Regional News

December 8, 2014

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is 90 years old. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has carried out an extensive cabinet reshuffle.

Roughly 230 million children are living in countries and regions affected by armed conflict. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF has named 2014 as a devastating year for children, deploring the brutality experienced by minors.

Yemeni coast guards patrol the waters at the port city of Aden, March 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Seventy Ethiopian migrant drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Yemen due to high winds and rough waters.

Close to the Afghan capital Kabul, Bagram is home to thousands of US military personnel. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

A Taliban rocket attack on the US-controlled Bagram air base close to Kabul left two foreign nationals dead, local officials confirmed.

Yemeni soldiers check IDs at a checkpoint in the capital Sanaa, March 16, 2013. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

Five roadside bombs targeting Houthi fighters exploded in the Yemeni capital Sanaa early Monday wounding at least eight people.

Up to 136 detainees remain in the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, according to the Pentagon. (AFP/John Moore)
06:46 GMT

Six Guantanamo Bay detainees were transferred to Uruguay after being held by US authorities in Cuba for over 12 years.

December 7, 2014

The new president of the Tunisian Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur  gives his first speech, in the presence of his deputies Abdelfattah Mouro and Faouzia Ben Fodha, during a plenary session on December 4, 2014 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP)
19:29 GMT

The Tunisian electoral commission has announced that polling stations will be open to voters in the country’s presidential runoff election later this month.

King Abdullah II of Jordan listens while US President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP)
18:33 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah, in an interview on CBS' "This Morning" that aired Friday, described the fight against Islamic State as akin to a third world war.

Egyptian protersters shout slogans on Abdel Moneim Riad Square in the capital Cairo on December 5, 2014, during a demonstration against a court's decision to drop a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak. (Photo: AFP)
14:57 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced four members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death as part of the government’s intensifying crackdown on supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

Britain to establish naval Base in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT

Bahraini-British naval base deal is being presented as a "symbolic" deal but will identify Britain as an old colonial power siding with Bahrain's Sunni monarchy.

The British embassy has indefinitely stopped public services given heightened risks of terrorism in Cairo. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

The British embassy in Cairo suspended public services on Sunday for security reasons. The embassy cites risks of terrorism in particular.

Bahrain FM says Hezbollah like ISIL and Al-Qaeda. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister compares Hezbollah to groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

Lorenzo Vinciguerra, an Swiss wildlife photographer held by Abu Sayyaf since 2012, escaped by snatching a machete from his captors and using it against them. (AFP/FIle)
12:04 GMT

A Swiss wildlife photographer held hostage by Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamic separatist group in the Philippines, recently escaped by turning his captors' machete against them and fleeing.

The UK has been criticized by rights groups for failing to condemn Bahrain's violent crackdown on opposition protesters. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

The British military will set up a permanent base in Bahrain, angering human rights groups who condemned the UK's silence over attacks on protesters in the Arab kingdom.

An estimated 930 French nationals are believed to have joined ISIL, while 2,000 Brits may be fighting alongside the militant group. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT

Turkey banned around 7,200 foreign ISIL supporters from entering the country while over 1,000 terrorists were deported since 2011, according to the foreign ministry.