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27th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Geneva II: Syrian foes to discuss prisoner releases

Syria’s government and opposition resumed face-to-face talks on Sunday expected to tackle humanitarian issues including opposition calls for Damascus to release women and child prisoners. The talks resumed at 11:00 am with UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi acting as a go-between, … Continued

26th Jan 2014

Lebanon: ISIS and Al-Nusra declare war on Lebanon

By Radwan Mortada   The jihadi expansion into Lebanon is the main feature of a new phase to begin soon, ushering in a paradigm shift in terror attacks in the country. On January 24, online jihadi forums affiliated with the … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Iraq: More than 140,000 Iraqis have fled Anbar province

Fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province has caused the “largest” displacement of people within the country since clashes in 2006-2008. Over 140,000 people have fled the region as a result, according to a new UN report. Violence in Iraq’s western Anbar … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Syrian refugees face sexual harassment, abuse

By Doha Shams   (Al-Akhbar): There is no respite for Syrian women refugees in North Lebanon’s Akkar from the daily humiliations of sexual harassment. Impoverished and desperate, they are forced to work under abusive bosses, rent from shady landlords, and … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Brahimi: Syrian government, opposition to meet Saturday

Syria’s government and opposition have agreed to meet in the same room on Saturday and accept that their talks will be based on a 2012 communique which called for a transitional governing body to be set up, mediator Lakhdar Brahimi … Continued

24th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Rouhani: Iran-Europe relations to be normalized with nuclear accord

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani said Thursday relations with Europe would be normalized once an interim nuclear accord is implemented, as the Iranian leader sought to drum up investment for his sanctions-hit economy amid thawing relations with the West. Rohani added … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Turkey: Full passenger bus crashes on Central Anatolia highway, killing 21

[The accident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. on a highway connecting Kayseri to Malatya. AA photo]   an News Agency): Twenty-one people were killed after a passenger bus crashed due to intense fog and ice in the Central Anatolian province of … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Soldier dies in Tripoli attack

A Lebanese soldier died after being critically injured in an early morning attack on an army position in the northern city of Tripoli, the military announced Wednesday evening. The fallen soldier was identified as 28-year-old Hussein Saadeddin from northern Lebanon, … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Geneva II: SNC calls for international inquiry into Syria torture allegations

The Geneva II peace conference opened on Wednesday, with opposing sides in the Syrian conflict unwavering on their positions. The Syrian opposition and its supporters remained steadfast in its calls for President Bashar al-Assad to resign, whereas the Syrian government … Continued

22nd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Four dead in South Beirut suicide blast

  Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the southern suburbs, and huge crowds gathered around the explosion site as emergency services attempted to remove those wounded from the area. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Yazan al-Saadi & Marc … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Syria: Qatar-backed report accuses Syria of ‘systematic torture and killing’

A report by former international prosecutors has accused the Syrian government of large-scale killing and torture. The Qatar-backed report is based off of photographic evidence from a military police defector.  A team of three former international prosecutors has accused Syrian … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Iran not to take part in Geneva II confab due to pre conditions

  Tehran, (IRNA): Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian (pictured above) said Iran is not to participate in the Geneva II Conference because of the US irrational insistence on setting conditions for it. Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, … Continued

21st Jan 2014

UN withdraws Iran’s invite to Syria peace talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday withdrew an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks. “He (Ban) continues to … Continued

21st Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Defense: Prosecution’s case against Hizbullah “absurd”

By Marc Abizeid The defense team in the trial of four Hezbollah members accused of murdering Lebanon’s ex-premier Rafik Hariri in 2005 contested on Monday the legitimacy of the “absurd” evidence presented by the prosecution last week as “legally inadmissible” … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Syria: Assad says losing war means “chaos” across the region

    [A handout picture released by the Syrian Presidency Media Office on January 20, 2014 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview with AFP in at the presidential palace in Damascus on the weekend. (Photo: AFP/Syrian Presidency … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Geneva II: Stifling Syrian voices

By Yazin al-Saadi   (Al-Akhbar): The Geneva II conference, set to take place on January 22, is billed as a historic moment for Syrians to come together and put an end to a devastating conflict. But as the date draws … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Syria: US opposes to UN’s invitation to Iran for Geneva II

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The United States said Sunday that a UN invitation to Iran to participate in this week’s Syria peace conference in Geneva should be rescinded unless Tehran “fully and publicly” accepts the Geneva Communique. The invitation should be withdrawn … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Syrian opposition threatens to withdraw from peace talks after Iran invitation by UN

Opponents of the Syrian government have threatened not to attend peace talks in Switzerland after UN chief Ban Ki-moon extended an invitation to Iran. The Syrian National Coalition demanded the invite be retracted. Syria’s political opposition has said it will … Continued

20th Jan 2014

Iraqi forces launch major assault on rebel-held Anbar city

Iraqi forces launched a major assault Sunday on a city partially in the control of anti-government fighters in a bid to end a weeks-long crisis ahead of elections. The operation, which involved police, pro-government militiamen and SWAT forces, sought to … Continued

19th Jan 2014

UAE: Israeli minister attends UAE energy summit

Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom attended a meeting Saturday of the International Renewable Energy Agency in the United Arab Emirates, which has no diplomatic relations with the occupying force. It is the first time Israel has sent a minister to … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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