Regional News

July 10, 2014

UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities establish a new government after the fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns."

Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
18:29 GMT

Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.

Hundreds of Jordanians protesting over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip chanted "We will launch the third intifada" (AFP/File).
08:37 GMT

Hundreds of Jordanians clashed with security forces outside the Israeli embassy on Thursday morning as a protest over the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip turned violent.

Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
08:00 GMT

Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.

July 9, 2014

While many Yemenis from Amran have journeyed to the capital to find safety, many others have not been able to flee the violence due to lack of financial means (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
19:55 GMT

At least 35,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Yemen's northern province of Amran from ongoing clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels, according to a local government refugee agency.

The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
09:42 GMT

Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.

Houthi rebels have been fighting directly with Sanaa's forces since February (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Rebels in Yemen's north seized control of the city of Amran near the country's capital.

July 8, 2014

A Yemeni soldier guards a checkpoint between the country's capital and Amran where fighting has left dozens killed since Saturday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:17 GMT

At least 10,000 families were forced to flee from their homes as fighting escalated between Yemeni government forces and rebels in the north.

Jordan's armed forces are between 150,000 and 200,000 (File Archive)
15:22 GMT

Jordan officially launched a recruitment drive Tuesday in an effort to boost its ranks to combat the jihadist militant threat from neighboring Iraq.

A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT

Heavy clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen backed by government forces erupted in northern Yemen.

July 7, 2014

A ceasefire between Shia Houthi fighters and government forces expired on June 23, leading to further violence (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT

At least 35 people were killed and 40 injured as Shia rebels clashed with tribesmen allied with the government in Yemen.

MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, causing anger across Kuwait (File/AFP)
07:47 GMT

Protesters on Sunday clashed with police following the arrest of a leading opposition figure. MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, sparking unauthorized demonstrations.

July 6, 2014

Many army units have joined Haftar's offensive on Islamists in Libya, despite opposition from Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Libya's central government called for an end to fighting in the country's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
17:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.

Shia rebels were bombed by Yemen's air force after the ceasefire between the two expired (File/AFP)
11:51 GMT

Yemen's air force raided Shia Houthi positions in Amran, 30 miles northwest of the country's capital Sana'a on Saturday, reportedly causing a number of casualties.