Regional News

July 21, 2014

The plan for a new capital city, due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and growing population, was discussed in a cabinet meeting last week (Shutterstock).
19:44 GMT

The Egyptian government is considering a plan to build a new administrative capital city due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and rising population.

Fighting resumed Sunday after ceasefire efforts failed. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

Clashes between rival militias has killed 47 people in the past 24 hours.

July 20, 2014

Al Wefaq has led many of the major opposition protests throughout Bahrain since the mass demonstrations in February 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
16:16 GMT

The government of Bahrain has filed a lawsuit that will make the country's main opposition activities illegal under law for at least three months.

Mahmoud Ghozlan, pictured above, is a leading spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. Three of Ghozlan´s sons have now been arrested (AFP/ File).
09:31 GMT

Yasser Ghozlan, son of the Muslim Brotherhood´s spokesperson, Mahmoud Ghozlan, was arrested on Saturday in Cairo.

Armed militia groups continue their battle for control of Libya's main airport. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

Militias in Libya's Tripoli resumed their fighting at Libya's main airport Sunday.

The convoy of around 600 political activists was stopped at a security checkpoint in North Sinai, around 150 kilometres from the Egyptian crossing of Rafah on the border with Gaza (AFP/ Mohammed Abed).
07:53 GMT

Egyptian security forces on Saturday prevented a humanitarian aid convoy from entering Gaza after checkpoint officers said the participants´ safety could not be assured.

July 18, 2014

Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT

Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,

Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.

Libya's main airport in Tripoli has been severely damaged from fighting between the Zintan and Misrata militias (STR/AFP)
13:47 GMT

Libyan fighters in the country's capital who have been clashing at the country's main airport have agreed to a ceasefire

Militias throughout Libya have been fighting for power and control over the country's territory and resources since the oust of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Libyan leadership called on the United Nations late Thursday to assist the country's security forces in their effort to restore order in what has the potential to turn into a failed state.

July 17, 2014

Libyan security forces have struggled to combat armed militia groups who have grown powerful since Gaddafi's overthrow. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

Intense fighting at the Libyan airport in Tripoli has left 30 dead.

The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
11:38 GMT

Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.

Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
09:39 GMT

Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.

Tunisian security forces have been struggling to extricate militants from the Chaambi Mountains. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT

Fourteen Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants at a military checkpoint near the Algerian border.

Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.