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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

12th Jun 2013

Syria: Right-wing European delegation in Syria “fact-finding” mission

Al-Akhbar: A delegation of ultra right-wing European politicians began a previously unannounced “fact-finding” mission in Syria on Tuesday to assess the presence of foreign fighters in the war ravaged country, a spokesperson for a British MEP said. Nick Griffin, Member … Continued

12th Jun 2013

Iran: Putin: Iran’s nuclear program peaceful

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he has no doubt that Iran is adhering to international commitments on nuclear non-proliferation while reiterating Moscow’s opposition to Tehran developing a nuclear weapon. He also commented on Syria during a question and … Continued

Turkey: Two injured as police enter Taksim Square to ‘clear banners’
11th Jun 2013

Turkey: Two injured as police enter Taksim Square to ‘clear banners’

Istanbul, (Hürriyet Daily News)   [Riot police entered the Taksim Square for the first time in more than a week. AA photo ]   Riot police used tear gas and pressurized water to enter Taksim Square around 7.30 a.m. today, where Gezi … Continued

11th Jun 2013

Syrian Govt poised to set sights on Aleppo

Syrian troops and opposition forces have stepped up fighting close to Syria’s second city, Aleppo. The confrontation follows a significant strategic victory by government forces in the border town of Qusair. Reports from Syrian state television and the British-based activist … Continued

11th Jun 2013

Lebanon: President urges Hizbullah to investigate protest killing

Lebanon’s president Michel Sleiman on Monday called on the Iranian embassy and Hezbollah to help investigate the killing of a protester outside the mission. Hashem Salman was shot in the back in an attack Sunday near the embassy in Beirut … Continued

11th Jun 2013

Iraq: More than 60 killed in Iraq bombings

A wave of violence across Iraq on Monday killed 61 people, nearly half of them in a series of attacks in the northern city of Mosul, officials said. In Mosul at least 29 people were killed when five car bombs … Continued

10th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Mob riots at Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah

  [This combo image shows a fire raging at the Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah’s Rehab District on Sunday night. (AN photo)] By ROB L. WAGNER, IRFAN MOHAMMED, IBRAHIM NAFEE & GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN   JEDDAH, (Arab News): Rioting Indonesian expatriates … Continued

10th Jun 2013

Yemen: US drone kills two suspects in northern Yemen

SANAA, (Xinhua): A U.S. drone strike killed at least two suspected al-Qaida militants on Sunday in Yemen’s northeastern province of al-Jawf, an interior ministry official told Xinhua. The strike targeted the two militants while they were on a pick- up … Continued

10th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Explosions, gunfire heard near Kabul airport

Taliban insurgents have launched an attack on Afghanistan’s main international airport in Kabul, reportedly storming two buildings at the site. The heavily guarded airport is home to a large NATO-led military base. Police said at least seven heavily-armed militants launched … Continued

9th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Protesters shot, one killed near Iranian embassy in Beirut

Al-Akhbar: Shots were fired near the Iranian embassy in Beirut Sunday, wounding several protesters and killing one, according to media reports. According to LBCI, several people were wounded at a demonstration by Syrian rebels sympathizers from the Lebanese Option Party. … Continued

9th Jun 2013

Syria: Video: Belgian fighters behead man in Syria

A new video has surfaced allegedly filmed in Syria that shows a group of rebels, some of them speaking Flemish, use a large knife to behead a man. The rebels, chanting “God is great,” first try to slice the man’s … Continued

8th Jun 2013

Turkey: PM shelves mall plan on Gezi Park, wants end to protests

Istanbul (Hurriyet Daily News): The prime minister once again assures Taksim protesters that no mall will be built on Gezi Park. However, he signaled no step back from the construction of a historical barracks on the site. Turkish Prime Minister … Continued

8th Jun 2013

Syria: Reconstruction in Syria: All eyes on the prize

European actors are once again touting the importance of Lebanon’s stability out of a belief that the country will be a crucial base for their future Syrian reconstruction projects. There have been multiple scenarios for post-war Syria, but on Wednesday, … Continued

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