Regional News

November 19, 2013

At least 22 people were killed in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013. [Getty Images]
16:13 GMT

Iran blames Israel for Beirut blasts as Al-Qaeda offshoot lays claim

Demonstrators in downtown Cairo mark the second year anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud. [GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images]
15:26 GMT

Dozens of supporters and opponents of the army gathered in Tahrir to mark the anniversary of anti-military protests, amid mounting anger over a memorial to those killed in Egypt's uprising.

A Manama appeals court on Tuesday upheld the 15 year-long jail terms for 17 Shiites convicted over attacking state security forces. (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

A Manama appeals court on Tuesday upheld the 15 year-long jail terms for 17 Shiites convicted over attacking state security forces.

Mansour wishes to return to his work in the constitutional court rather than run for president next year (AFP)
08:58 GMT

Egypt's interim leader Adly Mansour will not run for president in elections scheduled to commence next year.

Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square, the site of the infamous Mohamed Mahmoud clashes is 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
05:42 GMT

The fact-finding committee responsible for investigating the 2011 Mohamed Mahmoud clashes has concluded that security forces are to blame for using excessive force against protestors and causing "deliberate killings."

Militias, particularly those hailing from Misrata, have been ordered to leave the capital within 72 hours as of Monday (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP)
05:26 GMT

Libyan troops were deployed to the country's capital to drive out militias who have been given 72 hours as of Monday to leave the city.

November 18, 2013

Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told reporters Monday that the Hashemite Kingdom has "officially" requested UNSC seat (AFP/Getty Images)
10:04 GMT

Jordan officially requested a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council Monday, following Saudi Arabia's decision to decline the seat in October.

Libyan rebel groups have established checkpoints nationwide as they compete for power and territory control with other militias as well as the central government (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
08:37 GMT

Escalating violence in Libya, including late Sunday's death and kidnap of two intelligence officers, is becoming a point of worry for Libya's neighbors and the international community. Militia forces from Misrata have been ordered to leave the country's capital and US military forces are proposing to train Libyan government security forces in order to maintain security and promote counterterrorism in the fragile north African country.

Egypt is notorious for its poorly-kept railway system that has resulted in a growing number of fatal accidents (Reuters)
07:41 GMT

At least 24 people have been killed and 28 wounded from a train wreck that occurred early Monday south of Cairo following the late Sunday killing of a police officer in the capital.

For the first time Sunday, the Brotherhood did not ask for reinstatement of ousted president Mohammed Morsi (Courtesy of World Bulletin)
06:20 GMT

As government statements indicate that a proposed dialogue will not commence with the country's Muslim Brotherhood, an insider of the Islamist group shared with reporters that the decision to endorse a "national dialogue" was a result of interests and pressures from outside groups.

Jordan earlier this month expressed publicly that it hoped to assume the vacant UN council seat (Courtesy of UN)
06:00 GMT

Kuwait announced that it will support Jordan's bid to take up the UN Security Council seat vacancy that was previously declined by Saudi Arabia earlier this year in protest to US policy in the Middle East, particularly in the context of Syria.

November 17, 2013

Libyan militias previously vandalized the government's parliament building in the capital earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
13:07 GMT

Libyan residents in Tripoli are on a three-day strike to protest the past weekend's fatal militia violence, and government officials are calling on all militias in the country's capital to leave.

Kurds' Barzani and Turks' Erdogan have previously met, but Saturday's meeting represents the first time that the two leaders have met in the Kurdish region of Turkey (Courtesy of the Kurdistan Regional Government)
07:28 GMT

Turkey's meeting with Kurdish leadership this weekend posed as a promising start to tentative peace talks between the two clashing groups

Members of the Tripoli Rebels Brigade militia patrol a main road in Tajura, 15 kms from the capital Tripoli. (Image credit: AFP)
07:16 GMT

A 48-hour state of emergency was declared in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday, after deadly violence broke out between armed groups.

Former president Mubarak's retrial started earlier this year, but was delayed in April after the presiding judge resigned from the hearing minutes after the trial began (AFP/Getty Images)
06:40 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's adjourned trial is set to resume Sunday. The former president is being tried along with six security aides his former interior minister, and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal.