Regional News

February 20, 2013

Bahrain is still swamped in political dissent, displayed in the streets of Manama
09:33 GMT

A session of the Bahraini parliament was suspended on Tuesday when a rowdy argument between MPs erupted over last week's political turmoil and protests.

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz speaking during the inaguration ceremony of the Shura Council at his palace in Riyadh (Photo courtesy of AFP/HO/SPA)
09:27 GMT

Members of the Saudi Shura Council, including 30 women for the first time in history, were sworn in on Tuesday in the presence of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

In reaction to the escalations, the presidency issued a statement on Tuesday stating that President Mohamed Morsi submitted a new law proposal to the Shura Council to re-launch Port Said’s free trade zone.
07:38 GMT

Unrest in Egypt continued in several governorates on Tuesday, as calls for civil disobedience escalated in canal governorates and spread to the governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh.

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday a day after announcing the failure of his initiative to form a government of technocrats.
05:40 GMT

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday a day after announcing the failure of his initiative to form a government of technocrats.

February 19, 2013

Joint Committees convene in Parliament over elections' law on Tuesday (The Daily Star / Mohammad Azakir)
13:33 GMT

Lawmakers in the joint parliamentary committees discussing electoral drafts approve the controversial Orthodox Gathering proposal following a walk-out by MPs from the Future Movement and Progressive Socialist Party.

Seven people are reported dead in Yemen after a military plane crashed into a built-up area near Change Square in Sana'a. (Youtube)
11:25 GMT

Seven people are reported dead in Yemen after a military plane crashed into a built-up area near Change Square in Sana'a.

‘Green Eagles’ fans of Al-Masry club and families of those killed in last month's clashes with the police have called for protests pushing for seven demands, including the dismissal of the Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and the termination of the night-time curfew imposed on the three canal cities last month.
05:30 GMT

Mass protests continue in Egypt’s Port Said for the second day on Monday causing a stoppage in schools and the closing down of the Public Free Zone, which holds at least 29 factories.

February 18, 2013

A relative of a member of Moroccan security forces killed in clashes with Sahrawis in November 2010 shouts slogans outside the court house in Rabat. (AFP PHOTO/FADEL SENNA)
07:40 GMT

A Rabat military court convicts 24 Western Saharan activists for their role in killing 11 Moroccan soldiers in 2010.

Egyptians rally on Sunday, closing down government offices and factories in the Suez Canal city of Port Said. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
07:05 GMT

As thousands take to the streets to protest the death sentences handed down to local football fans, the city grinds to a halt.

February 17, 2013

Egyptian anti-government protestors take cover behind burning dust bins during clashes with riot police. (AFP PHOTO / STR)
07:47 GMT

Lower ranking officers will turn into thugs with the new weapons, according to one retired police colonel.

Members of the Libyan security forces and armed civilians monitor a check point at Martyrs square in Tripoli. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA)
07:47 GMT

Four foreign nationals have been detained following suspicions that they were distributing evangelical Christian materials.

The anniversary of the uprising that ended with Qaddafi’s killing in October 2011 comes as Libya’s new rulers battle critics calling for a 'new revolution.'
05:05 GMT

Security forces were on high alert across Libya Sunday as the North African nation marks two years since the start of the revolt that toppled Moamer Qaddafi after four decades of iron-fisted rule.

February 15, 2013

The headstone of Ben Zygier is photographed in the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne on Thursday. (AFP PHOTO/Martin Philbey)
08:25 GMT

After reports emerge that the UAE helped track down the notorious Mossad agent, head of the emirate's police, Dhahi Khalfan, denies any involvement.

February 14, 2013

Cairo International Airport.
12:48 GMT

A four man Israeli team arrives in the Egyptian capital for talks.

Al Azhar Mosque, the center of Islamic authority in Egypt.
08:20 GMT

The Islamic authority says it will be looking for a better relationship with Pope Benedict's successor.