Regional News

October 10, 2013

Egypt prepares for new constitution. [nation.com]
09:17 GMT

In an attempt to recover governmental leadership standards post Morsi, Egypt is drafting a new constitution.

Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE November 5th for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (Courtesy of Gulf News)
08:48 GMT

Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE next month for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf country.

EU rep Catherine Ashton says she found potential for sustainable democracy in Egypt during her recent visit. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

European Union official Catherine Ashton, who has worked closely with the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim Egyptian government, said that the clashes seen in Egypt this week prove the deep polarisation and mistrust inherent in Egyptian society.

The US announced Wednesday that it will withhold certain aid from Egypt until it improves its human rights record, particularly in reference to recent fatal crackdowns on Morsi supporters (AFP/Getty)
06:33 GMT

The White House announced late Wednesday that it will withhold major military equipment and cash transfer aid to Egypt until the country's democracy and human rights record improves.

Libya's PM Zeidan was kidnapped Thursday by a group of armed men believed to be former rebels (AP)
06:13 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed militants early Thursday while staying at a hotel in Tripoli and has been taken to an unknown location.

Asoui was arrested for posting a cartoon online that mocks Algerian President Bouteflika (AFP)
05:00 GMT

Algerian blogger Abdelghani Aloui, who was detained for "contempt" and "defending terrorism" after he posted cartoons online that mock the country's president Abdelaziz Boutelifka, is expected to file for bail Thursday.

October 9, 2013

Two million pilgrims are expected in Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj (Courtesy of BBC)
19:19 GMT

Saudi Arabia issued a warning to Muslim pilgrims Wednesday to not use next week's hajj for "political purposes."

Separatists are planning to stage a protest in the former South Yemen capital of Aden demanding secession from the country and restoration of pre-1990 borders (Courtesy of National Yemen)
17:33 GMT

Yemen's national dialogue session scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after delegates from The Southern Movement and Zaidi Ansarullah staged a sit-in in Sanaa to protest the direction of the talks.

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is due to stand trial for inciting violence against protesters on November 4. (AFP/File)
13:06 GMT

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is due to stand trial on November 4 over charges that he incited the murder of anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Bombs over Bedouins. [haaretz]
11:07 GMT

An explosion targeting an Egyptian military intelligence office in the Sinai peninsula department heavily damaged the building on Wednesday but caused no casualties.

Egyptian military on the move. [turner]
07:38 GMT

Egyptian military forces seized and destroyed weapons in Sinai.

Egypt has been worried about US withholding aid. [bbcimg]
07:10 GMT

White House has refuted allegations that US is halting military assistance to Egypt.

Amnesty International has slammed Egypt for failing to protect its Christian minority. (AFP)
07:05 GMT

Human Rights group Amnesty International have said the Egyptian security services have systematically failed to protect Egypt's Christian minority in the aftermath of pro-Morsi demonstrations in August.

October 8, 2013

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says that Libya values its "important" relationship with the United States, but "our concerns about our citizens is another duty and responsibility." (Reuters)
18:28 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced Tuesday that it will not deliver its citizens abroad for trial in response to the US abduction of alleged al-Qaeda member Anas al-Libi Saturday.

Turkish PM Erdogan has met previously with other Hamas leaders such as Ismail Haniyeh within the past year (Reuters)
18:13 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan met with Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal Tuesday in Ankara. Erdogan also publicly denounced Turkey's involvement with al-Qaeda linked groups in response to Syria's Assad's accusations earlier Tuesday.