Regional News

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.

Six mortar shells landed near an isolated Saudi Arabian border post close to Iraq and Kuwait. It caused no damage, officials said Thursday. (Image courtesy of
06:08 GMT

Six mortar shells landed near an isolated Saudi Arabian border post close to Iraq and Kuwait. It caused no damage, officials said Thursday.

November 20, 2013

Algeria's supporters cheer their team during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying football match between Burkina Faso and Algeria on October 12, 2013 in Ouagadougou. (AFP, Farouk Batiche)
17:15 GMT

The Algerian authorities reported Wednesday that 12 people died and 240 were injured following Algeria's 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's team to the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil

11 people were killed and 37 injured after a bomb-laden car drove into an army convoy filled with off-duty soldiers in the Sinai peninsula on Wednesday morning. (AFP/File)
16:48 GMT

The armed forces spokesman has said that a suicide attack on soldiers in North Sinai on Wednesday morning killed 11 and injured 37.