Regional News

January 13, 2014

An Egyptian woman living in Oman casts her vote on a divisive draft constitution in Egypt at the Egyptian embassy in the Gulf sultanate's capital Muscat on January 8, 2014. [AFP]
12:07 GMT

Egyptian expatriates began casting their ballots on the draft of the new constitution in 161 countries last week and most are voting "yes".

Egyptian forces have been seeking to oust militants from the Sinai peninsula since Morsi left office in July. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT

Two suspected militants were killed in an explosion near the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid on Monday, Egyptian security officials said.

Thousands of expats were deported in 2013 yet local Saudis have been unable to fill their roles. [riyadhconnect]
10:05 GMT

After thousands of expats were deported from Saudi, the country is still working to fill the void left in their place.

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday resumed its hearings for the retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. [AFP]
05:26 GMT

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak is adjoined to February as more top officials are set to give testimonies.

January 12, 2014

An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station.
17:37 GMT

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, who promised that the “new constitution will establish a modern civil state,” said the country’s new leader will have “full powers,” without detailing what these powers are in a television address on Sunday.

Mr. Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council that served as the "political arm" that ended Gaddafi's dictatorship in 2011 (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:56 GMT

Libya's deputy industry minister was shot dead in his hometown of Sirte Saturday.

A file picture taken on September 20, 2013 shows Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is allegedly contemplating a bid for the presidency. [AFP]
05:01 GMT

If the people demand him to be the new leader of Egypt, Army Chief Sisi will run for election.

Earlier this November, Afghanistan’s Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced the official election date for the country’s presidential elections for April 5, 2014. [muftah]
04:47 GMT

Based on numbers from previous years, Afghanistan expects higher turnout due to more protected voting sites for the 2014 Presidential election day.

January 11, 2014

Yemeni Military Police march during a ceremony launching the first phase of combat and operations training of the year on January 8, 2014 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

In efforts to monitor a ceasefire between Shiite rebels and hardline Sunni Salafists, Yemen troops began to deploy in the northern province of Saada on Saturday, a security official told Agence France-Presse.

Iraqi policemen march during a ceremony marking police forces 92nd anniversary in the capital Baghdad on January 9, 2014. [AFP]
12:36 GMT

The U.N. Security Council on Friday backed an Iraqi government campaign to recapture provincial strongholds from al-Qaeda-linked militants.

January 10, 2014

Egyptian authorities have often used tear gas to dispel pro-Morsi protests since the former president's oust in July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Clashes in Egypt's Alexandria left one person dead on Friday.

Militias throughout Libya have clashed with government forces to control territory in the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
11:22 GMT

The United States' top military commander to Africa told reporters Friday that the Pentagon is planning to commence training for Libyan soldiers by midyear to help "boost the [north African country's] security."

Tunisia's Islamist premier Ali Larayedh arrives at Kasbah Palace in Tunis to submit his resignation to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on January 9, 2014.  [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Tunisia's Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to finish a transitional period.

January 9, 2014

he poll conducted in late December showed that 76 percent of the participants are expected to take part in the upcoming referendum on Jan. 14 and 15. [Getty Images]
20:59 GMT

Egyptian will approve the constitution despite the fact that over half the population have not read the draft of the document, a new poll revealed according to the Egyptian Daily news website al-Ahram.

Washington has been silent as infighting between Syrian opposition and Islamist rebels continues in the country's northern region (Courtesy of Front Page Magazine)
14:09 GMT

The United States' double standard policies in Syria and Iraq may undermine its ability and influence in the global fight against Al Qaeda and in the Middle East more generally.