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29th Nov 2013

Syrian army recaptures key town as ISIS militants execute six rebels

The Syrian army recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh Thursday, less than a week after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels just north of Damascus. Meanwhile, Islamist militants executed the commander of a rival … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Iraq: 46 killed, 71 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A series of violent attacks across Iraq on Wednesday killed 46 and wounded some 71 others, raising fears that terrorist groups and militia could bring the country to uncontrollable sectarian violence. At least ten people were killed and … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Bahrain arrests human rights activist for “inciting hatred” against the monarchy

Bahraini human rights defender Hussain Jawad was arrested on Saturday over allegations of inciting hatred against the government, his organization confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Hussein Jawad is a human rights activist, and Chairman of European-Bahraini Organization for Human … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Saudi Arabia: More than 50,000 Ethiopians leave in migrant crackdown

Ethiopia has flown home over 50,000 citizens in Saudi Arabia after a crackdown against undocumented immigrants in the oil-rich state, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. “We projected the initial number to be 10,000 but it is increasing,” foreign ministry spokesman … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Iran: Rohani: Iran economic issues go beyond Western sanctions

President Hassan Rohani said Iran’s economic problems went beyond sanctions, blaming “unparalleled stagflation” on the profligacy and mismanagement of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In office from 2005 until August, Ahmadinejad presided over a period of unprecedented revenue growth due to … Continued

27th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Embassy suicide bombers graduates of Assir School

  [A few hours after the Iran embassy bombing, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) removed security checkpoints at the entrance of the commercial market in Saida, prohibiting the entry of all cars. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)] By Amal Khalil   DNA … Continued

27th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Security forces beat, arrest TV journalists in Beirut

  [Lebanese soldiers hold back protesters after a brief scuffle with security forces loyal to the country's customs office who beat and arrested four journalists with Al Jadeed Television on Novemeber 26, 2013. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)]   Security forces arrested … Continued

26th Nov 2013

US and Afghanistan drifting apart on security pact

Afghanistan and the US remain at an impasse over a security deal seemingly reached last week. Fresh talks in Kabul have yielded only new conditions from Afghanistan and the threat of a total troop withdrawal from the US. Afghan President … Continued

26th Nov 2013

Obama lauds new Iran deal, EU mulls sanction changes

President Barack Obama has praised an international deal concerning Iran’s nuclear program, saying the world “cannot close the door on diplomacy.” The agreement was dubbed a “historic mistake” by Israeli leaders. The US president told an audience in San Francisco … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Iraq: 15 killed, 21 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 15 people were killed and 21 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen at an army checkpoint in the Banook neighborhood … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Iran: After interim Iran deal, next six months crucial

By Matthew Rusling WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): After a preliminary deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached in Geneva early Sunday, the next six months will be crucial as the West will monitor Tehran’s progress in halting its controversial nuclear program, U.S. … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Israel outraged over Iranian nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the world powers’ widely-hailed nuclear agreement with Iran as a “historic mistake” that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach. A grim-faced Netanyahu, who had strongly opposed any easing of … Continued

Switzerland: New round of Iran nuclear talks conclude with an histrical agreement
24th Nov 2013

Switzerland: New round of Iran nuclear talks conclude with an histrical agreement

  [EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (2nd L) delivers a statement in Geneva. (Xinhua/Wang Siwei)]   GENEVA, (Xinhua): After intensive negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have reached a first-step agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, EU foreign policy chief Catherine … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Iraq: 19 killed, 42 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 19 people were killed and 42 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Friday, police said. Five people were killed and 17 others wounded Friday evening when two bombs exploded near a refreshment shop in … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Switzerland: P5+1 foreign ministers hopeful of Iran nuclear talks breakthrough

    Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is set to join his US counterpart, John Kerry and other world powers in Geneva for talks on Iran’s nuclear program. It is hoped a breakthrough is imminent. Along with Westerwelle and Kerry, … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran nuclear talks enter third day in Geneva II tallks

Iran and world powers haggled Friday over a breakthrough nuclear accord on the third day of talks in Geneva, with Tehran complaining of “no progress.” This third and crucial meeting since President Hassan Rohani was elected in June is seen … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Lebanon’s Sheikh Hammoud: “The suicide bombers have no religion”

We have to be level-headed about this as much as possible. There are people, due to their simplicity or a personal affront of some kind, who cannot accept Hezbollah’s involvement in the war in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   In … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

US: Washington has “nothing to apologize for” in Afghanistan

Washington’s UN representative Samantha Power said Thursday Afghanistan is owed no apology for US actions in the country since the overthrow of the Taliban 12 years ago. “We have nothing to apologize for. Our soldiers have sacrificed a great deal,” … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran says “lack of trust” slowing down nuclear talks

Iran’s chief negotiator warned Thursday of a lingering “lack of trust” and “major differences” at nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva, saying it was hampering progress over a deal. Abbas Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister, said Iran would not … Continued

21st Nov 2013

Lebanon: Has Lebanon entered the era of suicide bombings?

  [Bombing follows the two car-bomb attacks in Bir al-Abed and Roueiss, both in the same general area of Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Radwan Mortada   Al-Akhbar: The rules of the game have changed. “Iraq-style” suicide bombers … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013

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