Regional News

November 25, 2013

Smoke billows over residential neighbourhoods in Benghazi, following fierce clashes between the army and militants in the eastern Libyan city. (Image courtesy of Twitter/Wajid Saadi)
07:23 GMT

At least three people have died and many more have been wounded in clashes between Libyan state troops and Islamist militants in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Monday morning.

Members and vehicles of the Al-Qaaqa brigade from Zintan get ready to vacate the premises of their Tripoli quarter on November 21, 2013, as part of a government decision to remove militias from the capital. Libya's international allies on Sunday pledged to bring stability to the country. (AFP)
05:27 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart William Hague have pledged to work closely with the international community to bring peace to Libya, following a recent upswing in violence in the north African state.

A Cairo public prosecutor has referred former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and four others to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes. Mubarak is seen here on a hospital bed during a previous trial earlier this year. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A Cairo public prosecutor has referred former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and four others to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes.

November 24, 2013

Al-Azhar students protesting on campus, Sunday, 24 November, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Al-Azhar Student Union Facebook page/Ahram Online)
16:55 GMT

Dozens of students protested at Cairo's Al Azhar university on Sunday, calling for justice after a student was killed during a demonstration last week.

Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda. State security forces have rounded up dozens of suspected "terrorists" since Morsi's ouster in July. (AFP/File)
14:47 GMT

Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a new protest law Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
12:43 GMT

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a new protest law Sunday that has come under scrutiny with many saying that it fails to protect freedoms of assembly.

Bahrain's King Hamad has come under international scrutiny for what is being described as systematic targeting of political opposition leaders (File Archive/AFP)
12:39 GMT

On Sunday, a Bahraini court sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms each for attempting to kill policeman near the country's capital, while a policeman was acquitted for attempting to murder a Shiite protestor.

Egypt's draft constitution that will be voted on later this week is supposedly very different to the 2012 constitution crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated panel (Reuters)
12:20 GMT

Egypt's 50-member constitution committee will vote on the final draft version of the constitution this week ahead of the December 3 deadline.

A Bahraini photographer holds a mask of Guy Fawkes used by the anonymous movement during an anti-government protest in the village of Bilad al-Qadeem, in a suburb of the capital Manama. (AFP)
06:15 GMT

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said late Saturday that it had arrested two Gulf Arab citizens who are suspected of plotting "terrorist" attacks against the Kingdom.

An Austrian lawmaker said this weekend that he does not believe Erdogan has control over his party and slammed the PM's increasingly authoritarian rule in Turkey. (AFP)
05:59 GMT

An Austrian lawmaker from the European Parliament has criticized what he called the increasingly authoritarian rule of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army fires his weapon during fighting against government forces on November 18, 2013. [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Islamist rebels have seized the largest oilfield in eastern Syria, according to reports from opposition activists.

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.