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22nd Jun 2013

Hamas-Hizbullah split on the Syrian war

By Qassem Qassem   Al-Akhbar: Recent rumors depict the Hezbollah-Hamas partnership as deteriorating under the weight of the war in Syria. One rumor even claimed that Hezbollah gave Hamas a 48-hour ultimatum to leave Lebanon. Though the relationship is lukewarm, … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Lebanese protesters denounce electoral delay, beaten by security forces

[A Lebanese security officer aims at protesters in Beirut on 20 June 2013. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)] By Chloe Benoist   Al-Akhbar: Hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in in Beirut Thursday and Friday to denounce the postponement of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Qatar: Afghanistan peace talks up in the air after Taliban office controversy

The US has welcomed Qatar’s decision to remove a controversial nameplate from the Taliban’s new office. The diplomatic spat had threatened to derail peace efforts after the Afghan president pulled out of negotiations. The US deputy ambassador to the United … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Iraq: Two Iraqi policemen dead in attacks during provincial elections

Iraqis in two provinces voted under heavy security in delayed provincial polls on Thursday which were marred by mortar attacks on polling stations that left two policemen dead. The elections, postponed for two months in Anbar and Nineveh provinces due … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Qatar expels 18 Lebanese citizens after GCC pledge against Hizbullah

At least 18 Lebanese citizens have been expelled from Qatar, a government source in Beirut told AFP Thursday, after the Gulf Cooperation Council pledged to act against members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. “Eighteen Lebanese have been expelled from Qatar, in … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Iraq: At least 4 killed, 21 wounded in attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least four people were killed and 21 wounded in separate shooting and bomb attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, the police said. In one attack, three people were killed and 15 wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Turkey: More trouble in store for Turkey’s deadlocked EU bid

[German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attend a press conference in Ankara. Merkel's conservative coalition has rejected Turkey's EU bid. (Photo: Cihan, Emrullah Bayrak)] Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Turkey responded defiantly to disconcerting signals that its … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills local political leader

A suicide bombing in northern Iraq on Wednesday killed the leader of a provincial political party and four relatives, officials said, on the eve of elections his bloc was to participate in. Yunus al-Ramah, head of the United Iraq party, … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Germany: Obama keeps mum on US military aid to Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday refused to specify the exact nature of new US military aid to Syrian rebels, despite signals from top US officials that they will be receiving small arms and ammunition. Obama’s silence comes as Syria’s … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Bahraini teen activist faces up to 80 years in prison

Al-Akhbar: A Bahraini court sentenced an 18-year-old opposition member, Akbar Ali al-Kishi, to 10 years in prison Wednesday over charges of blowing up gas cylinders, family and activists said, adding that the young activist faces several more decades of imprisonment. … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Turkey: PM defends police handling of protests as dozens detained across country

  [Police raided multiple addresses in several cities across Turkey on Tuesday and detained dozens of people over anti-government protests. (Photo: İHA, Gülçin Özden)] Ankara, (Today’s Zaman): Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday defended the way the Turkish police … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Iraq: 32 killed in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad Shi’a Muslim mosque

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 32 people were killed and 57 wounded in a twin suicide bomb attacks at a Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said. “The toll rose to 32 killed … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Four NATO soldiers killed in E. Afghan attack

KABUL, (Xinhua): Four NATO soldiers were killed early Wednesday morning in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO- led coalition forces confirmed. “We can confirm four International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) service members died following an indirect fire attack … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Libya pushing arms to Syria rebels

High ranking Libyan officials are allowing mass shipments of weapons sent from their country to reach anti-government rebels in Syria, an investigative report published Tuesday said. Senior officials in Libya’s army and government told Reuters they backed private arms dealers … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: 3 killed in suicide bombing in Kabul

KABUL, (Xinhua): At least three civilians were killed and many others wounded Tuesday morning when a suicide bombing hit west of Afghan capital Kabul, witnesses said. “A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of Hajji Mohammad Muaqiq, a member of lower … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Iranian president-elect Rouhani vows moderation

Iran’s newly elected president has vowed to deliver the change demanded by voters after eight years of conservative rule. Hasan Rowhani also pledged to pursue constructive interaction with the rest of the world. Hasan Rowhani described his election as a … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Northern Ireland: Syria divisions dominate Obama-Putin meeting at G-8 summit

Divisions between Russia and the US over Syria have overshadowed talks of G-8 leaders in Northern Ireland’s Enniskillen. The summit had begun on a positive note with progress on a transatlantic free trade deal. US President Barack Obama and Russia’s … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Iran’s lesson to Washington’s Arabs

By Ibrahim Al-Amin Al-Akhbar: Iran’s presidential election poses some important and uncomfortable questions to its Arab neighbors across the Gulf: How has the Islamic Republic’s theocratic political system succeeded in maintaining its religious and ethnic diversity and developing its economic … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Gunmen kill four in Bekaa Valley

Gunmen killed three Lebanese and a Turk on Sunday in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a security source said, as the conflict in neighboring Syria raised fresh tensions. The unidentified assailants shot dead “two members of the Jaafar family, an Amhaz family … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Syria: Saudi Arabia, France sending Syria rebels anti-aircraft guns

Saudi Arabia, with some French funds, began supplying anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels “on a small scale” about two months ago, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The shoulder-fired weapons were obtained mostly from suppliers in … Continued

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