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18th Dec 2013

Afghanistan: 6 NATO soldiers killed in aircraft crash

KABUL, (Xinhua): Six soldiers of the NATO-led coalition were killed Tuesday in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, the coalition forces confirmed in a statement. “Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an aircraft crash in southern … Continued

17th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia:King Khaled Foundation receives EU rights award

[Princess Banderi Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, director general of the King Khaled Foundation, receives the Chaillot Prize for Human Rights from Ambassador Adam Kulach, head of the European Union Delegation, in Riyadh. (AN photo by Khalid Al-Khamis)]   By Ghazanfar Ali Khan … Continued

Iraq: 66 mainly Shi’a Muslim pilgrims killed by car bombs across Iraq
17th Dec 2013

Iraq: 66 mainly Shi’a Muslim pilgrims killed by car bombs across Iraq

66 mainly Shi’a Muslim pilgrims have been killed in another day of violence in Iraq. The country is continuing to experience its worst sustained wave of sectarian attacks in more than five years. Monday’s deadliest attack came in the southern Baghdad … Continued

17th Dec 2013

UNIFIL meets with Lebanese, Israeli officers over border incident

Israeli and Lebanese army officers met with UN peacekeepers on Monday after Israel accused Lebanese troops of gunning down one of its soldiers as he drove near the frontier. “We discussed concrete steps to strengthen the existing security arrangements along … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: Over 7,000 non-Saudi govt workers sacked

[According to government figures, there were 73,684 non-Saudi employees working in the fields of health and higher education]   Riyadh, (Arab News): The Ministry of Civil Service has terminated the contracts of 7,468 non-Saudi employees working at several ministries and government … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Yemeni parliament bans US drones

SANA’A, (Xinhua): The Yemeni parliament on Sunday approved a ban on U.S. drones in the country after dozens of civilians were killed by the unmanned aircraft, the official Saba news agency reported. The parliament stressed the importance of protecting innocent … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Israel says Lebanese army sniper kills soldier on border

An Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese army sniper on Sunday night, Israel’s army said in a statement. “The Israel Defense Forces officially confirms that an IDF soldier was shot while driving along the Israeli-Lebanese border, near Rosh Hanikra,” … Continued

15th Dec 2013

US keeps quiet on CIA man missing in Iran

  The White House claimed Friday that a US man reportedly working for the CIA when he went missing in Iran six years ago was not a US government employee, but refused to provide more details on the case. Reports … Continued

15th Dec 2013

Syria: US to hold talks with Syrian jihadists in Turkey

Syrian rebel commanders from the Islamic Front which seized control of bases belonging to Western-backed rebels last week are due to hold talks with US officials in Turkey in coming days, rebel and opposition sources said on Saturday. The expected … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Afghanistan: Blast hits eastern Afghan town, wounds 19

MEHTARLAM, (Xinhua): A powerful blast hit eastern Afghan town of Mehterlam, the capital of Laghman province 90 km east of Kabul on Saturday, wounding 19 people, with some in critical condition, spokesman for provincial administration said. “It was around 03:00 … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Iraq: 29 killed, 41 wounded in violent attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 29 people were killed and 41 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Friday, police said. Unidentified gunmen attacked a pipeline transporting gas from Iran to Iraq near Neda ,some 50 km east of Baquba, … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Iran nuclear talks collapse as US backtracks on deal

Iran has quit nuclear talks with world powers, accusing Washington on Friday of going against the spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its sanctions blacklist. US Secretary of State John Kerry and a spokesman for EU … Continued

13th Dec 2013

UN reports says sarin likely used in five locations in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (1st R) shakes hands with Ake Sellstrom (2nd R), head of an international probe team into the alleged use of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict, at the UN headquarters in New York, US, on … Continued

Yemen: US drone attack kills15 civilians in Yemeni wedding
13th Dec 2013

Yemen: US drone attack kills15 civilians in Yemeni wedding

Fifteen civilians were killed and others wounded in a drone attack in southern Yemen in which a wedding party was struck on Thursday, witnesses said. The witnesses and a tribal source said the attack was carried out by a US … Continued

13th Dec 2013

Syria: Winter storm “Alexa” sweeps across Middle East, affecting refugees

A strong winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow. The nearly three-year-old conflict in Syria has killed an estimated 120,000 people … Continued

12th Dec 2013

UN: Syrian chemical weapons disposal plan to be released next week

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): The plan for the destruction of all Syrian chemical stockpiles outside the country will be released on Dec. 17, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Practicalities are currently being discussed and the final details are being worked … Continued

12th Dec 2013

Afghanistan: Blast in Afghan spy agency warehouse, causes no casualties

KABUL, (Xinhua): A blast in a warehouse of Afghanistan’s National Directorate for Security (NDA) or the country’s national spy agency on Thursday caused panic among the war-weary people but hurt no one, a spokesman for the spy agency said. “It … Continued

10th Dec 2013

Road to Geneva II: Will divided Syrian opposition attend?

By Shuaib Anjarini Al-Akhbar: The road to the upcoming Geneva II conference appears full of barriers and surprises. If the leaked reports that reached Al-Akhbar – holding that the United States and Russia have reached a deal to allow the … Continued

Iraq: 51 killed, 191 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
9th Dec 2013

Iraq: 51 killed, 191 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 51 people were killed and 191 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, police said. Five people were killed and 18 others injured when a car bomb exploded … Continued

9th Dec 2013

Yemen: Top government officials targeted in assassination attempts

  Yemen has been hit by a wave of shootings targeting senior security and government officials. A senior advisor to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi escaped an assassination attempt, but others have not been so lucky.  Among those shot and … Continued

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