Regional News

December 1, 2013

Hagel urges Egypt to show its efforts in peacekeeping during the constitutional transition. [theiranproject]
11:02 GMT

US reaches out to discuss up and coming concerns regarding new protest laws in the draft Egyptian constitution.

A key figure in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, political activist Ahmad Maher turned himself into the Egyptian authorities late on Saturday after they issued a warrant for his arrest. (file
06:51 GMT

A key figure in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, political activist Ahmad Maher turned himself into the Egyptian authorities late on Saturday after they issued a warrant for his arrest.

Tunisian protestors hurled stones at security officials late last week, calling for the ruling Islamist party Ennahda's resignation (Fethi Balaid/AFP)
06:22 GMT

Tunisian police arrested 10 alleged members of the banned Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia Saturday following clashes between security officials and members of the Salafist group earlier last week.

Young Israeli Arab activists have organized what they call an "international day of rage". [haaretz]
04:17 GMT

In what is being called a "day of rage", Israeli Bedouins protests against plans to relocate people to a southern region of the country.

Members of the Egyptian constitutional committee prepare to vote on the new constitution in Cairo. [presstv]
03:57 GMT

Freedom being called for as an absolute right in the draft outline of Egypt's new constitution. So far, 50 of the 246 articles have been approved in the final document. Line by line details are being reviewed in back to back meetings.

November 30, 2013

Members of Egypt's constitution committee will meet at the Shura Council for the final vote on a draft Egyptian constitution. [hrw.org]
13:25 GMT

Egypt will vote on its final draft of the new constitution on Saturday.

Dozens of southern separatists flooded Yemen's streets on Saturday, calling for independence from the north of the country, which they say discriminates against them. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

Southern separatists in Yemen held mass demonstrations on Saturday calling for independence from the north following a speech made by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Female members of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on November 27, 2013. Seven of the 21 arrested are aged between 15-17. (AFP)
05:57 GMT

Following international pressure from human rights groups, Egypt's interim president will reconsider the status of 21 female protesters who were given 11-year jail sentences by an Alexandria court this week - despite seven of them being aged 15-17.

November 29, 2013

Egyptian Activists and members of the 6th of April movement shout slogans against the Egyptian Military on November 27, 2013, in Cairo. [Gianluigi Guercia/AFP]
12:06 GMT

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood call for protests after Friday prayers despite new limits on demonstrations

Libyan men stand outside a building used by Ansar al-Sharia militia after it was torched by residents on November 25, 2013 in Benghazi. [Abdullah Doma/AFP]
04:00 GMT

An explosion at a weapons depot in an air base south of Libya killed more than 40 people on Thursday, a security source said according to Reuters.

November 28, 2013

Fourteen women and seven girls were sentenced to heavy jail terms due to their alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and participation in a violent October protest (AP)
13:12 GMT

Cairo courts acquitted three police officers Thursday for torturing five Islamists who were under their custody during former president Hosni Mubarak's rule.

Many youth in the Middle East are losing hope as they face unemployment and corruption on a daily basis. The 2020 expo may serve as a gateway to curb unemployment rates and transform the region into a hub of innovation for the next generation (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)
12:53 GMT

Dubai' recent bid win to host the 2020 World Expo has the potential to give Arab youth a brighter future by transforming the Middle East into a global hub of innovation.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. [Georges Gobet/AFP]
11:47 GMT

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton signs a financial agreement of €90 million in assistance to Egypt despite recent 'worrying reports'

Egypt's long-awaited new constitution may be put to the vote on Thursday afternoon (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT

Egypt's 50-member constitution panel may begin voting on Thursday afternoon, committee leader Amr Moussa has said.

The UN is sending in a special force in response to escalating clashes in Benghazi and in the capital of Tripoli in recent weeks (Esam Omran Al Fetori/Reuters)
07:17 GMT

The United Nations announced Wednesday that it plans to send a 235-member special force to Libya in order to provide protection in light of the recent rise in attacks throughout the country.