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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

17th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh hopes for warm ties with Tehran under Rouhani

JEDDAH, (ARAB NEWS): Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday congratulated Hassan Rowhani on his election as the new president of Iran, while welcoming the new leader’s gesture to improve bilateral ties. “We are glad to congratulate you in … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Iran: Hope for Iran’s president-elect to bring changes runs high home and abroad

Hassan Rouhani defeated his rival conservative candidates in Iran’s 2013 presidential election Saturday by gaining 18,613,329 votes out of counted votes of 36,704,156, accounting for 50.7 percent of all the votes, with a turnout rate of 72.2 percent. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz) … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Turkey: Police lock down Taksim, as PM shows off in Istanbul

[The AKP rally in Istanbul drew hundreds of thousands of party supporters, as a police crackdown continued in Istanbul and Ankara. AA photo]   Istanbul, (Hürriyet Daily News): As clashes continue near Taksim, which was cleared of protesters in a … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Kuwait court dissolves parliament, orders new vote

Kuwait’s constitutional court on Sunday ordered the dissolution of parliament and called for a new vote, but approved a controversial electoral law that sparked massive street protests last year. Kuwait’s opposition boycotted the December parliamentary elections over changes to the … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims told postpone Hajj if you can
16th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims told postpone Hajj if you can

  [Photo: With expansion work going on at the mataf in Makkah, the number of pilgrims in this year’s Haj season has to be reduced.] By P K Abdul Ghafour     Jeddah, (Arab News): In an unprecedented move aimed … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Iraq: 20 killed in spate of car bombings across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least twenty people were killed and 23 others wounded in a series of car bomb attacks and shootings in central and southern Iraqi cities on Sunday, police said. Two car bombs went off in al-Arousah Square in the … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: 4 civilians killed in southern Afghan blast

TIRIN KOT, (Xinhua): Four civilians were killed as six others wounded Sunday morning when a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in southern Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, said a provincial government spokesman. “One civilian vehicle touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Egypt: President Morsi cuts ties with Syria

[Photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressing the audience at a popular conference in Cairo announced cutting ties with Syria (Xinhua/Egyptian Presidency)]   CAIRO, (Xinhua): Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday announced cutting ties with … Continued

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

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