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3rd Aug 2013

Afghanistan: Eight civilians killed in blast near Indian consulate in eastern Afghan city

JALALABAD, (Xinhua): At least eight Afghan civilians were killed and 22 others wounded Saturday in a suicide car bombing near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, police said. The blast took place at around … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Saudi Arabia: Makkah rains a ‘blessed’ relief

  Makkah, (Arab News): Heavy rains after noon prayer in Makkah were seen as blessings of the holy month’s last Friday. The downpour came as a welcome relief for hundreds of thousands of worshippers in the Grand Mosque who were … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

UK, German embassies in Yemen to stay shut after US terror alert

Britain and Germany are set to temporarily close their diplomatic missions in Yemen after the United States issued a worldwide terror alert. The US had earlier said dozens of its embassies would also close temporarily. A spokesperson from the British … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Yemen: Two killed in clashes

At least two people died and five were wounded in clashes between soldiers once loyal to Yemen’s ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and a rival army faction in Sanaa on Friday, police and medical sources said. Hundreds of members of … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah: We will never abandon Palestine

Hezbollah will always stands by the Palestinian cause, Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said in a rare public appearance to mark International al-Quds Day on Friday evening in Beirut’s suburbs, an occasion during which he slammed sectarian incitement in the Middle … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Syrian president marks army’s anniversary, rebels blow up arms depot in Homs

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that he is confident in victory as his administration succeeded to withstand the country’s 28-month crisis, while the rebels in the central city of Homs fired multiple rockets that slammed an arms … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Yemen: US drone kills four in Yemen ahead of Obama and Hadi meeting

A US drone killed four people in Yemen Thursday, a security official said, the third such strike in five days as the Yemeni president prepared for talks with the White House. Yemen’s US-backed campaign against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Pensinsula … Continued

Iraq: July deadliest month in Iraq in more than five years
2nd Aug 2013

Iraq: July deadliest month in Iraq in more than five years

Violence killed around one thousand people in July, government and United Nations figures show, making it Iraq’s deadliest month since 2008 when the country was emerging from a bloody sectarian conflict. Bombings ripped through crowded cafes and mowed down worshipers … Continued

1st Aug 2013

Turkey: 24 illegal migrants die as boat sinks off Çanakkale coast

Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Twenty-four illegal migrants lost their lives on Wednesday when a boat carrying them sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Ezine, a district in the northwestern province of Çanakkale. Initial reports said the migrants were … Continued

1st Aug 2013

US lower house passes bill on tougher sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a bill on Wednesday aiming at choking out Iran’s oil exports, just four days before the Islamic republic’s moderate president-elect takes office. The bill, which passed with a vote of 400 to … Continued

1st Aug 2013

Iraq: Over 850 killed in July after latest attacks in Iraq

Attacks in Iraq killed nine people and wounded 19 on Wednesday, officials said, as the country witnesses its deadliest violence since 2008. Gunmen killed five people and wounded eight in two attacks in Baghdad province, while two bombings in Kirkuk … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Iraq: 10 killed, 42 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Ten people were killed and 42 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Tuesday evening, said the police. Five people were killed and 16 wounded in a bomb explosion at a popular shop in the … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Saudi grounds Hariri: back to the screen

[Hariri does not want to remain hosted by the Saudis any longer, realizing that running the Future Movement remotely is useless. (Photo: Archive)]   By Maysam Rizk (Al-Akhbar): Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is becoming weary of his Saudi hosts. … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Yemen: US drone strike kills three in Shabwa

A suspected US drone strike killed three people in Yemen at dawn on Tuesday in the second such attack in three days, a tribal source told AFP. “The car in which the three were travelling – two Yemenis and a … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Iraq: Dozen car bombs kill over 50 in Iraq

Attacks including car bombs killed at least 54 people on Monday, officials said, as the interior ministry warned of civil war. With the latest violence, more than 790 people have been killed in attacks so far this month, according to … Continued

29th Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Grand Mufti: I’tikaf need not be confined to Grand Mosque

                     [Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh] JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Monday 29 July 2013 Last Update 29 July 2013 3:39 am Jeddah, Arab(News): Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh said the worshipping act of “i’tikaf” (meditative seclusion) can be observed at any mosque and … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Iraq: 8 Kurdish security personnel killed in suicide bombing in northern Iraq

TIKRIT, (Xinhua): Eight Kurdish security members were killed and four others wounded on Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq’s northern Salahudin province, a provincial police source said. A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Syria: 123 killed by Syrian rebels in Aleppo province

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Syria’s state media said Saturday that radical rebels killed as many as 123 people in a contested town in northern Aleppo province. Most of those killed in Khan al-Asal were unarmed civilians, the state-run SANA news agency said, … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Kuwait: Shi’a Muslims lose seats in Kuwait polls

Final results from Kuwait’s elections show Shiite candidates losing more than half their seats, while liberals made a slight gain. The poll was the second in eight months after a court ruled a December vote invalid. The results of Saturday’s … Continued

27th Jul 2013

Kuwait elections begin as opposition boycott poll

Voting has begun in the oil-rich Gulf nation of Kuwait, in the country’s second general election in eight months. The opposition has called for a boycott of the poll. Kuwait’s sixth election in seven years is being held after a … Continued

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