Regional News

January 27, 2014

The Egyptian embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. [Sabri]
17:21 GMT

Despite the lack of an exchange deal, Abou Abeida, a Libyan militia commander, was released after five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats were surrendered by Libya.

Egyptians wave the national flag and hold up pictures of Defense Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo's Tahrir Square. [AFP]
16:59 GMT

Just hours after being promoted to field marshal, Egypt's head military council mandated that Chief Sisi run for President.

Morsi is charged with collaborating with Hamas and Hezbollah when escaping from prison during the 2011 revolution. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

The trial of Mohamed Morsi will be aired on state-run TV on Tuesday, as the former Egyptian president and fellow members of the Muslim Brotherhood face a judge on charges of collaborating with Hamas and Hezbollah to break out of prison during the 2011 revolution.

Tunisia approved its constitution this week and expects to hold elections before the end of 2014 (STR/AFP)
12:26 GMT

Tunisia's main Islamist party Ennahda told reporters that it expects national elections to take place in October.

Sisi is a popular choice for president among many Egyptians (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Egypt’s military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been promoted to the top military rank of field marshal on Monday, state television announced.

Protests have rocked Turkey since government-linked corruption scandals erupted late last year (Courtesy of the Washington Post)
09:31 GMT

Attacks on Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party headquarters left the party's spokesman dead and seven others wounded.

Soldiers from the Libyan army man a checkpoint in the capital Tripoli.  Egypt's ambassador and his staff have left Libya for security reasons after the kidnapping of five of their colleagues. [AFP]
06:27 GMT

After back and forth demands from Libyan militia group, all kidnapped Egyptian diplomats have been freed.

Members of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) jubilate after the adoption of a new constitution on January 26, 2014, in Tunis. [AFP]
05:23 GMT

The new caretaker cabinet will govern Tunisia until after its upcoming elections.

January 26, 2014

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second president of the United Arab Emirates and the 16th ruler of the largest Emirate of Abu Dhabi. [presstv]
12:13 GMT

The state news agency has reported that the President is in good health after surgery following a recent stroke.

Interim President Adly Mansour made the announcement about the switch in the order of presidential and parliamentary elections a day after Egypt's revolution anniversary clashes left dozens killed (File Archive/AFP)
12:11 GMT

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced Wednesday that the country's presidential elections have been switched to take place prior to the parliamentary poll.

Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near a destroyed bus at the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (The Official Facebook Page of the Egyptian Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces)
10:03 GMT

Sinai-based militants attack military bus in Sinai.

Four of the five kidnapped Egyptians work for Cairo's embassy in Tripoli (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Libyan kidnappers who have took six Egyptian hostage this weekend have urged Egyptian authorities to release a Libyan militia commander immediately in exchange for the kidnapped Egyptians.

Protestors clash in Cairo Saturday (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
08:07 GMT

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour will address the nation Sunday following Saturday's fatal revolution anniversary clashes that have left dozens dead.

Algeria's former Prime Minister Ali Benflis announced earlier last week that he will be running in April's election (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Algeria's main Islamist party announced Saturday that they will boycott the country's upcoming elections.

Tunisia's newly appointed interim PM Mehdi Jomaa made the announcement Saturday that the new cabinet has not yet been established due to a lack of consensus (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
07:07 GMT

Tunisia's newly appointed Prime Minister has failed to form a new cabinet under the transitional government, according to reports from late Saturday and early Sunday.