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Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

Japan: Torrential rains unleash deadly landslide killing a dozen people in Hiroshima

Palestine: Three Palestinians killed, incl 3 year-old child, in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City

Palestine: Dozens Palestinians abducted by Israeli forces in West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

6th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia bans Viber phone app

Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator has banned use of the web-based communication application Viber for its alleged failure to comply with the country’s regulations. “The Viber application has been suspended … and the (regulator) affirms it will take appropriate action against … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Turkey: Deputy PM apologises for excessive force used against peaceful protesters

  [Turkish President Abdullah Gül (R) had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç on Tuesday at the Çankara presidential palace in Ankara. (Photo: President’s Office)] Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has apologized for the … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Russia: Syria differences linger at Russia-EU summit

Moscow and Brussels’ differing approaches to the Syria conflict have remained apparent at the Russia-EU summit. However, officials tried to play down some of the differences that persisted during the talks. President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia had not … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Syrian army regains control of Qusair

The town of Qusair has reportedly come back under the control of Syrian government forces. The troops battled Syrian opposition fighters for nearly three weeks to reclaim the strategic border town. Syria’s official state television reported on Wednesday that the … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Syria: ‘Qaradawi’s incitement to violence’

By Chandra Muzaffar Any human being who abhors violence and bloodshed would be shocked by remarks made by a leading religious personality, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, on June 1. At a rally in Doha, he urged Sunni Muslims in the region … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: NATO confirms 2 soldiers dead in E. Afghan suicide bombing

KABUL, (Xinhua): Two soldiers of the NATO-led coalition forces were killed in a suicide bombing earlier Monday in eastern Afghan province of Paktia which also claimed the lives of 10 children and an Afghan cop and injured 16 others, the … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Turkey: Protester shot dead in southern Turkey

[Protesters are seen in the southern province of Hatay on Monday night. (Photo: Cihan, Fazilet Candan)] Istanbul, (Todays Zaman): A 22-year-old protester was shot dead late on Monday during an anti-government demonstration in the southern province of Hatay, the provincial governor’s … Continued

4th Jun 2013

US: New US sanctions target Iran’s currency, car industry

The United States has imposed more sanctions on Iran meant to increase the pressure on Tehran to come clean on its nuclear program. The latest measures target Iran’s currency and its auto industry. The executive order issued by US President … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Afghan family of 7 killed in roadside bombing in Laghman

MEHTARLAM, (Xinhua): Seven members of an Afghan family were killed Monday morning when their car was hit by a roadside bomb in the country’s eastern province of Laghman, said the provincial government. “Four women, two children and a man were … Continued

Turkey: PM, protesters remain defiant in sixth day of Taksim demonstrations
3rd Jun 2013

Turkey: PM, protesters remain defiant in sixth day of Taksim demonstrations

There were destroyed vehicles, including police cars and buses, in Taksim Square in the morning of the sixth day of the protests that began against the demolition of Gezi Park.  (Photo: Cihan)  By Noah Blaser  Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): After nearly … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Iran: Supporters of presidential candidate arrested after rally

Iranian security forces arrested several supporters of Hassan Rouhani after the moderate presidential candidate criticized heightened security measures in Iran during a rally, in which pictures of detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi were displayed, websites reported Sunday. Cleric Rouhani … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Lebanon to file UN complaint against Israel over airspace violations

Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman instructed the country’s foreign minister on Sunday to file a complaint with the United Nations over Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace. The president’s office announced the order in a statement after Israeli warplanes could be heard … Continued

2nd Jun 2013

Iraq says al Qa’ida chemical gas plot uncovered

Iraq’s defense ministry has said it uncovered an al Qaeda cell that was working to produce poison gas to attack Iraqi forces. The gas was allegedly also for transport abroad to use in Europe and the US. Five men built … Continued

2nd Jun 2013

Lebanon: Sixteen rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon

Al-Akhbar: Sixteen rockets fired from Syria struck Lebanese border villages overnight causing only material damage, state news reported Saturday. Firefighters extinguished some fields that had caught fire in the attacks, the report added, without specifying which towns were struck. The … Continued

Turkish police continue crackdown on demonstrators as protests spread
1st Jun 2013

Turkish police continue crackdown on demonstrators as protests spread

Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Police continued to clash with thousands of demonstrators in İstanbul and many other cities who took to the streets to who protested government plans prevent demolition of İstanbul’s Gezi Park and police’s violent crackdown on peaceful protests … Continued

1st Jun 2013

Syria: 31 inmates killed by rebels’ bombardment on Aleppo’s central prison

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): As many as 31 Syrian inmates have been killed over the past two weeks due to the rebels’ bombardment on the central prison of Syria’s northern Aleppo city, the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday. … Continued

1st Jun 2013

U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. government on Friday slapped sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry as part of its efforts to intensify the squeeze on Tehran’s economy. In a written statement, the Treasury Department announced sanctions on eight Iranian petrochemical companies that … Continued

1st Jun 2013

US: Westerwelle and Kerry warn Russia on Syria peace efforts

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and US Secretary of State John Kerry say Syria’s war may be prolonged if Russia provides the Assad regime with advanced air weapons. They say peace talks could also be at risk. The pair met … Continued

31st May 2013

Turkey: Police foil al-Nusra sarin gas bomb attack planned for Adana

Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Seven members of Syria’s militant al-Nusra group were detained on Wednesday after police found sarin gas, which was reportedly going to be used in a bomb attack, during a search of the suspects’ homes, Turkish media have … Continued

31st May 2013

Iraq: 15 killed, 65 wounded in Iraq’s violence

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 15 people were killed and 65 wounded in shootings and bomb attacks, including seven car bombings, across Iraq on Thursday, the police said. In Baghdad, five car bombs and two roadside bombs ripped through the Iraqi … Continued

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