Regional News

December 17, 2013

Saudi numbers for 2013 beheading are tied with 2012 figures. [ytimg]
17:06 GMT

Syrian drug trafficker beheading in Saudi brings beheading death count to 76, the same amount from 2012.

King Abdullah of Jordan loading a box containing ready meals onto a helicopter during his visit to the Northern Command in Ajloun, as he follows up on the national effort to deliver services and goods to citizens caught in the snow storms through out the kingdom. [AFP]
16:26 GMT

After the worst winter storm in over 100 years, King Abdullah visits Baqaa refugee camp to ensure supplies and shelter are available.

Car bombs in Cairo's Nasr City previously targeted the Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim earlier this year (Courtesy of the Daily Mail/European Pressphoto Agency)
11:42 GMT

A bomb exploded near a school in Cairo and fires erupted in an electric company in Alexandria Tuesday.

Tunisians' "Day of Rage" protest echoed similar calls for political and economic reforms from Tunisia's Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
10:22 GMT

In honor of the third anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring, Tunisians gathered for a "day of rage" at the birthplace of the region's revolutions.

The Saudi Prince's comments came during an interview at the World Policy Conference in Monaco (Valery Hache/AFP)
09:46 GMT

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal denunced US policy in the Middle East Tuesday, and said that his country and other Gulf states were "astonished" by secret American-Iranian dealings.

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.