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25th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia will increase business as it changes weekends

By Sukaina Ladak   The Muslim News: Saudi Arabia has transitioned its working week from Sunday to Thursday, meanings its official weekend is now Fridays and Saturdays, despite the failure of a similar proposal in 2007.   A royal decree … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Taliban attack on Afghan presidential palace kills 4

KABUL, (Xinhua): The Taliban attack on Afghan Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday morning left all four militants dead, police said. “Four militants involved in the attack are killed by our brave security forces,” Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayub Salangi told … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: 10 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing in Kandahar

KANDAHAR,  (Xinhua): Eight Afghan women and two children were killed and three adult men were wounded Tuesday morning when a vehicle was struck by a roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, an official said. “The ill-fated minibus was … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Germany seeks postponement of Turkey EU talks

Germany has been pushing for a postponement of fresh discussions on Turkey’s accession to the European Union, but insists that it is still in favor of the negotiations. The move may see talks delayed until autumn. Germany has pushed for … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Lebanon: From Tripoli to Saida, a map of Lebanon’s battlegrounds

By Nasser Charara A number of flashpoints litter Lebanon. Reports of armed groups backed by foreign intelligence services note that they seek a climate that would drag Hezbollah into a sectarian war. Although Hezbollah is keen on showing patience and … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Sidon clashes kill 16 soldiers as Assir remains at large

At least 16 soldiers have been killed and dozens wounded in Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon over two days of intense fighting between the army and gunmen loyal to Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir. Six soldiers were killed Sunday and 10 … Continued

24th Jun 2013

Iraq: Attacks kill 6 across Iraq

Three car bombs, including a suicide attack, and a mortar round killed at least six people in Iraq Sunday, most of them in the north of the country, where analysts fear tensions could trigger all-out conflict. The deadliest attacks struck … Continued

24th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Salafis kill 10 soldiers in Sidon

Armed supporters of Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir killed 10 Lebanese soldiers and injured 35 near the southern town of Sidon on Sunday, the army said. “An armed group loyal to Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir attacked, for no reason, a Lebanese army … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Syria: Suicide bombing rocks Damascus, casualties feared

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): A suicide bombing on Sunday hit the northern district of Rukin Addien in the Syrian capital of Damascus, leaving an unknown number of casualties, state-media said. The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the blast targeted a police station in … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Iraq: 15 killed in suicide bombing in Shi’a Muslim mosque

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 15 worshipers were killed and 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Qatar: Friends of Syria to provide material and equipment to opposition

Nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have agreed to give urgent support to Syrian rebels. They also called for Hezbollah fighters from Iran and Iraq to withdraw from the civl war. Ministers from the 11 main countries that form the … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Qatar PM said arming Syrian rebels to bring peace, justice

Qatar’s prime minister said on Saturday the only way to resolve the civil war in Syria was to arm rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad. “Force is necessary to achieve justice. And the provision of weapons is the only way to … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Iraq: Seven killed, 21 wounded in attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Seven people were killed and 21 wounded in separate shootings and bombings in central Iraq, police said on Saturday. In northern central Iraq, three policemen were killed and an officer was wounded by gunmen who opened fire on … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Jordan: US leaves 700 combat-equipped troops in Jordan

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Around 700 combat-equipped U.S. troops will stay in Jordan after a training exercise to cope with a worsening security situation arising from the ongoing conflict in Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday. In a letter to … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Germany and Turkey summon each other’s ambassadors over EU comments

Germany and Turkey remain at odds after summoning each other’s ambassadors on Friday. Turkey’s EU affairs minister has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of opposing the country’s accession for political reasons. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called the envoy “due … Continued

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

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