Regional News

May 9, 2014

Christians in Lebanon were forced to leave their homes during the country's civil war in the eighties (File/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Lebanese Minister for the Displaced Alice Shabtini authorized Druze tenants to leave residences belonging to Christians as part of reconciliation efforts on Friday.

Al-Qaeda militants have a growing presence in Yemen (File/AFP)
07:44 GMT

Yemen's army killed an al-Qaeda commander thought to have been the mastermind behind various kidnappings of diplomats and foreigners in the country, a spokesperson said.

May 8, 2014

MERS cases have also been reported in Jordan, Egypt and the UAE (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia reported four more people have died from the MERS virus bringing the number of infections up to 449 since 2012.

Raif Badawi has been behind bars since 2012 for allegedly insulting Islam (Image: Facebook)
15:17 GMT

Founder of a human rights group and prominent blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes and ordered to pay a $267,000 fine for insulting Islam and adopting a liberal ideology.

Al-Qaeda linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades has carried out numerous attacks in Lebanon with many members still at large (File/AFP)
12:43 GMT

A military judge has issued new arrest warrants for five suspects thought to be involved in the deadly 2013 Beirut bombings, which killed at least 80 people.

At least 75 militants and 24 soldiers have been killed in the latest fighting between Yemeni soldiers and militants alone (STR/AFP)
11:47 GMT

The Yemeni government has allegedly seized control of the last major Al Qaeda stronghold in the country's south.

In the past, clashes and demonstrations have taken place outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa will be closed to the public until further notice, the State Department announced late Wednesday.

The new law punishes sexual harassment with a prison sentence, a fine or both. (AFP/File)
07:14 GMT

Egypt’s cabinet approved on Wednesday a new anti-sexual harassment law. Previously, there has not been a specific law proscribing sexual harassment in Egypt.

Yemeni militants have carried out multiple attacks and attempted kidnappings this month. (AFP/File)
07:14 GMT

Yemeni forces killed the man responsible for killing a Frenchman near the embassy in Sanaa earlier this week.

Qatar has come under fire for its treatment of migrant construction workers. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.N. is urging Qatar to change the way they deal with migrant workers in their country. The suggestions come after many human rights abuse allegations.

May 7, 2014

Abdel Fatah al Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

In the second part of Sisi's first interview since announcing his candidacy, Sisi said financial aid from the Gulf states has surpassed $20 billion since June 30.

Yemeni security forces have been pursuing militants responsible for recent attacks and kidnappings. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT

Yemeni security forces killed three militants linked to recent attacks on diplomats in Sanaa.

Yemen's army is currently launching a major offensive against Al Qaeda in the country's mountainous south. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT

Militants have blown up Yemen's main oil export pipeline, local officials reported Wednesday, adding that the attack has halted crude flows as elsewhere, gunmen caused a huge power outage by attacking electricity lines.

El-Sisi said that the US saw Morsi's removal from office as a coup, as according to US law. (AFP/File)
06:39 GMT

Former US ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson requested the Egyptian army to delay the removal of Mohamed Morsi from office "for a day or two", presidential contender Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said.

May 6, 2014

Terrorists attacked compounds in Saudi's capital Riyadh in 2003 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia "dismantled a terrorist organization" that was plotting to attack government facilities and foreign interests.