'US intel agencies misjudged Arab Spring, impact on al Qaeda'

US intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, according to a new book by a former top CIA official.

Pending Formula One race spurs renewed Shiite protests in Bahrain
Pending Formula One race spurs renewed Shiite protests in Bahrain

The Formula One race set for Sunday in Bahrain drew protests on Friday as activists accused the Gulf kingdom of again staging the annual event to paper over human rights abuses, four years after being forced to cancel it during Arab Spring uprisings. 

Oman jails rights activist who wrote letter to Barack Obama

An Omani court jailed a prominent activist for three years on Sunday for a range of offences including undermining the state, a charge a newspaper said was related to an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama about human rights in the country.

Tunisia lawmakers approve landmark government

Tunisia's parliament on Thursday approved a coalition government led by the secular Nidaa Tounes party and including its Islamist rivals, following landmark elections in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Tunisia looks to cap off revolution with presidential vote

Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.

Opposition boycott overshadows Bahrain election

Voting began on Saturday in Bahrain`s first legislative elections since a failed pro-democracy uprising in 2011, with the opposition boycotting the polls in the tiny Gulf monarchy.

Presidential campaign gets under way in Tunisia

Campaigning opened Saturday for a presidential election in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with secularist Beji Caid Essebsi seen as the frontrunner after his party won milestone parliamentary polls.

Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country`s 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

Tunisia begins landmark election race

Campaigning officially got underway on Saturday for Tunisian Parliamentary Elections seen as a milestone in efforts to establish a democratic foothold in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Bahrain upholds 10 year jail term for journalist

A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday upheld a controversial 10-year-jail term against a photojournalist convicted over his presence at a 2012 attack on a police station.

World in turmoil, but not because of Obama, says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday agreed that "the world is in turmoil" but that is "not the fault of President Barack Obama".

Saudi shouts support for Egypt`s new anti-Islamist leader

As new Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares for his inauguration on Sunday, his most powerful Arab ally is deploying both threats and promises to ensure the Arab Spring cannot upset a new anti-Islamist front in the Middle East.

Berlin summons Egyptian ambassador over death sentences

The German Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Egyptian ambassador on Tuesday to urge the lifting of 683 death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to suspected Islamists.

Hundreds protest in Tunisia against `terrorism`

More than a thousand protesters gathered on Monday in the Tunisian town of Jendouba to condemn the weekend killings of four people by suspected Islamist militants.

Bahrain protesters clash with police on uprising anniversary

Pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with police in Bahrain as they marked the third anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising that was crushed with the help of Saudi-led troops, witnesses said.

Protests called 3 years after Bahrain`s crushed uprising

Bahrain`s opposition has called for protests to mark the third anniversary Friday of an Arab Spring revolt led by the Shiite majority that was brutally crushed by the Saudi-backed Sunni monarchy.

Tunisia`s leaders sign new charter 3 years after revolution

Tunisia`s leaders on Monday signed the new constitution adopted by lawmakers, a key goal of the revolution three years ago that touched off the Arab Spring.

Egypt``s Sisi poised to announce presidency bid

Three years after the "Arab Spring" toppled Hosni Mubarak, a secretive general with a cult-like following is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt ahead of elections which he is expected to win easily.

Tunisia PM-designate says failed to form new cabinet

Tunisia`s Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa announced Saturday he had failed to reach a consensus on a new cabinet due to oversee the run-up to fresh elections.

Tunisia says nine `terrorists` killed, bombs seized

Tunisian security forces killed nine `terrorists` and seized two tonnes of explosives on Saturday in a military operation near where two policemen were killed two days earlier, the defence ministry said.