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Iraqi forces retake town seized by gunmen, 48 killed
22nd Feb 2014

Iraqi forces retake town seized by gunmen, 48 killed

[Bombing in Salahuddin. Archive photo]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraqi security forces retook control of a town in Iraq’s province of Salahudin, which had been seized by gunmen about a week ago, an army commander said Friday, adding 48 gunmen were … Continued

22nd Feb 2014

Lebanon: Top suspect in Bir Hassan blasts detained

Lebanese security forces have detained a militant suspected of recruiting suicide bombers and assembling car bombs for a radical group that was behind attacks in Beirut, security sources told Reuters on Friday. They said Hassan Abu Afleh, arrested in Beirut … Continued

21st Feb 2014

Iran’s higher-grade uranium stockpile drops

VIENNA, (Xinhua): Iran’s stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium has declined for the first time in four years after Tehran implemented a landmark deal it signed with world powers, the UN nuclear agency said Thursday in a report. Iran is … Continued

21st Feb 2014

Lebanon: Beirut orphanage latest victim to suicide bombings

By Maha Zaraket   (Al-Akhbar): The twin suicide bombings yesterday in Bir Hassan, south of Beirut, were rightfully described as “an attack on the Islamic orphanage.” In fact, the two blasts shook the neighborhood surrounding al-Majad Center, part of the … Continued

Lebanon: Deadly suicide car bombs kills five in southern Beirut suburb
20th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Deadly suicide car bombs kills five in southern Beirut suburb

  [Bystanders walk past the scene of a deadly explosion in the southern Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hassan on February 19, 2014. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)] The Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for a twin suicide car bomb attack which killed … Continued

19th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: Prince Charles’ visit boosts Saudi-UK ties

  LOCAL DRESS: Prince Charles talks on a mobile phone at the Janadiriyah festival wearing the traditional dress of the region. (SPA)    By Rashid Hassan Riyadh, (Arab News): Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, called on … Continued

Iraq: 14 killed, 83 wounded across Iraq
19th Feb 2014

Iraq: 14 killed, 83 wounded across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 14 people were killed and 83 others wounded on Tuesday in violent attacks across Iraq, including a wave of car bombs in central part of the country, police said. The deadliest attacks occurred in the … Continued

19th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Israeli soldiers breach Lebanese border to retrieve crashed spy plane

Israeli troops crossed the barrier separating Lebanon from Israel on Tuesday, searching for parts of a crashed surveillance plane, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The Israelis then fired a shot in the air when a joint patrol by the Lebanese … Continued

19th Feb 2014

Iran meets with world powers in nuclear settlement talks

Six world powers and Iran began talks in Vienna on Tuesday in pursuit of a final settlement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in the coming months despite warnings from both sides that a deal may prove impossible. Expected to last … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Iraq: 16 killed, 43 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 16 people were killed and 43 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Monday, police said. Eight people were killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb exploded near a popular market in the … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Syria army, rebels agree new Damascus area truce

Syria’s army and rebels agreed a truce in the capital’s southern suburb of Babbila Monday, the latest in a series of local ceasefires in Damascus flashpoints, an AFP reporter said. The truces come more than a year into fierce daily … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Qatar: More than 450 Indian migrants dead in Qatar in 2012-13

More than 450 Indian migrants working in Qatar have died in the last two years, data shows as the Gulf state is under pressure over its rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup. In response to a Right to … Continued

17th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Takfiris want us to target our Sunni brothers, but it won’t happen

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah called on Lebanon to unite against the Islamist threat coming from Syria during a speech on Sunday evening, adding that such groups thrive on sectarian strife. Nasrallah also discussed the recent formation of a Lebanese … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Iraq: Shi’a scholar Moqtada al-Sadr quits politics

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraq’s firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday announced that he is leaving political life and closed his offices in order to stop the “evil acts” by some people under the name of his Sadr family. “I … Continued

Iraqi PM visits battlefield in Anbar, 21 killed in violence
16th Feb 2014

Iraqi PM visits battlefield in Anbar, 21 killed in violence

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki on Saturday paid a surprise visit to the battlefield in Anbar province to announce a rebuilding plan, while violence across the country left 21 people killed and 26 wounded, government and … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Bahrain: Thousands demonstrate to mark uprising anniversary

Thousands of people have marched in Bahrain to mark the third anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising that was put down by authorities. The country remains in the grip of sectarian tensions. Saturday’s rally saw crowds of men, women and children … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Syria peace talks break off, no new date set: Brahimi

A second round of peace talks between Syria’s warring sides broke off Saturday without making any progress and without a date being set for a third round, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. “I think it is better that every side … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Lebanon forms government after 330 days of deadlock

  Lebanon announced that it has formed a government on Saturday after more than 330 days of deadlock between the various political blocs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   Lebanon announced that it has formed a government on Saturday after more than … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Jeddah blaze kills two Bangladeshis
15th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: Jeddah blaze kills two Bangladeshis

  By Ibrahim Nafffee   Jeddah, (Arab News): A big fire in an old building in Jeddah’s Al-Jamia district killed two Bangladeshis and injured five Yemenis on Friday. Civil Defense firefighting teams contained the blaze and transferred the injured to … Continued

15th Feb 2014

Afghanistan: Two Afghan civilians killed in suicide bomb attack

KUNDUZ, (Xinhua): Two Afghan civilians were killed while five others wounded in a suicide bombing that targeted a police convoy in the country’s northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, authorities said. “A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosive … Continued

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