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6th Dec 2013

Syria: Iraqi journalist executed by ISIS rebels in northern Syria

Rebels loyal to al-Qaeda have kidnapped and executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman working in northern Syria, a press freedom watchdog told AFP on Thursday. “Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili’s execution was the first of a foreign journalist in Syria’s so-called liberated areas,” … Continued

5th Dec 2013

Syria: 17 killed, 30 wounded in rocket attack in Aleppo

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): At least 17 people were killed and 30 others wounded on Wednesday when rebels fired homemade rockets at two districts of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The rockets struck the Meridian and … Continued

5th Dec 2013

Iraq: Battle between insurgents and Iraqi security forces leaves several dead

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a police intelligence headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens more, a health official said. Security forces and attackers engaged in a two-hour gun … Continued

4th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Hizbullah leader ‘assassinated’ in Lebanon

A commander of Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah has been assassinated outside his home, the group has reported. It has accused Israel of being behind the killing. Hezbollah commander Hussein al-Laqis was killed outside his Beirut home as he returned from … Continued

4th Dec 2013

Syria: Syrian rebels abduct 12 nuns from Maaloula

Islamist fighters who captured a Christian village north of Damascus have moved 12 nuns to a nearby town in what may have been a kidnapping, the Vatican’s ambassador to Syria said on Tuesday. The militants took the ancient quarter of … Continued

3rd Dec 2013

Lebanon: Tripoli shoots itself in the foot

By Mohamed Nazzal Since the August bombings of two mosques in the North Lebanon city of Tripoli, 33 residents of the city’s largely Alawi Jabal Mohsen neighborhood have been shot in the legs. Crowds have cheered on such acts of … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

Kuwait: Iran’s FM assures neighbors about deal benefits

KUWAIT CITY (Dispatches): Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif assured Persian Gulf Arab states Sunday his country’s nuclear deal with the West is in their interest and also announced plans to visit Saudi Arabia. “The solution to this issue serves … Continued

3rd Dec 2013

Arab ministers applaud for Israel’s president in secret meeting

Israel’s president Shimon Peres secretly addressed 29 foreign ministers from Arab and Muslim countries during a Gulf security summit in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, drawing a round of applause from the audience, an Israeli daily revealed Monday. Peres, reportedly … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

Iraq: Ten killed in bomb attack in Diyala

BAQUBA, (Xinhua): Up to 10 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala on Sunday, a provincial police source said. The attack occurred in the morning when a roadside bomb … Continued

1st Dec 2013

Yemen: Thousands protest for South Yemeni independence

Thousands demonstrated in south Yemen’s main city Aden on Saturday to demand a return to independence a day after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said only autonomy was on the table. The rally in Aden’s central Parade Square came as southerners … Continued

1st Dec 2013

Lebanon: Clashes turn deadly in Tripoli

At least four people were killed and thirteen injured in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Saturday in exchanges of fire, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The dead include a teenage schoolboy and an elderly man who died of … Continued

30th Nov 2013

Turkey, Iran to boost ties after nuclear deal

By Sevil Erkuş ANKARA, (Hürriyet Daily News): Turkey and Iran are set to boost their economic ties following a recent nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran that led to a partial lifting of sanctions on the country. An Iranian delegation will … Continued

Iraq: 41 killed, 22 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
30th Nov 2013

Iraq: 41 killed, 22 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 41 people were killed and 22 others wounded in the latest wave of violent attacks across Iraq, police said on Friday. In the capital city of Baghdad, a total of 18 people were killed and … Continued

30th Nov 2013

Afghanistan: Nawaz in Kabul for talks on peace efforts

  Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R). — File photo KABUL, (AFP & Dawn): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai as part of efforts to revive Afghanistan’s … Continued

Iraq: 23 killed, 43 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
29th Nov 2013

Iraq: 23 killed, 43 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 23 people were killed and 43 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Thursday, the interior ministry and police sources said. Four civilians were killed and five others wounded Thursday evening when a car … Continued

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

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