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16th Jun 2013

Syria: Russia expresses doubts on Syria’s chemical weapons use

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria does not meet stringent criteria for reliability. The US has cited that evidence as grounds for arming Syrian rebels. Speaking from Moscow on Saturday, Lavrov … Continued

16th Jun 2013

EU expresses high hopes for new Iranian President

EU nations have reacted positively to the news of the election of a moderate candidate as Iran’s next president. They are hoping for a change in tone from Iran, particularly regarding its disputed nuclear program. A statement released by the … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Noam Chomsky interview: Sykes-Picot is failing

[First of all, Israel was not opposed to Assad. He has been more or less the kind of dictator they wanted. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)] By Maha Zaraket   American author and professor Noam Chomsky was in Beirut to give … Continued

15th Jun 2013

Breaking News: Iran: Hassan Rouhani declared President with landslide victory

  Tehran, (IRNA): Hassan Rouhani, won outright majority of the votes, was declared President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said that Mr. Hassan Rohani won outright majority of the votes in presidential election.  

15th Jun 2013

US: Obama briefs EU leaders on change in US policy on Syria

US President Barack Obama has spoken with several European leaders to explain a decision to send arms to Syrian rebels. Germany has reiterated its opposition to sending weaponry to Syria. The American president spent much of a one-hour-long video conference … Continued

15th Jun 2013

Iran’s Presidential Election: Rebellion of the third generation

By Elie Chalhoub Iran’s presidential election seems to be moving along with few controversies. Nevertheless, the election represents a profound shift in the country’s politics as a “third generation” of voters assert themselves. One exception to the prevailing calm in … Continued

15th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah accuses West of hypocrisy over Syria

[Hizbullah supporters listen to a televised speech by Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut's southern suburbs on 14 June 2013. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi)]   Al-Akhbar: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday defended his party’s intervention in Syria’s two-year long war, accusing … Continued

14th Jun 2013

Turkey: Gov’t to comply with court ruling suspending Gezi Park’s demolition if appeal fails

[Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a surprise second meeting on Gezi Park's fate in Ankara  with a group of 16 representatives of the protesters, including artists and members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform.  AA photo]   ANKARA, (Anatolia News Agency): The … Continued

14th Jun 2013

Iranians vote in presidential election

Iranians have begun voting for a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Reformists have rallied around the moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani, while conservatives and hardliners are divided. Polls opened on Friday in Iran for presidential elections, according to state television. More … Continued

14th Jun 2013

UN says 93,000 killed in Syria amid reports of new massacre

More than 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria’s civil war, which has grown increasingly deadly over the past year, a United Nations study said on Thursday. The skyrocketing death toll, along with documented cases of … Continued

14th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Pregnant domestic worker hangs self

Al-Akhbar: An Ethiopian domestic worker committed suicide in the home of her employer in a town located in Mount Lebanon Wednesday, a security source said. Naifa Niska Dalalti, 23 years old, was found in one of the house’s bathrooms hung … Continued

13th Jun 2013

Syria: Sunni insurgents kill 60 Shi’a Muslims in eastern Syria

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): After their abject defeat on the hands of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah in the central strategic city of al-Qussair near the Lebanese border, the radical Sunni rebels on Wednesday stormed a Shiite village in … Continued

13th Jun 2013

US eases sanctions on Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The Obama administration on Wednesday announced eased sanctions on the Syrian opposition, just as the United States and Britain were holding discussions on more efforts to aid the rebels in their fighting against the government troops. The fresh … Continued

Turkey: Demonstrators form a human chain to prevent friction with police
13th Jun 2013

Turkey: Demonstrators form a human chain to prevent friction with police

[The protests at Gezi Park have left a mark on all aspects of society, including the art world. With just a few months remaining until the 13th Istanbul Biennial, the primary focus of which will be the public domain as … Continued

13th Jun 2013

Jordanian man dies after self-immolation in front of social ministry

A young Jordanian man died in hospital on Wednesday after setting himself on fire outside the ministry of social development last week in despair over failing to meet the minister. “Ahmad Robin, 23, died of severe burns that covered more … Continued

13th Jun 2013

Kuwaiti supermarket chains boycott Iranian goods

Several Kuwaiti supermarket chains have begun boycotting products from Iran due to the country’s support of the Syrian government, the companies’ statements said Wednesday. At least nine cooperative consumer societies out of 50 in the oil-rich Gulf state published announcements … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Turkey: Police use tear gas and enter Taksim Square for second time in day

Istanbul, (Hürriyet Daily News): Riot police once again used tear gas and water cannon at around 8:20 p.m against protesters that had gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square June 11. Dozens of riot police were seen surrounding all the roads leading to … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Israel: Tel Aviv sold advanced weapons to four Arab countries

  By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC & Agencies: The British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has reported that Israel sold, over the past five years, military and security equipment for four Arab countries in addition to Pakistan. In its … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Syria: Survivors of Qusayr: We lost because of “advanced weapons”

By Radwan Mortada   Al-Akhbar: Most of armed groups’ commanders who took part in the battle of Qusayr survived. They fled to the Syrian villages of Hassia, Qara, and Yabrud, while the rest crossed over into the Lebanese town of … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Syria: Damascus twin bombing kills 14

Two bombs killed 14 people in central Damascus on Tuesday, state media said, in an attack which targeted a police station. “The number of casualties after a twin suicide attack in Marjeh square has risen to 14 dead and 31 … Continued

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