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

23rd Jul 2013

Iraq: Hundreds escape from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al-Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday. No prisoners escaped from a simultaneous ambush on a different jail, but … Continued

22nd Jul 2013

Syria: 25 killed by Syrian militants’ missile

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua):  Up to 25 Syrian civilians were killed and over 85 others injured on Sunday when Syrian armed opposition fired in the northwestern province of Idlib, pro- government Sham FM radio reported. The victims, including women and children, were … Continued

22nd Jul 2013

Yemen: Armed men kidnap Iranian embassy employee in Yemen

An employee of the Iranian embassy in Yemen has been abducted by armed men. Various groups have been known to take hostages to manipulate Yemeni officials, but it was unclear who kidnapped the Iranian national. Unidentified gunmen reportedly halted an … Continued

21st Jul 2013

Iraq: 24 killed, 88 wounded in spate of car bomb attacks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 32 people were killed and 96 wounded in a series of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Saturday evening, an interior Ministry source said. A booby-trapped car went off in New Baghdad district in … Continued

19th Jul 2013

UAE: Foreigner jailed for filming local beating van driver

An Asian man has been arrested for filming a video that has gone viral on the Internet showing a UAE citizen beating up an Indian van driver in Dubai, local media reported Thursday. The witness, whose nationality was not known, … Continued

18th Jul 2013

Afghanistan: 4 policemen killed in N. Afghan checkpoint attack

KUNDUZ, (Xinhua): Four policemen were killed and one was wounded early Thursday morning when militants launched an attack on a police checkpoint in Kunduz, the capital city of northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said the police. “Militants numbered three or … Continued

17th Jul 2013

UN says Syria crisis ‘worst since Rwanda’

According to the United Nations, Syria’s civil war has now generated the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nearly 1.8 million people are now registered as refugees in countries surrounding Syria. Five thousand people a month are dying … Continued

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