1st Aug 2013

Turkey: 24 illegal migrants die as boat sinks off Çanakkale coast

Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Twenty-four illegal migrants lost their lives on Wednesday when a boat carrying them sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Ezine, a district in the northwestern province of Çanakkale. Initial reports said the migrants were … Continued

1st Aug 2013

US lower house passes bill on tougher sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a bill on Wednesday aiming at choking out Iran’s oil exports, just four days before the Islamic republic’s moderate president-elect takes office. The bill, which passed with a vote of 400 to … Continued

1st Aug 2013

Iraq: Over 850 killed in July after latest attacks in Iraq

Attacks in Iraq killed nine people and wounded 19 on Wednesday, officials said, as the country witnesses its deadliest violence since 2008. Gunmen killed five people and wounded eight in two attacks in Baghdad province, while two bombings in Kirkuk … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Iraq: 10 killed, 42 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Ten people were killed and 42 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Tuesday evening, said the police. Five people were killed and 16 wounded in a bomb explosion at a popular shop in the … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Saudi grounds Hariri: back to the screen

[Hariri does not want to remain hosted by the Saudis any longer, realizing that running the Future Movement remotely is useless. (Photo: Archive)]   By Maysam Rizk (Al-Akhbar): Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is becoming weary of his Saudi hosts. … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Yemen: US drone strike kills three in Shabwa

A suspected US drone strike killed three people in Yemen at dawn on Tuesday in the second such attack in three days, a tribal source told AFP. “The car in which the three were travelling – two Yemenis and a … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Iraq: Dozen car bombs kill over 50 in Iraq

Attacks including car bombs killed at least 54 people on Monday, officials said, as the interior ministry warned of civil war. With the latest violence, more than 790 people have been killed in attacks so far this month, according to … Continued

29th Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Grand Mufti: I’tikaf need not be confined to Grand Mosque

                     [Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh] JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Monday 29 July 2013 Last Update 29 July 2013 3:39 am Jeddah, Arab(News): Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh said the worshipping act of “i’tikaf” (meditative seclusion) can be observed at any mosque and … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Iraq: 8 Kurdish security personnel killed in suicide bombing in northern Iraq

TIKRIT, (Xinhua): Eight Kurdish security members were killed and four others wounded on Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq’s northern Salahudin province, a provincial police source said. A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Syria: 123 killed by Syrian rebels in Aleppo province

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Syria’s state media said Saturday that radical rebels killed as many as 123 people in a contested town in northern Aleppo province. Most of those killed in Khan al-Asal were unarmed civilians, the state-run SANA news agency said, … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Kuwait: Shi’a Muslims lose seats in Kuwait polls

Final results from Kuwait’s elections show Shiite candidates losing more than half their seats, while liberals made a slight gain. The poll was the second in eight months after a court ruled a December vote invalid. The results of Saturday’s … Continued

27th Jul 2013

Kuwait elections begin as opposition boycott poll

Voting has begun in the oil-rich Gulf nation of Kuwait, in the country’s second general election in eight months. The opposition has called for a boycott of the poll. Kuwait’s sixth election in seven years is being held after a … Continued

27th Jul 2013

Lebanon: European schizophrenia after Hizbullah blacklisting

  The EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst paid two of the party’s officials a visit to reassure them that the decision will not affect relations with the group’s “civilian wing.” (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: Before … Continued

26th Jul 2013

Syria: Car bomb kills 7 in as war death toll tops 100,000

A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 62 on Thursday when it exploded on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said. State news agency SANA said the bomb hit the al-Siyouf Square in Jaramanah. … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Lebanon: Punishing Hizbullah: Gulf states follow in EU’s footsteps

  [European sources report that the US, along with Saudi Arabia, had a major role to play in pressuring the EU to place Hizbullah’s military wing on their list of terrorist organizations. (Photo: Bilal Jawich)]   By Nasser Charara The … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Iraq: Attack on northern Iraq police station kills nine

Militants attacked a police station in north Iraq on Wednesday with mortar rounds and automatic weapons, killing nine police, an officer and a doctor said. The attack, which occurred about 7:30 am 60 kilometers south of the northern city of … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Bahrain: Blind prisoner launches hunger strike

[Ali Saad, who is blind, started a #hungerstrike in protest of illtreatment, denial of adequate medical care pic.twitter.com/c7BhYmYP4h #Bahrain]   By Yuma Marwan A blind Bahraini prisoner began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest ill treatment and medical neglect at … Continued

24th Jul 2013

Iraq: 16 killed in night attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Sixteen people were killed and 75 wounded late Tuesday in separate bomb attacks, mainly targeting Sunni mosques, in northern and central Iraq, the police said. In the northern city of Kirkuk, a roadside bomb and a sticky bomb … Continued

24th Jul 2013

Bahraini forces escalate house raids, arbitrary arrests

 S.Yousif  Almuhafda          @SAIDYOUSIF #bahrain picture of house raids now in nabeh saleh pic.twitter.com/sPd3wGAlDV 2:44 PM – 23 Jul 2013 Security forces in Bahrain have been raiding dozens of homes each day since April, arbitrarily arresting young men, and torturing them … Continued

24th Jul 2013

Lebanese officials denounce EU move to blacklist Hizbullah

Lebanese officials on Monday and Tuesday slammed the European Union’s designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, with top leaders calling on the 28-nation bloc to reverse its decision. The EU’s foreign ministers on Monday declared Hezbollah’s military unit as … Continued


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