Regional News

August 19, 2014

Ibrahim Halawa, 18, from Firhouse, a suburb of Dublin, was arrested in August 2013 along with his three sisters after they were caught up in a military siege of a mosque in Cairo while his family was on holiday in the country. [Facebook]
10:37 GMT

Tony Blair has been urged to intervene in the case of an Irish teenager who has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for a year and is now facing the death penalty in a mass trial, which has been described as a “mockery of a court process”.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speak during a press conference in Ankara, February 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT

Turkish authorities summoned the German ambassador over allegations of spying. Germany's secret service, BND, is believed to have targeted Turkey since 2009.

August 18, 2014

MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques over the past 12 months (Adam Jan/ AFP).
18:00 GMT

MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques and ma’atams within 12 months.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal (AFP/ File Archive).
16:00 GMT

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss strengthening bilateral relations.

Kuwait´s parliament, where Member for Parliament Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate about misbehaving Kuwaitis abroad (Yasser al-Zayya, AFP).
13:09 GMT

Two Kuwaiti parliament members have demanded that the passport of any Kuwaiti who tarnishes the country’s image and reputation abroad should be revoked.

Egypt's security forces are often targeted ever since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

An Egyptian police officer was shot dead Monday in the Nile Delta when an armed group attacked a security checkpoint.

August 17, 2014

A boy walks passed street art critical of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT

At least ten suspected militants were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes over eastern and southern parts of Yemen, a local official confirmed.

Libya is grappling with rising insecurity since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in Tripoli.

August 14, 2014

Mubarak is on trial for allegedly ordering the death of protesters during the country's revolution. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he did not order the killing of protesters or the shedding of the blood of Egyptians.

August 13, 2014

Violent clashes between competing militia have rocked Tripoli and Benghazi residents as Libya's interim government struggles to gain control. (AFP/File)
16:38 GMT

As violence continues in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya's MPs vote to ask for international humanitarian intervention.

Lawmakers are seeking to to overcome confrontation between between two armed factions. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Libya's new parliament agreed that the next president would be elected by popular vote.

August 12, 2014

Libya struggles with rising insecurity. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

The police chief in Libya's Tripoli was gunned down Tuesday.

Both the U.S. and Egypt declared Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis a terrorist organization in April, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:12 GMT

Security forces in Egypt arrested two alleged members of a militant group in the tense Sinai Peninsula, the country's state news agency reported Tuesday.

The Mavi Marmara, used as part of a flotilla in May 2010 in an attempt to break the Gaza blockade, however nine Turkish nationals died when Israeli commandos boarded the ship (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

A pro-Palestinian campaign group in Turkey plans to send aid in a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, four years after its last attempt to break the Israeli blockade which resulted in 9 Turkish deaths.

August 11, 2014

Russian President Vladamir Putin. Talks will focus on the situation in the Middle East including Gaza, Libya, Iraq and Syria (Alexey Druzhinin /AFP).
20:00 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will travel to Sochi, Russia for two days to meet with President Vladimir Putin.