Regional News

November 20, 2014

ISIL militants have seized land across Syria and Iraq in recent months. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT

US General John Allen discussed strategies with Turkish officials to combat ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq Wednesday.

Dina Kawar is the latest female representative on the UN Security Council.
04:00 GMT

Jordan is going to launch a regional initiative to curb terrorists’ increasing use of telecommunications and media technologies.

November 19, 2014

Fighters of Libya's Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) militia rest while holding a position in the Kikla region. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
16:54 GMT

Pro-government forces and militants in Libya's restive city of Benghazi have agreed on a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire, the UN mission in Libya says.

Such expansion is made possible when often little known or relatively new jihadist groups announce their allegiance to IS, as was the case in Derna. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT

The Islamic State has seized control of the coastal city of Derna on Libya's Mediterranean coast.

News of Barack Obama's hostage review proposal emerged after a letter was leaked by a US congressman to the press. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

US President Barack Obama ordered a review of the country's hostage negotiation policy following the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig.

November 17, 2014

The identity of the American woman has been withheld at the request of her family fearing her safety, The Daily Beast reported. [AFP/file]
15:23 GMT

An unnamed woman, the last American citizen held hostage by the ISIL terrorist group, might be the next victim of the Takfiris’ unmerciful murders, according to a report.

Akdogan clarified doubts about Turkey’s policy about the terror group and other vital issues. [AFP]
14:13 GMT

Akdogan clarified doubts about Turkey’s policy about the terror group and other vital issues.

[Kassig family handout/AFP]
13:45 GMT

France confirms likelihood of a French citizen appearing in Sunday's ISIS' beheading video, hours after British citizen identifies son in same video.

Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the ISIL killing of American Peter Kassig, the fifth beheading of a Western hostage by the militant group. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the killing of American aid worker Peter Kassig by ISIL militants.

Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, has pledged to introduce new legislation to replace the controversial "kafala" sponsorship system and improve conditions for migrant workers (AFP).
10:55 GMT

The move comes after growing international criticism of the system that allows employers to keep workers from leaving their jobs.

Political parties in Egypt have raised concerns about the country's controversial protest law during meetings with the PM. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with Egypt's political group, Independence Current, as part of a series of sessions with political groups in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election.

Libya has struggled with intense violence ever since the ouster of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT

Libya's recently-elected parliament based in Tobruk has declared the eastern city of Benghazi a "disaster area," citing a wave of "acts of terror" that had gripped the flashpoint city for months.

November 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar. [AFP]
22:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar

Imran Khan's party Tehreek-i-Insaaf, has criticized the Pakistani government amid increasing tensions. (AFP/File)
20:37 GMT

Ten supporters of Pakistani opposition leader, Imran Khan, were injured in a gun attack Sunday during an anti-government rally.

Gulf leaders including the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend a previously unannounced summit aimed at resolving differences with Doha. (SPA)
20:18 GMT

A meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders is being held on Sunday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, ahead of the GCC’s annual summit due to take place in Doha next month, a senior Kuwaiti source told Asharq Al-Awsat.