Regional News

July 24, 2014

Air Algerie lost contact with the plane about an hour after takeoff. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

The missing Air Algerie plane has crashed in Niger.

The flight should have landed 5am Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

Algeria's national airline says it has lost contact with a passenger plane carrying 116 people.

The Libyan government is struggling to defeat Libya's powerful militias. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Libya's General National Congress is ready to hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament in August.

July 23, 2014

A Palestinian woman looks at mock coffins being prepared by protesters before taking them to the UN headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 22, 2014 in memory of the Palestinians who were killed during the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
07:54 GMT

The Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Israeli forces for their "unimaginable restraint" in their offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip, says the Israeli envoy to the United States.

"Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself," the Maryland Democratic senator said in a statement.
07:42 GMT

US Democrats in the Senate have included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile system in a bill amid Tel Aviv’s attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

July 22, 2014

A member of the Libyan security forces inspects the destruction at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014 after Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by rival fighters. [AFP]
09:38 GMT

Clashes between Libyan army troops and anti-government militia groups in the eastern city of Benghazi have left 16 people dead and 81 injured.

Foreign security guards keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in a compound in Kabul on July 22, 2014.  [AFP]
07:20 GMT

Afghan forces have killed at least 38 Taliban militants during operations in different parts of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours.

July 21, 2014

The plan for a new capital city, due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and growing population, was discussed in a cabinet meeting last week (Shutterstock).
19:44 GMT

The Egyptian government is considering a plan to build a new administrative capital city due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and rising population.

Fighting resumed Sunday after ceasefire efforts failed. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

Clashes between rival militias has killed 47 people in the past 24 hours.

July 20, 2014

Al Wefaq has led many of the major opposition protests throughout Bahrain since the mass demonstrations in February 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
16:16 GMT

The government of Bahrain has filed a lawsuit that will make the country's main opposition activities illegal under law for at least three months.

Mahmoud Ghozlan, pictured above, is a leading spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. Three of Ghozlan´s sons have now been arrested (AFP/ File).
09:31 GMT

Yasser Ghozlan, son of the Muslim Brotherhood´s spokesperson, Mahmoud Ghozlan, was arrested on Saturday in Cairo.

Armed militia groups continue their battle for control of Libya's main airport. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

Militias in Libya's Tripoli resumed their fighting at Libya's main airport Sunday.

The convoy of around 600 political activists was stopped at a security checkpoint in North Sinai, around 150 kilometres from the Egyptian crossing of Rafah on the border with Gaza (AFP/ Mohammed Abed).
07:53 GMT

Egyptian security forces on Saturday prevented a humanitarian aid convoy from entering Gaza after checkpoint officers said the participants´ safety could not be assured.

July 18, 2014

Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT

Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,

Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.