Regional News

November 16, 2014

Gulf leaders including the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend a previously unannounced summit aimed at resolving differences with Doha. (SPA)
20:18 GMT

A meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders is being held on Sunday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, ahead of the GCC’s annual summit due to take place in Doha next month, a senior Kuwaiti source told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Two Egyptian Navy vessels maneuver on an exercise in 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)
11:01 GMT

The Russian ship was seized and taken to the northern entrance of the Suez Canal.

The Gulf Arab state has also designated Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and Yemen's Houthi movement as terrorist organizations. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

The United Arab Emirates has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood and local affiliates as terrorist groups.

The North African country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups that refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Medical sources say at least 340 people have been killed in fighting in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi since October 15.

November 15, 2014

The clashes erupted after the Ansarullah forces entered the town in an attempt to restore stability there. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Fighting in a town in central Yemen has left at least 80 people dead over the last three days.

The U.S. remains firm in its resolve not to send combat troops into Iraq or Syria. (File/AFP)
10:55 GMT

A U.S. State Department spokesman reaffirmed the U.S. stance to not send combat troops to Iraq or Syria.

November 14, 2014

The UN Commission announced plans to release the report earlier this week detailing ISIL 'crimes against humanity.'
14:46 GMT

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria released its first report on ISIL's crimes against humanity.

November 13, 2014

According to the witnesses, the two blasts, only minutes apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no casualties reported. (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two separate car bombings were reported in the vicinities of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassies in the Libyan capital Tripoli, eyewitnesses said.

Al-Baghdadi's 17-minute message makes no reference to the airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, which supposedly harmed him.  (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT

An audiotape allegedly recorded by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been released on social media, days after he was reportedly killed or wounded.

Interior Minister Hussein Majali delivers an address at the seventh Amman Security Colloquium on Wednesday. [Petra photo]
04:00 GMT

As the region’s instability and political complications linger, Jordan still believes in the importance of creating a weapons of mass destruction free zone (WMDFZ) in the region, Interior Minister Hussein Majali said Wednesday.

November 12, 2014

Students demonstrate against the deployment, at Sanaa University campus, of armed Yemani militia from the Shi'ite Huthi movement in the capital Sanaa on November 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT

A powerful suicide bomb attack on Shiite militia fighters in central Yemen left dozens of people dead on Wednesday, military and tribal sources said

One car bomb went off in a busy street in the eastern city of Tobruk near the Egyptian border, where the elected parliament is based in a hotel. [Mohammed Hashem]
15:24 GMT

Car bombs exploded in eastern Libyan towns under the control of the internationally-recognized government on Wednesday, wounding at least 20 people, officials said.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia militant group said it killed nine Shiite Houthi militants in a roadside explosion in central Yemen's Al-Bayda' province.

Jordan, one of the US's closest allies in the region, is aiding America in an air strike campaign against ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jordan on Thursday for discussions with King Abdullah II.

Iran's nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Rosatom Director General Sergey Kirienko sign a deal for Russia to build two reactors on Nov. 11. (AFP/ROSATOM)
07:52 GMT

The Kremlin agreed to build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed on Tuesday.