Arab World

  • Egypt forces assault protest camp, many scores shot dead 15-08-2013 01:51 AM

    Cairo: Egyptian security forces crushed a protest camp of thousands of supporters of the deposed president on Wednesday, shooting dead scores of people in the bloodiest day in decades in the Arab world's most populous country. The health ministry said 149 people were killed, both in Cairo and in clashes...
  • Five dead in Egypt as Morsi opponents and supporters clash 04-07-2013 04:41 AM

    Cairo: At least five people were killed when opponents and supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, clashed after the army announced his removal on Wednesday, state media and officials said. Gunfire broke out as rocks and bricks flew in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, witnesses said. At least one...
  • Syria: 17 dead as protesters stage huge rallies 31-12-2011 08:49 AM

    Beirut: Syrian security forces, undaunted by the presence of Arab League observers, have killed at least 12 protesters as hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said. Five members of the security forces were also killed in a shooting in the city of Homs,...
  • Egyptian court bans military 'virginity tests' 29-12-2011 08:11 AM

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the country's military rulers to stop the use of "virginity tests" on female detainees, in a rare condemnation by a civilian tribunal of a military practice that has caused an uproar among activists and rights groups. The virginity test allegations first surfaced after...
  • Egypt protestor killed outside Cabinet: Officials 26-11-2011 02:31 PM

    Cairo: Egyptian medical officials say that one demonstrator has been killed outside the country's Cabinet building, where protestors have camped overnight to prevent the entrance of the country's newly-appointed prime minister. Witnesses say that the protestor was killed when an army vehicle ran over him early on Saturday. The official...
  • Egypt Army appoints Kamal Ganzouri new PM 25-11-2011 03:16 AM

    Cairo: Egyptian former prime minister Kamal Ganzouri accepted a request from the ruling generals to form a new government, state media reported, but protesters brushed away their choice and vowed to hold another mass rally on Friday to demand the army quit power. Ganzouri confirmed he had agreed in principle...
  • US-Egyptian writer alleges sexual abuse by police 25-11-2011 01:28 AM

    Cairo: A prominent Egyptian-born US columnist said uniformed police sexually assaulted, beat and blindfolded her after she was detained on Thursday near Tahrir Square during clashes, leaving her left arm and right hand broken and in casts. Mona Eltahawy, 44, lives in New York and is a prominent women's rights...
  • Egypt Army appoints ex-PM to form new govt 25-11-2011 01:03 AM

    Cairo: Egypt's ruling military council asked former Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri to form a new government on Thursday after protesters demanded the army sack the previous cabinet, Al Jazeera television reported, citing unspecified reports. Ganzouri headed a cabinet from 1996 to 1999 that introduced some economic liberalization measures. Many Egyptians...
  • Syria agrees to Arab plan, military pull out 03-11-2011 02:48 AM

    Cairo: Syria has agreed to pull its military out of cities, release prisoners and hold talks with the opposition as part of an Arab plan to end violence triggered by an uprising against President Bashar al Assad. "We are happy to have reached this agreement and we will be even...
  • Averting the next Afghanistan

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's flight path from Tripoli to Kabul this week should have given the US administration some reason to reflect on...

  • World View: Arab Spring - Should India have taken a more active line? 17-09-2011 06:07 PM

    Suhasini Haidar: Hello and welcome to this week's edition of World View with me Suhasini Haidar. It has been nine months and counting the fires across the Arab world continue to burn and the Arab Spring as it is called is continuing to claim lives and in fact Governments. Today,...
  • Arab Spring: Should India have taken a more active line? 13-09-2011 11:48 AM

    Suhasini Haidar: Hello and welcome to this week's edition of World View with me Suhasini Haidar. It has been nine months and counting the fires across the Arab world continue to burn and the Arab Spring as it is called is continuing to claim lives and in fact Governments. Today,...
  • Yemen bombs anti-government tribal area 29-06-2011 01:51 AM

    Sanaa: Yemeni government warplanes and artillery pounded several villages of anti-government tribes north of the capital on Tuesday, killing at least three people, a senior tribal leader said. Sheik Ali Youssef of the Naham tribe said that Republican Guard forces, which are commanded by embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh's son,...
  • ICC decision rules out Gaddafi talks: Libya rebels 29-06-2011 01:05 AM

    Paris: A spokesman for the rebel Libyan National Transitional Council said on Tuesday there was no room for talks with Muammar Gaddafi after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the Libyan leader's arrest. "After the ICC decision I don't think there is a place for any direct or...
  • Yemen may retake oil pipeline, crisis persists 29-06-2011 01:00 AM

    Dubai: Yemen is considering using force to secure and repair its main oil pipeline, blown up in an attack by angry tribesmen in mid-March, a senior Yemeni official told Reuters on Tuesday. The comments came amid a persistent political impasse over the fate of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is...
  • Libyan rebels claim advances in western mountains 27-06-2011 01:06 PM

