Regional News

May 26, 2014

The group said on Sunday that holding the election will not give legitimacy to “the criminal”, referring to former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has boycotted the upcoming presidential election due to be held on May 26-27.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in April. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister said the ambassador to Qatar will not be reinstated anytime soon.

May 25, 2014

Egypt is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. (AFP/File)
19:36 GMT

Two prominent human rights activists began a hunger strike Sunday to show their solidarity with detained al Jazeera journalists who have been on a hunger strike since January.

Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned for criticizing the Bahraini government and for partaking in anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has called for serious dialogue in Bahrain.

The Muslim Brotherhood was deemed a terrorist organization by the current Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

A judicial disciplinary body in Egypt has suspended 16 judges for their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt has not yet responded to the Libyan claims that it will create a buffer zone with their neighbour. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT

Forces loyal to retired commander of Libyan landforces Khalifa Haftar are ready to create a temporary buffer zone with Egypt in order to besiege terrorist groups, according to Haftar's spokesman.

Sources say the militants had recently returned from fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

The Yemeni army killed three jihadist fighters Sunday in an armed offensive.

Netanyahu said that he appreciates "the Pope's strong stand against anti-Semitism". (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pope Francis to Israel, when he spoke Sunday before the weekly cabinet meeting.

Mansour urged Egyptians to vote in his last speech before the presidential elections. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

In his last speech before the presidential election, interim President Adly Mansour has called on Egyptians "to express their free will" in choosing a candidate that will help build the state.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis denied in an online statement on Sunday that Shadi El-Menei had been killed along with five other fighters in a Thursday shootout. (The Cairo Post/File)
10:15 GMT

An Egyptian militant group has dismissed claims that its top leader was killed days earlier in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border.

Haftar spent nearly 20 years in exile in the United States, and is often accused of working with the CIA (File Archive/AFP)
08:46 GMT

Libya's rogue general Khalifa Haftar released a statement this weekend saying that the people of Libya have given him a "mandate" to "crush jihadist militants in the country."

May 24, 2014

The Pope pictured with King Abdullah in the Vatican last month (File/AFP)
19:08 GMT

Pope Francis was greeted by King Abdullah and Queen Rania upon his arrival to Jordan for a three-day visit to the Middle East.

Protesters have been gathering since Seyed Mahmood Seyed Mohsen was shot on Wednesday (File/AFP)
18:38 GMT

Angry protesters are preparing for the funeral of a 14-year-old teen, shot by Bahraini security forces near the capital Manama.

Weekly protests in Egypt are commonplace since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July last year (File/AFP)
14:25 GMT

Three protesters were killed across Egypt and 58 injured in clashes between pro-Morsi demonstrators and police, the country's health ministry said.

Lebanon failed to nominate a president for the fifth time on Thursday (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Saad Hariri on Saturday said Lebanon's democratic system will be jeopardized if a president isn't elected soon during a farewell bid to outgoing President Michel Sleiman.