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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

16th Apr 2013

Iraq: Wave of bombings kill 20, wound 195 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A spate of bomb attacks, including 23 car bombings, struck Iraqi cities, killing at least 20 people and wounding 195 in the latest escalation of violence, just five days ahead of the country’s provincial polls. The deadliest attacks … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Formula One chief denies Bahrain crackdown ahead of race

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed human rights concerns over this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix after the government arrested dozens of activists ahead of the race. Bahrainis have staged days of anti-government demonstrations which escalated with an explosion Sunday … Continued

Syria: Fresh mortar attack kills 4 in Damascus’s countryside
15th Apr 2013

Syria: Fresh mortar attack kills 4 in Damascus’s countryside

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): At least four people were killed and 20 others wounded on Sunday when mortar shells fired by rebels slammed a pro-government suburb of the capital Damascus, the state media and activists said. Three mortars landed at a station … Continued

15th Apr 2013

Iraq: Spate of car bomb attacks hit Iraqi cities

Iraq: Spate of car bomb attacks hit Iraqi cities BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A spate of car bomb explosions hit some Iraqi cities on Monday morning, with dozens of people killed or wounded, the police said. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/15/c_132310065.htm

14th Apr 2013

Western media’s Syria WMDs hype evokes deja vu

By Yang Qingchuan BEIJING, (Xinhua): The Western media have been fanning fears of Syria’s chemical weapons since last year, and the most recent talk is that British scientists have found evidence of Syrian chemical attack. Although both sides of the … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Muslim Brotherhood paves way for Qatar’s ascent

By Layla al-Shoumari Al-Akhbar: In the wake of the Arab uprisings, Qatar is using its vast wealth and media empire to become a regional superpower. Its historic ties with the Muslim Brotherhood will determine the success of Doha’s strategy. It … Continued

Iraq: Twin bombing kills eight outside mosque
13th Apr 2013

Iraq: Twin bombing kills eight outside mosque

A pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 30. The attacks in the town of Kanaan, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) northeast of … Continued

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