Regional News

December 8, 2013

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that Jordan is well up to the responsibilities needed to be a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Hashemite Kingdom is more than capable of living up to the responsibility of being a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbi told reporters Saturday that Sana'a wants to join the GCC during the annual Manama dialogue (Reuters)
07:16 GMT

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbia told reporters Saturday that Yemen is hoping to join the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Beltagi was arrested earlier this year for his participation in the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al Adawiya sit-in (File Archive)
05:42 GMT

Egyptian judges on Saturday refused to hear the case against Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Al Beltagi and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi. The judges expressed "unease over the case" and have demanded that another court precedes over the trial.

December 7, 2013

Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah attends the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
21:14 GMT

Oman is opposed to the Saudi proposal to deepen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and transform it into a Gulf Union

Egyptian women members of the Muslim Brotherhood hold roses as they stand in the defendants' cage dressed in prison issue white during their trial in at the court in the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria on December 7, 2013. [Getty Images]
19:53 GMT

Fourteen women, in their early 20s and initially jailed for 11 years, were ordered freed after receiving one-year suspended sentences.

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold up Jordanian national flags and shout slogans demanding political and economic reform, and access to cases of corruption, during a demonstration in Amman on June 14, 2013. [AFP]
11:00 GMT

Protest marches and sit-ins took place across Jordan on Friday, with demonstrators calling for security and safety in light of a recent wave of crime to hit the country, according to local media reports.

December 6, 2013

Jordan won 178 votes from among the 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly and was the only candidate put forward for the vacant post. [Getty Images]
19:01 GMT

The U.N. General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected

 Former South African President Nelson Mandela and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [tumblr.com]
13:32 GMT

Arab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.

Yemeni soldiers patrol a street after a suicide car bombing at the defence ministry in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2013. [AFP]
10:36 GMT

AQAP claims Thursday’s attack on the defense ministry in Sanaa that killed 52 and wounded 167 people.

Yemeni soldiers patrol a street after a suicide car bombing at the defence ministry in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2013. [Getty Images]
09:01 GMT

An Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Defense Ministry compound in the capital, Sanaa.

Nelson Mandela shakes hands with Yasser Arafat: South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela meets with Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, May 20, 1990 in Cairo. Both are in Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Image courtesy of News Najj)
00:06 GMT

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, dies aged 95 and Palestinians grieve as twins in Apartheid.

December 5, 2013

Supporters of 28-year-old blogger Khaled Said who died following police questioning before the revolution in 2010, during a demonstration outside the criminal court where the second retrial session is underway on December 2, 2013. [AFP]
16:20 GMT

The Salafist Nour Party on Thursday called on Egyptians to vote "Yes" in an upcoming referendum on a revised version of Egypt's 2012 constitution.

An American man working at the international school in Benghazi was shot and killed on Thursday morning. Benghazi has been gripped by violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

A U.S. citizen working in an international school in Benghazi was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Libya on Thursday.

Smoke rises from the suicide bomb attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
08:41 GMT

A suicide car bomber attacked Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday killing at least twenty and leaving dozens wounded.

Raed Hijazi, a Jordanian-American jihadist, was detained in Jordan last month (Courtesy of Lawrence Journal)
05:53 GMT

Jordan is cracking down on jihadists on hardline Islamists.