Regional News

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.

Jordan's King Abdullah was among the first country leaders to welcome the military coup that ousted former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi (AP)
17:20 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah met with the Egyptian interim president Tuesday calling for Egyptian "unity." While the two heads of state met in Amman, the Egyptian government in Cairo revoked the Muslim Brotherhood's NGO registration and seized the Islamist group's frozen assets.

Yemen's president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi says that only a few remaining issues need to be discussed to establish a federal and united country and solve the southern question (Courtesy of Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
16:40 GMT

Yemen's president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced Tuesday that Yemen's national dialogue is a "a few days away" from establishing a new and just federal structure for the country's government.

Saudi Arabia has reiterated its support to Egypt in its fight against "terrorism and sedition". Saudi's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (R) welcoming Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour in Riyadh on Tuesday. (AFP)
12:47 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Tuesday renewed the KSA's support of the interim Egyptian government in its fight against "terrorism and sedition".

An Egyptian riot policeman takes position in Al Jumhuria street in downtown Cairo during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on October 6, 2013. (AFP)
07:55 GMT

Egypt's Prosecutor General ordered on Monday comprehensive investigations into the violence that erupted in Cairo and outside the capital on Sunday. 53 people were killed in Cairo as seven security officials were killed elsewhere in Egypt.

October 7, 2013

Bedouin tribes in the Jordanian desert.  Tribalism has often been the cause of conflict in Jordan. (Image credit: Getty)
17:49 GMT

Former Irbid deputy Abdul Nasser Bani Hani was killed on Sunday night during a tribal clash.

Iraqi women walk past a burnt-out vehicle on October 7, 2013 following a bombing attack in Baghdad's eastern al-Jadidah district the night before. (Image credit: AFP)
17:04 GMT

A woman was caught by a security guard as she was placing a bomb next to a primary school south of Baghdad.