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14th Dec 2013

Iran nuclear talks collapse as US backtracks on deal

Iran has quit nuclear talks with world powers, accusing Washington on Friday of going against the spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its sanctions blacklist. US Secretary of State John Kerry and a spokesman for EU … Continued

13th Dec 2013

UN reports says sarin likely used in five locations in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (1st R) shakes hands with Ake Sellstrom (2nd R), head of an international probe team into the alleged use of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict, at the UN headquarters in New York, US, on … Continued

Yemen: US drone attack kills15 civilians in Yemeni wedding
13th Dec 2013

Yemen: US drone attack kills15 civilians in Yemeni wedding

Fifteen civilians were killed and others wounded in a drone attack in southern Yemen in which a wedding party was struck on Thursday, witnesses said. The witnesses and a tribal source said the attack was carried out by a US … Continued

13th Dec 2013

Syria: Winter storm “Alexa” sweeps across Middle East, affecting refugees

A strong winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow. The nearly three-year-old conflict in Syria has killed an estimated 120,000 people … Continued

12th Dec 2013

UN: Syrian chemical weapons disposal plan to be released next week

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): The plan for the destruction of all Syrian chemical stockpiles outside the country will be released on Dec. 17, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Practicalities are currently being discussed and the final details are being worked … Continued

12th Dec 2013

Afghanistan: Blast in Afghan spy agency warehouse, causes no casualties

KABUL, (Xinhua): A blast in a warehouse of Afghanistan’s National Directorate for Security (NDA) or the country’s national spy agency on Thursday caused panic among the war-weary people but hurt no one, a spokesman for the spy agency said. “It … Continued

10th Dec 2013

Road to Geneva II: Will divided Syrian opposition attend?

By Shuaib Anjarini Al-Akhbar: The road to the upcoming Geneva II conference appears full of barriers and surprises. If the leaked reports that reached Al-Akhbar – holding that the United States and Russia have reached a deal to allow the … Continued

Iraq: 51 killed, 191 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
9th Dec 2013

Iraq: 51 killed, 191 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 51 people were killed and 191 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, police said. Five people were killed and 18 others injured when a car bomb exploded … Continued

9th Dec 2013

Yemen: Top government officials targeted in assassination attempts

  Yemen has been hit by a wave of shootings targeting senior security and government officials. A senior advisor to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi escaped an assassination attempt, but others have not been so lucky.  Among those shot and … Continued

8th Dec 2013

Iraq: 24 killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 24 people were killed and some 108 others wounded in bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday, police said. A car bomb went off in the afternoon in Sadr City neighborhood in the … Continued

8th Dec 2013

Obama lukewarm on Iran deal as inspectors visit Arak

  Speaking at a US-Israeli relations forum, President Barack Obama has acknowledged doubts over the interim nuclear deal with Iran reached last month. In Iran, UN atomic inspectors have visited a key facility in Arak.  Inspectors from the International Atomic … Continued

7th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Sectarianism invades USJ Campus

On the one side, Lebanese Forces and Phalangist students repeatedly provoked Shia students with slogans maintaining that USJ was “Bachir Gemayel’s university. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi).   By Ahmad Mohsen Al-Akhbar: Lebanon’s Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), founded by Jesuits over a century … Continued

6th Dec 2013

Yemen: 52 killed in attack in Sana’a

Yemen’s government says its troops have “wiped out” a group of gunmen and retaken a defense ministry compound in Sanaa. It has lifted the toll to 52 people killed and 167 wounded, with Germans among the fatalities. Thursday’s suicide car … Continued

6th Dec 2013

Syria: Iraqi journalist executed by ISIS rebels in northern Syria

Rebels loyal to al-Qaeda have kidnapped and executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman working in northern Syria, a press freedom watchdog told AFP on Thursday. “Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili’s execution was the first of a foreign journalist in Syria’s so-called liberated areas,” … Continued

5th Dec 2013

Syria: 17 killed, 30 wounded in rocket attack in Aleppo

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): At least 17 people were killed and 30 others wounded on Wednesday when rebels fired homemade rockets at two districts of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The rockets struck the Meridian and … Continued

5th Dec 2013

Iraq: Battle between insurgents and Iraqi security forces leaves several dead

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a police intelligence headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens more, a health official said. Security forces and attackers engaged in a two-hour gun … Continued

4th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Hizbullah leader ‘assassinated’ in Lebanon

A commander of Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah has been assassinated outside his home, the group has reported. It has accused Israel of being behind the killing. Hezbollah commander Hussein al-Laqis was killed outside his Beirut home as he returned from … Continued

4th Dec 2013

Syria: Syrian rebels abduct 12 nuns from Maaloula

Islamist fighters who captured a Christian village north of Damascus have moved 12 nuns to a nearby town in what may have been a kidnapping, the Vatican’s ambassador to Syria said on Tuesday. The militants took the ancient quarter of … Continued

3rd Dec 2013

Lebanon: Tripoli shoots itself in the foot

By Mohamed Nazzal Since the August bombings of two mosques in the North Lebanon city of Tripoli, 33 residents of the city’s largely Alawi Jabal Mohsen neighborhood have been shot in the legs. Crowds have cheered on such acts of … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

Kuwait: Iran’s FM assures neighbors about deal benefits

KUWAIT CITY (Dispatches): Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif assured Persian Gulf Arab states Sunday his country’s nuclear deal with the West is in their interest and also announced plans to visit Saudi Arabia. “The solution to this issue serves … 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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