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Syria: Dozens dead in Syria border blast near Turkey
16th May 2014

Syria: Dozens dead in Syria border blast near Turkey

  A massive car bomb killed dozens of people on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, a monitoring group and online activists said. Gruesome photographs posted online by witnesses showed shocked men standing … Continued

Turkey mourns victims of tragic mine blast, 282 killed
15th May 2014

Turkey mourns victims of tragic mine blast, 282 killed

Relatives wait for survivors outside of Soma mine in the western province of Manisa. (Photo: Today’s Zaman) Istanbul (Today’s Zaman): Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach hundreds of miners trapped underground on Wednesday after an explosion and fire at … Continued

Turkey: 201 killed, hundreds trapped by coal mine explosion
14th May 2014

Turkey: 201 killed, hundreds trapped by coal mine explosion

    [Trapped workers are pulled from a mine following an explosion of a power distribution unit underground in Soma, in the western Turkish province of Manisa, May 13. AA Photo]   Hurriyet Daily News: Some 201 coal miners were … Continued

Syrian rebels agreed to swap 1,500 families for prisoners, food
13th May 2014

Syrian rebels agreed to swap 1,500 families for prisoners, food

  Syrian rebels have agreed to free 1,500 families in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, a newspaper close to his government said Monday. The reported agreement involves the release of families held … Continued

Yemen: US drone kills six people
13th May 2014

Yemen: US drone kills six people

A drone strike in eastern Yemen killed six people on Monday, tribal sources said, in the first such raid since the army launched an offensive against jihadists last month. The pilotless aircraft targeted a vehicle carrying “al-Qaeda members” near Al-Husun, … Continued

Iraq: Twenty soldiers killed by militants
12th May 2014

Iraq: Twenty soldiers killed by militants

  Militants attacked a military base in north Iraq, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later shot them dead, police and a morgue employee said on Sunday. The soldiers were abducted by a large group of militants in several vehicles from a … Continued

Yemen: Nine killed in armed clashes near presidential palace
10th May 2014

Yemen: Nine killed in armed clashes near presidential palace

ADEN, (Xinhua): Armed clashes erupted between Yemeni security forces and unknown gunmen near the Presidential Palace in the capital Sanaa on Friday evening, leaving six soldiers and three attackers killed, a security official said. “Unknown gunmen raided a security checkpoint … Continued

Pakistan: Nawaz’s crucial visit to Iran, will it improve relations?
10th May 2014

Pakistan: Nawaz’s crucial visit to Iran, will it improve relations?

[Pakistan-Iran relations, long marked by cold formality, were recently jolted out of their stage-managed civility by a series of unusual events.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - File photo] Dr Simbal Khan Dawn: Critical developments within the … Continued

Iraq: 39 killed, 41 wounded in another bloody day across Iraq
9th May 2014

Iraq: 39 killed, 41 wounded in another bloody day across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 39 people were killed and 41 others wounded in separate violent incidents, including a security operation, across Iraq on Thursday, police said. In northern Iraq, police carried out an offensive targeting insurgent groups in … Continued

Syria: Islamic Front claims Aleppo attack on Syria soldiers
9th May 2014

Syria: Islamic Front claims Aleppo attack on Syria soldiers

  Syrian rebels have claimed responsibility for a bombing that leveled a hotel used as a base by government troops in the city of Aleppo. In the west, the last rebels are filing out of the city of Homs.  Thursday‘s … Continued

Iraq: 24 killed in violent attacks across Iraq
6th May 2014

Iraq: 24 killed in violent attacks across Iraq

    BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 24 people were killed and 29 wounded in separate violent incidents across the country on Monday, police and medical sources said. In Salahudin province, two soldiers and a civilian were killed and 16 … Continued

Lebanon: Fire engulfs Mount Lebanon forest, threatens homes
6th May 2014

Lebanon: Fire engulfs Mount Lebanon forest, threatens homes

  [Firefighters try to douse flames that engulfed a forest in Mount Lebanon (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)]   Firefighters on Monday were struggling to extinguish a massive blaze that engulfed a forest in a Mount Lebanon village on the outskirt of … Continued

Iraq: Terrorists kill Shi’a Muslim pilgrims near Baghdad
5th May 2014

Iraq: Terrorists kill Shi’a Muslim pilgrims near Baghdad

  Militants have attacked a bus carrying pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing 11 people, while a family of eight was shot dead south of the capital, Iraqi officials said Sunday. Another 11 people were killed in less than 24 hours … Continued

Iraq counts votes after deadly election day
2nd May 2014

Iraq counts votes after deadly election day

AFP, Al-Akhbar: Vote counting was under way Thursday after Iraqis braved a wave of attacks to cast ballots in elections hailed by the United Nations and the US as a rebuke to jihadis. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he was … Continued

Turkey: Clashes in Istanbul as protesters defy May Day demonstration ban
2nd May 2014

Turkey: Clashes in Istanbul as protesters defy May Day demonstration ban

Turkish police have fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters defying a ban on May Day rallies in Istanbul’s symbolic Taksim Square. Much of the city’s public transportation was shutdown. Hundreds of riot police using water … Continued

Lebanon: Ambush injures five soldiers in East Lebanon
1st May 2014

Lebanon: Ambush injures five soldiers in East Lebanon

  Five Lebanese soldiers were injured after unidentified gunmen ambushed their patrol in the eastern Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border Wednesday afternoon, the army said in a statement. The army said it fought back after coming under attack in … Continued

Iraq: Attacks target voting centers on election day
1st May 2014

Iraq: Attacks target voting centers on election day

  Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed seven people to vote Wednesday in the country’s first general election since US troops withdrew, with premier Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory. Fresh attacks were launched soon after polls opened on … Continued

Yemen: 27 dead during major offensive against al-Qa’ida
30th Apr 2014

Yemen: 27 dead during major offensive against al-Qa’ida

  A suspected al-Qaeda ambush against a Yemeni army convoy joining a new offensive in the south triggered a gun battle Tuesday that killed 15 soldiers and 12 militants, medical and tribal sources said. The government hospital in the Shabwa … Continued

Syria: Dozens dead in car bombs, shelling
30th Apr 2014

Syria: Dozens dead in car bombs, shelling

  [Archive photo] Car bombs and mortar attacks killed at least 50 people in Syrian government-held areas of Damascus and the central city of Homs on Tuesday, state media reported, as a global watchdog announced it would investigate claims of … Continued

Iraq: Suicide bomb kills 20 in Diyala
29th Apr 2014

Iraq: Suicide bomb kills 20 in Diyala

    BAQUBA, (Xinhua): At least 20 people were killed and some 30 others wounded in Iraq’s Diyala province on Monday when a suicide bomb attacked the Kurdish civilians celebrating sick Iraqi President Jalal Talabani casting his vote, a provincial … Continued

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