Regional News

June 3, 2014

Egypt's new but media shy first lady, Entissar Amer, is seen here with her husband (AFP/ File).
17:01 GMT

Little is known about the wife of Egypt’s president-elect Abdul Fattah al-Sissi, who is soon to become the country's new First Lady.

Mr Kerry is due to meet Iran's new ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, sources say (File/AFP)
16:48 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Beirut Wednesday for a scheduled meeting with Iran's ambassador, according to Al-Jadeed television channel.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad is cited as calling Iran's Supreme Guide Khamenei as the “guide of the entire region” (AFP/ File)
15:23 GMT

The outcome of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad's visit to Iran has been positive with both sides agreeing to developing stronger ties between the two countries, in the interests of the whole region.

Armed forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar stand guard in Benghazi on Monday (File/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Head of the Libyan Vital Installations Guard, Captain Azmy Al-Borghothy, was assassinated in Benghazi after backing renegade general Khalifa Haftar's war against militants.

The Houthi movement in Yemen has been fighting against the central government for years. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

The death toll from recent clashes between Yemeni government forces and Houthi fighters has reached 120.

Ali Abdullah Saleh still remains at liberty in Yemen, unlike other leaders ousted during the Arab Spring (File/AFP)
10:30 GMT

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has denied accusations that he embezzled billions of dollars during his 33-year rule.

The Kurdish people have been fighting with Turkey since the 1980s over the issue of self-rule. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Turkish forces have fired on a village in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Libya's current Prime Minister, Abdullah al Thinni, is refusing to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

The new Libyan government has taken office despite the refusal of Abdullah al Thinni's cabinet to leave power.

June 2, 2014

Libyans have taken to the streets to protest the intense violence that has swept across the country. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The latest violence in Libya's city of Benghazi has left at least 7 people dead.

Anti-government protests swept the nation after the Gezi Park protests in May 2013. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

Turkish prosecutors have demanded prison sentences of up to 100 years for five protesters who recently took part in anti-government protests last year.

Social networking sites such as Twitter will be targeted in the new review of the Anti-Cybercrime Law (Ingvar Bjor/ Shutterstock.com).
08:54 GMT

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reviewing its 2007 Anti-Cybercrime Law to define legal proceedings against social networking sites that promote adultery, homosexuality and atheism.

Prime Minister Salam has emphasized that ministers should focus on securing the presidential elections (File Archive/ AFP).
08:13 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Salam states that the presidential vacuum should not be used to relinquish of his constitutionally appointed powers.

Sabahi won only 3.5 percent of the Egyptian vote and questioned the credibility of the results (Mohammed Al Shahed /AFP).
07:39 GMT

Complaints of poor electoral proceedings lodged by presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi's campaign party have been rejected by Egypt's Presidential Election Commission.

June 1, 2014

Egyptian activist Safwan Mohamed was arrested for a sticker similar to the ones shown here (Associated Press).
19:15 GMT

Police in Alexandria have arrested Safwan Mohamed for a sticker on his bag that said "No to Military Trials".

Hezbollah has given the impression it will nominate, though has not officially endorsed, Lebanon's Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (AFP) as its presidential candidate.
17:19 GMT

Hezbollah announces that it has chosen, though not publicly identified its presidential candidate and claims that the March 14 coalition is using a time-wasting strategy.