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16th Aug 2013

Egypt: US ‘complicit’ in killings in Egypt

The US is caught in a position where it is effectively complicit with the brutal military repression in Egypt, say critics. But others say Obama is afraid to squander the last leverage he has – suspending aid. The United States … Continued

Egypt: 421 killed in violent military clampdown of pro-Morsi supporters
15th Aug 2013

Egypt: 421 killed in violent military clampdown of pro-Morsi supporters

CAIRO, (Xinhua): At least 421 people w ere killed and 3,572 others injured across Egypt in clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the security troops, after the latter dispersed Wednesday two pro-Morsi sit-ins in the country, the … Continued

15th Aug 2013

US: Wikileaks US Army private Manning apologizes in court

The US army private who leaked thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks has apologized in court. Bradley Manning expressed regret for the first time as he took to the stand during his sentencing hearing. US soldier Bradley Manning addressed the … Continued

15th Aug 2013

Bahrain: Police fires tear gas at opposition protests

Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but there were no reports of casualties. A Reuters correspondent saw police dispersing the demonstrators, who had approached a barbed wire fence erected the night before on … Continued

15th Aug 2013

Egypt: ElBaradei resigns from government as Egypt declares state of emergency

Egypt’s interim vice president and Nobel peace prize recipient Mohammed ElBaradei sent a resignation letter on Wednesday, as Egyptian forces took control of a protest camp after a bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi. In a resignation … Continued

14th Aug 2013

Brazil: Kerry defends U.S. spying on Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry indicated during his visit to Brazil Tuesday the U.S. would continue to monitor individual and corporate communications in Brazil for security reasons. Kerry urged Brazil not to let the revelations … Continued

Egyptian forces start to clear pro-Morsi protest camp, over 40 killed
14th Aug 2013

Egyptian forces start to clear pro-Morsi protest camp, over 40 killed

[Photo: Alliance-dpa]   Security forces in Egypt have started clearing a sit-in in Cairo, where supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi have camped out for weeks, demanding his reinstatement. Preliminary reports suggest casualties. Police reportedly used tear gas at two … Continued

14th Aug 2013

Bahrain cages in villages with barbed wire ahead of rally

[S.Yousif  Almuhafda          @SAIDYOUSIF: #bahrain goverment is putting up barbed wire today morning around villages to prevent #tamarrodbh protest tomorrow pic.twitter.com/Z4tzpFHeyZ  12:07 PM - 13 Aug 2013] Bahraini forces on Tuesday used barbed wire to cage in entire villages one day … Continued

11th Aug 2013

Sicily: Bodies of six migrants found on the beach, dozens rescued

Six migrants have drowned off Sicily after the boat carrying them from Africa to Europe ran aground, while more than 100 others were saved. The incident comes as the number of people trying to make the passage grows. The bodies … Continued

10th Aug 2013

US: President Obama aiming to tighten up intelligence agency oversight

US President Barack Obama has said he will work with Congress to implement changes to the oversight of the National Security Agency. This comes amid a controversy over the NSA’s surveillance activities. President Obama told reporters at the White House … Continued

5th Aug 2013

Morocco king revokes pardon granted to Spanish paedophile

RABAT, (Xinhua): Morocco’s King Mohamed VI has revoked a pardon granted to a Spanish paedophile, official MAP news agency reported Sunday. The king “has decided to withdraw the pardon previously accorded to Daniel Galvan Fina,” said a statement published by … Continued

Lebanon: Over 665,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon
5th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Over 665,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT, (Xinhua): The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded 665,000 with a surge of about 20,000 refugees compared to last week’s estimates, the UN refugee agency said on Sunday. The UN Higher Council for Refugees (UNHCR) said the … Continued

4th Aug 2013

German prosecutors looking into US, UK snooping allegations

Revelations about the surveillance activities of US and British intelligence agencies in Germany could be about to spark a federal investigation. Prosecutors aren’t yet sure whether there is enough evidence for a case. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has issued an … Continued

4th Aug 2013

Morocco police violently disperses protests over pedophile pardon

Riot police broke up a protest by hundreds of Moroccans late on Friday against a royal pardon for a Spanish pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping and filming children as young as four. In running clashes with the demonstrators, … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Germany cancels Cold War-era surveillance pact in wake of spying revelations

Germany has cancelled a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the US and Britain. The largely symbolic move comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government faces mounting criticism for its complicity in spying programs. “The cancellation of the administrative agreements, which we … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Russia: Snowden ‘leaves Moscow airport and enters Russia’

Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden has thanked Russia after being granted asylum, and left the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for over a month. US-Russia talks scheduled for September are now in doubt. Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly … Continued

Iraq: July deadliest month in Iraq in more than five years
2nd Aug 2013

Iraq: July deadliest month in Iraq in more than five years

Violence killed around one thousand people in July, government and United Nations figures show, making it Iraq’s deadliest month since 2008 when the country was emerging from a bloody sectarian conflict. Bombings ripped through crowded cafes and mowed down worshipers … Continued

1st Aug 2013

Bangladesh: Security forces kill protesters

Human Rights Watch: Bangladeshi security forces have frequently used excessive force in responding to street protests, killing at least 150 protesters and injuring at least 2,000 more since February 2013. While large numbers of protesters have been arrested, the Bangladeshi … Continued

1st Aug 2013

US releases NSA documents amid fresh Snowden reports

The US government has released declassified documents showing the extent of the collection of telephone data by the NSA. Meanwhile, there were fresh revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The three documents, which US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said … Continued

31st Jul 2013

US: Bradley Manning found guilty of espionage but not aiding the enemy

Bradley Manning has been convicted of most of the criminal counts against him, including espionage, but has not been found guilty of aiding the enemy. That charge would have carried a maximum life sentence. Manning was found guilty of espionage … 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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