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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’

31st May 2013

Exclusive: Assad says Syria has received Russian missiles

The first shipment of Russian S-300 missiles have arrived in Syria with the rest to arrive soon, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview Al-Akhbar has obtained exclusively. “Syria has received the first batch of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft … Continued

30th May 2013

Iraq: 6 killed, 29 wounded in Baghdad bomb attacks

Baghdad, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and 29 wounded in car bomb and roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said. Four people were killed and 12 wounded when a car bomb … Continued

30th May 2013

Lebanon: Limits of Hizbullah in Syria

By Wafiq Qanso   As Hezbollah’s role in Syria becomes more pronounced, Al-Akhbar examines the limits of its military intervention, asking how far it will go to defend the Resistance. It is very unlikely, for instance, that we will see … Continued

30th May 2013

Syria: McCain seen with Lebanese pilgrims’ kidnappers during visit to Syria

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it knew in advance of a trip to Syria by John McCain, a visit that raised questions over whether the Republican senator met with the kidnappers of a group of Lebanese pilgrims held hostage … Continued

29th May 2013

Iraq: 18 people killed, 44 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 18 people were killed and 44 wounded in attacks, including a suicide tanker truck bombing, in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday, the police said. In northern Iraq, Iraqi security forces clashed with gunmen during a … Continued

29th May 2013

Russia vows to bolster Syrian regime with advanced missiles

Russia has defended its planned delivery of advanced anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian regime, a day after the EU lifted its arms embargo against rebel groups. Israel has threatened to stop the missile deliveries. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov … Continued

Iraq: 34 killed, 155 wounded in series of car bombings in Baghdad
28th May 2013

Iraq: 34 killed, 155 wounded in series of car bombings in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua) : Up to 34 people were killed and 155 others wounded in at least 10 car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, an interior ministry source said. A car bomb and a roadside bomb … Continued

28th May 2013

Belgium: Lifting of arms embargo on Syrian opposition exposes EU divisions

European Union foreign ministers have agreed not to renew an embargo on arming Syrian rebels. However the compromise exposed deep divisions among the bloc’s member states on how to deal with the conflict in Syria. The deal announced after several … Continued

28th May 2013

Syrian rocket kills teen in Lebanese border town

Rocket fire from Syria killed a 17-year-old girl and injured one of her relatives in the Lebanese border region of Hermel on Monday, state news reported. The National News Agency said that four rockets launched from Syria landed in a … Continued

28th May 2013

Lebanon: Hizbullah intervention in Syria redraws political map

By Ibrahim Al-Amin Al-Akhbar: Relations between the Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus and the Lebanese Resistance had already reached a high-level of coordination and mutual support even before the outbreak of the Syrian crisis. At the time, the two allies … Continued

28th May 2013

Lebanon: Eight injured in Tripoli clashes

Fighting resumed in Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli for a ninth consecutive day Monday after a sniper shot a woman from the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, state news reported. The National News Agency said that at least eight people suffered … Continued

27th May 2013

Iran: Guardian Council clears presidential field for conservatives

By Elie Chalhoub Iran’s Guardian Council removed two key candidates from the race, giving conservative candidates the edge in the upcoming June 15 presidential election. Two key presidential candidates in Iran’s presidential election – Ali Akbar Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim … Continued

27th May 2013

Jordan to deploy Patriot missiles along border with Syria

Jordan, which shares borders with war-torn Syria, said on Sunday it is in talks with “friendly countries” to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory after a similar move by Turkey. “Jordan wishes to deploy Patriot missile batteries in order to … Continued

27th May 2013

Lebanon: Rockets hit southern Beirut suburb, injuring four

[Pic tweeted: car dealership company targeted by 1 rocket in #Beirut, missile didn't fully go off #Lebanon #Syria pic.twitter.com/pC7F9ijGVV 6:48 AM - 26 May 2013]   Two rockets landed in the Beirut suburb of Chiyah Sunday morning, wounding four people, … Continued

26th May 2013

Lebanon: We cannot side with the beheaders in Syria, says Nasrallah

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah   Beirut, (Al-Akhbar): There are two major security threats currently facing Lebanon: Israel, and the presence of radical salafis fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Saturday. Nasrallah, … Continued

25th May 2013

Syria agrees to attend international peace conference, Russia says

The Syrian government had agreed in principle to attend an international peace conference proposed by Russia and the United States, Russia said on Friday, and criticized what it called attempts to undermine peace efforts. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said … Continued

24th May 2013

Turkey: Syrian committees draft new peace proposals ahead of Geneva 2

Members of the Arab League and the Syrian National Coalition have drafted new proposals aimed at ending the Syrian civil war. Their plans come in anticipation of a US-Russia backed peace conference slated for June. Two separate committees of Middle … Continued

24th May 2013

Syria: Israel fears war of attrition in Golan

Israel Fears War of Attrition in Golan By Ali Haydar Recent incidents in the Golan Heights continue to cast a shadow on the attitudes of Israeli leaders amid reports that Israel plans to carry out new strikes in Syria. These … Continued

24th May 2013

Lebanese army pulls out of Tripoli’s streets

The Lebanese army pulled out its troops from Tripoli Wednesday, ceasing its patrols in the city’s streets and its interventions in the crossfire, after clashes overnight left five people dead and many wounded. “The army is being subjected to a … Continued

23rd May 2013

Lebanon: Clashes in Tripoli kill 11

Al-Akhbar:  Eleven people – including at least two officers – were killed and dozens were wounded in fighting in Tripoli, as violence escalated Wednesday on the fourth day of clashes in the northern Lebanese city. “The death toll is up … Continued

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