Police brutality was a key factor behind the uprising in 2011.
13:26 GMT

Clashes between police and residents in north Cairo have left four people dead.

The number of CIA targeted assassinations using drones in Yemen has risen sharply in 2012.
07:34 GMT

The number of CIA targeted assassinations using drones in Yemen has risen sharply in 2012.

January 19, 2013

Mauritania's leader
16:06 GMT

Mauritanians are not toeing the North African line in inviting the French intervention against Mali. Mauritania still sees France as the colonial enemy with ulterior motives in the region.

A statement agreed by the 15-member council stressed the need to bring the Al-Qaeda linked attackers and their backers to justice.
08:40 GMT

The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the “heinous” attack and hostage-taking at an Algerian gas complex by Al-Qaeda linked militants.

January 18, 2013

650 people have been rescued from a gas plant in Algeria, but more hostages are still being help.
15:02 GMT

650 people have been rescued on Friday from an Algerian gas facility in a rescue mission by the military.

In the latest violence to hit the cradle of the 2011 revolt that ousted dictator Muammar Qaddafi, a car bomb killed a police officer in Benghazi on Tuesday. (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Libyan authorities declared Thursday a curfew on the restive eastern city of Benghazi from midnight to 8 in the morning.

January 17, 2013

At least three Japanese were among the 41 foreigners kidnapped by heavily armed Islamist gunmen attacked a gas complex in Algeria. (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)
13:46 GMT

Thirty-four hostages and 14 of their captors were reportedly killed in an air raid on Thursday afternoon by the Algerian armed forces.

Reports indicate two Japanese workers were injured in the attack. (AFP)
12:41 GMT

Algerian helicopters have attacked the gas complex where Islamists seized dozens of hostages on Thursday.

Militants have threatened to blow up the gas field if the Algerian army intervenes.
10:53 GMT

30 local workers escaped from the desert gas facility where scores of hostages are being held.