Regional News

March 12, 2014

Shiite villages throughout the country have been sites of frequent protests against the ruling Sunni regime since major uprisings began in February 2011 (Mohammed Shaikh/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Bahraini authorities arrested a U.S. national for "attacking" police Tuesday which may put rare rift in Manama's relations with Washington.

March 11, 2014

Turkish police use tear gas to disperse rising protests throughout the country's major cities Tuesday (Adem Altan/AFP)
20:31 GMT

The death of the 15-year-old Turkish boy Tuesday who was previously wounded in Istanbul's June 2013 protests has spurred renewed protests in Turkey's largest city.

Sisi is expected to announce his bid for the presidency soon (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi arrived in the UAE Tuesday after the UAE followed KSA's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan earlier this week  threatened arm action and air strikes to keep the oil-laden tanker from reaching international waters, but the vessel still managed to escape in another sign of the leadership's limited control in the restive North African country (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
15:41 GMT

Factions of Libya's government met Tuesday to discuss issuing a new motion that would force the current Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to resign after his leadership failed to stop eastern rebels from independently exporting oil abroad.

Disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood have caused a rift in Saudi-Qatari relations. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

The Saudi foreign minister threatened to block Qatar's land and sea borders over Qatar's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government recently designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Hamas political bureau deputy head Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on Facebook this week that Palestinians "cannot do without" Egypt's security (Courtesy of Haaretz)
13:07 GMT

Hamas leadership told media this week that it will "not foster animosity" with Egypt regardless of the fact that Cairo has officially banned the Palestinian group's activities.

Sami Anan, a potential candidate in the Egyptian elections, survived an assassination attempt. (Image courtesy of Asharq Al-Awsat)
09:03 GMT

Sami Anan, Egypt's former army chief of staff and potential presidential contender, said he survived an assassination attempt.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace accord in 1994 and enjoy a productive relationship. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israeli officials are open to a potential joint missile defense with Jordan and Egypt.

March 10, 2014

The Fatah party controls the West Bank. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT

A Fatah official was shot and killed in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan seeks to regain control of oil ports seized by Libyan rebels. (AFP/File)
16:22 GMT

The Libyan government has decided to take military action to liberate oil ports that are currently controlled by militia groups.

The Saudi religious police are a powerful force in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
15:25 GMT

The Saudi religious police leveled an ancient graveyard in al Baha, a decision that angered many residents.

The Libyan government has faced some difficulties with oil exports since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT

Ali Zeidan has threatened to bomb a Korean oil tanker attempting to export oil from a rebel-controlled port.

Sisi siaid that his nomination for presidency is "connected to the people's will". (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given yet another indication to his intention to run the upcoming presidential elections, reiterating that his nomination would be based on popular will.

Zeidan previously said that he was considering leaving Libyan politics. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said that considering the current turbulent state of Libyan politics, he will not resigning from politics.

Many Algerians have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protests President Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term in office (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
06:57 GMT

International observers will be sent to Algeria to monitor the upcoming presidential elections set to be held in April, according to reports this week.