Regional News

October 27, 2013

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. [Photo by Reuters]
16:55 GMT

Israeli government reject a bill by right-wing party Habayit Hayehudi to ban the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Iraqis look at the remains of a vehicle following an explosion on October 27, 2013, in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad. [SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images]
15:36 GMT

A series of car blasts hit 8 different areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday killing at least 49 people and wounding more than 90, pushing the October death toll from Iraq violence past 600.

Palestinian militants of the Islamic Jihad hold rocket propelled grenades (RPG) as they take part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on October 24, 2013. [Photo credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
14:46 GMT

Gaza militant fire mortal shells into Israel Sunday afternoon

Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a possible visit to Cairo in a bid to boost relations between the two countries (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping to capitalise on the current unrest in Egypt by pursuing a mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship with Cairo in the wake of US halting its military aid to the country, according to a recent report by UK newspaper The Times.

The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, the National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy, has proposed a new initiative to resolve Egypt's political stalemate. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

The Muslim Brotherhood affiliated National Alliance has proposed a new initiative that will resolve the political crisis that has been ongoing in Egypt since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July.

Algeria's President Bouteflika, who announced intentions to run for another term, has become a major US partner in the "fight against terrorism" (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)
05:43 GMT

Algeria's 76-year-old ailing leader announced Saturday that he will be running for a fourth term in the country's next election cycle.

Mohamed ElBaradei, ex- interim Vice president of Egypt, pictured at the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony. (Image credit: Getty)
05:00 GMT

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Mohammed ElBaradei, Egypt's former interim Vice President for “betrayal of trust.”

October 26, 2013

Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party's leader Rached Ghannouchi (C) arrives for a meeting as part of talks with the opposition. (Image credit: AFP)
07:07 GMT

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Ennahda began national dialogue with opposition parties on Friday to form a caretaker government and prepare for elections.

October 25, 2013

BELGIUM, Brussels : EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas make a statement on October 23, 2013 after their working session at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. [AFP]
14:36 GMT

In a new campaign aimed at ending commercial activity in the settlements, Palestinian Authority last month sent a letter to 50 countries urging them to impose sanctions on settlements by either freezing their business dealings with the settlements or withdrawing their investments altogether.

An extra taking part in an exercise during the education of OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) inspectors at the German army Bundeswehr training area in Wildfelecken, southern Germany.
13:14 GMT

Norway rejected on Friday a U.S request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, arguing that it lacks suitable equipments and regulations to carry out the task

Palestinian Presidents meets with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday ahead of peace talks
12:51 GMT

In a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held on Thursday, European Union foreign policy chief urged for a Palestinian reconciliation while asserting her support for Palestinian state-building.

October 24, 2013

Protestors in Tunis called on the ruling Islamist Ennahda party to immediately resign Wednesday (Courtesy of AIM)
13:35 GMT

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party office in the town of Kef was torched by angry protesters in a second day of demonstrations across the country.

Al-Qaeda prisoners have previously broken out of prisons throughout Yemen, particularly since uprisings that ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh (AFP)
13:13 GMT

Unidentified gunmen killed a Yemeni intelligence officer outside of his home in Sana'a Thursday.

61 Syrian female detainees released by Syrian government in exchange for two Turkish Pilots and nine Lebanese Shia Muslims. [aljazeera.com]
13:08 GMT

Syrian government releases 61 female detainees as part of three-way deal to free Lebanese and Turkish hostages.

The nighttime curfew that applies across 14 of Egypt's governorates may be extended beyond mid-November. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT

The nighttime curfew that applies to 14 Egyptian governorates could remain in place after planned end to state of emergency in mid-November, according to a government official.