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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

21st Dec 2013

Turkey: Prosecutors continue to lay charges in Turkey graft probe

Turkish prosecutors have continued charging those in connection to a broad graft probe, including the sons of two ministers. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan maintains, however, that the investigation is a smear campaign. According to CNN Turk and other media agencies, … Continued

20th Dec 2013

Syria: Washington shakes hands with Al-Qa’ida ally in Syria

By Elie Hanna   The US administration wants to meet with Syria’s Islamic Front. Washington is flirting with this al-Qaeda affiliate as it hurries to score extra points before Geneva II. The Islamic Front remains a winning card against Moscow, … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Syria: Western powers privately soften rhetoric on Assad’s removal

Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition sources said. The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Bahrain’s activists survive off the Island

By March Abizeid On-the-ground sources are running out fast in Bahrain. Those who have not been locked up or tortured for opposing the ruling monarchy are finding themselves with no option but exile. Thirty-one-year-old Yousif al-Muhafda is the latest activist … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Iraq policeman sacrifices himself to save pilgrims

BAQUBA, (Daily Star): An Iraqi policeman gave his own life Wednesday in an attempt to protect Shiite pilgrims, embracing a suicide bomber just moments before an attack to shield others from the blast. The bomber struck in Khales, northeast of … Continued

18th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: 211,000 Umrah visas issued for new season

Center of attraction: The government expects 6 million foreign pilgrims this season from 70 countries, with an equal number of local pilgrims. (AN photo)   By NADIM AL-HAMID & IRFAN MOHAMMED   Jeddah, (Arab News): The government has issued 211,000 Umrah … Continued

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

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