Regional News

June 10, 2014

Rivlin won 63 of 119 votes (AFP/ File).
14:47 GMT

Former parliamentary speaker Reuven Rivlin has beaten Meir Sheetrit to become Israel's tenth president.

Al-Dhale has witnessed frequent clashes since December 2013 onwards after 15 Yemenis were killed by the 33rd Armored Brigade (File/AFP)
14:17 GMT

Tensions remain high in the Sanah district of Al-Dhale after clashes between the 33rd Armored Brigade and gunmen erupted on Sunday.

Reuven Rivlin, one of the two main candidates in Israel's second round presidential voting (AFP/ File).
12:27 GMT

Israel has advanced to its second round of voting in the presidential elections following failure in the first round to win an outright 61- vote majority.

Over 1,400 people have been killed during Egypt's political violence since July 2013, according to HRW (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Amnesty International and HRW called on Egypt's new president, Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, to end "rampant abuses" in the country.

Saudi Arabia is notorious for showing what rights advocates describe as zero-tolerance toward dissent (AFP/ File).
10:34 GMT

A Jeddah court sentenced two Shia activists to death for attacking security forces during a 2012 anti-regime protest on Monday.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea says that he cannot accept General Aoun as president (AFP/ File).
07:23 GMT

On Monday, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea proposed selecting two then voting in one nominee from the March 14 and the March 8 coalitions other than himself and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

June 9, 2014

Yemen faces devastating economic circumstances. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

The U.N. says Yemen's fragile democracy is vulnerable to sever humanitarian needs.

Prince Zeid is considered generally popular with a solid reputation as a human rights advocate (AFP/ File).
14:43 GMT

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid, Jordan's former permanent representative to the UN has been nominated to replace South Africa's Navi Pillay as the UN high commissioner for human rights.

Al-Sisi stated during his speech that he embraced reconciliation between Egyptians, but will exclude those who have committed crimes or engaged in violence (AFP/File).
09:53 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi promised his people better lives within four years, based on honest engagement, not "shining hopes".

June 8, 2014

Diyarbakir has been the scene of multiple protests against the Turkish government recently. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

Two Kurdish people died during clashes with Turkish police Saturday.

June 7, 2014

Ten out of a total of 48 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

An Egyptian criminal court handed down 10 death sentences to pro-Morsi supporters, accused of inciting violence.

June 6, 2014

Adly Mansour approved a number of laws on Thursday including a new anti-sexual harassment law (File/AFP)
15:47 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour signed a set of legislative measurers as he prepared to leave office Thursday.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won 96.91 percent of Egypt's votes when results were announced on Tuesday (File/AFP)
11:12 GMT

An American delegation will attend Egypt's presidential ceremony for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo, a U.S. diplomat confirmed.

June 5, 2014

Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq's lawyers argued that the election was legitimate (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

A court official said Thursday that the election of Ahmed Maiteeq violated Libya's temporary constitution.

Around 400 people, mostly Houthis, were killed in clashes with Yemen's army in the past two months, reports say (File/AFP)
15:45 GMT

Yemen's military agreed on a ceasefire deal with the country's Shia Houthi fighters in Amran Wednesday, following deadly clashes between both sides.