News & Politics

We scoop up the latest news buzzing all over the world – from breaking stories to behind-the-scenes analysis, above-the-fold headlines to offbeat news, we’ve got you covered in the region and beyond.

Discovering MENA: Tunisia inaugurated the “Arab Spring”. How is it behaving?

 These days, Tunisia is supposed to be celebrating the first anniversary of the holding of real fair free transparent elections for the first time in the Arab world. Indeed, Tunisia was the state where the “Arab Spring” was first kindled (although some believe this phenomena can be tracked back to previous events). But nowadays the […]


As the final days of the US presidential election draw to a close and countless publications around the world announce their endorsement for candidates Obama or Romney, we at Scoop Empire have decide to weigh in as well. To most people the stakes of this election may not be as high as that of 2008, […]

Maria’s Note: Bishop Tawadros ordained 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Bishop Tawadros Theodorus II has become the new Pope for the largest religious minority in the Middle East.The Coptic community makes up between 6 and 10% of the 83 million people of Egypt. Tawadros, a 54- year- old doctor and assistant Bishop for central Cairo, succeeds Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt’s church for […]

Chris Rock Has A Message For The White Voters

With the Romney/Obama race still neck to neck (according to the media) all the stars and celebs are coming out to endorse their electoral choice! Obviously Chris Brown wants you to vote for a white man, but not any white man! Check out this hilarious video and Chris Browns message to the undecided white voters! […]

Riyadh Explosion

At least 22 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, triggering an explosion that brought down an industrial building, Saudi state television reported. Al-Ekhbariya television quoted a Saudi civil defence official as saying that at least 111 people were also injured in the incident. […]

Discovering MENA: An “Arab Autumn” in Kuwait?

Kuwait is known by some as the “most democratic country in the Gulf”, which is not a lot to say, but at least means something when you talk about authoritarian/autocratic regimes like the ones installed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain… Kuwait is a tiny oil-rich country where both freedom of press, freedom of assembly and […]

Maria’s Note: Afghanistan Presidential Election

A Senior official of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission has announced on Tuesday that the country expects to hold its next presidential elections in April 2014, almost coinciding with the withdrawal of the International troops from the country. After this step, one year after a new president takes power, the legislative election are scheduled to take […]

Saudi Women Lawyers Allowed in Court

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month, according to the Saudi Justice Ministry. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the four-day Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha in late October, will apply […]

Hurricane Sandy

As the East coast wakes up to evaluate the path of destruction that Hurricane Sandy has left, the evidence and photos seem to prove that this was one Tropical storm not to be messed with. From power cuts, leaving more than 6 million people in the dark, to destroyed buildings, fallen trees and an increasing […]

Egypt’s Copts Select 3 Finalists in Papal Elections

After the death of Pope Shenouda III in March, the papal selection is the first in 41 years(Last held on 1971). The new pope will take his post at a critical point, as the Church faces a number of internal and external issues. Acting head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomious announced the results of […]