Regional News

January 10, 2014

Militias throughout Libya have clashed with government forces to control territory in the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
11:22 GMT

The United States' top military commander to Africa told reporters Friday that the Pentagon is planning to commence training for Libyan soldiers by midyear to help "boost the [north African country's] security."

Tunisia's Islamist premier Ali Larayedh arrives at Kasbah Palace in Tunis to submit his resignation to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on January 9, 2014.  [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Tunisia's Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to finish a transitional period.

January 9, 2014

he poll conducted in late December showed that 76 percent of the participants are expected to take part in the upcoming referendum on Jan. 14 and 15. [Getty Images]
20:59 GMT

Egyptian will approve the constitution despite the fact that over half the population have not read the draft of the document, a new poll revealed according to the Egyptian Daily news website al-Ahram.

Washington has been silent as infighting between Syrian opposition and Islamist rebels continues in the country's northern region (Courtesy of Front Page Magazine)
14:09 GMT

The United States' double standard policies in Syria and Iraq may undermine its ability and influence in the global fight against Al Qaeda and in the Middle East more generally.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi block a street during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Nasr City, Cairo on January 8, 2014. 63 Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday in a Cairo court. (AFP)
14:04 GMT

63 Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to three years in jail on charges such as rioting, thuggery and weapons possession on Thursday.

Despite concerns over the slew of violence that has engulfed Egypt, the U.S. has said it is committed to building a longstanding diplomatic relationship with Cairo. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT

The U.S. said Wednesday that despite the violence and troubles that have engulfed Cairo since Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July, Washington is looking to work on its relationship with Cairo.

Tunisia has been enveloped in political turmoil since July (File Archive/AFP)
12:23 GMT

Tunisia has appointed a new commission to oversee elections in 2014 as part of its efforts to form a transitional, independent government.

Tension between Bahrain's Sunni and Shiite populations has risen since the onset of protests and police crackdowns in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Bahrain announced late Wednesday that it has suspended reconciliation talks with the Shiite opposition majority amidst growing unrest.

January 8, 2014

Assuming the National Congress immediately appoint a replacement, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may resign imminently. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Wednesday that he was ready to resign if the National Congress immediately replace him, and that the new cabinet will be appointed shortly.

An opponent to the Muslim Brotherhood set fire to a portrait of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration outside the Cairo police academy where his trial was set to take place before it was postponed until Feb. 1, 2014. (AFP)
13:37 GMT

The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi - who has been charged with inciting the murder of protesters - has been postponed until February as Morsi was absent due to "bad weather".

At least 681,000 Egyptians living worldwide have registered. [AFP]
09:47 GMT

Egyptian expatriates in 161 countries are expected to cast ballots for two days on the draft of the new constitution on Wednesday.

Morsi's first trial in November was adjourned after riots inside and outside the courtroom made proceedings impossible (Courtesy of Al Jazeera)
07:39 GMT

Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi will face his second trial Wednesday on charges of conducting acts of murder during December 2012 protests near the presidential palace in Cairo.

January 7, 2014

Erdogan's government has been hit hard by serious corruption charges and dissatisfaction with the leadership is widespread. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

In a recent crackdown on corruption engulfing the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 350 police officers in Ankara - including top level officials - have been fired.

Edward Snowden has got secrets pertaining to Israel and the Middle East up his sleeve, Glenn Greenwald says. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is poised to reveal secrets that relate to Israel and the Middle East, according to a close journalist friend of the ex-NSA employee.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has called for a Syrian future without Assad. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the upcoming U.N. hosted peace conference in Geneva must work to eliminate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from Syria's future, because he is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians.