Regional News

October 23, 2013

The US considers Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as the "deadliest franchise" of the terrorist network (AFP)
16:03 GMT

Security forces in Yemen foiled an al-Qaeda inmate escape attempt from a Sana'a prison Wednesday.

Freedom of expression has largely been suppressed in Jordan. Any form of dissent or criticism towards the King can be tried as a crime in front of a military court without a jury under a 1961 penal code (Raad Adayleh/AP)
15:32 GMT

Human Rights Watch called on the UN to pressure Jordan to lift restrictions on freedom of expression before considering its bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

US and Russia delegations will meet with UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi November 5th to prepare for the proposed Syria peace conference (Courtesy of the UN)
13:16 GMT

US and Russian officials will meet with UN Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, early next month to prepare for a full Syria peace conference in the Swiss capital.

Traffic crashes in Egypt kill approximately 12,000 people every year (Shutterstock)
12:49 GMT

Five people died in a bus collision late Tuesday in Egypt's southern province Minya.

A teenager died whilst allegedly transporting a bomb in Bahrain, police said Wednesday. Since its uprising was quashed in 2011, Bahrain has been home to several violent attacks. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

A 17 year-old boy died whilst allegedly transporting a bomb in a Bahraini Shiite village, in the latest of low level Shiite-led attacks in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state.

The Egyptian goverment has denied reports that it has held meetings with "violent factions" in a bid to bring Egypt out of its current political stalemate. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT

Egypt's interim government on Tuesday denied reports that it made contact with opposing factions -- the Muslim Brotherhood -- "that use violence to impose their will" in a bid to bring the country out of its current political stalemate.

US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the Saudi Arabian government have serious misgivings about the US' policy in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry admitted ally Saudi Arabia didn't trust US policy on Syria, as a key Saudi royal family member called the policy a farce.

Several opposition parties are planning demonstrations at the commencement of Wednesday's national dialogue talks to demand the Islamist Ennahda leadership's immediate resignation (Courtesy of Salah Habibi/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A member of Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party accused the opposition of trying to "destroy" proposed dialogue negotiations scheduled to commence Wednesday by calling for anti-government protests.

October 22, 2013

Security breaches to Tripoli's parliament building are starting to become "a norm" in the chaotic post-Gaddafi era (Courtesy of Paul Schemm/AP)
17:16 GMT

Disabled former rebels from the war that ousted late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi broke into and vandalized the parliament building in Tripoli Tuesday.

Thirty-eight Muslim Brotherhood detainees in the back of a police van suffocated to death in August after Egyptian police officers fired tear gas into the back of the vehicle where the prisoners were being held (Courtesy of World Observer)
16:37 GMT

Egyptian prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered the arrest of four police officers Tuesday for their alleged killing of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members in detention last August.

The Saudi intelligence chief said that KSA's decision to forgo UN security council membership was "a message for the US, not the UN" (Courtesy of Aleksey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti)
16:03 GMT

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief told EU diplomats that Riyadh will be scaling back and limiting cooperation with the US in protest against Washington's recent diplomacy in the region, particularly in reference to the Syrian conflict and KSA rival Iran.

Shell casings and bullets from recent Sinai shooting. [resourcemagonline]
13:18 GMT

Shooting attack in Northern Sinai leaves one man dead and four others injured in the wake.

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide accused of enticing violence during clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and the police. [theguardian/EPA]
12:53 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie, is facing a litany of charges and will remain detained for 15 days pending investigation on charges of instigating deadly violence.

Egypt's former president inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. [alahram]
10:58 GMT

The retrial of Egypt's former president, Hosni Mubarak, on charges of killing protesters during the country's 2011 revolution has been postponed until next month.

John Kerry told Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal that the UNSC had been looking forward having Saudi Arabia on the council. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Saudi Arabia's rejection of a seat on the UN Security Council with KSA's Foreign Minister on Monday, and said that Saudi had turned down a chance to greatly influence world affairs.