Regional News

December 17, 2013

Libyans took to the streets in Tripoli this week in protest of months-long blockades of oil terminals (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
07:33 GMT

Libya has decided to block the UN plan that would send 200 more soldiers to guard UN staff members, diplomats and officials operating inside the north African country.

A billboard reading "participating in the constitution means YES for the 30th of June and the 25th of January" is seen on Cairo’s ring road on December 16, 2013. [AFP]
01:57 GMT

Supporters of ousted Morsi will boycott controversial Egypt constitution next month.

December 16, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz while Ambassador Adel Al-Jabeir listens, on December 9, 2013 in Riyadh. [AFP]
21:16 GMT

The recent transfer of two detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison to Saudi Arabia have officially lowered the count to 160 inmates still being held.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) meets with Minister of Defense of Qatar, Hamid bin Ali Al-Attiyah, at the Defense Headquarters, on December 10, 2013 at Doha, Qatar. [AFP]
20:53 GMT

Counties looking to get the most jet for their money look onward to the Dubai Air Show as Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter shows up in a big way.

Pakistani men carry an injured blast victim at the site of a bomb explosion in the busy Kissa Khwani market in Peshawar in September. [AFP]
20:42 GMT

Four members of a bomb disposal crew were killed on their way to a blast site after a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.

The ICRC is committed to responding rapidly and efficiently to the humanitarian needs of people affected by armed conflict or by a natural disaster occurring in a conflict area. [balneus]
16:55 GMT

The ICRC coordinated a meetup for six gulf states to address humanitarian law issues pertaining to military programs in the region. It is the first time representatives from each country have met to discuss the issues.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signed the deal with the EU in Ankara Monday (Adem Altan/AFP)
10:23 GMT

Turkey signed an agreement with the European Union Monday that allows EU governments to deport illegal immigrants in EU coming from Turkey back to Turkey.

The US has intensified its drone campaign in Yemen over the past year (File Archive)
08:37 GMT

Yemen's parliament has officially passed a law that bans drone strikes following last week's drone attack in Bayda that killed 17 people, most of whom were civilians.

December 15, 2013

Ever since the 2011 revolution, tourism has taken a major hit. [andreeapavaloiu]
21:42 GMT

Following Germany's step in September to lift its travel warning on Egypt, more than two dozen other countries have followed suit, bringing hope that Egypt's much needed tourism sector will rise again.

Benghazi has been suffering from violent attacks since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, with militias refusing to bow to governmental authority. (AFP/File)
16:32 GMT

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed an army colonel in the restive eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said Sunday.

A Palestinian man sits on the roof of his house in a flooded area of Gaza city on December 15, 2013 following heavy rain. A fierce winter storm shut down much of the Middle East the past days. [AFP]
14:49 GMT

The fueling process has begun at Gazas only power plant after seven weeks of shut down due to extreme weather in the region.

Palestinian civil defense volunteers help people to travel across flood waters in Gaza City following rain storms for the past few days, on December 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:53 GMT

As a winter storm sweeping the Middle East begins to recede on Sunday, the countries affected are counting the costs of the damage snowstorm Alexa has caused.

 Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. [Getty Images]
09:43 GMT

Egypt’s upcoming constitutional referendum is the country’s “biggest challenge” since July 30 overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Saturday.

A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday. Yemen is struggling to stay stable with a growing number of violent attacks, a northern rebellion and southern secessionists. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday.

Tunisia's UGTT labor union leader, Houcine Abbassi, announced Saturday that Mehdi Jomaa will serve as the interim Prime Minister for the country's government transition (Salah Habibi/AFP)
08:48 GMT

Tunisia and the MENA region could learn a lot from South Africa's transition from an apartheid state to a multicultural society for its own political-and economic-future.