    Tripoli: Rebels in Libya's western mountains said they have advanced and are battling Muammar Gaddafi's forces in a strategic town southwest of the capital, ramping up pressure against government troops on a second front. The rebels' claim of an advance into the outskirts of the town of Bair al-Ghanam, some...
  • Libyan schools heal battle scarred children 27-06-2011 11:40 AM

    Since the revolution has begun, schools have been closed and the children have had no where to go. ...
  • 7 killed in Syria as protests turn violent 22-06-2011 02:32 AM

    Beirut: Syrian President Bashar Assad's effort to drown out pro-democracy protests exploded into clashes between government supporters and opponents on Tuesday, and security forces opened fire and killed seven people, including a teenager, activists said. It was the latest deadly turn in a 3-month-old uprising that appears unbowed by a...
  • Libyan rebels try to close on Gaddafi 18-06-2011 09:30 AM

    Dafniyah: Libya's rebels have traded heavy artillery fire with Muammar Gaddafi's forces near the western city of Zlitan as they tried to take government-held territory east of the capital Tripoli. The city, 160 km (100 miles) from Tripoli, is the next major town on the Mediterranean coastal road to the...
  • Libyan leader Gaddafi says NATO will not win 18-06-2011 07:26 AM

    Tripoli: Provoked by renewed daylight NATO bombing of his capital, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi raged against the alliance on Friday, screaming his message and daring Western forces to keep it up. Gaddafi spoke in a telephone call that was piped through loudspeakers to a few thousand people demonstrating in Tripoli's...
  • Syria: Helicopters open fire to quell protest 11-06-2011 07:04 AM

    Amman: Syrian helicopter gunships fired machineguns to disperse pro-democracy protests, witnesses said, in the first reported use of air power to quell unrest in Syria's increasingly bloody three-month-old uprising. The use of the aircraft came on a day of nationwide rallies against President Bashar al-Assad, as unrest showed no sign...
  • Yemen: Militants emboldened by nation's turmoil 10-06-2011 09:18 AM

    Sanaa: Yemen's political upheaval has emboldened suspected al-Qaida militants who have seized a provincial capital and now are operating openly in the lawless south, training with live ammunition and controlling roads with checkpoints. The US fears the power vacuum will give even freer rein to al-Qaida's branch in Yemen -...
  • Gaddafi vows to fight on, NATO jets pound Tripoli 08-06-2011 12:57 AM

    Tripoli: Waves of NATO aircraft hit Tripoli on Tuesday in the most sustained bombardment of the Libyan capital since Western forces began air strikes in March. By Tuesday afternoon, war planes were striking different parts of the city several times an hour, hour after hour, rattling windows and sending clouds...
  • Egypt: Activist whose death sparked revolt honored 07-06-2011 02:23 AM

    Cairo: Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets on Monday and stood in silence in memory of activist Khaled Said, beaten to death outside an Internet cafe exactly a year ago by two police officers in the coastal city Alexandria. Pictures of the 28-year-old's battered face and body quickly spread...
  • Yemen Prez recovering from wounds after attack 04-06-2011 10:36 PM

    Sanaa: President Ali Abdullah Saleh was recovering from head wounds on Saturday, officials said, a day after an attack on his palace escalated a conflict that has brought Yemen to the brink of civil war. Yemeni and Saudi officials dismissed reports on Arabiya TV that Saleh had left for neighboring...
  • Egypt court sentences ex-FM for corruption 04-06-2011 08:01 PM

    Cairo: Egypt's former Finance Minister Yussef Boutros Ghali was on Saturday sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison on charges of corruption and embezzlement of public money. Ghali was awarded 15 years for squandering public money by using cars held in customs and 15 years for abusing his position...
  • Yemeni air force bombs al Qaeda-held city 30-05-2011 11:50 PM

    Sanaa: The Yemeni air force bombed an al Qaeda-held southern city on Monday while residents in another city said soldiers had opened fire on a demonstration and run protesters over with bulldozers, killing at least 15. There were flashpoints across civil-war-threatened Yemen including six soldiers being killed in what appeared...
  • Eleven killed in wider Syria military push 30-05-2011 09:28 AM

    Amman: Syrian forces killed at least 11 civilians and wounded scores on Sunday, a prominent human rights campaigner said, in a widening military push into central Syria to quell protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Tanks, supported by troops, fired heavy machineguns in the towns of Talbiseh and...
  • US and Europe must lead on Middle East: Obama 26-05-2011 12:34 AM

    London: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared the US-European alliance as vital as ever and said it must use its influence to push for democratic reforms in the Middle East. Obama outlined a manifesto for responding to "Arab Spring" uprisings as he became the first US president to address...