Regional News

August 23, 2013

For Illustrative Purposes (Wikimedia Commons/Florian Hurlbrink)
10:00 GMT

Leaked NSA documents have revealed the UK runs a secret internet monitoring station in the Middle East, with information shared with the US.

IRAQ, Arbil : A Syrian-Kurdish children sitting on a bed at the Quru Gusik refugee camp, 20 kilometres east of the of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 22, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED
09:25 GMT

The number of Syrian child refugees has reached one million, according to figures released by the United Nations.

 United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON
08:31 GMT

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Syrian government once again on Friday to allow chemical weapons inspectors to visit sites in Damascus, only a day after his original request.

LEBANON, TYRE : A Member of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) stands guard next to the reported location of the launching of the four rockets at Israel, on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on August 22, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT
08:11 GMT

Israel fired rockets into an area south of Beirut early Friday, in retaliation for rocket attacks into Israel fired from Lebanon the previous day.

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows bodies of children wrapped in shrouds as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK
07:57 GMT

The United States said Thursday it was unable to "conclusively determine" whether chemical weapons had been used near Damascus, where opposition figures say upwards of 1,300 people were killed.

August 22, 2013

A critic of former Egyptian president Mubarak is seen wearing a mask of his face in Cairo. (AFP/File)
17:51 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been released from Tora Prison Hospital and transferred to Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo.

LEBANON, Aita Al-Shaab : Images of grieveing Israeli soldiers adorns a wall as a supporter of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement walks past. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT
16:14 GMT

Four rockets were fired into northern Israel from the Lebanese port of Tyre.

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows smoke above buildings following what Syrian rebels claim to be a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. "AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK"
15:55 GMT

A senior Obama administration official said there are strong indications the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack on Wednesday.

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows a Syrian couple mourning in front of bodies wrapped in shrouds ahead of funerals following what Syrian rebels claim to be a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. "AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK"
15:33 GMT

Turkey becomes the latest Muslim country Thursday to denounce the use of chemical weapons in Syria, saying that "a red line was crossed" on Wednesday.

Moktar Belmoktar (Wikimedia Commons)
15:02 GMT

Moktar Belmoktar, North Africa's most notorious radical jihadist, has officially joined forces with Mali-based Jihadist group MUJAO, and promised to launch attacks in Egypt.

EGYPT, Cairo : (FILES) A picture taken on June 2, 2012 shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sitting inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/STR
14:12 GMT

Egypt's Interior Ministry confirms former President Mubarak has been freed from prison.

Ahmed Arif is seen smiling with the police that arrested him. (Egyptian police Facebook)
13:49 GMT

Ahmed Aref, the spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in Cairo on Thursday by Egyptian security forces.

A woman raises her hand painted with the colors of the Egyptian flag among other protesters staging a demonstration in the Turkish capital in Ankara on August 19, 2013. (AFP)
09:51 GMT

The amendments made to the Egyptian constitution may prevent the president being removed from power by mass protests like Mohamed Morsi was.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be placed under house arrest following his release from prison. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be placed on house arrest when he is released from jail, which is expected to be in the next 48 hours.

August 21, 2013

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton talks to the press prior to an extraordinary EU Foreign Affairs Council on August 21, 2013 at the European Headquarters in Brussels. (AFP)
18:29 GMT

The EU has agreed to halt all arms sales to Egypt over the 'disproportionate' force it used against supporters of Mohamed Morsi.