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23rd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Soldier dies in Tripoli attack

A Lebanese soldier died after being critically injured in an early morning attack on an army position in the northern city of Tripoli, the military announced Wednesday evening. The fallen soldier was identified as 28-year-old Hussein Saadeddin from northern Lebanon, … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Geneva II: SNC calls for international inquiry into Syria torture allegations

The Geneva II peace conference opened on Wednesday, with opposing sides in the Syrian conflict unwavering on their positions. The Syrian opposition and its supporters remained steadfast in its calls for President Bashar al-Assad to resign, whereas the Syrian government … Continued

22nd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Four dead in South Beirut suicide blast

  Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the southern suburbs, and huge crowds gathered around the explosion site as emergency services attempted to remove those wounded from the area. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Yazan al-Saadi & Marc … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Syria: Qatar-backed report accuses Syria of ‘systematic torture and killing’

A report by former international prosecutors has accused the Syrian government of large-scale killing and torture. The Qatar-backed report is based off of photographic evidence from a military police defector.  A team of three former international prosecutors has accused Syrian … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Iran not to take part in Geneva II confab due to pre conditions

  Tehran, (IRNA): Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian (pictured above) said Iran is not to participate in the Geneva II Conference because of the US irrational insistence on setting conditions for it. Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, … Continued

21st Jan 2014

UN withdraws Iran’s invite to Syria peace talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday withdrew an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks. “He (Ban) continues to … Continued

21st Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Defense: Prosecution’s case against Hizbullah “absurd”

By Marc Abizeid The defense team in the trial of four Hezbollah members accused of murdering Lebanon’s ex-premier Rafik Hariri in 2005 contested on Monday the legitimacy of the “absurd” evidence presented by the prosecution last week as “legally inadmissible” … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Syria: Assad says losing war means “chaos” across the region

    [A handout picture released by the Syrian Presidency Media Office on January 20, 2014 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview with AFP in at the presidential palace in Damascus on the weekend. (Photo: AFP/Syrian Presidency … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Geneva II: Stifling Syrian voices

By Yazin al-Saadi   (Al-Akhbar): The Geneva II conference, set to take place on January 22, is billed as a historic moment for Syrians to come together and put an end to a devastating conflict. But as the date draws … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Syria: US opposes to UN’s invitation to Iran for Geneva II

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The United States said Sunday that a UN invitation to Iran to participate in this week’s Syria peace conference in Geneva should be rescinded unless Tehran “fully and publicly” accepts the Geneva Communique. The invitation should be withdrawn … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Syrian opposition threatens to withdraw from peace talks after Iran invitation by UN

Opponents of the Syrian government have threatened not to attend peace talks in Switzerland after UN chief Ban Ki-moon extended an invitation to Iran. The Syrian National Coalition demanded the invite be retracted. Syria’s political opposition has said it will … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Iraqi forces launch major assault on rebel-held Anbar city

Iraqi forces launched a major assault Sunday on a city partially in the control of anti-government fighters in a bid to end a weeks-long crisis ahead of elections. The operation, which involved police, pro-government militiamen and SWAT forces, sought to … Continued

19th Jan 2014

UAE: Israeli minister attends UAE energy summit

Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom attended a meeting Saturday of the International Renewable Energy Agency in the United Arab Emirates, which has no diplomatic relations with the occupying force. It is the first time Israel has sent a minister to … Continued

19th Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Hariri Tribunal threatens to raise UN complaint against Lebanon

By Hassan Illeik The Hague, (Al-Akhbar): In Lebanon, no one would cause a stir over the lack of governmental cooperation with the defense team in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Yet at The Hague, this is not the case.   … Continued

18th Jan 2014

Afghanistan: 21 people killed in Kabul restaurant terror attack

    (Xinhua & Agencies): Four UN staff members were amongst 21 killed Friday in a terrorist attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed. A total of 21 people, including 13 foreigners, … Continued

18th Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Prosecution: Assassins anticipated Hariri’s fateful route

The prosecution in the case over the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri resumed its indictment of four suspects and a fifth “co-conspirator” it argued had orchestrated the crime during the second day of the trial Friday. Prosecutor … Continued

18th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Syria rocket fire kills nine in East Lebanon

Tensions spread throughout the northern and eastern parts of Lebanon after six rockets fired from war-torn Syria killed at least nine people, including seven children, and injured 15 others when they rained down on the Lebanese border town of Ersal … Continued

17th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Al-Nusra Front claims responsibility for deadly Hermel blast

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front’s Lebanon branch claimed responsibility on Thursday evening for a powerful car bomb that exploded earlier that day in the Bekaa valley town of Hermel in eastern Lebanon. In a message shared on the group’s Twitter account, … Continued

17th Jan 2014

The Nethelands: Prosecution: Hariri’s killers stalked him for months

By Marc Abizeid Prosecutors in the trial of four Hezbollah members accused of orchestrating the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri laid out their evidence Thursday that allegedly shows the suspects stalking the former Lebanese premier in the months leading up … Continued

Iraq: Bomb attacks shake Iraq, killing around 75
16th Jan 2014

Iraq: Bomb attacks shake Iraq, killing around 75

  A series of attacks have left dozens of people dead in Iraq. The worst single attack came at a funeral service, while a series of car bombs in the capital Baghdad added to the death toll. At least six … Continued

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