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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

6th Sep 2013

Russia: UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges political solution in Syria at G-20 summit

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has told world leaders at the G-20 summit that there is “no military solution” to Syria. Meanwhile, a US ambassador to the UN accused Russia of holding the Security Council “hostage” over the crisis. UN Secretary-General … Continued

6th Sep 2013

“UAE 94″ detainees on hunger strike over prison mistreatment

Eighteen jailed United Arab Emirates nationals are on hunger strike in protest at what they say is ill-treatment following their conviction of plotting to overthrow the government, an activist said on Thursday. The activist source, who is close to the … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Syria: Car bomb in Damascus kills four

Four people were killed and six others injured in a car bomb attack in western Damascus on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported. The blast hit near a research and testing center affiliated with the ministry of industry in the … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Bahrain: Opposition slams setup of pan-Arab human rights court

Bahrain’s main opposition group has criticized an Arab League decision to set up a pan-Arab human rights court in Manama, saying the Gulf Arab state was the “black hole of human rights.” US-allied Bahrain’s human rights record has come under … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Saudi-Egyptian relations: fault lines of a future conflict

By Ibrahim Alloush Al-Akhbar: The new Egyptian government is politely asserting its differences with Saudi Arabia over a military strike on Syria, disrupting what appears to be a convergence of interests between the two in getting rid of the Muslim … Continued

5th Sep 2013

Iraq: 25 people killed in bombings in central and northern Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Twenty-five people were killed and 17 wounded in separate bombings and shootings in central and northern Iraq, the police said on Wednesday. In northern central Iraq, a clash erupted when gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by fighters of … Continued

5th Sep 2013

US Senate panel passes vote authorizing use of military force in Syria

A US Senate panel has authorized the use of military force in Syria, paving the way for a full Senate vote next week. The resolution was passed by a 10-7 vote with one senator abstaining as “present.” The US Senate … Continued

5th Sep 2013

Yemen: Five Saudis on trial for alleged al-Qa’ida involvement

Five Saudis accused of belonging to al-Qaeda and of plotting attacks went on trial Wednesday in a Yemeni court set up for terrorism cases, the official Saba news agency reported. The five men face charges of plotting “in association with … Continued

5th Sep 2013

Syrian government defiant as French, US senates debate military action

Syria’s deputy foreign minister said Wednesday the government would not give in to threats of a US-led military strike against the country, even if a third world war erupts. Meanwhile, France’s parliament was set for a fiery debate on military … Continued

4th Sep 2013

US Senate revises Syria resolution to set time limit on military action, bar ground troops

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement Tuesday on a revised resolution on authorizing military action in Syria, setting a time limit and barring U.S. ground troops in the war-torn country. The draft, agreed by the … Continued

4th Sep 2013

US: Poll shows majority of Americans oppose military strike against Syria

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The majority of Americans still oppose launching military strikes against Syria while the Obama administration is trying hard to secure lawmakers’ support, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Tuesday. The latest poll found that 59 percent … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Syrian refugees exceed 2 million

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): With an estimated 5,000 desperate Syrians fleeing their homes every day, the spiraling violence in the war-torn country has now created more than 2 million refugees, the United Nations refugee agency announced Tuesday, There is no sign … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Syria: Searching for the truth in Syria

The US government, France and the German intelligence service all agree that Syrian President Assad’s troops used chemical weapons. But how can they be so sure? Critics say there’s no definite proof. The pictures show dozens of bodies, children’s among … Continued

4th Sep 2013

US President Obama gains Syria strike support as Senate panel drafts resolution

A US Senate panel has reached a deal on draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria, which is to be voted on Wednesday. President Obama has already won backing for a strike from senior Republicans. Following a … Continued

Iraq: Dozens of Shi’a Muslims killed in wave of Baghdad car bombings
4th Sep 2013

Iraq: Dozens of Shi’a Muslims killed in wave of Baghdad car bombings

Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of bombings across Baghdad. The attacks hit predominantly Shiiite areas of the city, highlighting the sectarian struggle that continues to plague Iraq. At least 60 people were killed during a series … Continued

3rd Sep 2013

France: Syrian Govt ‘used’ chemical weapons

A French intelligence report claims there was “massive use of chemical agents” in an attack in east Damascus last month. The classified information was released on Monday after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (pictured above on right) presented evidence to prominent … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Iran appoints first female Foreign Ministry spokesperson

Iran’s new Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham (L) receives a decree from Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad during a ceremony to take over her position in Tehran. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)   BEIJING, (Xinhuanet): Iran has appointed its first female Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Marzieh … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Swedish MP’s father arrested in Iraq

The father of a Swedish member of parliament was arrested in Baghdad at the weekend with Swedish foreign ministry officials as yet unable to determine why the man, who is also a politician in Iraq, was detained.<iframe id=”4fb36f8e4417f” name=”4fb36f8e4417f” src=”http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/afr?auid=221323&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE” … Continued

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