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27th Sep 2013

Syria: Assad: Syria is committed to chemical weapons convention

Syria is committed to the convention against chemical weapons it signed under a US-Russian deal and sees “no obstacles” to its implementation, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday. Speaking to Venezuela’s Telesur, the Syrian leader insisted that … Continued

26th Sep 2013

China, Russia issue joint statement on Syria crisis

BEIJING,  (Xinhua): The parliaments of China and Russia on Thursday released a joint statement on the crisis in Syria, stating that negotiation is the only feasible resolution to the issue. The joint statement was signed by the foreign affairs committees … Continued

26th Sep 2013

UN powers progress on Syria draft

There are signs the U-N’s five permanent security council members could be close to agreeing a resolution to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The main points of a draft have reportedly been agreed, but Russia and the U-S still need to … Continued

26th Sep 2013

Iran’s Rouhani eyes nuclear deal ‘within months’

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has told a US newspaper that he wants to reach a nuclear agreement with world powers sooner rather than later. The interview came ahead of a high-level diplomatic meeting on the issue. Rouhani told the Washington … Continued

26th Sep 2013

Iraq: Militant attack in north Iraq kills 14

Militants attacked local government buildings in north Iraq on Wednesday with suicide bombers and mortar fire and clashed with soldiers, leaving 14 people dead, an army officer said. Seven civilians, three soldiers and four militants were killed in the violence … Continued

26th Sep 2013

Yemeni lieutenant killed by car bomb

A Yemeni lieutenant colonel was killed on Wednesday by a bomb planted in his car, the state news agency said, the latest in a string of attacks on security officials blamed by government on insurgents. The Saba news agency said … Continued

24th Sep 2013

Questions plague UN report on Syria

By Sharmine Narwani and Radwan Mortada   Al-Akhbar: A senior United Nations official who deals directly with Syrian affairs has told Al-Akhbar that the Syrian government had no involvement in the alleged Ghouta chemical weapons attack: “Of course not, he … Continued

24th Sep 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia, Turkey have failed in Syria

  Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah gives a televised address from an undisclosed location on 23 September 2013. (Photo:Al Manar)   (Al-Akhbar): Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other regional countries backing Syria’s rebels must acknowledge their failures to bring down the Syrian … Continued

23rd Sep 2013

Russia: Lavrov: US pressuring Russia into passing UN resolution on Syria allowing military force

The US is pushing Russia into approving a UN resolution that would allow for military intervention in Syria, in exchange for American support of Syria’s accession to OPCW, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. “Our American partners are starting … Continued

23rd Sep 2013

Iraq: 15 killed, 35 wounded in bomb attack in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 15 people were killed and 35 others wounded in a bomb attack in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday, police said. The attack occurred when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in … Continued

23rd Sep 2013

Syria: Russian embassy shelled as Syria discloses chemical arsenal

Photo taken on Sept. 22, 2013 shows the Russian embassy to Syria in Damascus, capital of Syria. A mortar shell slammed the Russian embassy in Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday. (Xinhua/Zhang NaiJie)   BEIJING, (Xinhua): Three diplomats were injured in … Continued

Iraq: 65 mourners killed, 143 injured, in Shi’a Musilm area of Sadr city
22nd Sep 2013

Iraq: 65 mourners killed, 143 injured, in Shi’a Musilm area of Sadr city

Xinhua and Agencies: Two car bombs have killed more 65 people in a northeastern Shia district, in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. A car loaded with explosives crashed into a tent during a funeral ceremony on Saturday night in Sadr City. … Continued

21st Sep 2013

Yemen: Car bombings death toll rises to nearly 65 in southeastern Yemen

ADEN, (Xinhua): The death toll from three suicide car bombings that ripped through a key military site and police center in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa has risen to at least 65, a local security official said. “At least 65 … Continued

21st Sep 2013

Pakistan: Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Baradar released

ISLAMABAD, (The News): Pakistan on Saturday released its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior official of the interior ministry told.   “Yes Baradar has been released,” Omar Hamid, a spokesman for interior ministry said, without elaborating. … Continued

21st Sep 2013

Syria submits chemical arms information to OPCW

  The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has received an “initial disclosure” of Syria’s weapons program. Under a US-Russia brokered agreement, all of the country’s chemical weapons are to be destroyed by mid-2014. “The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons … Continued

21st Sep 2013

Iraq: Two bombs explode in Musab bin Omair mosque, killing several

Two bombs exploded in a mosque in Iraq as worshipers entered for prayers on Friday, killing 16 people, police and a doctor said. The bombs, concealed in air conditioning units in the Musab bin Omair mosque near Samarra, north of … Continued

21st Sep 2013

Syrian rebels agree to ceasefire with extremists in Azaz

Syrian rebels have agreed a ceasefire with al-Qaeda loyalists after bitter fighting for a key border town, a monitoring group said on Friday, as the opposition condemned the jihadi assault. The National Coalition accused al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State … Continued

20th Sep 2013

Syria: Damascus sees stalemate in Syrian civil war

  Syria’s deputy prime minister has hinted at a possible ceasefire in the country’s civil war, now approaching two and a half years. The comments come as Damascus slowly bends to the will of the international community.  Syrian Deputy Prime … Continued

20th Sep 2013

Iraq: Children discover 10 bullet-ridden bodies in Iraq

Children discovered the handcuffed and blindfolded corpses of 10 unidentified young men in eastern Baghdad on Thursday, apparently killed by gunshots to the head, Iraqi police said. Police said residents told them unusual vehicle movements to and from an abandoned … Continued

20th Sep 2013

Bahrain: Five people sentenced for throwing petrol bombs

A Bahrain court on Thursday jailed five people for periods up to 10 years after convicting them of attacking a government building with petrol bombs, a judicial source said. Three defendants were sentenced to 10 years in prison, and two … Continued

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