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30th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: Cargo plane crashes in E Afghanistan, killing 7

KABUL, (Xinhua): Monday’s cargo plane crash which took place in Bagram district, eastern Afghan province of Parwan claimed the lives of all seven people aboard, a provincial source said Tuesday.   Bagram, lying some 50 km north of Afghan capital … Continued

30th Apr 2013

Iraq: Explosions across Iraq kill 36

Five car bombs exploded Monday in cities in central and southern Iraq, killing 36 civilians and wounding dozens, officials said. The attacks come amid a week-long spike in violence following clashes at a protest camp in the north of the … Continued

30th Apr 2013

Syria: Syrian PM surives deadly Damascus blast

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escaped an assassination bid on Monday, surviving a blast that targeted his convoy in Damascus, Syrian state television reported. “The terrorist explosion in Mazzeh was an attempt to target the prime minister’s convoy and Dr. … Continued

29th Apr 2013

Bahrain arrests 22 demonstrators for “terrorist attacks”

Bahrain has rounded up 22 people suspected of attacking security forces and blocking roads during protests, including in the lead-up to its Formula One race this month, police said. The arrests were related to alleged acts of violence since late … Continued

28th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: Helicopter crash kills 4 NATO soldiers in S Afghanistan

KABUL, (Xinhua): Four NATO soldiers were killed Saturday when a plane crashed in the restive southern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed in a statement.   “Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died today as a result of a … Continued

27th Apr 2013

UK: More evidence needed in case against Syria for using chemical weapons

Britain’s prime minister has said more concrete evidence that Syria has used chemical arms is needed to prompt Western military action. Meanwhile, a UN chemical investigation team has still not been allowed into Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron told … Continued

27th Apr 2013

Lebanon: Hizbullah denies responsibility for drone shot down by Israel

Lebanese political party Hezbollah denied on Thursday that it had sent a drone over the Mediterranean sea, hours after the Israeli air force said it shot down an unmanned aircraft near Haifa. “Hezbollah denies sending any unmanned drone towards occupied … Continued

27th Apr 2013

Iraq: Explosions target mosques near Baghdad, killing four

Bombs exploded at four mosques in the Baghdad area after prayers Friday, killing four people and raising the death toll from a four-day wave of violence in Iraq to 195, officials said. Iraqi security forces also began moving back into … Continued

26th Apr 2013

Iran: Rival camps of Iran’s 2013 Presidential elections

  By Elie Chalhoub   Al-Akhbar: Uncertainty continues to dominate the impending Iranian presidential elections, set to be held in June 2013. The Guardian Council has yet to vet any candidates and the election criteria is still up in the … Continued

26th Apr 2013

Bahrain cancels visit of UN torture envoy

The UN’s envoy on torture voiced his “deep disappointment” Wednesday after Bahrain, rocked by renewed clashes between security forces and pro-democracy activists, postponed his planned visit. “This is the second time that my visit has been postponed, at very short … Continued

25th Apr 2013

Iraq: Militants seize Sulaiman Bek as security forces withdraw

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Militants took control of a town in northern Iraq Wednesday evening after day-long clashes with security forces, a police source said. Iraqi security forces have completely withdrawn from Sulaiman Bek, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a local … Continued

24th Apr 2013

Iraqi forces attack protest, 26 killed

At least 26 people were killed on Tuesday when Iraqi forces and protesters clashed after troops raided their anti-government demonstration camp near Kirkuk, military sources said. The exchange of gunfire left six troops and 20 protesters dead during a confused … Continued

24th Apr 2013

Lebanese shaykhs urge Salafis to join Syrian rebels

Two Lebanese Salafi Sheikhs issued a fatwa Monday night calling on their supporters to join Islamist rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.   Ahmad al-Assir, leader of a radical Sunni movement, and Salem al-Rafei, who heads one … Continued

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

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