Regional News

January 20, 2015

A Houthi militant mans a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, January 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT

Houthi militants surrounded the prime minister's residency in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after ongoing clashes with the army.

Local media suggested the raids were targeted at supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, an ally-turned-foe of President Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT

The raids targeted the country's "parallel structure", a group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials allegedly working to undermine the Turkish government.

January 19, 2015

The Houthis have controlled two governorates in northern Yemen since 2011, and in September 2014 they seized control of the capital as well.  (AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
18:11 GMT

The Houthi militia and the Yemen army agreed to a ceasefire, ending a day of intense fighting in Sanaa.

Anti-government protesters hold up images of the banned al-Wefaq's leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, following his arrest, December 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

Human Rights Watch called on Bahrain's government to release detained activists including the head of the country's opposition movement, Sheikh Ali Salman.

Yemeni soldiers block streets around the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa on Monday as fierce clashes erupted between the presidential guard and members of the Shiite Houthi movement. (AFP/Mojammed Huwais)
10:46 GMT

Houthi rebels have allegedly taken over the country's state news agency and television station after clashes broke out earlier Monday morning.

The clashes occurred days after Houthi militants abducted the Yemini president's chief of staff. (AFP/File)
09:42 GMT

Fresh clashes broke out between Houthi militants and presidential guards Monday in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

January 18, 2015

One of the bombs was found under a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the secular Turkish Republic. (AFP/Getty/Ozan Kose)
18:13 GMT

A bomb exploded near a fuel substation, while two more were found and detonated in a controlled environments by explosive experts. There were no reported injuries.

Shia Houthi insurgents have taken over large swaths of the capital Sanaa and surrounding countryside, plunging Yemen into some of the worst violence its seen in years. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Following the abduction of Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansour's chief of staff Saturday, protests have broken out all over Yemen's capital Sanaa, where tribal leaders have threatened to shut oil production over the incident.

The alleged killings come on the heels of a Houthi attack in Sanaa early Saturday in which gunmen kidnapped the Yemeni President's Chief of Staff. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

More violence spread through Yemen Sunday as an al-Qaeda-linked group claimed via Twitter it had killed a number of Houthi rebels in the central city of Radaa.

Muslim groups condemned the attack, calling it "horrible", in wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

A French man was stabbed to death in front of his wife in a hate crime attack, a day after a Eritrean asylum seeker was killed in Germany.

Security in the kingdom was increased after a Daesh attack, which killed a senior Saudi general last week. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT

Saudi security forces have begun building a security wall along the border with Iraq in a bid to prevent potential attack from Daesh.


Egypt has cracked down on the underground smuggling of goods and weapons to Gaza in recent weeks. However, army intelligence believes tunnels as long as three kilometers in length may still remain. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Egyptian armed forces found and destroyed a 1,200 meter smuggling tunnel running from Sinai to Gaza. The tunnel held a large quantity of explosives and mortar shells.

January 17, 2015

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Algerian embassy. The aftermath of the explosion is pictured above. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
19:36 GMT

A bomb injured two security guards in an attack on Algeria's embassy in Libya.

The Kouachi brothers are of Algerian descent. However, according to Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, the brothers "have never set foot in Algeria." (AFP/File)
16:14 GMT

Algerian authorities rejected a French request to bury the bodies of the Charlie Hebdo attackers Cherif and Said Kouachi in Algeria.

Yemen president's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigned from the position of prime minister shortly after he was appointed in October 2014. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT

Gunmen kidnapped Yemen president's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak Saturday amid heightened tensions among rebel groups in anticipation of a new constitutional draft.