Regional News

March 30, 2014

Former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 24 years. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT

The World Bank released a new report that says Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's former dictator, embezzled billions of dollars during his rule.

Prime Minister Erdogan has been rallying support throughout Turkey in preparation for upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

Local elections began in Turkey today. The results will have implications for the presidential elections in August.

Egypt's former military chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi also made his long-awaited announcement this week that he will be running for president in the upcoming elections (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:07 GMT

Fires at an unofficial fuel depository that is used for smuggling energy supplies out of Egypt left at least 10 people dead and dozens injured this weekend.

March 29, 2014

The Gaddafi family fell from power in 2011 after a popular uprising. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Saadi Gaddafi, who is awaiting trial in Libya, recently asked the Libyan people for forgiveness in a recorded interview filmed in prison.

Abdul Fattah al Sisi is expected to win upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Egypt's state television has come under fire for airing a documentary on Sisi's only rival in the upcoming presidential elections.

Egyptian police have been criticized for their heavy use of force against protestors. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Four people have been killed at a protest in Cairo after clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces.

Erdogan's reelection campaign has been marred by allegations of corruption. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan withdrew from election rallies on Friday because reportedly needs to rest his voice.

King Abdullah and President Obama discussed Egypt, Syria, Iran, and the Mideast peace process. (AFP/File)
12:24 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah met on Friday to discuss various Mideast policies.

March 27, 2014

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are scheduled to end on April 29th. No extension to the talks has been agreed upon yet. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
19:01 GMT

As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks draw to a close, Palestinian leaders are voicing calls for Israel to free Barghouti.

Turkey blocked YouTube on Thursday after an audio recording was posted detailing possible military operations in Syria. It is currently unclear how the Turkish court's ruling against the government on Twitter could affect the ban put in place on YouTube. (File)
17:26 GMT

The Turkish court's ruling comes as Erdogan's government blocked another popular site, YouTube, on Thursday.

Turkey's ban on Youtube follows the governments recent blocking of Twitter. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Turkey bans YouTube after an audio recording leaked detailing potential Turkish involvement in Syria.

Numerous human rights organizations have condemned Bahrain's treatment of protesters. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

A Bahraini court gave 29 people prison sentences of up to 10 years for protesting against the government.

Kurdish officials said Thursday that the formation of a local government in the Kurdistan region will be announced soon (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

Kurdish officials said Thursday that the formation of a local government in the Kurdistan region will be announced soon, as they denied any differences in opinion between the region's President and Prime Minister-elect.

The twitter ban sparked outrage in Turkey and was quickly circumvented. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

A Turkish court ordered the recent Twitter ban be halted, calling the ban illegal.

An image grab taken from Egyptian state television Al-Masriya on March 26, 2014 shows Egypt's Defence Minister and armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announcing his resignation from the army.
06:43 GMT

A Muslim Brotherhood official said that there can be no stability and security in Egypt if Abdel Fattah al-Sisi becomes president of the Middle East's most populous country.