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29th Dec 2013

Turkey: I would judge the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors if I had authority: Turkish PM

[Prime Minister Erdoğan speaks during a conference in the Western province of Sakarya, Dec. 27. AA photo]   ANKARA, (Hürriyet Daily News): Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would like to judge the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) over … Continued

29th Dec 2013

Afghanistan: Afghan army soldier killed in bomb attack

KABUL, (Xinhua): One Afghan army soldier was killed while two others wounded in two separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan, the country’s Defense Ministry confirmed late Saturday. “The two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks took place in southern Kandahar and northern … Continued

29th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Shatah assassination: Who will benefit from accusations?

By Ibrahim al-Amin (Al-Akhbar): No one needs to explain to people that the Future Movement and March 14 are accusing Hezbollah of being behind the assassination of former minister Mohammed Shatah. Their logic is based on a political – or … Continued

28th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Who was Mohammed Shattah?

In 2006 Shattah played a role in the negotiations that brought an end to Israel’s 34-day war on Lebanon with the enactment of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701. (Photo: Bilal Jawish).   By Marc Abized Former Lebanese Finance Minister … Continued

28th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Beirut car bomb assassinates former finance minister

  Army inspect explosion site in downtown Beirut (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marc Abizeid)   Al Akhbar: A car bomb rocked the downtown area of Beirut Friday morning, killing Mohamed Shattah, a former finance minister and senior advisor to ex-prime minister, … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Turkey: PM Erdoğan announces 10 new names in major Cabinet reshuffle

  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks to reporters about Cabient reshuffle at a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday. (Photo: DHA) Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): The government was shaken by the resignations of three ministers on Wednesday due to a … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Iraq: Christians targeted in Christmas day bombings

    Bombs have exploded in Christian areas of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. The deadly blasts occurred near a church and a busy marketplace on Christmas day, amid a surge in violence in the country this year.   At least 35 … Continued

25th Dec 2013

Iran: Former British FM due in Tehran early January

Tehran, (IRNA): A British parliamentarian delegation, headed by former foreign secretary Jack Straw, is due to arrive here early January, it was announced here on Wednesday. Speaking to IRNA, Head of Iran-Britain Friendship Group Abbas-Ali Mansouri said while in Tehran, … Continued

25th Dec 2013

Turkish economy, interior ministers resign amid graft scandal

Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News): Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan and Interior Minister Muammer Güler, whose sons were arrested last week on accusations of bribery and corruption, announced their resignations this morning. The announcement came hours after Çağlayan returned from a … Continued

25th Dec 2013

Iraq: Roadside bomb targets Iraqi Defense Minister al-Dulaimi

  A convoy of defense ministry personnel in Iraq has been targeted, with al Qaeda widely suspected of carrying out the attack. The roadside bombing followed a fresh push by the Iraqi government against Islamists. Iraqi officials said that a … Continued

25th Dec 2013

Syrian Patriarch: Takfiris target all Syrians

By Suhaib Anjarini In an interview with Al-Akhbar, the Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Antioch, Gregory III Laham, stressed that takfiris – radical Islamists who declare their opponents as apostates – target all Syrians, “but especially Christians … Continued

24th Dec 2013

Turkey: 10 killed as Tugboat capsizes in yard

  AA Photo   Izmir, (Hurriyet Daily News): Soldiers and civilian workers were among those who were killed in the accident, the reports said. Six soldiers reportedly rescued themselves by jumping into the sea, while diving teams are still searching … Continued

24th Dec 2013

UN: Ban Ki-moon calls for Iran involvement in Syria peace talks

The United Nations has thrown its weight behind Iran taking its place at the Syrian peace talks conference in January. The United States has so far resisted moves to grant Iran an invitation.  The places of  31 countries were confirmed … Continued

24th Dec 2013

Syria: ISIS Imposes ‘Shari’a’ on Idlib’s Druze

By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: In Syria’s Idlib, it is no longer enough to have Mohammad as a prophet to be considered a Muslim. Though Druze are officially acknowledged as Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Iraq: Three killed, 20 wounded across Iraq’s violence

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Three people were killed and 20 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings in Iraq on Sunday, police said. A roadside bomb went off at a popular market in Nahrawan area in the southeastern the Iraqi capital of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Syria: Death toll of school suicide bomber blast in oms rises to 20

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The death toll of the blast which went off earlier on Sunday near an elementary school in Syria’s central province of Homs rose to 20, state media said. The blast was carried out by a suicide bomber that … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Turkey: MÜSİAD calls for thorough investigation, judicial independence

[Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association President Nail Olpak (C) and other board members hold a press meeting in İstanbul. (Photo: DHA)] Istanbul, (TODAY’S ZAMAN): The Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) has called for a thorough investigation in an open … Continued

Syria airstrikes kill dozens in Aleppo in eighth day of bombardment
23rd Dec 2013

Syria airstrikes kill dozens in Aleppo in eighth day of bombardment

Syrian government aircraft have dropped so-called barrel bombs on rebel positions in Aleppo for the eighth day, killing dozens of people. Elsewhere, further airstrikes and a suicide blast have caused more deaths. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Lebanon: Five dead in East Lebanon clashes

Five people were killed and several others wounded in East Lebanon during weekend gun battles between neighbors, a security source told Al-Akhbar on Sunday. Off-duty army soldier Mohammed Sa’id Janbeen and his uncle Faraj were killed on Saturday in clashes … Continued

22nd Dec 2013

Iraq: Triple suicide bombing kills 18 soldiers in Iraq

At least 18 Iraqi military officers were killed on Saturday when three suicide bombers ambushed them in Anbar province, military sources said. The commander of the army’s Seventh Division as well as the commander of its 28th Brigade and several … Continued

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