Regional News

January 19, 2014

Libyan soldiers were deployed to Libya's south to control renewed clashes (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
06:52 GMT

Libya declared a state of emergency this weekend in response to fresh clashes in the country's southern region.

January 18, 2014

Polling station officials count ballots in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:48 GMT

Egyptian authorities are expected to announce on Saturday the official results of this week's referendum on a new constitution, a day after clashes between security forces and Islamist protesters killed four people.

January 17, 2014

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clash with civilians and Egyptian riot police in Alf Masskan district in the capital Cairo on January 17, 2014. [AFP]
22:21 GMT

Egyptian security forces shot dead three protester on Friday during mass nationwide rallies against the military-backed authorities and a draft constitution that was voted on this week in a popular referendum.

Polling station officials count ballots in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 15, 2014 at the end of the second day of voting in a referendum on a new constitution. [AFP]
12:19 GMT

Initial results indicate that 40 percent of registered Egyptian voters took part in the constitutional referendum this week, the state television reported.

January 16, 2014

According to governmental officials, the response to Egypt's constitution has been "overwhelmingly positive". (AFP)
13:36 GMT

A senior Egyptian government official said that initial reports show that more than 80 percent of Egyptian voters have backed the new constitution, while another said that the country's next president must "be a civilian".

Workers wait in line to receive exit stamp from KSA authorities during amnesty period of deportation. [AFP]
05:19 GMT

Only three months after the mass government forced exodus of Saudi's expats, many illegal workers have returned to the streets seeking new ways to earn a living.

Polling station officials count ballots in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 15, 2014 at the end of the second day of voting in a referendum on a new constitution. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

Egyptians headed to polling stations on Tuesday and Wednesday to vote on a newly-amended national charter, which improves upon the 2012 version that was frozen upon the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

January 15, 2014

An Egyptian man holds up his finger, proving he has voted in the constitutional polls in his local Cairo voting station. (AFP)
17:58 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry said Wednesday that over the course of the voting on the country's new constitution, nearly 250 Muslim Brotherhood supporters had been arrested for trying to disrupt the process.

Wahhabism is the ultra-conservative vein of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. It has been intrinsic to Saudi's rulers since the 18th century. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

During his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister on Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly warned that Saudi Arabia's political and religious ideology of Wahhabism threatens the globe.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference on the sidelines of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, on January 15, 2014. [AFP]
11:35 GMT

In a gesture of support and acknowledgement for Jordan's continued efforts to support regional refugees, the U.S. will continue support to the Kingdom.

Tunisian troops takes part in an official ceremony marking the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday in Tunis. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

Leaders in Tunisia participated in a small ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Arab Spring.

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation held a press statement regarding to the unlawful search to IHH’s Kilis Office and humanitarian aid storage. [IHH.org]
08:25 GMT

Police searched location of Humanitarian Relief Foundation after accusations that they were smuggling arms across Syrian borders.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced on Tuesday two terrorists to death for their involvement in the murder of four French nationals in Madinah nearly seven years ago. [suqalmal]
08:09 GMT

The Riyadh Criminal Court has handed out the death sentence for two men charged in the killing of four Frenchmen in early 2007 during an attack in Madinah.

Hailing from Tripoli, Libyan political activist Amal al-Taher el-Haj has put her name forward to the General National Congress as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. [libyaherald]
07:51 GMT

In efforts to bring a more feminine touch to the political arena in Libya, Amal al-Taher el-Haj has submitted her name to the General National Congress as a candidate and she believes her chances of being appointed are high.

An Egyptian man holds a portrait of Egypt's Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi outside a polling station during the vote on a new constitution. [AFP]
05:08 GMT

Despite several deaths in the region since the polls have been opened to vote on the new constitution, Egyptians turned up in numbers to cast their votes.