Regional News

November 18, 2013

Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told reporters Monday that the Hashemite Kingdom has "officially" requested UNSC seat (AFP/Getty Images)
10:04 GMT

Jordan officially requested a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council Monday, following Saudi Arabia's decision to decline the seat in October.

Libyan rebel groups have established checkpoints nationwide as they compete for power and territory control with other militias as well as the central government (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
08:37 GMT

Escalating violence in Libya, including late Sunday's death and kidnap of two intelligence officers, is becoming a point of worry for Libya's neighbors and the international community. Militia forces from Misrata have been ordered to leave the country's capital and US military forces are proposing to train Libyan government security forces in order to maintain security and promote counterterrorism in the fragile north African country.

Egypt is notorious for its poorly-kept railway system that has resulted in a growing number of fatal accidents (Reuters)
07:41 GMT

At least 24 people have been killed and 28 wounded from a train wreck that occurred early Monday south of Cairo following the late Sunday killing of a police officer in the capital.

For the first time Sunday, the Brotherhood did not ask for reinstatement of ousted president Mohammed Morsi (Courtesy of World Bulletin)
06:20 GMT

As government statements indicate that a proposed dialogue will not commence with the country's Muslim Brotherhood, an insider of the Islamist group shared with reporters that the decision to endorse a "national dialogue" was a result of interests and pressures from outside groups.

Jordan earlier this month expressed publicly that it hoped to assume the vacant UN council seat (Courtesy of UN)
06:00 GMT

Kuwait announced that it will support Jordan's bid to take up the UN Security Council seat vacancy that was previously declined by Saudi Arabia earlier this year in protest to US policy in the Middle East, particularly in the context of Syria.

November 17, 2013

Libyan militias previously vandalized the government's parliament building in the capital earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
13:07 GMT

Libyan residents in Tripoli are on a three-day strike to protest the past weekend's fatal militia violence, and government officials are calling on all militias in the country's capital to leave.

Kurds' Barzani and Turks' Erdogan have previously met, but Saturday's meeting represents the first time that the two leaders have met in the Kurdish region of Turkey (Courtesy of the Kurdistan Regional Government)
07:28 GMT

Turkey's meeting with Kurdish leadership this weekend posed as a promising start to tentative peace talks between the two clashing groups

Members of the Tripoli Rebels Brigade militia patrol a main road in Tajura, 15 kms from the capital Tripoli. (Image credit: AFP)
07:16 GMT

A 48-hour state of emergency was declared in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday, after deadly violence broke out between armed groups.

Former president Mubarak's retrial started earlier this year, but was delayed in April after the presiding judge resigned from the hearing minutes after the trial began (AFP/Getty Images)
06:40 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's adjourned trial is set to resume Sunday. The former president is being tried along with six security aides his former interior minister, and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal.

Foreign groups loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ready to fight alongside Syria. [Getty Images]
05:30 GMT

Syrian National Council Defense Minister Assad Mustafa said Assad's allies to launch an "organized invasion" in areas outside Damascus.

November 15, 2013

Borge Brende said Norway would dispatch a civilian cargo ship and a Navy frigate to Syrian ports to pick up the stockpiles and carry them elsewhere for destruction. [Reuters]
13:32 GMT

Norway on Thursday announced it will help the U.N. eliminate the Assad government’s chemical weapons.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi ( and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Sergei Lavrov and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu hold talks with Egyptian counterparts on weapons sales and political relations during an official visit. [AFP]
12:58 GMT

Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal worth $2 billion military.

Morsi is alleged to have encouraged the murder of protesters demonstrating outside Cairo's presidential palace last December. [guim]
10:01 GMT

Morsi moved to solitary confinement after his ten days in a hospital. The continuation of his trial is expected to start next week.

November 14, 2013

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. [bbcimg]
16:25 GMT

As possible flames of progress lessen between Egypt and US, Russia shows up as "available" for talks as a comforting rebound. Despite any rumors, Egypt is not expected to stray too far from the US.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a press conference after their high-stakes talks on Syria's chemical weapons at the UN headquarters in Geneva, on September 13, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:55 GMT

Long-delayed Geneva II conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will take place on December 12.