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Iraq: 78 killed, 166 wounded in attacks across Iraq
6th Oct 2013

Iraq: 78 killed, 166 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 78 people were killed and 166 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks across Iraq on Saturday, including a deadly suicide bombing targeting Shiite pilgrims in the capital city of Baghdad, the police and local … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Syria: Inspectors begin destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

A team of disarmament inspectors began the process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons and production facilities on Sunday, a source in the international mission told AFP. The source said members of the team from the UN and The Hague-based Organization … Continued

6th Oct 2013

Iraq: Two journalists shot dead, suicide bombing kills twelve

Two journalists with Iraq’s Sharqiya television were “assassinated” in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, the channel said. In a separate attack north of Baghdad Saturday, a suicide bomber killed at least 12 people at a cafe, police said. … Continued

5th Oct 2013

Lebanese extremists and Syria: Waiting for a victor

By Radwan Mortada Al-Akhbar: The differences between al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remain unresolved. ISIS’s strength is growing by the day, while al-Nusra’s continues to shrink. Yet the quarrel between the two al-Qaeda affiliates … Continued

4th Oct 2013

Turkish Parliament passes Syria motion amid opposition

ANKARA, (Hürriyet Daily News): Parliament renewed Oct. 3 the government’s authorization to send troops into Syria after a tense session in which the opposition parties fiercely criticized the ruling party’s interventionist foreign policy and tolerance for the appearance of al-Qaeda-linked groups … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS safety: Pilgrims must wear masks
3rd Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: MERS safety: Pilgrims must wear masks

[Wearing of masks will be required for pilgrims as they gather in the holy city of Makkah during Haj as a safety measure for everyone.] By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): The Ministry of Health advised Haj pilgrims on Wednesday … Continued

3rd Oct 2013

Iran: Western governments considering easing nuclear demands on Iran: EU

Western governments are considering allowing Iran to continue some uranium enrichment, as part of a possible deal to resolve a decade-old dispute that Tehran says it wants to reach within six months, a senior EU diplomat said. The new stance … Continued

3rd Oct 2013

Syrian Opposition to launch preemptive attack in Qalamoun

By Radwan Mortada The militants holed up in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains are beating the drums of war. These militants, along with their cohorts in the hills surrounding the Lebanese town of Ersal, are planning for what they view as an … Continued

Iraq: Wave of violence kills 41, wounds 151 in Iraq
1st Oct 2013

Iraq: Wave of violence kills 41, wounds 151 in Iraq

BAGHDAD,  (Xinhua): Up to 41 people were killed and 151 wounded in a new wave of bombings in Iraq mainly targeting busy areas across the country’s capital of Baghdad on Monday, apparently in an attempt by militant groups to stir … Continued

1st Oct 2013

US: Netanyahu urges Obama to keep Iran sanctions in place

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to keep economic sanctions on Iran in place in a bid to ease Israeli concerns about Washington’s diplomatic engagement with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program. … Continued

1st Oct 2013

Bahrain jails another 37 activists for up to 15 years

A Bahraini court on Monday jailed 37 activists for up to 15 years for carrying out “terrorist crimes” in the kingdom, home to a two-year-old uprising, a judicial source said. The ruling comes one day after the court sentenced 50 … Continued

1st Oct 2013

Iran: Who is responsible for Rouhani’s diplomatic offensive?

By Elie Chalhoub Many attribute Iran’s recent “charm offensive” toward the West to the election of President Hassan Rouhani. Upon closer look, it appears that the intransigent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the uncompromising Ali Khamenei were in fact the ones who … Continued

30th Sep 2013

Bahrain jails 50 activists for up to 15 years

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 50 protest activists, many of whom were denied access to a lawyer and gave confessions under torture, to lengthy jail terms on terrorism-related charges, a rights group said. Separately, two police officers who were … Continued

29th Sep 2013

Iraq violence kills 11 near Baghdad

Violence that included attacks on security forces and their families killed 11 people in Iraq on Saturday, officials said. In Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, militants blew up four houses belonging to police and soldiers while people slept inside. Four people … Continued

29th Sep 2013

Iran media hails Obama-Rohani phone call as “the end of a 35-year taboo”

US President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani spoke by phone Friday in a historic and first direct contact between leaders of their estranged nations since the 1979. The stunning 15-minute call was the fruit of a diplomatic … Continued

29th Sep 2013

Lebanon: Deadly shoot-out erupts in Baalbeck

At least three people were killed in clashes in the Lebanese town of Baalbeck on Saturday after gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint manned by Hezbollah, security sources said. One Hezbollah member was killed and two others were wounded when … Continued

28th Sep 2013

Obama and Rouhani talk, first direct US-Iran contact since 1979

[Iranian President Rouhani smiling on the plane after taking a call from US President Obama. photo via @hassanrouhani] President Barack Obama and President Hasan Rouhani have spoken on the phone, the first verbal contact between the US and Iranian heads of … Continued

28th Sep 2013

UN Security Council approves resolution on Syria

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution on the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The vote followed unanimous approval of the plan by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.  Members of the UN Security Council voted … Continued

28th Sep 2013

Bahraini police clashes with opposition protesters

Police clashed with protesters in a Bahraini village ahead of a demonstration called to demand the release of a prominent former MP, the interior ministry and witnesses said Friday. “Police were the target of a terrorist act of Molotov cocktails … Continued

28th Sep 2013

Qatar: Hamas Politburo on the road again

By Qassem Qassem Since Hamas decided to move its politburo from Syria to Qatar, its president Khaled Meshaal has been feeling like a prisoner, isolated from political developments in Palestine. The search for a new host country has begun, with … Continued

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