Regional News

November 24, 2013

A Bahraini photographer holds a mask of Guy Fawkes used by the anonymous movement during an anti-government protest in the village of Bilad al-Qadeem, in a suburb of the capital Manama. (AFP)
06:15 GMT

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said late Saturday that it had arrested two Gulf Arab citizens who are suspected of plotting "terrorist" attacks against the Kingdom.

An Austrian lawmaker said this weekend that he does not believe Erdogan has control over his party and slammed the PM's increasingly authoritarian rule in Turkey. (AFP)
05:59 GMT

An Austrian lawmaker from the European Parliament has criticized what he called the increasingly authoritarian rule of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army fires his weapon during fighting against government forces on November 18, 2013. [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Islamist rebels have seized the largest oilfield in eastern Syria, according to reports from opposition activists.

November 23, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Egypt's ambassador "persona non grata". [AFP]
14:23 GMT

Egypt downgrades its ties with Turkey on Erdogan support for Morsi and decided to expel its ambassador to Cario.

Ousted Egyptian President Morsi's supporters demonstrate against the current Egyptian government in front of the Egyptian embassy in Ankara on November 22, 2013.
12:31 GMT

gypt decided Saturday to expel Turkish Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali after remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Cairo deemed as being "provocative".

A Shiite cleric walks past a damaged building on November 20, 2013 at the scene of the previous day's double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut. [AFP]
12:21 GMT

Lebanon says it has identified two suspects in the recent bombings near the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

November 22, 2013

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army runs in a street of Aleppo's Salah al-Din neighbourhood during fighting against Syrian government forces on November 18, 2013. [AFP]
15:17 GMT

The six largest Islamist rebel factions in Syria declared a new Islamic Front on Friday, forming the largest alliance of opposition fighters yet in the 2-1/2-year conflict.

Car rigged with 400 kg (250 pounds) of explosives was found by the Lebanese army abandoned on a road between the villages of Makneh and Yunin in the Bekaa Valley, late on November 21, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:42 GMT

Lebanese army experts defused overnight Friday a car rigged with hundreds of kilograms of explosives in the eastern Bekaa Valley but failed to arrest its driver.

 John Kerry delivers remarks at the Closing Session of the 2013 US-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, November 21, 2013. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

Senior Brotherhood figure responds scathingly to comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing them of stealing the revolution.

November 21, 2013

Mukhtar Army militia commander Wathiq al-Batat. []
12:10 GMT

Iraqi Shiite militia commander says his group fired mortar bombs into Saudi Arabia as a "warning message".

Headquarters of PM Erdogan's ruling party were previously attacked earlier this year (AP)
11:55 GMT

Turkish police detained a man Thursday after he attempted to bypass security personnel near Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's offices without showing his ID card.

Egypt’s army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. [AFP]
11:31 GMT

Defence Minister Sisi delivers harsh warning for those who attack soldiers on Wednesday saying the armed forces are “ready to die…for Egypt to stay alive.”

Egyptian students of al-Azhar university run for cover from a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes outside their university. [ AFP photo / Khaled Desouki]
09:41 GMT

Two student supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi were shot dead during clashes with security forces at Al-Azhar University.

Since the 2011 revolution, Salafist activity in Tunisia has escalated. The hardline Islamist groups are often considered responsible for the spike in arms trafficking in the country as well (File Archive/AFP)
06:53 GMT

US military leadership met with Tunisia's Prime Minister to discuss security cooperation late Wednesday in an effort to curb arms trafficking and other developments from hardline Islamist groups from jeopardizing the security of the north African country to a new extent.

The attacks in Sinai Wednesday killed 11 soldiers (AFP)
06:26 GMT

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced a three-day period of mourning following this week's fatal events in Giza and Sinai. US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters the Muslim Brotherhood is stealing Egypt's revolution late Wednesday.