Regional News

May 16, 2014

More than half Yemen's population is living in extremely impoverished conditions (File/AFP)
09:40 GMT

Over 14 million Yemenis, are in need of emergency aid, clean water and adequate sanitation, according to the country's newly appointed UN humanitarian coordinator, Johannes Van Der Klaauw.

May 15, 2014

Libyan authorities have struggled to control militias since the 2011 revolution (File/AFP)
18:45 GMT

Militiamen detained up to 250 Egyptian truck drivers days after an Egyptian national was shot dead in Benghazi.

Turkish authorities have been accused of negligence as thousands including relatives of miners protest across the country (Image: REPORTTURK)
13:02 GMT

A photo has emerged of the Turkish Prime Minister's adviser Yusuf Yerkel kicking a restrained relative of a dead miner in the town of Soma.

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have highlighted restrictive employment conditions for foreign workers in the Gulf state. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have highlighted restrictive employment conditions which mean for example a worker cannot change jobs without his employer’s permission.

Thousands must wait in long lines to retrieve fuel. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT

Many Yemenis are outraged over major fuel and electricity shortages and feel the transitional government is doing nothing to help.

The Islamists are expected to step up their protests ahead of a presidential election called for May 26-27. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

One person was killed on Wednesday evening during clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of former president Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian security officials reported Thursday.

Only 600,000 of the 6-8 million Egyptians living abroad are registered to vote in the presidential polls (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:43 GMT

Egyptian expats will head to the polls starting Thursday to cast their votes for their country's upcoming presidential election.

University officials say the security forces normally deployed in front of the university will be needed elsewhere during the elections. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Al Azhar University has decided to freeze exams, evacuate dorms, and give all employees a holiday during the week of Egypt's presidential elections.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood loyalists have also been sentenced to death in mass trials that garnered international media attention. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 79 supporters of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to prison terms of between five and 10 years over their involvement in the country's unrest, juidical sources reported.

May 14, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
19:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urged Gulf Arab states to unite against common security threats, despite a splintering of unity over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Torture and ill-treatment of pro-Mosri supporters came under scrutiny by Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:13 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International has said that torture was "endemic" in Egypt within a 2014 report on worldwide torture.

Around 238 workers were killed as over 100 miners remain trapped underground (File/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ankara in protest, blaming government negligence for the country's worst industrial disaster in history.

General Mohsen Saeed al-Ghazali was killed along with four soldiers in Shabwa Province, but the death toll is set to rise (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

An aide to Yemen's defence minister was killed along with four soldiers in an attack by gunmen, army officials say.

Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday as part of his regional tour where he will adress pressing issues such as the conflict in Syria and Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
13:56 GMT

The U.S. called on its Gulf ally Saudi Arabia Wednesday to "confront common threats" with Washington in the region, particular in terms of Iran.

Many Bahrainis who are Shiite wish to achieve greater representation in their government. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

Protesters clashed with police in the village of Eker near the Island of Sitra in Bahrain.