Regional News

February 4, 2014

There has been a major upsurge in violence in the Sinai peninsula since the ousting of Morsi in July, 2013. The army has been launching a major offensive against militant groups in the area since. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

The Egyptian army shot dead 21 gunmen affiliated to a radical Takfiri group in the northern Sinai peninsula on Tuesday, a security official said.

Tunisian police officers stand guard in Tunis on January 18, 2013. [tunisia-live]
10:02 GMT

One Tunisian police officer and two Islamist militants are dead after a raid on suspected militant homestead.

Yemen's security forces are often targeted by Islamist militants. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT

At least two people were killed when a bomb hit a bus carrying Yemeni soldiers in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, a medical source said, highlighting the government's weak grip on security in the impoverished country.

Obama during a previous meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. [AFP/File]
05:44 GMT

As part of regularly scheduled visits, Obama is expected to visit Saudi Arabia for discussion in March.

February 3, 2014

King Abdullah II of Jordan. [AFP]
17:55 GMT

Jordan vows to ensure that its own interests will be kept safe in the Palestinian peace talks.

The U.S. feared Libya's chemical weapons would fall into the hands of "terrorists". (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

U.S. and Libyan officials announced Monday that the last of the chemical weapons that were around under former leader Muammar Gaddafi have been destroyed.

The mortar shells landed approximately thirty meters from the wall of the French Embassy (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Mortar shells targeted the French Embassy in Yemen Monday evening.

February 2, 2014

Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has claimed many of the bomb attacks in Sinai targeting Egyptian soldiers (File Archive/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Car bombs left three civilians wounded in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Sunday.

Saudi is seeking information on connections to terrorist funding sources. [rediff]
05:25 GMT

Meant to fight terrorism by imposing high penalties to funding sources, Saudi enacts counter-terrorism law.

January 31, 2014

Egyptian media reported that 26 people were injured in the violence that took place in the north-eastern Cairo’s Matariya district.
18:36 GMT

Egyptian security forces broke up a set-in by backers of ousted President Mohammad Mursi in an area of Cairo on Friday, prompting heavy clashes in nearby streets.

Egyptian policemen stand guard as construction workers restore the damaged facade of Cairo's police headquarters in the Egyptian capital, on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
12:12 GMT

A bomb exploded outside a police station in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Thursday amid clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces.

January 30, 2014

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in 2013 that the alternative to the ouster of Mohammad Mursi was chaos. [EPA]
17:05 GMT

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered his firm backing to Egypt’s government on Thursday, saying the Muslim Brotherhood was "taking the country away from its basic values of hope and progress."

Tunisian Tourism Minister Amel Karboul came under fire for an alleged visit to Israel in 2006. (Photo credit: www.tunisienumerique.com)
16:53 GMT

Tunisian Tourism Minister Amel Karboul submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Mahdi Jomaa over a trip to Israel in 2006, the state news agency TAP reported on Thursday.

A supporter of Egypt's army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is to run for the presidency in the upcoming elections, wears a mask bearing the image of the military commander. [AFP]
07:58 GMT

Political groups gave mixed reactions to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces decision to allow El-Sisi to run for president in the next election.

January 29, 2014

Does Sisi's potential presidental bid prove Morsi's ouster was a military coup? The Muslim Brotherhood seem to think so. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday that the public's support for ruling Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Al Sisi becoming president is "evidence" that a military coup took place in 2013 with Mohamed Morsi's ouster.