Regional News

January 31, 2014

Egyptian policemen stand guard as construction workers restore the damaged facade of Cairo's police headquarters in the Egyptian capital, on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
12:12 GMT

A bomb exploded outside a police station in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Thursday amid clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces.

January 30, 2014

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in 2013 that the alternative to the ouster of Mohammad Mursi was chaos. [EPA]
17:05 GMT

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered his firm backing to Egypt’s government on Thursday, saying the Muslim Brotherhood was "taking the country away from its basic values of hope and progress."

Tunisian Tourism Minister Amel Karboul came under fire for an alleged visit to Israel in 2006. (Photo credit:
16:53 GMT

Tunisian Tourism Minister Amel Karboul submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Mahdi Jomaa over a trip to Israel in 2006, the state news agency TAP reported on Thursday.

A supporter of Egypt's army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is to run for the presidency in the upcoming elections, wears a mask bearing the image of the military commander. [AFP]
07:58 GMT

Political groups gave mixed reactions to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces decision to allow El-Sisi to run for president in the next election.

January 29, 2014

Does Sisi's potential presidental bid prove Morsi's ouster was a military coup? The Muslim Brotherhood seem to think so. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday that the public's support for ruling Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Al Sisi becoming president is "evidence" that a military coup took place in 2013 with Mohamed Morsi's ouster.

20 Tunisian Salafists are on trial for the 2012 attack. Here, Tunisian Salafists wave black flags reading “There's no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet” during a past protest in Tunis. (AFP/File)
19:20 GMT

A Tunisian court has postponed the prosecution's appeal of light sentences given 20 Salafists convicted of attacking the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.

Libya's governmental forces have struggled against Gaddafi supporters since the strongman's death in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:27 GMT

Libyan Army troops and revolutionaries reclaimed the Tamenhit airbase held by supporters of deposed Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, a military official said Wednesday.

An Egyptian soldier stands guard in the Sinai peninsula. Islamist-led attacks in the restive region have been on the rise since Morsi's ouster in July. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT

The Egyptian army said Wednesday that it has killed two militants and destroyed two homes belonging to "dangerous Islamists" in the restive Sinai peninsula.

Award-winning correspondent Peter Greste is one of 20 Al Jazeera journalists that are being tried in Egyptian courts for terrorist links and "harming national unity" (Courtesy of The Telegraph)
14:54 GMT

Egyptian prosecutors are trying 20 Al Jazeera journalists for "belonging to a terrorist organisation, harming national unity and social peace, and using terrorism as a means to their goals."

Gaddafi reportedly called Sarkozy "mentally deficient" in his 2011 interview. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

In a 2011 interview with a French channel, Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi reportedly said that he bankrolled Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency.

Libya has been overrun with rebels - who are equipped with Gaddafi's arms - since the revolution in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Libya's interior minister Seddik Abdelkarim escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt when gunmen shot his car as he was on his way to parliament on Wednesday.

Bahrain has accused the Olamaa Islamic Council for using its confessional cover to participate in politics that are not favorable to the current Sunni regime (File Archive/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Bahrain shut down a Shiite Muslim clerics' council Wednesday accusing it of politicization and illegal operations.

Rabat recalled its ambassador to Algiers late last year in response to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's criticism of Morocco's human rights record (Courtesy of Morocco World News)
10:36 GMT

Morocco's foreign ministry summoned Algeria's ambassador Tuesday regarding allegations from Algiers that Rabat has been expelling Syrian refugees.

The U.N. sanctions may target associates to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh (File Archive)
09:18 GMT

Certain groups in Yemen may be the target of new U.N. sanctions, particularly associated of the former regime.

President Obama's comments on the U.S. policy in the Middle East came during his annual State of the Union speech in front of the U.S. Congress (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
08:45 GMT

During the annual State of the Union address to congress, U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support to the Syrian opposition, emphasized the continued fight against terrorism, willingness to continue negotiations with Iran, and his last bid to close Guantanamo Bay this year.