Regional News

February 27, 2014

According to a human rights report by the US State Department, gays face legal and societal discrimination in Jordan. (Photo Courtesy:
16:03 GMT

Jordanian authorities arrested 10 "gays and lesbians" on Wednesday night to prevent a "disturbance of the peace," according to a security official.

Morsi has also been accused of passing state secrets to Iran. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT

Cairo Criminal Court suspended Thursday afternoon the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 35 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of espionage.

Morocco's torture record was officially condemned by the U.N. in 2012 (Fadel Senna/AFP)
10:49 GMT

Morocco has decided to suspend its judicial cooperation with France following the developing "diplomatic row" between the colonial-tied countries over Rabat's human rights record.

The explosion has killed four people. (Image courtesy of  Emirates 24/7)
10:47 GMT

Four people were killed in Doha on Thursday after a gas cylinder exploded in Qatar, state television reported.

Since 2011, a spate of pro-democracy protests have spread across Bahrain. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Security forces disbanded a peaceful protest near Manama on Wednesday. Protesters were condemning the death of Jaffer al-Durazi.

Yemen security officials have been frequent targets of militant attacks throughout the country (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:25 GMT

A Yemeni security officer was killed by multiple gun wounds while at a restaurant in the southeast of the country.

February 26, 2014

The U.N's U.S. envoy described the move as "forward-leaning". (AFP/File)
18:12 GMT

A Security Council resolution that sets up a committee to sanction individuals interfering with Yemen's progress is "forward-leaning," the U.S. envoy said.

Amnesty International called the journalists "prisoners of conscience". (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT

An Egyptian military court trying two journalists should end their trial and free them immediately, human rights group Amnesty International said.

The final verdict regarding the death sentence for the 26 individuals convicted will be released on March 19 (File Archive)
12:46 GMT

Egyptian courts sentenced 26 people to death for plotting attacks on ships passing through the Suez Canal.

Sisi has yet to officially announce his bid for the presidency in the country's upcoming election (File Archive/AFP)
11:36 GMT

As new Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab begins reappointing officials after Cairo leadership resigned earlier this week, reports have confirmed that Sisi will remain as defense minister for the time being.

Egypt police forces have clashed with Islamists almost daily since Morsi's oust in July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
09:22 GMT

A police official and two civilians were injured late Tuesday north of Cairo as Islamists clashed with opposing civilians, according to reports from early Wednesday.

Egyptian military officials are also often targeted by militants in the restive Sinai peninsula (File Archive/AFP)
06:35 GMT

Militants in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula blew up a pipeline that transports gas to Jordan, representing the fourth time that such an attack has been orchestrated by militants in the area.

February 25, 2014

Recent reports suggest that KSA is planning to purchase Pakistani-made shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank systems for armed Syrian rebels that are currently located in Jordan (Fadi Al Halabi/AMC/AFP)
19:11 GMT

Russia warned Saudi Arabia Tuesday that the Kingdom's decision to arm Syrian rebels with missile launchers will "endanger security across the Middle East and beyond."

Local militias throughout Libya have been fighting with Tripoli for power and control since Gaddafi's oust in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
18:42 GMT

At least 100 rockets were fired at a Libyan power plant Tuesday as U.N. officials expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Libya.

Former Islamist lawmaker Sohbi Saleh is one of 220 Egyptians who were convicted Tuesday for "instigating violence" and "holding protests without a permit" (Courtesy of The New York Times)
17:18 GMT

More than 220 protestors in Egypt were sentenced up to seven years in prison for "instigating violence" and "holding protests without a permit."