Regional News

December 22, 2013

People shout anti-government slogans as they carry a casket made of empty shoe boxes during a protest against corruption in Ankara, on December 21, 2013. [AFP]
17:57 GMT

After probes into Prime Minister Erdogen's government over corruption and bribery, an Interior Minister's resignation is on the table.

Gunmen fire during clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government in northern Lebanon. [presstv]
15:54 GMT

An off duty Army soldier was among the five killed in Northern Lebanon after a neighboring family feud escalated amidst Syrian violence.

Mohamed Adel is seen with Ahmed Maher , founder and former leader of the "April 6" movement, when Maher turned himself in at Abddein court in Cairo, November 30, 2013.
12:45 GMT

April 6 Youth movement founder Ahmed Maher, member Mohamed Adel and prominent activist Ahmed Douma are handed a three-year prison sentence and a LE50,000 fine each

Jordan's King Abdullah and its monarchy may be in jeopardy due to the "alienation" of its traditional power base (Courtesy of Jordan Times)
10:09 GMT

Jordan may have weathered the Arab Spring, but the linkages between a growing economic crisis are undermining the Kingdom's political stability.

The Al Qaeda attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry left 52 people dead (Courtesy of Al-Jazeera/European Pressphoto Agency)
09:14 GMT

The military leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen announced Sunday that one of its fighters was responsible for the attack that occurred earlier this month on the hospital near the country's defense ministry.

The Al Qaeda gunmen shot the three soldiers at a checkpoint Saturday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Gunmen killed three soldiers and abducted four others in Yemen's southern region this weekend.

Living in plastic tents, many refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are facing severe winter conditions (File Archive/AFP)
06:54 GMT

The UAE announced Saturday that it has raised nearly $28 million for Syrian refugees.

Car bombs have frequently targeted checkpoints throughout the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
06:36 GMT

A bomb exploded near an army checkpoint outside of Libya's Benghazi Sunday, leaving at least seven dead and injuring eight others.

December 21, 2013

An Egyptian anti-government protester holds a poster mocking Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in Cairo on February 8, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:31 GMT

Mohamed Morsi will be tried with more than 100 other defendants, including members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

December 19, 2013

On 13 December 1996, the United Nations Security Council recommended Annan to replace the previous Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt, whose second term faced the veto of the United States.[wikipedia]
18:01 GMT

Members of a constitutional committee which included former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan viewed the document with approval calling it "one step closer to democracy" in Egypt.

Istanbul Police Headquarters in Fatih are seen on December 18 ,2013 in Istanbul. Turkish police detained more than 20 people including the sons of three cabinet ministers and several high-profile businessmen. [AFP]
17:24 GMT

After probes into police practices as elections near in Turkey, Istanbul's police chief is relieved of his duty after corruption trails turn up bribery and threats of local governments.

Kurdish people hold flags and shout slogans as they gather to support Syrian Kurds on November 24, 2013. [AFP]
12:38 GMT

Syrian Kurds on Thursday voiced their demand for their own delegation, seperate from both the government and opposition at next month's peace talks in Switzerland aimed at halting the conflict in Syria, Kurdish political leaders said.

Egypt police have cracked down on Islamists throughout the country since July (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
11:36 GMT

An Islamist militant in Egypt blew himself up Thursday to avoid arrest.

Hosni Mubarak's Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was acquitted Thursday of corruption charges related to squandering public funds (Marwan Naamani/AFP)
09:45 GMT

Egypt's criminal court Thursday acquitted former president Hosni Mubarak's Prime Minister of "squandering public funds" and "facilitating the illegal sale of state land." Mubarak's two sons were also acquitted on similar charges.

Security forces who have violently cracked down on opposition activists rarely are charged or even tried for their crimes (File Archive/AFP)
08:42 GMT

Many Bahraini opposition activists have been detained, tortured or killed since the 2011 uprisings. For those still on the streets, time--and resources--are running out to stop government forces from dooming them to similar fates. We take a look at the growing movement of Bahraini activist asylum-seekers who are starting to flee the Gulf Island for protection elsewhere.