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Palestine: Gaza casualty toll on the rise, Israeli strikes continue on day 20

Palestine: Eight Palestinians killed, dozens wounded Sunday

Eid moon sighting possiblities, Muslims in South Africa have declared Eid

Pakistan: More rain with thunder, lightening forecast in next 24 hours in Rawalpindi

Libya: US embassy evacuated after heavy violence

Palestine: List of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces between July 8 to July 27

Palestine: Two Palestinians beaten by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

Palestine: Reports show murder of 3 Israeli teenage settlers was not carried out by Hamas

Palestine: Remains of 85 Palestinians located under rubble of bombarded homes

Palestine: Ten Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestine: At least 15 kidnapped by Israeli forces from West Bank

Palestine: Palestinians pull over 140 bodies from under Gaza rubble, total killed 1000

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza

Palestine: Two Palestinians killed as tens of thousands protest Israeli assault across West Bank

Palestine: Amid Gaza ceasefire calm, at least 40 dead bodies are found

Palestine: Entire 20 members of one family in Gaza killed prior to ceasefire, as death toll tops 940

Palestine: Seventeen killed in early morning hours of Friday

Palestine: Israeli forces invade Azzun in W Bank, use Palestinian civilians as human shields

Palestine: 931 Palestinians from Jerusalem & inside Israel taken captive in 3 Weeks

Saudi Arabia behind effort to disarm the Palestinian Resistance

13th Feb 2014

Switzerland: Syrian opposition calls for transitional government in Geneva II talks

The Syrian opposition called on Wednesday for a transitional governing body to be set up that would oversee a total ceasefire under UN monitoring and be empowered to drive out foreign fighters deployed on both sides of the civil war. … Continued

12th Feb 2014

Syria: Homs evacuation suspended for day over ‘logistics’

An operation to evacuate civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria’s third city Homs was suspended for a day on Tuesday because of “logistical problems,” the provincial governor told AFP. “Today, operations didn’t take place for logistical and technical reasons,” … Continued

12th Feb 2014

Switzerland: Syria peace talks not making much progress, says envoy

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are not making much progress, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday after a face-to-face meeting of the warring parties in Geneva. As negotiations intended to end Syria’s three-year-old war concluded the … Continued

Iraq speaker escapes bomb attack, 25 gunmen killed in violence
11th Feb 2014

Iraq speaker escapes bomb attack, 25 gunmen killed in violence

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraq’s parliament speaker escaped a bomb attack in northern Iraq on Monday, while 25 gunmen were killed in an explosion and eight others wounded in separate attacks across the country, police said. In the northern province of Nineveh, … Continued

11th Feb 2014

Yemen to become a six region federation, government declares

A presidential panel has agreed to transform Yemen into a six-region federation as part of its political transition, Saba news agency announced Monday. “The final approval” on creating a “federal state of six regions” came at a meeting of the … Continued

11th Feb 2014

Switzerland: : Brahimi pushes for peace commitment from both sides in Syria peace talks

  Syria’s warring sides launched a new round of peace talks Monday, as an agreement from the first round last month was being implemented with aid convoys evacuating the besieged city of Homs. The UN and Arab League mediator, veteran … Continued

11th Feb 2014

Syria: Former Syrian prisoners: In their own voices – Part 2

By Yazan al-Saadi Thousands of Syrians are languishing in the numerous security branches scattered throughout Syria. At the same time, hundreds of Syrians have been kidnapped by vicious armed groups. Beyond all other issues, the cause of the detained and … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Syria: Over 600 civilians evacuated from Homs

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): A total of 611 civilians were evacuated from the rebel-held old city of Homs in central Syria on Sunday, as part of a recently concluded deal between the UN and the Syrian government, Talal Barazi, the governor of … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Iran agrees to share information with UN nuclear body

Iran has taken the first steps of an agreement with the UN’s nuclear body over its controversial nuclear program. The country has agreed to supply information about detonators that could be used in weapons.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Yemen: Bomb kills Yemeni colonel in Sana’a

A bomb exploded inside a taxi in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday, killing a colonel in the country’s domestic secret service, a security source said. It was the latest attack targeting senior officers in the Western-allied country. The source … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Syria: Former Syrian prisoners: in their own voices – Part 1

  By Yazan Al-Saadi   (Al-Akhbar): Thousands of Syrians are languishing in the numerous security branches scattered throughout Syria. At the same time, hundreds of Syrians have been kidnapped by vicious armed groups. Beyond all other issues, the cause of … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Madinah hotel blaze kills 15 pilgrims
9th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: Madinah hotel blaze kills 15 pilgrims

  [People watch as fire rages on the ground floor of the hotel] [People are seen on the ledges of the hotel with eye witnesses say some people jumped. (Arab News Photo)]   [The aftermath of the fire on the … Continued

9th Feb 2014

Syria: Mortar fire breaks Homs ceasefire

Syrian activists and officials said mortars were fired early on Saturday in the besieged Old Homs despite a ceasefire intended to allow the evacuation of civilians and delivery of aid to people trapped in the city’s central neighborhoods. There were … Continued

8th Feb 2014

Yemen: Clashes between rebels and tribesmen reignite after mediator’s resignation

Fresh clashes between rebels and tribesmen erupted near the Yemeni capital on Friday, the rebel Ansarullah group said, a day after a government mediator resigned. The rebels have been advancing from their mountain stronghold in the far north to other … Continued

8th Feb 2014

Syria: Civilians begin evacuating Homs

Syrian state television said on Friday that the evacuation of civilians from a besieged area of the city of Homs had begun under a humanitarian deal agreed this week. The evacuation began as Russia announced that Syria’s warring parties had … Continued

8th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: Saudis abandon their fighters

By Fouad Al-Ibrahim   (Al-Akhbar): The recent announcement by Saudi Arabia concerning its fighters in Syria is no mere detail to gloss over. It is a decidedly serious indicator of the extent of pressure exerted by the United States, including … Continued

7th Feb 2014

Yemeni rebels agree to truce with pro-government tribes

Yemeni rebels clashed with pro-government tribes close to the capital on before agreeing to a truce on Thursday, tribal sources said. The Huthi rebels have attempted to expand their hoped-for autonomous unit in a promised federal Yemen, but they were … Continued

7th Feb 2014

Syria: UN, Syrian government reach agreement over besieged Homs

The United Nations and Syria have reached a deal to allow civilians to leave areas of Homs under army siege for more than 18 months, the city’s governor said Thursday. “The governor of Homs, Talal Barazi, told (state news agency) … Continued

Iraq: Deadly explosions killed 24 in Baghdad
6th Feb 2014

Iraq: Deadly explosions killed 24 in Baghdad

Three explosions in Baghdad, including one opposite the foreign ministry, killed 24 people on Wednesday, the latest in the country’s worst surge of violence in nearly six years. The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants … Continued

5th Feb 2014

Germany: Local elections will be crucial test for AKP: Turkish PM Erdoğan

BERLIN, (Hurriyet Daily News): Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has identified the upcoming local elections on March 30 as a crucial test for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), speaking on his official visit to Germany on Feb. 4. … Continued

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

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