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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

5th Feb 2014

Al-Qa’ida and ISIS: Renunciation of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

  By Radwan Mortada   (Al-Akhbar): The Islamic State of Iraq, which later became the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was never really a subordinate of al-Qaeda. The groups’ relationship dates back to 2003, when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi … Continued

5th Feb 2014

Russian FM meets with Syrian opposition over peace talks

Syria’s opposition leader met Russia’s top diplomat on Tuesday in a bid to persuade Moscow to push its ally Damascus to agree to a transitional government for the war-scarred nation. Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov announced that the … Continued

4th Feb 2014

Iraq: Baghdad attacks kill 16 as Iraq presses Anbar assault

A series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car bombings, killed 16 people Monday as Iraqi forces pressed an assault against militant-held areas of Anbar province. The latest bloodshed comes amid a surge in violence that … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

Iraq: 21 killed, 26 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 21 people were killed and 26 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said. A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car into a base of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group in the … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

Yemen: Two powerful blasts rock Sana’a

SANA’A, (Xinhua): Two powerful blasts rocked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Sunday night, police sources told Xinhua. The first blast hit a residential area near the eastern gate of the headquarters of the Defense Ministry in Bab al-Yemen quarter … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

Yemen: Huthi rebels take over tribal strongholds in northern Yemen

Huthi rebels have overrun strongholds of powerful tribes in northern Yemen, witnesses said Sunday, in a major advance following weeks of combat that have left scores dead. The rebels have been pushing out from their stronghold in the mountains of … Continued

2nd Feb 2014

Afghanistan: Campaign aides of Afghan presidential candidate shot dead

Two aides to Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah have been assassinated. Their deaths come on the eve of the beginning of two months of election campaigning.  A campaign spokesman said the two campaign workers were killed on Saturday evening as … Continued

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