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23rd Apr 2013

Syria: Aleppo Orthodox Bishops kidnapped

Two bishops have been kidnapped by rebels in a village in Aleppo Province, according to Syrian state news. The Christian clergy members were reportedly carrying out humanitarian work when they were abducted at gunpoint. Syrian state news agency SANA reported … Continued

23rd Apr 2013

Lebanon: Saudi control of Lebanon: A little tourism and sympathy

By Ghassan Saoud   Wanted: A Guardian of Lebanon. Before Saudi Arabia sought to control Lebanese affairs, Syria watched over the country in the name of common borders and Arabism. Before that, the French had their words of “compassion.” The … Continued

Iraq: 9 killed, 20 wounded in roadside bomb attack in central Iraq
22nd Apr 2013

Iraq: 9 killed, 20 wounded in roadside bomb attack in central Iraq

BAGHDAD,  (Xinhua): A total of nine people were killed and 20 others injured when a roadside bomb struck a popular restaurant in central Iraq on Sunday, the police said.   The bombing attack in downtown Fallujah, 50 km west of … Continued

22nd Apr 2013

Turkey: US asked Erdoğan to delay Gaza trip

Istanbul, (Hürriyet Daily News):   The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today he told Turkey’s prime minister during a meeting in Istanbul to delay his planned visit to Gaza to because of the “critical timing,” but added that it … Continued

22nd Apr 2013

Yemen: US drone strike kills two people

Two men suspected of being al-Qaeda members were killed on Sunday in a US drone strike on a site allegedly used for training members of the Islamist network in central Yemen, a security official and witnesses said. The raid targeted … Continued

22nd Apr 2013

Bahrain: On Grand Prix day, clashes continued

Bahraini pro-democracy activists reported sporadic clashes between police and protesters on Sunday, hours before a Formula One race promoted by the government as a non-political festival of sport but seen by the opposition as a public relations stunt. Some protesters … Continued

21st Apr 2013

US to double nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

The US has announced it will double its assistance to the Syrian opposition and expand its nonlethal aid. Secretary of State John Kerry said the assistance would be channeled through the rebels’ supreme military command.   US Secretary of State … Continued

21st Apr 2013

Iraq votes in provincial elections

Iraqis voted on Saturday in the country’s first polls since 2010, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives over the past week.   But the credibility … Continued

21st Apr 2013

Bahrain intensifies crackdown ahead of F1 race

(Al-Akhbar): Tens of thousands have taken to the streets across Bahrain to protest Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix amid one of the worst government crackdowns on dissidents to hit the tiny island since the start of an uprising more than … Continued

20th Apr 2013

Jordan’s Islamic Front rejects US troop deployment

Jordan’s Islamist opposition on Friday denounced the presence of US troops in the kingdom due to deteriorating security in neighboring Syria, urging a rethink of the deployment.   “The government must review its decision to authorize the deployment of foreign … Continued

19th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: 13 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack

GHAZNI, (Xinhua): Thirteen Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel were killed early Friday morning when Taliban launched attack on a checkpoint in Andar district in the country’s eastern province of Ghazni, an official said. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/19/c_132323107.htm

Iraq: 27 killed, 51 wounded in Baghdad cafe bombing
19th Apr 2013

Iraq: 27 killed, 51 wounded in Baghdad cafe bombing

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 27 people were killed and 51 others wounded on Thursday evening when a bomb struck a cafe in the capital of Baghdad, police said. The bombing attack took place at about 9:30 p.m. local time ( … Continued

19th Apr 2013

Syria: Assad: conflict to spill over into Jordan

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday predicted that the conflict in his country would spill over to Jordan in an interview Wednesday with state television Al-Ikhbariya news channel. “We would wish that our Jordanian neighbors realize that… the fire will not … Continued

19th Apr 2013

Bahrain detains activists 3 days ahead of F1 race

Bahrain has arrested several people accused of stealing and burning cars amid heightened security in the island kingdom before Sunday’s Formula One race, which the opposition sees as a chance to publicize its popular campaign. Bahrain’s state news agency said … Continued

18th Apr 2013

Palestinian injured by Israeli arm fire in Hebron

IMEMC & Agencies: Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian youth was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head during clashes with Israeli army in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The sources … Continued

18th Apr 2013

Syria: Battle for Damascus: Regime Fights on Four Fronts

By Nasser Charara For two months now, all eyes were on Damascus as both the regime and the opposition readied themselves for a major confrontation to gain the upper hand ahead of a US-Russia summit in June. At the beginning … Continued

18th Apr 2013

Israel: Rockets fired from the Sinai hit Eilat, causing no casualties

At least two rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula exploded in the Red Sea town of Eilat early on Wednesday, causing no casualties, the Israeli army and police said. “We’ve found two explosion sites in the city, we’ve also closed … Continued

18th Apr 2013

UAE: Emirati prisoners defy judge over “travesty of justice”

By Chloé Benoist Emirati prisoners accused of trying to overthrow the Government held a symbolic protest Tuesday during a hearing, denouncing violations of their rights in a case that has sparked concern from human rights activists. Of the 94 defendants … Continued

17th Apr 2013

Major quake hits Iran-Pakistan border, kills dozens

TEHRAN/ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): A major earthquake on Tuesday jolted Iran-Pakistan border region, killing at least 47 so far, and strong tremors were also felt in parts of northern India. Iran’s ISNA news agency described the quake, measured at least magnitude 7.7 … Continued

Bahrain: Riot police teargas Bahrain high school
17th Apr 2013

Bahrain: Riot police teargas Bahrain high school

Riot police raided a high school and fired tear gas at students in Bahrain’s capital Manama Tuesday morning as the teenagers demonstrated for the release of a pupil arrested the previous day. Amateur footage posted online show police firing tear … Continued

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