20th Feb 2015

Yemen: 8 soldiers killed in Dawan region oil field

  [Photo: Yemenis stage a protest against the Houthis on February 18, 2015 in the western cicy of al-Hudaydah, Yemen. Anadolu/Abdu Mohammed Yahya Haydar]   Eight Yemeni soldiers guarding oil installations were killed on Wednesday during a gunfight with tribesmen … Continued

Lebanon: 3 Syrian children killed after tent caught fire
20th Feb 2015

Lebanon: 3 Syrian children killed after tent caught fire

    Three Syrian refugee children died Thursday in the north Lebanese village of Bahnin-Denniyeh when their tent caught fire after coming in contact with live electric wires, a Lebanese National News Agency correspondent reported. The bodies of Rawaa, Talal … Continued

US says Israel ‘distorted’ its position in Iran nuclear negotiations
19th Feb 2015

US says Israel ‘distorted’ its position in Iran nuclear negotiations

    [Photo: Obama and Netanyahu]   The United States has accused Israel of mischaracterizing its position in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. A White House spokesman said information had been “cherry-picked” to give a distorted view. Israel’s … Continued

Qatar recalls ambassador from Egypt over Libya airstrikes
19th Feb 2015

Qatar recalls ambassador from Egypt over Libya airstrikes

    [Photo: Statements at the Arab League, pictured here, regarding Egypt’s airstrikes in Libya set off the row]     Amid disputes over Egyptian air strikes in Libya, Qatar has recalled its ambassador in Cairo for consultations. “Islamic State” … Continued

Syria willing to halt Aleppo airstrikes for six weeks
18th Feb 2015

Syria willing to halt Aleppo airstrikes for six weeks

  Damascus has agreed to stop air attacks on the northern city of Aleppo for six weeks for humanitarian reasons, the UN’s special envoy to Syria said. There are hopes the truce could be replicated for other areas. Syria’s President … Continued

Yemen: Houthis reject UN Resolution to cede power
18th Feb 2015

Yemen: Houthis reject UN Resolution to cede power

  Yemen’s Houthi movement, which has seized the capital Sanaa, rejected a UN call to cede power on Monday, stoking tensions after Yemen’s Gulf neighbors appealed to the Security Council to act forcefully. Yemen is a traditional US ally in … Continued

Yemen: Pro-Hadi militants seize Aden Govt buildings
17th Feb 2015

Yemen: Pro-Hadi militants seize Aden Govt buildings

    Forces loyal to Yemen’s former President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi (photo above) seized government buildings in the southern city of Aden on Monday after a five-hour battle, sources said, escalating a civil conflict that threatens to split the country in … Continued

Yemen: Houthis slam Gulf neighbours’ intervention threat
16th Feb 2015

Yemen: Houthis slam Gulf neighbours’ intervention threat

    The Houthi movement said on Sunday it will not cave in to “threats” after Yemen’s Gulf neighbors urged the UN to act forcefully against its takeover. “The Yemeni people won’t cede power in the face of threats,” spokesman … Continued

Bahrain: Police, protesters clash on 4th anniversary of uprising
15th Feb 2015

Bahrain: Police, protesters clash on 4th anniversary of uprising

Nabeel Rajab        ✔ @NABEELRAJAB Follow Women could be trouble makers also to repressive government like #Bahrain 7:33 PM – 13 Feb 2015     Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who took to the streets Saturday on … Continued

UN’s Ban Ki-moon: Yemen is collapsing before our eyes
14th Feb 2015

UN’s Ban Ki-moon: Yemen is collapsing before our eyes

[Photo: Hundreds march toward the municipality building during a demonstration rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, beginning of Yemen’s uprising, on Taiz street in Ibb, Yemen on February 11, 2015. Anadolu/Adil al-Sharee]   UN Secretary General … Continued

UN envoy says Assad must be part of “political solution” in Syria
14th Feb 2015

UN envoy says Assad must be part of “political solution” in Syria

  United Nations (UN) special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during at the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels, Belgium on February 02, 2015. Anadolu Agency/Dursun Aydemir   Three people were wounded, including one policeman, in an … Continued

Yemen: Embassies closed as AQAP supporters pledge allegiance to ISIS
12th Feb 2015

Yemen: Embassies closed as AQAP supporters pledge allegiance to ISIS

  [Photo: Security forces stand guard around the US Embassy building in Sanaa, Yemen, on February 11, 2015 after the US government closed down its embassy. Anadolu/Mohammed Hamoud]   Britain, the United States and France have pulled their ambassadors and … Continued

Iraq: ISIS claims suicide bombings near army base
12th Feb 2015

Iraq: ISIS claims suicide bombings near army base

    Three Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bombers, including a Frenchman, have allegedly detonated explosives-laden trucks in coordinated attacks on Iraqi troops and pro-government fighters, destroying their targets, the jihadist group said Wednesday. The attacks were … Continued

Yemen: US shuts Sana’a embassy as Yemen unrest grows
11th Feb 2015

Yemen: US shuts Sana’a embassy as Yemen unrest grows

  [Photo: US embassy in Sanaa]   Officials have said the US Embassy in Yemen will suspend operations amid security concerns. Employees at the American outpost in Sanaa have been temporarily relocated out of the country. Officials announced that the … Continued

Syria: Assad says Damascus receives information on US-led airstrikes
11th Feb 2015

Syria: Assad says Damascus receives information on US-led airstrikes

  [President Al-Assad being interviewed on his position on Syria crisis]   Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said third parties including Iraq were conveying information to Damascus about the US-led campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria … Continued

Yemen: Two parties quit talks with Houthis
10th Feb 2015

Yemen: Two parties quit talks with Houthis

  [Photo: Houthis take over Yemen Govt] Yemeni political factions resumed UN-brokered talks on Monday with the Houthi militia that grabbed power last week, but two groups walked out underlining the complexity of the crisis. Factions including the Houthis would … Continued

Egypt: Sisi seeks to mend Gulf ties after leaked recordings
10th Feb 2015

Egypt: Sisi seeks to mend Gulf ties after leaked recordings

  [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi]   Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called the leaders of Gulf Arab states to reassure them of strong Egyptian-Gulf ties after a leaked audio recording that purports to show him and senior aides being … Continued

Bahrain shuts down news channel
10th Feb 2015

Bahrain shuts down news channel

    Bahrain on Monday announced the closure of a new pan-Arab news channel, owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, which had vowed to practice “objective” journalism. The Al-Arab News Channel, launched on February 1, was on air … Continued

9th Feb 2015

Iraq: 13 killed in 2 bomb attacks in Baghdad

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 13 people were killed and 46 others injured in two separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday morning, a police source said. In one of the attacks, a suicide bomber detonated … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS claims lives of 2 Saudis, 3 more infected
7th Feb 2015

Saudi Arabia: MERS claims lives of 2 Saudis, 3 more infected

. By Md Rasooldeen   Riyadh: The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has killed three more people and infected four others over the past few days, the Ministry of Health announced Friday.   This comes in the wake of … Continued

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