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11th Sep 2013

US: Obama delays a vote on Syria intervention to pursue diplomatic solution

  US President Barack Obama has delayed a vote in Congress to authorize a strike on Syria in favour of pursuing diplomacy. In a televised address he warned that, in the meantime, the US would keep up military pressure.   … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Iraq gunmen kill six during funeral rites

Attacks in central Iraq killed 20 people on Tuesday, including six shot dead when gunmen stormed a house where a corpse was being ritually washed ahead of a funeral. The violence is the latest in a surge in unrest that … Continued

11th Sep 2013

More than four million Syrians homeless due to conflict: UN report

A third of Syria’s housing stock and thousands of schools have been destroyed during the conflict, forcing some 4.25 million people to abandon their homes and 2 million children to drop out of class, UN data and statements said on … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Syria agrees to Russia chemical weapons plan as France pushes for UN solution

The Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control to avoid a possible US military strike, Interfax news agency quoted Syria’s foreign minister as saying on Tuesday. The proposal has however been met … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Iran welcomes Moscow initiative to settle Syria crisis, Afkham

[Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham at press briefing]   Tehran, IRNA: Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Tuesday that Iran welcomes Moscows initiative to resolve the Syrian crisis. She made the remark at her weekly news conference, adding Iran believes that … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Obama cautiously welcomes Russian plan for Syria chemical weapons handover

US President Barack Obama has described Russia’s offer to impound Syria’s chemical weapons as a “potential breakthrough.” Obama said he would be willing to postpone a military strike if Syria relinquished its stockpile. Speaking to ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Monday … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Lebanon: Armed groups to exploit chaos of US attack on Syria

By Radwan Mortada The Lebanese are anticipating the fallout from a potential US assault on Syria, particularly with regard to Lebanese internal security. Security reports indicate armed groups are mobilizing in a number of Lebanese regions ahead of the US … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Russia: US attack on Syria would cause “surge in terrorism”

Russia on Monday warned a military assault on Syria risked causing an “surge in terrorism” in the region and urged for a peace conference to end the two and a half year civil war. “All the more, politicians share our … Continued

9th Sep 2013

Afghanistan: Taliban-led suicide attack kills 10, wounds 120 in Maidan Shahr

MAIDAN SHAHR, (Xinhua): Ten people, including six suicide attackers, were killed and 120 civilians injured as a group of suicide bombers stormed a compound of National Directorate for Security (NDS), the country’s intelligence agency in Wardak’s provincial capital Maidan Shahr … Continued

9th Sep 2013

Afghanistan: NATO airstrike kills several civilians, including children

A NATO airstrike on a pickup truck in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar has killed at least 10 people. Afghan officials allege that a number of civilians, including children, were among those who died in the attack. The NATO-led … Continued

9th Sep 2013

Syria’s President Assad denies responsibility for alleged chemical attack

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied that his regime was behind an alleged chemical attack in Damascus in an interview with US network CBS. US intelligence suggests more than 1,400 people died in the attack. The Syrian president insisted his … Continued

8th Sep 2013

Afghanistan: Bomb blast wounds 5 civilians in Afghan northern Kunduz town

KUNDUZ, (Xinhua): Five civilians sustained injuries as a bomb went off in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz Province, on Sunday, said Salih Mohammad, a police official. “A bomb planted inside garbage bucket went off when some police … Continued

8th Sep 2013

German Muslims increasingly going to Syria

Germany’s domestic security agency has recorded what experts regard as an alarming trend. A growing number of young Germans are traveling to Syria to aid the opposition, potentially getting radicalized along the way. As the international community weighs its response … Continued

8th Sep 2013

Syria: EU foreign ministers suspect Assad regime in chemical weapons attack, await UN

The EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says EU foreign ministers believe the Assad regime was probably behind last month’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria but stopped short of immediate military action. EU foreign ministers who consulted over Syria … Continued

8th Sep 2013

US-led Syria strike could target military airfields

By Nicolas Nassif Al-Akhbar: The strike on Syria is a matter of when, not if. The insistence on military aggression now has more to do with Washington’s prestige and Obama’s reputation, than punishing Damascus for its alleged use of chemical … Continued

7th Sep 2013

Russia: G20 summit fails to produce Syria solution

The meeting of the 20 leading industrial and emerging countries failed to move nations closer together in finding a solution for the Syria crisis. But there was progress on the issue of tax equity. After anything but promising conditions ahead … Continued

7th Sep 2013

Russia: Obama pushes for support on Syria intervention as G20 closes

Barack Obama has continued to push for military intervention in Syria, enlisting the support of ten nations at the close of the G20 conference. John Kerry has traveled to Europe to make his case for armed involvement. Obama on Friday … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Uganda: Mufti of Uganda urges Saudi Arabia to become peace maker

By Ahmed Wetaka   Saudi Arabia should be at the forefront of reconciling warring parties in Middle East countries, instead of taking sides, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda has said. While delivering the Friday sermon at the … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Jordan: Sunni-Shia relations key to regional stabilty, says Sheikh Mustafa Ceric

  By Sheikh Mustafa Cerić Amman: Today, it’s undeniable that the Middle East is seeing a period of rising sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’as, especially in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. On 20 August, King Abdullah II of Jordan … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Iran reassigns nuclear tasks responsibility to foreign ministry

Iran has tasked its foreign ministry with leading planned international nuclear talks. Tehran hopes the ministry, led by career diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, will be capable of ending a deadlock in negotiations. New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani confirmed Thursday that … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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