Regional News

October 2, 2014

Islamic State opens 1st consulate in Turkish capital. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

The ISIL terrorists have purportedly opened a consulate in Turkey and use it to issue visas for those who want to join the fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

October 1, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released by Islamic State group's official Al-Raqqa site via YouTube on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:22 GMT

Iraqi tribesmen have found a depot of Jordan-made weapons belonging to ISIL Takfiri militants in northern part of the country.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Islamic State allegations "dirty plots" (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied allegations that his country supported the Islamic State after 49 hostages were freed from the city of Mosul.

Terrorists seized Gourdel while he was hiking in a national park in eastern Algeria. (AFP/File)
08:49 GMT

Algerian officials say they have identified suspects in the abduction and decapitation of French tourist Herve Gourdel.

A rebel from Libya Dawn flashes a V for victory sign close to Tripoli's airport, August 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:33 GMT

A major militia group known as "Libya Dawn", rejected UN calls for an immediate ceasefire and demanded the disarmament of other rival groups instead.

September 30, 2014

More than 190,000 signatures were collected on an international petition protesting Reyhaneh Jabbari's conviction. Amnesty told the Independent the stay gave supporters hope, but they feared Jabbari may still be executed after the ten day period. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

International attention spotlighted the country after Iran's Supreme Court upheld a verdict to execute an Iranian woman charged with murder over killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. Now, Reyhaheh Jabbari has been granted a last-minute stay, postponing her execution by ten days.

The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.

Turkey initially refused to join the US-led coalition, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara's position has changed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The Turkish government has announced its decision to submit motions to parliament requesting an extended mandate for military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

September 29, 2014

Netanyahu spoke of Iran, Hamas, and the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
19:17 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN general assembly Monday.

Anti-government protests have spread throughout Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

A court in Bahrain has sentenced nine anti-government protesters to life in prison and has revoked their citizenship.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, during his speech at the World Economic Forum, 28th September, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:01 GMT

Egyptian officials condemned accusations from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the premier's criticism of human rights violations in a back and forth spat between both countries.

A Yemeni boy walks past street art critical of U.S. drone attacks in the country (File/AFP)
13:14 GMT

Three children in Yemen were injured following a U.S. drone strike which killed three Al Qaeda militants in the northern province of Jawf.

President Ashraf Ghani prays with the electoral commission's Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani in Kabul, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:30 GMT

Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday after a longstanding dispute in the country's elections.

Jordan recently joined the likes of France, the U.S. and UK in air striking Islamic State positions in Syria (Image: U.S. Air Force)
09:31 GMT

Jordan's government on Sunday said the security situation in the country was stable amid rumours of jihadi support growing in the towns of Zarqa and Maan.

At least 24 Houthis were injured in the attack, with three people in critical condition (File/AFP)
09:03 GMT

Seven people were killed and dozens injured after a car exploded near a Houthi controlled hospital in Yemen's northeastern province of Mareb.