Regional News

December 16, 2014

The bomb attack targeted the home of a leader of the Houthi Ansarullah fighters in the town of Rada' in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda.(AFP/File)
18:57 GMT

At least 31 people, including 20 children, have been killed in a car bomb attack in central Yemen.

Libya has been gripped by militancy and factional fighting since the ouster of the longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT

Libya Dawn militant group has carried out an aerial attack on an area near key oil terminals in the eastern part of the country.

Among those killed were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT

Although there were fewer journalists killed in 2014 than in 2013, the watchdog organization found that the publicized beheadings of journalists by Islamist militants in the Middle East "highlights an evolution in the nature of violence against journalists."

A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the site of the Taliban attack while parents escort their children home, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT

At least 130 people have been killed, many of them children, by Taliban militants who stormed a military school in Peshawar Tuesday.

A student is helped to hospital by Pakistani men following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

At lease 104 children Tuesday were killed by Taliban gunmen who attacked an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

December 15, 2014

The southerners have been pushing for independence from the north for years. (AFP/File)
19:44 GMT

Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.

Haftar's forces continue to clash with numerous militant groups inside Libya. (AFP/File)
19:01 GMT

Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.

An Iranian refugee with radical views took an unknown number of people hostage inside a Sydney cafe Monday. (AFP/File)
15:47 GMT

Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, who has been reported as either 49 or 50 years old, moved to Australia in 1996 where he assumed the title of “Sheikh Haron”. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT

Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.

The policeman was shot dead during a rescue operation to free three hostages. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT

A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.

A hostage can be seen running from the chocolate cafe towards police in Sydney, December 15, 2014. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
08:35 GMT

Five people escaped from a chocolate cafe in Sydney where they were being held by a potential jihadist gunman.

Staff members from Turkey's Zaman newspaper protest prior to the arrest of their editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli (center), December 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

The European Union condemned Turkey's government for its clampdown on opposition media outlets following a series of raids in a television station.

Hostages in the siege are forced to hold up an Islamic flag, December 15, 2014. (Image: Channel 7)
00:58 GMT

Dozens of people have been taken hostage Monday in a Sydney chocolate cafe by gunmen. Staff and customers were forced to hold up a black Islamic flag while police closed off the area.

December 14, 2014

American Egypt scholar Michele Dunne, who is also a former US diplomat, has been a critic of the 2013 ousting of president Mohamed Morsi and the handling of Egypt's new government that followed. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

Egyptian authorities have refused Egyptian entry to an American Middle East researcher, citing 'security reasons,' despite the researcher being apparent invitation by a "pro-government group" to attend a conference to attend a conference.