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US-Israeli relations hit another low
25th Mar 2015

US-Israeli relations hit another low

  Revelations that Israel may have leaked sensitive information to Republicans about the American negotiations with Iran have further damaged what some already perceived as the worst ever relations between the two allies. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that … Continued

Afghanistan: US drone strike near Khyber border kills nine
24th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: US drone strike near Khyber border kills nine

  By Akbar Ali   PESHAWAR, (Dawn): At least nine suspected militants, including the driver of Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) chief Mangal Bagh, were killed in a US drone strike in Nazyan district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, near the Pak-Afghan border in … Continued

Afghanistan: Gunmen kill 13 in Wardak province
24th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: Gunmen kill 13 in Wardak province

  MAIDAN SHAR, (Xinhua): Some 13 passengers were killed and two others wounded after gunmen shot at three vehicles in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak early Tuesday morning, an official source said. “Gunmen shot at three vehicles, including a … Continued

Yemen: Arab neighbors called to intervene against Houthis
24th Mar 2015

Yemen: Arab neighbors called to intervene against Houthis

  [Houthi supporters]   Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday asked the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone from the airports seized by rebels, as well as urging Gulf Arab countries to intervene militarily against Houthi fighters. … Continued

UK: West, Iran cite progress in nuclear talks
22nd Mar 2015

UK: West, Iran cite progress in nuclear talks

    [Photo:The foreign ministers of Germany, the US, UK, and France met in London to discuss the situation with Iran]     In London, Western officials have announced “substantial progress” in talks with Iran, while also pledging that any … Continued

Yemen: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting
22nd Mar 2015

Yemen: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting

  [Archive Photo: pro-Houthi protests]   The UN Security Council is to convene in an emergency session on Yemen, where a separatist movement and terrorism threaten to set off a civil war. US troops aiding anti-al Qaeda efforts have already … Continued

Syria: Twin blasts target Kurdish New Year’s Eve festivities
21st Mar 2015

Syria: Twin blasts target Kurdish New Year’s Eve festivities

  Twin bombings have targeted Syria’s Kurdish minority as it prepares to ring in the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Observers believe “IS” was the culprit given its recent losses to Kurdish fighters. In the early hours … Continued

Yemen: 140 Shia Muslims killed in mosque bombings
21st Mar 2015

Yemen: 140 Shia Muslims killed in mosque bombings

  There are reports of up to 142 people having been killed in twin suicide bombings at mosques in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Friday. An unverified claim of responsibility has been made by extremist group Islamic State. Authorities say at … Continued

Obama urges Iran to take advantage of ‘best opportunity in decades’
20th Mar 2015

Obama urges Iran to take advantage of ‘best opportunity in decades’

  US President Barack Obama has told Iran that nuclear talks present “the best opportunity in decades” for the two countries to pursue a better relationship. He warned, however, that there was still much work to do. In his annual … Continued

Syria says it shot down a US drone
18th Mar 2015

Syria says it shot down a US drone

  Syrian state media says government forces have downed a US surveillance drone over the coastal province of Latakia. Damascus has mostly refrained from attacking coalition aircraft since the anti-IS strikes began. The United States lost contact with an unarmed … Continued

Switzerland: Cautious optimism as Iran & US edge closer to a deal
17th Mar 2015

Switzerland: Cautious optimism as Iran & US edge closer to a deal

  Iran’s foreign minister has said that he and US counterpart John Kerry have come closer to an agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. But a Saudi prince has warned that a deal could spark a nuclear technology race. Iranian Foreign … Continued

Syria: Conflict enters 5th year amid growing humanitarian crisis
16th Mar 2015

Syria: Conflict enters 5th year amid growing humanitarian crisis

  Syria’s bloody civil conflict is entering its fifth year amid a major humanitarian emergency. With no end to the fighting in sight, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is willing to negotiate with Assad. Syria has … Continued

Iraq: IS using ‘weaponised’ chlorine
15th Mar 2015

Iraq: IS using ‘weaponised’ chlorine

  Iraq’s Kurdish authorities say they have evidence “Islamic State” has used chlorine gas as a weapon against Kurdish fighters. The accusation comes as Iraqi soldiers attempt to drive the militants out of Tikrit. The Security Council of the semi-autonomous … Continued

Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ prepares for last stand in Tikrit
13th Mar 2015

Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ prepares for last stand in Tikrit

  Members of the militant group “Islamic State” in Tikrit are preparing to stage their last stand, as Iraqi forces and Shiite militia tighten their grip on the city. The Islamist group has played down their losses. Iraqi forces were … Continued

Aid organizations issue failing grade to UNSC efforts in Syria
12th Mar 2015

Aid organizations issue failing grade to UNSC efforts in Syria

  A new report has been released on the humanitarian crisis in Syria four years after the start of the country’s civil war. It calls on the United Nations to show commitment to ending the Syrian conflict. A new report … Continued

Iraq: Soldiers push siege of Tikrit amid fierce resistance from IS
11th Mar 2015

Iraq: Soldiers push siege of Tikrit amid fierce resistance from IS

    [Photo: Iraqi forces firing at Alam district of Tikrit]   TIKRIT, (Xinhua): Iraqi security forces continued their offensive on Tuesday to free the city of Tikrit, but were slowed by fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants … Continued

Sweden cancels Saudi arms deal after human rights row
11th Mar 2015

Sweden cancels Saudi arms deal after human rights row

  Sweden has ended a military deal with Saudi Arabia over human rights issues. The break comes after the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (photo above)was allegedly prevented from making a speech at an Arab League meeting. Sweden announced that … Continued

US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate
10th Mar 2015

US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate

  An open letter from US senators to the Iranian government has outraged the Obama administration. Vice President Biden blasted the lawmakers’ ‘undermining’ of diplomatic channels, calling it dangerous for US credibility. US Vice President Joe Biden issued a strong … Continued

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion
9th Mar 2015

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion

[Photo: Motorists from Saudi Arabia jam the Causeway linking the Kingdom to Bahrain during a weekend] Riyadh, (Arab News): The Tourist Information and Research Center (MAS) revealed that 766,300 Saudi tourists left the Kingdom during the midterm holiday and spent … Continued

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists
9th Mar 2015

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists

  DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The US-led anti-terror coalition on Sunday evening struck an oil refinery under the control of the Islamic State (IS) militants in a border Syrian town near Turkey, killing 30 IS militants, a monitoring group tracking the Syrian … Continued


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