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Iraq: 18 killed, 46 wounded in attacks in Baghdad
30th Jan 2014

Iraq: 18 killed, 46 wounded in attacks in Baghdad

  [File Photo: Bombing in Baghdad May 31, 2103]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 18 people were killed and 46 others wounded in violent attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said. Five people were killed and … Continued

30th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Brahimi has low expectations for current Syria talks in Geneva

Lakhdar Brahimi has said that he does not expect substantive results from the current round of Syria talks, which are to end on Friday. Yet he does hope for a more productive second round starting about a week later. The … Continued

29th Jan 2014

Iraq: 15 people killed across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Fifteen people were killed and four others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, while clashes and bombings continue in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, police said. In Anbar, the army helicopters pounded gunmen who fired mortar … Continued

28th Jan 2014

Iran: Annan calls for final settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue

TEHRAN, (Xinhua): Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for final settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue, Iran’s Kayhan International daily reported on Tuesday. Annan urged the Islamic republic and the world powers to seize the time and build on the … Continued

28th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Brahimi expected “no miracle” at Syria peace talks

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday that the Syrian parties were still discussing how women and children can leave the Old City of Homs, but that there had been no decision on allowing access for an aid convoy into … Continued

28th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Lebanese army a target by ISIS

By Radwan Mortada   (Al-Akhbar): Three al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi groups have declared war on Lebanon. In a single day, the trio delivered the opening salvo of their Lebanese campaign, issuing threats in what appeared to be coordinated statements. Three prominent jihadi … Continued

27th Jan 2014

Iranian officials dismiss Kerry’s nuclear remarks

TEHRAN, (Xinhua): Iranian officials have downplayed the recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran’s nuclear program and threatened to target U.S. interests if the Islamic republic is attacked. The remarks by Kerry are a violation of … Continued

27th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Geneva II: Syrian foes to discuss prisoner releases

Syria’s government and opposition resumed face-to-face talks on Sunday expected to tackle humanitarian issues including opposition calls for Damascus to release women and child prisoners. The talks resumed at 11:00 am with UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi acting as a go-between, … Continued

26th Jan 2014

Lebanon: ISIS and Al-Nusra declare war on Lebanon

By Radwan Mortada   The jihadi expansion into Lebanon is the main feature of a new phase to begin soon, ushering in a paradigm shift in terror attacks in the country. On January 24, online jihadi forums affiliated with the … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Iraq: More than 140,000 Iraqis have fled Anbar province

Fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province has caused the “largest” displacement of people within the country since clashes in 2006-2008. Over 140,000 people have fled the region as a result, according to a new UN report. Violence in Iraq’s western Anbar … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Syrian refugees face sexual harassment, abuse

By Doha Shams   (Al-Akhbar): There is no respite for Syrian women refugees in North Lebanon’s Akkar from the daily humiliations of sexual harassment. Impoverished and desperate, they are forced to work under abusive bosses, rent from shady landlords, and … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Brahimi: Syrian government, opposition to meet Saturday

Syria’s government and opposition have agreed to meet in the same room on Saturday and accept that their talks will be based on a 2012 communique which called for a transitional governing body to be set up, mediator Lakhdar Brahimi … Continued

24th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Rouhani: Iran-Europe relations to be normalized with nuclear accord

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani said Thursday relations with Europe would be normalized once an interim nuclear accord is implemented, as the Iranian leader sought to drum up investment for his sanctions-hit economy amid thawing relations with the West. Rohani added … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Turkey: Full passenger bus crashes on Central Anatolia highway, killing 21

[The accident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. on a highway connecting Kayseri to Malatya. AA photo]   an News Agency): Twenty-one people were killed after a passenger bus crashed due to intense fog and ice in the Central Anatolian province of … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Soldier dies in Tripoli attack

A Lebanese soldier died after being critically injured in an early morning attack on an army position in the northern city of Tripoli, the military announced Wednesday evening. The fallen soldier was identified as 28-year-old Hussein Saadeddin from northern Lebanon, … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Geneva II: SNC calls for international inquiry into Syria torture allegations

The Geneva II peace conference opened on Wednesday, with opposing sides in the Syrian conflict unwavering on their positions. The Syrian opposition and its supporters remained steadfast in its calls for President Bashar al-Assad to resign, whereas the Syrian government … Continued

22nd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Four dead in South Beirut suicide blast

  Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the southern suburbs, and huge crowds gathered around the explosion site as emergency services attempted to remove those wounded from the area. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Yazan al-Saadi & Marc … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Syria: Qatar-backed report accuses Syria of ‘systematic torture and killing’

A report by former international prosecutors has accused the Syrian government of large-scale killing and torture. The Qatar-backed report is based off of photographic evidence from a military police defector.  A team of three former international prosecutors has accused Syrian … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Iran not to take part in Geneva II confab due to pre conditions

  Tehran, (IRNA): Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian (pictured above) said Iran is not to participate in the Geneva II Conference because of the US irrational insistence on setting conditions for it. Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, … Continued

21st Jan 2014

UN withdraws Iran’s invite to Syria peace talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday withdrew an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks. “He (Ban) continues to … Continued

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