Regional News

November 7, 2013

[independent.co.uk]
15:27 GMT

Washington looking to allies to assist UN in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

Egyptian protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask while posing for a photo next to a mural painted overnight on the exterior wall of the presidential palace depicting president Mohammed Morsi, left, former military council ruler Hussein Tantawi, center and ousted President Mubarak with Arabic that reads "No, the brotherhood's constitution is not valid, in Cairo. [AP Photo/Nasser Nasser
14:20 GMT

Minister Hazem El-Beblaw says ousted President Hosni Mubarak will remain under house arrest even after the state of emergency ends on 14 November.

Morocco's King Mohammed VI told reporters that he did not "need lessons from anybody" on his country's human rights record in the Western Sahara (Courtesy of the Moroccan Embassy)
13:16 GMT

Moroccan King Mohammed VI told reporters late Wednesday that his country did not "need lessons from anybody" on its human rights record particularly in the annexed Western Sahara.

The Turkish authorities seized 1,200 rockets near the Syrian border on Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

Acting on a tip off, the Turkish authorities on Thursday confiscated 1,200 rocket warheads some 30 miles from the Syrian border.

Libya's militias will no longer receive payments from the government after December 31st unless they enroll in the country's official security forces (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
06:40 GMT

Libya's government announced Wednesday that it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprisings and urged oil companies not to enter deals with terminals controlled by militia in the east of the country,

An Egyptian solider looks out from his guardpost in the Sinai peninsula. The armed forces have launched a steady offensive against militants in the area since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
06:03 GMT

Three Islamist militants were killed by the Egyptian armed forces as the army continues its major crackdown on militant groups in the lawless Sinai peninsula.

November 6, 2013

The Egyptian government banned the Muslim Brotherhood activities in September earlier this year (Khalil Hamra/AP)
10:03 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood lost its appeal case disputing the government's ban of the group's activities Tuesday.

Suspected Al Qaeda members are arrested by Turkish police after an operation earlier in the region. [guardian]
07:40 GMT

After months-long investigations, Turkey arrested and detained 16 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists throughout the country.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the 25th and current Prime Minister of Turkey, in office since 2003. [balkanstory]
07:28 GMT

While Turkey believes Morsi should not be held as a political prisoner, Egypt is outraged over Turkey requests to set what they believe to be a criminal prisoner free.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be arriving in Amman on Thursday as part of a regional tour to discuss ongoing developments in the Middle East. (AFP)
05:57 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be arriving in Amman on Thursday as part of a regional tour to discuss ongoing developments in the Middle East.

10 Emiratis tried Tuesday are among 61 Islamists who were convicted by a UAE court in July of plotting to overthrow the government (Courtesy of Freedom House)
03:00 GMT

Tuesday's Muslim Brotherhood trial in the United Arab Emirates was adjourned until November 12th. Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians are accused of setting up an illegal branch of the Brotherhood in the Emirates.

November 5, 2013

Former president Mohammed Morsi was reportedly "feisty, speaking loudly to the judges and [proclaiming] that he was still the president of Egypt" during Monday's trial (AP)
18:28 GMT

Following former Egyptian president's anticlimatic trial date Monday, Mohammed Morsi reportedly spent his first night in the hospital after complaining of high blood pressure and high sugar levels.

Tunisia's president Moncef Marzouki told reporters in Paris that his country "will get through this difficult phase. We are determined to promote a democratic process, whatever the present difficulties may be" (Courtesy of the Telegraph)
18:07 GMT

Tunisia's president told reporters Tuesday that his country "will get through this difficult phase." However, the suspension of the national dialogue talks, the failure to choose an interim PM, and Ennahda's continuing leadership, may continue to exacerbate the political turmoil throughout the north African country.

Houthis in Saada had previously established their own checkpoints throughout the province to target Salafi counterparts (Courtesy of Yemen Times)
13:55 GMT

The collapse of the ceasefire in northern Yemen between Houthi Shiites and Salafists in Daamaj has "security implications" for entire country, says UN envoy.

Clashes between Misrata brigade members and security officials at a Tripoli checkpoint left two wounded Tuesday (Ismail Zitouny/Reuters)
13:07 GMT

Fierce clashes between former rebels and security authorities at a checkpoint in Tripoli left two people wounded Tuesday. Protestors in Benghazi also burned several parts of the coastal city to demand the resignation of the current government this week.