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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

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

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