Regional News

October 31, 2013

Smoke rises from shell explosions in the Syrian village of al-Jamlah. Photo: [REUTERS/Baz Ratner]
16:14 GMT

A syrian air defense base was reportedly destroyed early Thursday in missile attack, Lebanese and Syrian media say Israel is behind the attack.

Yemeni border patrol on guard in light of increase in Al-Qaeda attacks.  [presstv]
13:41 GMT

Al-Qaeda assailants opened fire on a border patrol killing one soldier and injuring several more before escaping.

Algerian President Bouteflika called for a mechanism to protect Sahrawi rights and monitor human rights violations in the Moroccan-controlled territory Wednesday (Courtesy of Defence Web)
06:01 GMT

Morocco recalled its ambassador to Algeria Wednesday following Algerian president Bouteflika's comments that human rights violations in the Morocco annexed territory of Western Sahara need to be monitored "now more than ever."

October 30, 2013

Egyptian policemen in plain clothes detain students of al-Azhar University in Cairo on October 30, 2013. (Image credit: AFP)
17:54 GMT

Egyptian security forces stormed al-Azhar University campus on Wednesday to quell student protests against the military-backed government.

A picture released by the Egyptian interior ministry shows senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian following his arrest at an apartment in east Cairo where he had been in hiding on October 30, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP)
13:00 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Erian, who has been on the run since the state crackdown on the Islamist group, was arrested in Cairo on Wednesday morning.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt at a busy Tunisian beach resort on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a popular Tunisian beach resort in the city of Sousse on Wednesday. There were no casualties in the blast, according to local officials.

The Egyptian interim government is focusing on security, not national reconciliation, according to a cabinet source. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The government and the Prime Minister have made it a "priority" to fix Egypt's security situation, which means "controlling the Muslim Brotherhood and limiting their capacities," a source in PM Hazem El-Beblawi's cabinet said Wednesday.

Nabil al-Magraby was arrested by Egyptian authorities due to his alleged connections with al-Qaeda operatives and Islamist militant groups such as the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (AFP)
04:00 GMT

Egyptian authorities arrested Nabil al-Maghraby who was previously jailed for Anwar Sadat's assassination, after authorities linked him with al-Qaeda bomb plot activities

October 29, 2013

Libya gunmen stole a mix of foreign and local currency estimated to be $50 million from a bank van en route from Sirte's airport to the local bank branch (Ismail Zitouni/Reuters)
18:34 GMT

Libya gunmen stole $50 million from a bank van on a highway east of Tripoli.

Weapon smugglers have previously been stopped along the Jordan-Syria border (Courtesy of Press TV)
13:28 GMT

Jordan tried three Syrians on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle 36 detonators into Syria for anti-government rebels.

Thousands of Egyptian truck drivers regularly cross the border into Libya for work (Courtesy of Libya Herald)
12:26 GMT

Two Egyptians were found dead in Eastern Libya and dozens of others have been reported missing.

Three judges in the trial of Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie withdrew from the session on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT

The three judges presiding over the trial of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood general guide Mohammed Badie withdrew themselves from the proceedings at the start of a session on Tuesday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry may be visiting Egypt shortly, despite the US halting its military aid to Egypt. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry hinted at an upcoming visit to Cairo that would be the first visit taken since the US stemmed its military aid to Egypt earlier in October.

Tunisian mediator and Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi speaks during a meeting as part of the dialogue between ruling Islamists and the opposition. [AFP]
07:11 GMT

A plan emerges as government in Tunisia turns to new leadership in the face of violence.

October 28, 2013

Chairman of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda leadership Rached Ghannouchi said that his party will not give up power in the future transition government (Courtesy of Tunisia-Live)
13:16 GMT

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party leadership announced that it may be willing to give up government seats, but not power in the upcoming transitional government according to televised interviews Sunday.