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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

10th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Seven injured as heavy rains lash Mina and Arafat

By Ibrahim Naffee Jeddah: Seven pilgrims were injured when tents collapsed due to strong winds and heavy rain that fell on Mina and Arafat on Wednesday. The injured were transferred to hospitals in the city. Col. Abdullah Al-Harthi, Civil Defense … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Azerbaijan: Aliyev wins presidential election

BAKU, (Xinhua): Voting wrapped up in Azerbaijan’s presidential election on Wednesday with incumbent President Ilham Aliyev winning his third five-year term, preliminary results from Central Election Commission (CEC) and exit polls for the election showed. Preliminary data showed that Aliyev … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Iraq: Roadside bomb kills eight

A roadside bomb exploded near a truck carrying workers in Iraq on Wednesday, killing eight people, a police officer and a hospital employee said. The blast south of Baghdad also wounded seven, they said. Violence in Iraq has reached a level … Continued

10th Oct 2013

UAEThirty charged for allegedly setting up Muslim Brotherhood branch

Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians charged with allegedly setting up an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are to go on trial in the UAE next month, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The United Arab Emirate’s State Security Court will begin the … Continued

9th Oct 2013

Iran confirms exchange of charge d’affaires with Britain

TEHRAN, (Xinhua): Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham confirmed here on Tuesday that Iran and Britain have agreed to appoint a non-resident charge d’affaires in an attempt to resume bilateral ties, local media reported. After the talks between Iranian and … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Qatar denies labor group inspectors access to World Cup sites

A delegation from an international labor federation inspecting the situation of migrant workers in the 2022 football World Cup host country, was denied access Wednesday to a construction site in Qatar. “I can’t allow you to visit this site without … Continued

Iraq: 44 killed, 123 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
8th Oct 2013

Iraq: 44 killed, 123 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD,(Xinhua and Agencies): At least 44 people were killed and 123 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Monday, including a wave of deadly bombings in the capital city of Baghdad, police and Interior Ministry officials said. … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Women granted licenses to practice law

By Ibrahim Naffee Jeddah, (Arab News): Four Saudi women were granted licenses on Sunday by the Ministry of Justice to practice law in the Kingdom’s courts. Up until the implementation of this decision, Saudi women who graduated from law school … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Iraq: Suicide bombs kill police, children

Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles at a police station and a nearby primary school in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing 15 people including children, a local official said. Violence has reached a level unseen since 2008, and there are … Continued

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

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