Regional News

December 11, 2013

Mohammed Badie along with 34 co-defendants, such as Essam Al Eryan, are on trial for protest killings and inciting violence during the June 30 demonstrations (Maher Iskander/AFP)
14:53 GMT

Judges walked out of the trial of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies Wednesday following chaos in the courtoom.

10:38 GMT

Riyadh's Special Criminal Court sentenced and convicted a man who allegedly plotted to assassinate KSA's Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh to 16 years in jail.

GCC leaders have also been in discussion on forming a union, but Oman has been staunchly opposed to the proposal (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
10:26 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council's two-day summit in Kuwait ended Wednesday with leaders of the council condemning Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the conflict.

The Kabul airport has been a target for militant attacks. [wadsam]
07:38 GMT

Initial reports are indicating that the explosion was likely from a suicide bomber but no casualties have been recorded so far.

Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT

Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms.

December 10, 2013

An Egyptian policeman tries to detain a student of Cairo University who support the Muslim Brotherhood during clashes with riot police in Cairo. [AFP]
18:15 GMT

Students protest the death of another student, Abdel Ghany Mohamed Hamoula, who was killed during clashes with security forces in November.

A police crackdown on an environmental protest led to nationwide protests against the government last June (File Archive/AFP)
12:58 GMT

Turkey has charged 255 protestors with various crimes linked with their involvement in demonstrations last June.

Beheaded convict put on public display in Saudi Arabia. [liveleak]
12:19 GMT

Figures from 2012 Saudi beheading total 76 cases with the 2013 figures increasing as the year ends.

GCC will hold meetings in Kuwait over the next two days to discuss issues on economic integration, as well as more contentious issues such as the council's relationship with Iran (File Archive)
08:45 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) commenced their two-day summit in Kuwait City Tuesday, with contentious issues such as a Gulf Union, ties with Iran, and the Syrian conflict on the table for discussion.

Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister. (AFP/File)
05:49 GMT

Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister.

Members of Egypt's constitution committee meet at the Shura Council for the final vote on a draft Egyptian constitution in Cairo. [hrw]
05:02 GMT

Amendments to Egypt's 2012 charter include greater autonomy for military, more rights and freedoms and the possibility to withdraw power from the president if needed.

December 9, 2013

Egyptian police fired tear gas on student protesters at Egypt's Al Azhar Monday (Tarek Wajeh/AFP)
16:47 GMT

Chaos continued Monday at Egypt's Al Azhar University after the school's chairman called on security officials to suppress violent protests around the campus.

Many Sahrawis were forced out of the Western Sahara when Morocco annexed the contested territory. They have been living in refugee camps in Algeria since the 1970s (File Archive/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Moroccan police violently cracked down on a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara ahead of an EU deal with Rabat that would exploit the contested territory's fish resources.

The Jordanian version of the Dead Sea-Red Sea canal will channel 1.9 billion cubic meters of water per day from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea once the final agreement has been signed. [greenprophet]
11:21 GMT

History is expected to be made upon the signing of the an agreement that would allow water to be drawn from the Red Sea in order to provide desalinated water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians as well as rescue the dying Dead Sea.

Erdogan told reporters that "revealing state secrets cannot be considered freedom of expression, it is quite simply treason" (File Archive/AFP)
10:42 GMT

Turkish newspaper Taraf announced Monday that it plans to sue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his involvement in a "treason row,