November 19, 2013
Libya's government announces plans to remove militias operating outside its control from the capital
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Tuesday the terrorist bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood.
Iran blames Israel for Beirut blasts as Al-Qaeda offshoot lays claim
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.
Egypt's interim leader Adly Mansour will not run for president in elections scheduled to commence next year.
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."
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 officially requested a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council Monday, following Saudi Arabia's decision to decline the seat in October.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Turkey's meeting with Kurdish leadership this weekend posed as a promising start to tentative peace talks between the two clashing groups