Regional News

August 1, 2014

The northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been under ISIS control since early July, the group has since driven out Christians and terrorized the city's remaining residents.
16:47 GMT

Local source reports ISIS has ordered gendered classrooms in universities in Mosul, declaring morning and early afternoon hours for female students, and afternoon and evening hours for male.

Claiming 729 lives so far, many fear the current Ebola crisis in West Africa could spread worldwide.
14:59 GMT

In an attempt to prevent the possible spread of the rising Ebola virus into Lebanon, the country's Labor Ministry said work permits from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia will be halted, and symptom examinations will be conducted at the Beirut airport upon passenger arrival.

Libya's militias continue to grow more powerful by the day. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Hard-line Islamist militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city.

July 31, 2014

Rival militias have nearly destroyed the airport in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
16:23 GMT

The Philippines has called on all its 13,000 nationals to leave Libya immediately.

One of the two car bombs in Giza detonated accidentally, missing its target and killing its three suspected militants (Khaled Kamel /AFP).
08:55 GMT

Twin car bombs in Giza on Wednesday targeted electricity pylons but were unsuccessful as one detonated accidentally, killing three, and the other was detected prior to detonation.

July 30, 2014

Protesters carry a dummy of the Al-aqsa mosque ("dome of the rock") during a demonstration in support of Palestinian people and to condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. [AFP]
16:17 GMT

Nigerians have turned out massively in a funeral procession held for dozens of people killed by the country’s army during an anti-Israeli rally held to mark International Quds Day last Friday.

The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
16:05 GMT

The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

The Libyan government is struggling to control rival militias who refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

Militant groups have seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Benghazi.

July 29, 2014

Libya has been grappling with rising insecurity ever since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

The Canadian government has pulled its diplomatic mission out of Libya because of the country's "unpredictable security environment."

Libya's interim government has appealed for international help to put out the fire. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Officials in Libya say a huge fire has spread to a second oil tank in Tripoli.

A tribute for one of the Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie crash at Ouagadougou Airport in Mali (Sia Kambou /AFP).
11:26 GMT

French authorities have asked for Lebanon's permission to transfer the Lebanese deceased from the Air Algerie plane crash to Paris to conduct DNA testing and compare remains with sample´s taken from victims´ families.

Egyptian security forces killed Faisal Seliman of the armed group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis after he allegedly tried to attack security forces with an explosive device whilst being arrested (File Archive / AFP).
09:59 GMT

The Egyptian Ministry of Homeland Security stated that security forces killed one of the most "dangerous" members of the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis on Sunday, during an arrest operation.

Whilst Libya has denied that any Egyptians were killed in Sunday´s rocket attack in Tripoli, Egypt has nonetheless advised all its citizens in the area to immediately evacuate (Mahmud Turkia / AFP).
08:09 GMT

Libyan authorities informed the Egyptian foreign Ministry on Monday that despite earlier reports, no Egyptians were killed in the Tripoli rocket attack reported on Sunday.

July 28, 2014

Smoke billowing from an oil depot on 28 July 2014 near the Tripoli airport, resulting from some of the most violent clashes since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was overthrown in 2011 (Mahmud Turkia /AFP).
17:06 GMT

The international community is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya amid growing violence between armed Islamist groups and soldiers loyal to the Libyan government.

A Sheikh leads a prayer on 28 July 2014, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, in the heavily damaged Al-Faruq mosque, in Rafah, Gaza (Said Khatib /AFP).
14:00 GMT

The start of Eid al-Fitr has seen reduced fighting in the Gaza strip, following the United Nations Security Council´s call for an immediate ceasefire.