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Yemen: Al-Qa’ida ambush kills 30
25th May 2014

Yemen: Al-Qa’ida ambush kills 30

  At least 30 people were killed in an overnight raid by gunmen on a city in southeastern Yemen, residents and a local official said on Saturday, as al-Qaeda continues its fightback against a government offensive in the country. Armed … Continued

Turkey: Okmeydanı violence takes dangerous turn as two killed in clashes
24th May 2014

Turkey: Okmeydanı violence takes dangerous turn as two killed in clashes

  Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman) Violence which has flared up in Okmeydanı, an İstanbul neighborhood which is home to an Alevi community, between balaclava-clad and stone-wielding protesters and the police since Thursday has reached an alarming state, with two people dead … Continued

Iraq: Attacks in Baghdad kill 11 Shi’a Muslim pilgrims
23rd May 2014

Iraq: Attacks in Baghdad kill 11 Shi’a Muslim pilgrims

  [Archive photo]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 11 Shiite pilgrims were killed and 43 others wounded in three attacks in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said. Seven Shiite pilgrims were killed and 21 others … Continued

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions
21st May 2014

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions

  Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday sacked an MP who had criticized conditions at a prison where inmates are mostly anti-government activists held over protests. Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama … Continued

The Netherlands: Dutch Govt rushing envoy to Saudi Arabia over anti-Islam spat
20th May 2014

The Netherlands: Dutch Govt rushing envoy to Saudi Arabia over anti-Islam spat

   [Photo:  Geert Wilders] By P K Abdul Ghafour Jeddah, (Arab News): The Dutch government is sending an envoy to Riyadh this week for high-level talks after the Kingdom slapped indirect sanctions on the European country because a far-right Dutch … Continued

Iraq: Maliki wins largest share of parliamentary seat
20th May 2014

Iraq: Maliki wins largest share of parliamentary seat

  Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month’s national elections, according to preliminary results released on Monday. The results dealt a blow to rivals seeking to prevent him serving a third term. … Continued

Iraq: 22 people killed in attacks across Iraq
16th May 2014

Iraq: 22 people killed in attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 22 people were killed and 65 others wounded in separate attacks and suicide bombings across Iraq on Thursday, security and medical sources said. The deadliest attack of the day occurred in the Iraqi capital … Continued

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

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