Regional News

December 26, 2013

This photo taken on December 26, 2013, shows Turkish prosecutor Muammer Akkas as he walks out from a courthouse in Istanbul. [AFP]
21:10 GMT

Prosecutor in charge of investigation into corruption scandal claims his efforts are being blocked.

Iraq and Jordan sign an agreement to build an oil pipeline between the two nations earlier in 2013. [AFP]
20:53 GMT

After an official visit to Baghdad, Jordan's Prime Minster Abdullah Ensour and Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki express their commitment to refocus on bilateral relations.

Raif Badawi, founder of the Free Saudi Liberals site, has been sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes by a Jeddah court, according to a tweet from his lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair. [indexoncensorship]
20:24 GMT

After jailed blogger, Raif Badawi, was sentenced to 600 lashes, a Saudi judge has recommended that he be charged for apostasy which carried the death penalty if convicted.

Activists from the Muttahida Shehri Mahaz shout slogans as they protest against a US drone attack in Multan on December 26, 2103. [AFP]
18:00 GMT

Two missiles launched by US drones kill four in Pakistan.

 A member of the Egyptian security forces stands in front of the damaged police building following a powerful car bomb explosion in the Egyptian city of Mansura earlier this week. [AFP]
15:28 GMT

Just one day after being declared a "terrorist group", Egyptian government officials have arrested 16 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood on terrorist charges.

Syrian civilians were evacuated from a besieged town near Damascus earlier this year in a rare truce agreement that suspended rebel-regime fighting to allow Syrians to flee to safety (File Archive/AFP)
13:41 GMT

Syrian and Egyptian turmoil have developed to new devastating levels throughout 2013, and recent tensions between regime and opposition groups suggest ending the turmoil in both countries is not necessarily in the near future. Is the end therefore closer-or further away than before?

Ahmed Maher is one of three activists who started a hunger strike this week in protest of their prison conditions in Cairo (File Archive)
12:12 GMT

Egypt's prominent youth activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma, who were jailed by authorities last week, launched a hunger strike this week to protest their treatment in a south Cairo prison.

Unprecedented protests in Turkey earlier this year have sparked increased public outlash and criticism of Erdogan's rule over the past six months (File Archive)
11:23 GMT

Turkey's opposition spoke out Thursday against "scandal-hit" Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of trying to rule the country via a "secretive 'deep state,' or a "shadowy power structure unhindered by democratic checks and balances."

Dozens of protesters have called for Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's resignation. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT

Protesters on Thursday took the streets of the Libyan city of Tripoli, blocking access to the central bank and the city's port, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

Egyptians took to the streets earlier this week after a car bomb killed thirteen people in Egypt's Mansura (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
08:29 GMT

An unknown individual threw an explosive near a public bus near a school complex in Cairo's Nasr City Thursday morning.

Suicide bombers targeted an army checkpoint outside of Benghazi earlier this week (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
08:14 GMT

Attacks in Libya's Benghazi left one police officer dead and another wounded late Wednesday as the north African country "spirals" into further violence and chaos.

December 25, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood will mark the third anniversary of Mubarak's ouster by protesting in support of Morsi.(AFP/File)
14:48 GMT

On the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will be marching and petitioning for former President Mohamed Morsi to be reinstalled in office.

Egyptians carry the body of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, during his funeral in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:26 GMT

Egypt's Ansar Jerusalem (known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Arabic) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's deadly attack on a security site in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura that killed 14 people.

Egyptians carry the body of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, during his funeral in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo. [AFP]
08:00 GMT

Palestinian Islamist movement rejects claims it was involved in terrorist attack on Mansoura security directorate.

Egyptian women shout slogans during the funeral of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
06:00 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan sent his condolences to the President of Egypt after the recent terror attack in the city of Mansoura.