Regional News

August 27, 2013

Jordanian Prime Minster Abdullah Ensour casts his vote in Amman on Tuesday. (Image via Jordan News Agency, Petra)
11:57 GMT

Despite military leaders meeting in Amman over a potential Syrian intervention, millions of Jordanians headed to local polling stations to cast their votes in the municipal elections.

Secularists will come head to head with ultraconservative Islamist groups during the creation of the final draft of Egypt's constitution. Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour was handed the latest constitutional amendments on Monday. (AFP)
07:45 GMT

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour is to form a 50 member committee to finalise Egypt's constitution, amid expectations that the committee will largely be formed of secular thinkers despite the participation of ultraconservative Nour Party.

August 26, 2013

An Egyptian army soldier holds his rifle as he walks by a street cleaner behind a barbed wire checkpoint on a street in Cairo on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
09:57 GMT

Egyptian Salafist Nour Party has said it will partake in upcoming discussions on Egypt's new constitution to ensure that Egypt's Islamic identity is protected.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood spray graffiti on the wall reading "Rabia", meaning four in a Arabic, and which has become a symbol to remember those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp, on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
07:48 GMT

The spokesman for the Egyptian interim government Ahmed El Meslemani said that the country is ready to move forward with its 'political roadmap' that it has defeated a conspiracy against the state.

August 25, 2013

Egyptian judge Mohamed al-Karmouti (C) announces the adjournment of the trial of Muslim Brotherhood Supreme leader Mohamed Badie and 32 other Islamists on August 25, 2013 at a Cairo court. (AFP)
13:08 GMT

The trial of high ranking Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders was postponed on Sunday because the defendents, former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and two deputies, were absent.

An image grab taken from the Egyptian state TV shows Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak sitting in the defendants' cage on August 25, 2013 during his trial in Cairo. (AFP/Egyptian TV)
11:38 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former interior minister Habib El-Adly and his aides arrived in court on Sunday for their retrial over the killing of protesters during the January 25 uprising.

emeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013.(AFP)
10:21 GMT

Six Yemeni airforce personnel were killed on Sunday after a bomb hit a bus transporting them to their military base in Sana'a.

Hosni Mubarak, Khairat Al Shater, Hazem Abu-Ismail and Mohamed Badie. (Image courtesy of Ahram Online)
07:34 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and several leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood are due in court on Sunday over charges relating to the killing of protesters in separate Cairo courts.

August 24, 2013

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows Syrian volunteers helping victims in a field hospital in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, whom the Syrian opposition said on August 21, 2013 were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces. AFP PHOTO/HO/SHAAM NEWS NETWORK
17:51 GMT

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says it has treated upwards of 3 000 people in Damascus with symptoms of chemical poisoning.

Palestinians wait near their luggage at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into neighbouring Egypt on August 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO SAID KHATIB
17:24 GMT

Egyptian authorities re-opened the Rafah crossing into Gaza on Saturday, after shutting down the terminal

SYRIA, JOBAR : A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 24, 2013 shows bags of what the Syrian government claims to be materials used to make chemical weapons discovered in Jobar on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA"
16:42 GMT

The Syrian government Saturday accused rebels of using chemical weapons in Damascus, with state media showing television footage of alleged evidence.

IRAN, Tehran : Iranian President Hassan Rowhani is seen on a TV screen as he speaks during a parliament session to elect the cabinet members on August 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI
11:07 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday acknowledged chemical weapons had been used in Syria, although he fell short of saying who he thought was behind the attacks.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube by the Local Committee of Arbeen on August 21, 2013 allegedly shows Syrians covering a mass grave containing bodies of victims that Syrian rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta and Zamalka, on the outskirts of Damascus. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE / LOCAL COMMITTEE OF ARBEEN
10:46 GMT

Syria's opposition coalition has confirmed that victims from an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus have been taken abroad to undergo tests.

IRAQ, Kirkuk : Iraqi policemen and investigators inspect the remains of a car bomb that exploded outside the ministry of education in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on August 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO MARWAN IBRAHIM
09:46 GMT

At least 25 people were killed and fifty wounded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Friday, following a suicide explosion in a busy park.

LEBANON, KFAR KILA : Peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol along the Lebanese-Israeli border on August 23, 2013 in Kfar Kila after the Israeli air force launched a rocket toward a Palestinian group in Lebanon. AFP PHOTO MAHMOUD ZAYYAT
08:39 GMT

The Lebanese government will file a complaint with the UN over Israel's airstrikes on Lebanese territory Friday.