Regional News

November 26, 2013

Two Russian military advisers were reportedly shot in Yemen's capital on Tuesday, according to Reuters. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

Two Russian military instructors were killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday as they left a hotel in south Sanaa.

Challenging the belief that he is set to run for president, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has said that the armed forces have no agenda other than protecting Egypt's stability. (AFP/File)
06:57 GMT

Challenging the belief that he is set to run for president, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has said that the armed forces have no agenda other than protecting Egypt's stability.

Cairo expelled the Turkish ambassador in August following Ankara's PM Erdogan's condemnation of Egypt's violent crackdowns on Morsi supporters (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP)
06:12 GMT

Egypt's interim government has escalated its "diplomatic offensive" in recent weeks against foreign backers of the country's Islamists, most notably in its decision to sever ties with Turkey. However, how long can Cairo continue this initiative before it transforms into an offensive against the country's own future?

November 25, 2013

Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army fire a heavy machine gun during fighting against government forces on November 18, 2013 in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (Getty Images)
16:21 GMT

Rebels press an offensive east of Damascus and in southeastern Aleppo, in an escalation that in the past three days has killed scores of fighters on both sides, activists say.

The approval of Afghan President Karzai is all that is needed for the US-Afghan agreement to move forward (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT

The green light from Afghan President Hamid Karzai remains the only major obstacle delaying the realisation of the Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement.

Smoke billows outside the US Consulate in Jeddah in 2004. One man has been sentenced to death over his involvement in attacks, in which nine people died. (Image courtesy of worldonline.com)
08:54 GMT

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced one man to death and 19 to long prison terms over their involvement in a 2004 attack on the US Consulate in Jeddah that killed five employees.

Smoke billows over residential neighbourhoods in Benghazi, following fierce clashes between the army and militants in the eastern Libyan city. (Image courtesy of Twitter/Wajid Saadi)
07:23 GMT

At least three people have died and many more have been wounded in clashes between Libyan state troops and Islamist militants in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Monday morning.

Members and vehicles of the Al-Qaaqa brigade from Zintan get ready to vacate the premises of their Tripoli quarter on November 21, 2013, as part of a government decision to remove militias from the capital. Libya's international allies on Sunday pledged to bring stability to the country. (AFP)
05:27 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart William Hague have pledged to work closely with the international community to bring peace to Libya, following a recent upswing in violence in the north African state.

A Cairo public prosecutor has referred former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and four others to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes. Mubarak is seen here on a hospital bed during a previous trial earlier this year. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A Cairo public prosecutor has referred former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and four others to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes.

November 24, 2013

Al-Azhar students protesting on campus, Sunday, 24 November, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Al-Azhar Student Union Facebook page/Ahram Online)
16:55 GMT

Dozens of students protested at Cairo's Al Azhar university on Sunday, calling for justice after a student was killed during a demonstration last week.

Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda. State security forces have rounded up dozens of suspected "terrorists" since Morsi's ouster in July. (AFP/File)
14:47 GMT

Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a new protest law Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
12:43 GMT

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a new protest law Sunday that has come under scrutiny with many saying that it fails to protect freedoms of assembly.

Bahrain's King Hamad has come under international scrutiny for what is being described as systematic targeting of political opposition leaders (File Archive/AFP)
12:39 GMT

On Sunday, a Bahraini court sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms each for attempting to kill policeman near the country's capital, while a policeman was acquitted for attempting to murder a Shiite protestor.

Egypt's draft constitution that will be voted on later this week is supposedly very different to the 2012 constitution crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated panel (Reuters)
12:20 GMT

Egypt's 50-member constitution committee will vote on the final draft version of the constitution this week ahead of the December 3 deadline.

A Bahraini photographer holds a mask of Guy Fawkes used by the anonymous movement during an anti-government protest in the village of Bilad al-Qadeem, in a suburb of the capital Manama. (AFP)
06:15 GMT

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said late Saturday that it had arrested two Gulf Arab citizens who are suspected of plotting "terrorist" attacks against the Kingdom.