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Turkey: Rouhani visit landmark for relations with Iran, says Gul
10th Jun 2014

Turkey: Rouhani visit landmark for relations with Iran, says Gul

    [President Rouhani (left) and President Gul]   ANKARA, (Anadolu Agency): The first official visit of an Iranian president to Turkey in just under two decades, President Hassan Rouhani’s two day visit marks the beginning of a closer relationship between the two … Continued

Qatar: World Cup sponsors pressure FIFA after latest Qatar 2022 bribery allegations
9th Jun 2014

Qatar: World Cup sponsors pressure FIFA after latest Qatar 2022 bribery allegations

      World Cup sponsors Sony and Adidas have voiced concern over new allegations that bribes were paid to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup. The controversy comes less than a week before the 2014 tournament kicks off in … Continued

Iraq: Seventeen dead in bombings
9th Jun 2014

Iraq: Seventeen dead in bombings

  A car bomb explosion followed by a suicide bombing hit the offices of a Kurdish political party and security forces in Iraq on Sunday, killing killed 17 people, police said. The blasts in the town of Jalawla, north of … Continued

US, Iranian diplomats to meet for the first time in decades in Geneva
8th Jun 2014

US, Iranian diplomats to meet for the first time in decades in Geneva

[Abbas Araqchi from Iran will lead meeting with US officials in Geneva Monday] New York, (IRNA): US State Department declared on Saturday that two American diplomats will go to Switzerland to talk with Iranian officials about  continuation of nuclear negotiations between Iran … Continued

Iraq: ISIS terrorists storm Iraq university, Baghdad blasts kill more than 60
8th Jun 2014

Iraq: ISIS terrorists storm Iraq university, Baghdad blasts kill more than 60

  [Students climbing a wall at Anbar university to escape ISIS terrorist group takeover] A wave of car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 60 people, and militants stormed a university campus in western Iraq, security and … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah says Syria’s election exposed Western hypocrisy
7th Jun 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah says Syria’s election exposed Western hypocrisy

  Syria’s presidential election exposed the hypocrisy of Western powers who preach democracy, but did everything in their power to prevent Syrians from voting, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday. And by boycotting the election, the Syrian opposition missed out … Continued

Iraq: 80 killed as security forces re-take city of Samarra
6th Jun 2014

Iraq: 80 killed as security forces re-take city of Samarra

    BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 80 people were killed and some 88 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq on Thursday as Iraqi security forces re-took control of the city of Samarra in Salahudin province which was seized by … Continued

Syrian President al-Assad re-elected for third term
5th Jun 2014

Syrian President al-Assad re-elected for third term

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won 88.7 percent of votes in a presidential election, securing a third term in office. The vote only took place in government-held areas and has been widely condemned as a farce. Syria’s parliament … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Data review raises total MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia
4th Jun 2014

Saudi Arabia: Data review raises total MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabian health officials have announced that far more people have died from the MERS virus than previously thought. This came a day after the sacking of the country’s deputy health minister.  A statement issued by the Saudi … Continued

Syrians vote in presidential election
4th Jun 2014

Syrians vote in presidential election

  Syrian refugees return to their country through the Masnaa Border Crossing between Lebanon and Syria to participate in the presidential election on June 3, 2014. (Photo: Osama Kadiri)   By Rana Harbi   Al-Akhbar: Syrians lined up outside polling … Continued

Iraq attacks leave nine dead
3rd Jun 2014

Iraq attacks leave nine dead

  Attacks across Iraq, including in the normally peaceful south, killed nine people Monday after unrest a day earlier left 40 dead, the latest in a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed. The violence comes as political leaders jostle to build … Continued

Qatar denies latest allegations of corruption surrounding 2022 World Cup bid
2nd Jun 2014

Qatar denies latest allegations of corruption surrounding 2022 World Cup bid

      The organizers of the World Cup in Qatar have denied any wrongdoing in the bid that won them the 2022 tournament. The latest allegations came in a report by a British Sunday paper.  The Qatar 2022 Supreme … Continued

Afghanistan: Taliban US swap deal angers Karzai
2nd Jun 2014

Afghanistan: Taliban US swap deal angers Karzai

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has reacted angrily to a United States deal to swap five senior Taliban militants at Guantanamo Bay for an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five years. The Afghan detainees were released from the … Continued

British newspaper Sunday Times alleges corruption in Qatari World Cup bid
1st Jun 2014

British newspaper Sunday Times alleges corruption in Qatari World Cup bid

    A British newspaper has alleged that a former FIFA executive committee member paid millions to gain support for Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The report comes less than two weeks before the World Cup in … Continued

Afghanistan: 12 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing
31st May 2014

Afghanistan: 12 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing

  GHAZNI, (Xinhua): Twelve civilians were killed while two others wounded Saturday when a minibus set off a roadside bomb in eastern Ghazni province, an official said. “Twelve passengers, including seven women, lost their lives in a roadside bomb explosion … Continued

Lebanon: Arsonists set fire to six cars in southern Lebanon
31st May 2014

Lebanon: Arsonists set fire to six cars in southern Lebanon

  Unidentified arsonists set fire to six vehicles on the eastern outskirts of Lebanon’s southern city of Tyre Friday overnight, state media reported. The National News Agency said civil defense forces had rushed in to douse the flames which left … Continued

Iraq: 32 killed in separate violent attacks across Iraq
30th May 2014

Iraq: 32 killed in separate violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 32 people were killed and ten others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Thursday, security and medical sources said. In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, Iraqi security forces carried out an offensive against … Continued

US: Obama outlines Afghanistan plans post 2014
28th May 2014

US: Obama outlines Afghanistan plans post 2014

Nearly 10,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan after the US ends its combat mission there at the end of this year. President Barack Obama says those that remain will be gradually scaled back over the next two years. President … Continued

Afghanistan: Five Afghan soldiers killed in bomb attacks within day
26th May 2014

Afghanistan: Five Afghan soldiers killed in bomb attacks within day

KABUL, (Xinhua): Five Afghan soldiers have been killed in separate bombings within 24 hours across the country, said the country’s Defense Ministry on Monday. “Five Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were martyred in roadside bomb attacks over the past 24 … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Pro-Israeli project against Resistance is crumbling
26th May 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Pro-Israeli project against Resistance is crumbling

  By Chloe Benoist The axis of resistance will achieve victory against its opponents in Lebanon and in Syria, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on Sunday. “The project against the resistance is crumbling. The resistance axis will … Continued

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