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18th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Journey of a lifetime ends successfully

 [HAJ MABROOR: After arriving in Makkah from Mina on Thursday, pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba  marking the end of Haj. (AN photo by  Khidr Al-Zahrani)] Mina, (Siraj Wahab): The once-in-a-lifetime journey of faith, endurance and determination for hundreds of thousands of … Continued

Iraq: 66 killed, 196 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
18th Oct 2013

Iraq: 66 killed, 196 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua and agencies): At least 66 people were killed and 196 others wounded on Thursday in separate violent attacks across Iraq, including a wave of eleven car bombings in the capital of Baghdad that left 44 people dead, police said. … Continued

17th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 5,000 Saudi youths helping pilgrims

[TVTC scouts checking their maps to get acquainted with their stations and guide pilgrims] By Fouzia Khan   Jeddah, (Arab News): Over 5,000 Saudi youth skilled in 25 professions have been helping Haj pilgrims in performing the rituals this season. The … Continued

17th Oct 2013

Iran says willing to give IAEA wider powers in nuclear program inspections

Iran suggested it was ready to address calls to give the UN atomic watchdog wider inspection powers as part of Tehran’s proposals to resolve a decade-old nuclear dispute with the West. Meanwhile, Israel kept up its alarmist rhetoric on talks … Continued

17th Oct 2013

Syria: Seventy Syrian rebel groups say they no longer recognise SNC legitimacy

Rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government in southern Syria said Wednesday the main opposition National Coalition had “failed” and announced they no longer recognize the Western-backed group. The video statement signed by nearly 70 groups comes after a group of … Continued

16th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 16 open-heart surgeries performed on pilgrims

F[FAITHFUL THRONG: Pilgrims move about in the tent city of Mina on Tuesday. (AN photo by Adnan Mahad Ali)]  Mina, (Arab News): Ministry of Health’s facilities in Makkah and Madinah performed 16 open-heart surgeries to pilgrim patients as well as … Continued

15th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Hajj: When tears speak louder than words

  [HIGH P0INT: Jabal Al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy on the plains of Arafat is flooded by Hajis during the peak of the annual pilgrimage on Monday. (AN photos by Abdullah Al-Mohsen)]   By SIRAJ WAHAB   Arafat, (Arab News): … Continued

15th Oct 2013

Iraq: Bomb attack kills 8 in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least eight people were killed and 12 others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near a mosque in northern Iraq on Tuesday, police said. The roadside bomb went off near the Al Quds Mosque in southern Kirkuk, … Continued

15th Oct 2013

Afghanistan: Provincial governor killed in Logar mosque blast

KABUL, (Xinhua): The provincial governor of eastern Afghan province of Logar, Arsala Jamal, was killed and at least 15 civilians were wounded Tuesday morning in a bomb attack in a provincial capital mosque, a provincial source said. “Governor Arsala Jamal … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Hajj: Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrive in Mina

[Pilgrims offer prayer at the historic Masjid Al-Qaif in Mina on Sunday. (AN photo by Khidr Al-Zahrani)]   By SIRAJ WAHAB   MINA: Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrived in Mina on Sunday as part of the first phase of Haj … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Iraq: 23 killed, 148 wounded in wave of violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 23 people were killed and 148 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, police and Interior Ministry officials said. A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at a checkpoint of … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Syria: Red Cross workers abducted in Idlib

Gunmen have kidnapped Red Cross workers in Syria, state media reported. However, SANA did not give more details, including the nationalities of those held. Separately, two car bombs have exploded in Damascus. The state news agency SANA reported that workers … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Syrian National Council won’t attend Geneva II peace talks

A key group within the Syrian opposition National Coalition said Sunday it would not attend proposed peace talks in Geneva and would quit the Coalition if it participated. “The Syrian National Council, which is the biggest bloc in the Coalition, … Continued

13th Oct 2013

Syrian army advances as rebels rain down Damascus

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The Syrian army on Saturday advanced against the rebels in the countryside of the capital Damascus and pushed its way to the northern city of Aleppo, as the rebels rained down Damascus with mortar shells, local media reported. … Continued

13th Oct 2013

Yemen: Southern separatists stage protest

Thousands of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden on Saturday to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen. The demonstrators came from across the south and gathered on Parade Square in the … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Bahrain settlement scuttled by Saudi Arabia

By Elie Chalhoub Al-Akhbar: The good news is that a political settlement of the Bahraini crisis – sponsored by the United States and acceptable to Iran – is beginning to take shape. The problem is that Saudi Arabia is not … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Israel bombards Syria army base

IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli sources reported on Wednesday evening [October 10, 2013] that the Israeli army fired a missile at a Syrian army base after mortar shells was fired from Syrian territory into the occupied Golan Heights. The sources said … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council puts brakes on women driving proposal

[Shoura Council]      By Ibrahim Nafee Jeddah, (Arab News): The Shoura Council on Thursday rejected a move by three women members to have the body discuss lifting a ban on women driving in the country, according to a report … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Bahrain sentences 18 to prison for participating in ‘unauthorized protests’

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced 18 people to between five and seven years in prison after they were convicted of attacking a police station, a judicial source said. Fifteen defendants were jailed for seven years and three for five … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Turkish appeals court upholds convictions of generals in coup case

[Retired Gen. Çetin Doğan is escorted to a courthouse days after his initial detention as part of the Sledgehammer investigation in this photo from February 2010. (Photo: Today's Zaman)] By AYDIN ALBAYRAK ANKARA, (Today’s Zaman): A Turkish appeals court on … Continued

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