Regional News

December 14, 2013

1,500 US troops will stay in Jordan until "the [regional] security situation improves," said the White House this weekend (Courtesy of Petra News Agency)
12:55 GMT

The White House announced to Congress this weekend that 1,500 US troops in Jordan will remain in the Kingdom due to the regional security situation.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced the dates of the referendum Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
12:18 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour announced Saturday that Egypt will hold its national referendum on the new draft of the constitution Jan. 14-15.

December 13, 2013

A Syrian woman shovels snow following a storm in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on December 12, 2013. [AFP]
12:04 GMT

A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice.

December 12, 2013

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood (background) clash with riot policemen outside the University of Cairo campus in the capital on December 11, 2013. [AFP]
15:20 GMT

Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, Reuters cited security sources as saying.

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest.

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014. (AFP/File)
05:57 GMT

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014.

In late September, KSA activists renewed efforts to allow women the right to drive (File Archive)
05:45 GMT

Two women were detained by police in Riyadh Wednesday for breaking the official ban on female driving.

A funeral was held earlier this week for the 56 that were killed in the attack on the defense ministry Dec. 5 (Mohamed Huwais/AFP)
05:30 GMT

UN offices in Yemen's capital will be closed Thursday after news spread that a possible attack may happen near the international organizations' buildings in Sanaa.

Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's (pictured) reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban. (AFP/File)
05:14 GMT

Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban.

December 11, 2013

Bahraini court jails 12 anti-regime demonstrators. [presstv.ir]
17:54 GMT

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters to prison for allegedly attacking a car warehouse as the Al Khalifa regime steps up its crackdown on dissent.

Mohammed Badie along with 34 co-defendants, such as Essam Al Eryan, are on trial for protest killings and inciting violence during the June 30 demonstrations (Maher Iskander/AFP)
14:53 GMT

Judges walked out of the trial of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies Wednesday following chaos in the courtoom.

10:38 GMT

Riyadh's Special Criminal Court sentenced and convicted a man who allegedly plotted to assassinate KSA's Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh to 16 years in jail.

GCC leaders have also been in discussion on forming a union, but Oman has been staunchly opposed to the proposal (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
10:26 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council's two-day summit in Kuwait ended Wednesday with leaders of the council condemning Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the conflict.

The Kabul airport has been a target for militant attacks. [wadsam]
07:38 GMT

Initial reports are indicating that the explosion was likely from a suicide bomber but no casualties have been recorded so far.

Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT

Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms.