Regional News

March 12, 2014

Egypt has been orchestrating a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Morsi was ousted in July. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Two Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Akram El-Shaer and Mohamed El-Qabouty, have been arrested by INTERPOL in neighboring Gulf states, according to a statement issued by the Egypt's prosecutor-general on Wednesday.

Algerians, whose shirts are reading "no to a fourth term" demonstrate in Algiers on March 6, 2014, against the bid by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fourth term in the up coming April 17 national elections. (AFP)
18:16 GMT

Algerian security forces on Wednesday prevented opposition leaders from marching to demand a boycott of next month’s election, in which long-reigning President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in office.

A protester waves a black flag during clashes with riot police in Kadikoy, on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, on March 11, 2014. (AFP)
15:13 GMT

Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma. The injuries were sustained after he was hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests last year.

Palestinians wait for relatives coming from Egypt at the Rafah border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on March 9, 2014. Egyptian authorities partially opened the Rafah crossing for two days to allow pilgrims and stranded Palestinians to cross. (AFP)
12:27 GMT

Egypt's government is cracking down on all links and ties to Gaza, which is ruled by Muslim Brotherhood-backing Hamas, and has closed the Rafah border.

Libya's former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was reportedly in Malta late Tuesday despite a government ban on his travel during his corruption investigation (File Archive/AFP)
08:51 GMT

Ousted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan escaped to Europe Wednesday despite the government's decision to place a travel ban on him Tuesday while he is under investigation for corruption and related irregularities.

A bus from an Egyptian news channel was previously attacked and destroyed by pro-Morsi supporters earlier this week (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:34 GMT

At least two bombs exploded in Egypt Tuesday evening with one detonating near the Israeli embassy.

Defense Minister Abdallah Al Thanni will replace ousted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan (Stuart Price/WAC/AFP)
06:02 GMT

Ousted Prime Minister has been banned by his own government from travelling abroad until his investigation over alleged financial corruption and "other irregularities" is completed.

Shiite villages throughout the country have been sites of frequent protests against the ruling Sunni regime since major uprisings began in February 2011 (Mohammed Shaikh/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Bahraini authorities arrested a U.S. national for "attacking" police Tuesday which may put rare rift in Manama's relations with Washington.

March 11, 2014

Turkish police use tear gas to disperse rising protests throughout the country's major cities Tuesday (Adem Altan/AFP)
20:31 GMT

The death of the 15-year-old Turkish boy Tuesday who was previously wounded in Istanbul's June 2013 protests has spurred renewed protests in Turkey's largest city.

Sisi is expected to announce his bid for the presidency soon (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi arrived in the UAE Tuesday after the UAE followed KSA's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan earlier this week  threatened arm action and air strikes to keep the oil-laden tanker from reaching international waters, but the vessel still managed to escape in another sign of the leadership's limited control in the restive North African country (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
15:41 GMT

Factions of Libya's government met Tuesday to discuss issuing a new motion that would force the current Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to resign after his leadership failed to stop eastern rebels from independently exporting oil abroad.

Disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood have caused a rift in Saudi-Qatari relations. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

The Saudi foreign minister threatened to block Qatar's land and sea borders over Qatar's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government recently designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Hamas political bureau deputy head Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on Facebook this week that Palestinians "cannot do without" Egypt's security (Courtesy of Haaretz)
13:07 GMT

Hamas leadership told media this week that it will "not foster animosity" with Egypt regardless of the fact that Cairo has officially banned the Palestinian group's activities.

Sami Anan, a potential candidate in the Egyptian elections, survived an assassination attempt. (Image courtesy of Asharq Al-Awsat)
09:03 GMT

Sami Anan, Egypt's former army chief of staff and potential presidential contender, said he survived an assassination attempt.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace accord in 1994 and enjoy a productive relationship. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israeli officials are open to a potential joint missile defense with Jordan and Egypt.