Regional News

October 19, 2013

Bahrain authorities have used an unprecedented amount of tear gas to crackdown on anti-government protests, with more than 39 people dying from tear gas-related attacks since 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
09:43 GMT

South Korea is scheduled to ship 1.6 million tear gas canisters to Bahrain by month's end. The small Gulf country has used tear gas in an unprecedented manner to crackdown on the country's anti-government movement.

Tunisia Islamist-led Ennahda party leadership  agreed to step down from power as part of the political transition plan, but tension and trust issues with the opposition parties may undermine or delay this transition (Fethi Balaid/AFP/Getty)
06:56 GMT

Tunisia's ruling Islamist-led Ennahda party said Friday that they expect new elections to be held under the country's political transition plan within six months.

October 18, 2013

A destroyed car and the remains of car bomb are seen following an explosion outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi . Benghazi has witnessed a deadly series of attacks in recent times. (Image credit: AFP)
19:19 GMT

Unknown assailants gunned down Libya’s military police chief, Colonel Ahmed Mustapha al-Barghathi, Friday in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, security services said.

A mural depicting military images is shown in Yemen. Yemen has seen a long period of fighting between the military and militants linked to Al-Qaeda. (Image credit: Getty)
16:22 GMT

Security and military sources have said that a suicide car bomber has killed 12 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on a military command center in southern Yemen's Abyan province.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presides over a meeting of the UN Security Council. (Image credit: Getty)
15:39 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Friday it refuses to accept its rotating U.N. Security Council seat, saying the council is incapable of ending wars and resolving conflicts.

Muslim pilgrims recite prayers after throwing pebbles at pillars in the "Jamarat" ritual which symbolizes the stoning of Satan on the third day of the Eid Al-Adha holiday in Min. (Image credit: AFP)
07:14 GMT

Approximately 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims from 188 countries started leaving Saudi Arabia at the end of a largely incident-free haj.

October 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia still needs approval from two-thirds of the General Assembly to secure its non-member UNSC status (Courtesy of the UN)
17:23 GMT

Saudi Arabia was elected to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council Thursday.

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan reportedly disclosed the identities of ten Iranians who went to Turkey to meet Israeli spies, according to the Washington Post article (Courtesy of Naharnet)
12:16 GMT

A Washington Post article released Thursday reported that Turkey intentionally revealed an Israeli spy ring working inside Iran in early 2012.

The Saudi king called for Muslim unity and dialogue Wednesday while other Saudi officials negotiated a weapons purchase worth 6.8 billion USD with the US pentagon (Courtesy of France 24)
10:52 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz called for Muslim unity and dialogue Wednesday as other KSA officials negotiated a weapons purchase amounting to 6.8 billion USD with the US Pentagon to "stay ahead" of its rival Iran.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Wednesday that the tension in the Egypt-US relationship will reflect and impact US interests throughout the Middle East (AFP)
06:31 GMT

Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy stated in an interview Wednesday that Cairo needs to "reconsider and better estimate" its relationship with the US in the future in response to America's decision to withhold aid from Egypt earlier last week.

October 16, 2013

Turkish Airlines pilots Murat Akpinar (L) and Murat Agca, who were kidnapped in Beirut in August 2013. [AFP]
06:26 GMT

In a video released just before the Eid, two Turkish pilots that have been held hostage since August speak on camera.

October 15, 2013

During an interview with Al Masry Al Youm, Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi revealed that before Morsi's ousting, he attempted numerous times to reconcile the Muslim Brotherhood and opposition forces. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

During an interview with Al Masry Al Youm, Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi revealed that before Morsi's ousting, he attempted numerous times to reconcile the Muslim Brotherhood and opposition forces.

October 14, 2013

Pro-Morsi supporters in Alexandria were hit with tear gas during a protest on Monday. (AFP)
17:47 GMT

Egyptian police fired teargas at protesters supporting deposed president Mohamed Morsi in the city of Alexandria on Monday.

Supporters of Egyptian ousted president Mohamed Morsi and of the Muslim brotherhood movement demonstrate against the military in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district. (AFP)
12:09 GMT

Tamarod, or 'Rebel', the group responsible for the withdrawal of Egypt's confidence in ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, announced Monday they will be holding election rallies after Eid and rejected claims that it will cooperate with Mubarak-affiliated candidates.

Morsi scheduled for trial in early November. [AFP]
10:02 GMT

Morsi defends his position, via his family, that negotiations are off the table for the upcoming schedule trial for charges on inciting violence.