Latest in Region Highlight

Advertising Area



Latest in Region


Tunisia constitution date set

Tunis (AFP) — Tunisia’s new constitution will not be adopted before February 2013, the head of the drafting committee said on Tuesday, after earlier announcing that it would be delayed until April. “I believe that in all reality there can be no final reading of the constitution before February 2013,” Habib Kheder, who is also …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Aqsa mosque prayers

Jerusalem (AFP) — Palestinians poured into Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank on Tuesday for a night of prayer at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in a rare opportunity for many of them to visit the Muslim holy site, the third-holiest in Islam. Police said that by early evening “tens of thousands” had arrived to mark …

Daily News Egypt

Sudan cooperation a necessity

Khartoum (AFP) – Sudan and South Sudan have no choice but to work together in order to avoid “suicide”, former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi said on Tuesday. “It is a win-win formula or a lose-lose formula,” Mahdi, who leads a major opposition party, Umma, told a gathering organised by the South Sudanese embassy. Sudan and …

Daily News Egypt

Iran casualty figures

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs sent the Daily News Egypt a completed situation report on the recent earthquakes in northern Iran.    The report raises the death toll to 306 and the injured to 2,600. It also adds that 50,000 Iranians are now living in tents as a result of the …

Daily News Egypt

Pro-Saleh troops ‘attack Yemen defense ministry’

Sanaa (AFP) – Troops from Yemen’s elite Republican Guard force, led by the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, on Tuesday attacked the headquarters of the defence ministry but were repelled, witnesses said. The forces laid siege to the ministry in Sanaa before attacking it with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades, witnesses told AFP. The attack …

Daily News Egypt

Eight Ugandans survive army helicopter crash, two dead

Nairobi (AFP) – Eight Ugandan servicemen walked away from their helicopter after it crashed in Kenya en route to war-torn Somalia while two soldiers were confirmed dead in another crash, officials said Tuesday. Theirs were among three Russian-made Mi-24 combat helicopters that went down Sunday in a remote mountainous region of Kenya. One was found …

Daily News Egypt

Bahrain reinstates ambassador to Iran

Dubai (AFP) – Bahrain said Sunday it has reinstated its ambassador in Iran, more than a year after recalling the envoy over Tehran’s strong condemnation of Manama’s brutal crackdown on Shiite-led protests. “The ambassador of the kingdom to the Islamic Republic of Iran has returned to his work in Tehran,” announced Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled …

Daily News Egypt

Five killed in Iraq attacks

A roadside bomb and a drive-by shooting killed five and injured another five on Sunday, reported the Associated Press. The bomb reportedly killed three police officers in Jurf Al-Sakhar, a town south of Baghdad. The drive-by shooting in the Baghdad neighborhood of Jihad killed two civilians near a government office responsible for overseeing Sunni administration …

Daily News Egypt

Prison break out in Tripoli

According to reports in the Tripoli Post, a riot and gun battles broke out in Al-Fornaj prison in Tripoli. During the fighting, eight prisoners escaped custody. There were also six casualties and one prisoner was killed. The riot started when a vehicle showed up outside the prison and opened fire on the guards, seemingly in …

Daily News Egypt

Tanzania probes Iran oil tanker reflagging reports

Dar Es Salaam (AFP) – Tanzania said Thursday it is investigating US accusations it reflagged Iranian oil tankers to help Tehran evade US and EU sanctions. “If we confirm that there are Iranian ships flying Tanzania’s flag, we are going to obliterate the registration,” Foreign Minister Bernard Membe told reporters. Both the European Union and …

Daily News Egypt

Yemeni Republican Guard protest outside Defence Ministry

Members of Yemen’s Republican Guard surrounded the Defence Ministry in protest on Friday. Under fears that the guardsmen would storm the ministry, tanks were sent to quell the protests. The Republican Guard is an elite fighting force led by Ahmed Saleh, the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh. AP reported that threats to remove …

Daily News Egypt

Iraq suicide bomber strikes Shi’a mosque

A suicide bomber drove a vehicle into a Shi’a mosque in northern Iraq during Friday prayers. The detonation killed five worshipers and injured over 70, according to Reuters. This attack comes after Shia’s were targeted in a Wednesday attack that killed an estimated 12 worshipers. The sectarian targeting threatens the power-sharing government consisting of Shi’a, …

Daily News Egypt

Computer virus infects Lebanon

A computer virus in Lebanon is threatening to destroy the country’s banking system, the Lebanese Daily Star reported. The virus, called Gauss, is rare in size and focus. The size of the attack is so large that experts say only a nation-state has the means to create an attack of this sophistication.  The attack was …

Daily News Egypt