Regional News

October 20, 2013

Since 2011, Libya's government has tried to maintain order as local militias fight for power and territory throughout the country (Courtesy: Getty)
19:39 GMT

Around 200 Egyptian truck drivers held by an armed Libyan group have been freed

Security forces fired tear gas on 500 students from Al-Azhar university and arrested four in a day of countrywide clashes Sunday (Courtesy of Mubasher/Al Jazeera)
14:12 GMT

While Egyptian security forces fired tear gas at 500 students and arrested four from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, militant attacks escalated in Sinai against security authorities in another day of countrywide clashes Sunday.

Italy is calling on the EU for more assistance in order to address growing numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat from Africa and Syria (Courtesy of CNN)
13:34 GMT

254 Syrian and Egyptian migrants seeking asylum landed in Italy Sunday.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry, headed by Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, announced its rejection of its UNSC seat Friday in protest of "[how] the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace" (Andrew Burton/Reuters)
07:36 GMT

UN ambassadors from the Arab world are urging Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to forgo its non-permanent member seat of the UN Security Council, but their calls are being challenged by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Qatar who backing the kingdom's decision.

Since 2011, Libya's government has tried to maintain order as local militias fight for power and territory throughout the country (Courtesy of BBC)
07:05 GMT

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced that talks with Libya were in progress Saturday to secure the release of more than twenty Egyptian drivers who were kidnapped by militias in its neighboring country.

October 19, 2013

The two Turkish pilots who were abducted in Beirut in August were released late Saturday (Courtesy of Ihlas News Agency/AFP/Getty Images)
19:37 GMT

Two Turkish pilots who were kidnapped over two months ago in Beirut were handed over to Lebanese authorities and left Beirut airport for home late Thursday.

Opposition groups have accused Tunisia's Islamist-led government for failing to crackdown on jihadists' activities in the country (AP)
17:56 GMT

Government forces killed nine "terrorists" and confiscated two tons of explosives in Tunisia Saturday as part of nationwide efforts to crackdown on jihadists' activity in the North African country.

Former intelligence chief Murad Mawafi was scheduled to testify behind closed doors Saturday in former President Mubarak's retrial (Courtesy of World Tribune)
17:35 GMT

The retrial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resumed behind closed doors Saturday, with former intelligence chief Murad Muwafi scheduled to testify.

Previous car bomb attacks in Egypt, particularly in Sinai, have targeted security and police headquarters (AFP)
14:46 GMT

A car bomb exploded near an army intelligence building in Egypt's Ismailia killing at least four soldiers Saturday.

Bahrain authorities have used an unprecedented amount of tear gas to crackdown on anti-government protests, with more than 39 people dying from tear gas-related attacks since 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
09:43 GMT

South Korea is scheduled to ship 1.6 million tear gas canisters to Bahrain by month's end. The small Gulf country has used tear gas in an unprecedented manner to crackdown on the country's anti-government movement.

Tunisia Islamist-led Ennahda party leadership  agreed to step down from power as part of the political transition plan, but tension and trust issues with the opposition parties may undermine or delay this transition (Fethi Balaid/AFP/Getty)
06:56 GMT

Tunisia's ruling Islamist-led Ennahda party said Friday that they expect new elections to be held under the country's political transition plan within six months.

October 18, 2013

A destroyed car and the remains of car bomb are seen following an explosion outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi . Benghazi has witnessed a deadly series of attacks in recent times. (Image credit: AFP)
19:19 GMT

Unknown assailants gunned down Libya’s military police chief, Colonel Ahmed Mustapha al-Barghathi, Friday in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, security services said.

A mural depicting military images is shown in Yemen. Yemen has seen a long period of fighting between the military and militants linked to Al-Qaeda. (Image credit: Getty)
16:22 GMT

Security and military sources have said that a suicide car bomber has killed 12 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on a military command center in southern Yemen's Abyan province.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presides over a meeting of the UN Security Council. (Image credit: Getty)
15:39 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Friday it refuses to accept its rotating U.N. Security Council seat, saying the council is incapable of ending wars and resolving conflicts.

Muslim pilgrims recite prayers after throwing pebbles at pillars in the "Jamarat" ritual which symbolizes the stoning of Satan on the third day of the Eid Al-Adha holiday in Min. (Image credit: AFP)
07:14 GMT

Approximately 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims from 188 countries started leaving Saudi Arabia at the end of a largely incident-free haj.