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14th Nov 2013

US: Kerry warns US lawmakers new Iran sanctions could threaten nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Congress against imposing new sanctions against Iran. Kerry said fresh sanctions could destroy diplomatic efforts to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program.  Kerry asked a US lawmakers on Wednesday to refrain from passing new … Continued

13th Nov 2013

Syria: Kurds announce interim administration in latest push for autonomy

Ethnic Kurds in northeastern Syria have declared an interim administration in the wake of gains against Islamist rebels in the region. Long oppressed under the Syrian regime, Kurds are now seeking more autonomy. Syrian Kurds and allied groups in the … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Saudi Arabia: 17,000 illegals surrender in Riyadh

By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): Nearly 17,000 illegal foreigners, including women and children, have surrendered to Riyadh police until Monday evening. Riyadh police spokesman Brig. Gen. Nasser bin Saeed Al-Qahtani said: “Arrangements will be made to deport them immediately … Continued

12th Nov 2013

UN nuclear watchdog signs ‘roadmap’ deal with Iran

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has reached an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, has said world powers agreed on a deal at the Geneva talks before Tehran backed out. The “roadmap” agreement … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Kerry seeks Iran nuclear deal to “protect Israel”

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday defended moves to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that would “protect” Israel and Western-backed Gulf monarchies. His comments came as France said world powers were close to an agreement with Iran … Continued

11th Nov 2013

Syria opposition agrees in principle to attend Geneva peace talks

  The Syrian National Coalition has agreed in principle to attend peace talks aimed at ending more than two years of bloodshed. However, it has also set out a series of pre-conditions for its participation. The statement released by the … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Iranian businessmen mulling reduction of trade cooperation with France

        Tehran, (IRNA): Iranian businessmen have decided to reconsider their trade relations with France following the “dishonest policies” adopted by Paris during the newly-ended nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 in Geneva. The 3-day talks were held from … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Switzerland: World powers, Iran to hold another round of talks on Nov. 20

GENEVA, (Xinhua): European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said early Sunday that world powers would reconvene talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program on Nov. 20. Talks between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Qatar “reacting” to criticism of mistreating migrant labourers

Qatar will amend its widely criticized labor practices, according to world soccer chief Sepp Blatter after talks with Qatari officials. Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup was “not reversible,” he added. After meeting senior officials on Saturday, including Emir … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Turkey: Syrian opposition meets to discuss attendance at Geneva II talks

Syria’s fractured opposition began meeting Saturday in Istanbul to decide whether to attend a peace conference that world powers want to hold in Geneva. The talks involving the main umbrella opposition, the National Coalition, took place in a hotel in … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran nuclear talks enter third day

Crunch talks between Iran and world powers stretched into an unscheduled third day Saturday as top diplomats pushed for a deal to end the decade-old standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was on his way to … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Syria: A cold war deepens between Muslim groups

By Radwan Mortada (Al-Akhbar): The tug of war between the Islamic militant leaders in Syria reached crisis levels as armed clashes between the“brothers in jihad” raged, despite fatwas prohibiting infighting and efforts by al-Qaeda to unite the factions. No two … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Iraq: At least 3 killed, 10 wounded in twin bomb attacks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 3 people were killed and 10 others wounded in twin bomb attacks on Friday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source said. Two roadside bombs were set off successively near Imam Ali mosque in … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Iran: No deal yet, but P5+1 makes progress in nuclear talks with Iran

Top Western diplomats and their Iranian counterparts have held several hours of talks aimed at reaching a deal that would allay fears over Tehran’s nuclear program. Both sides agreed that much work was still to be done. Many observers saw … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Kerry says no deal yet in Iran nuclear talks

World powers and Iran have yet to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program but are working hard to do so, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. “There is not an agreement at this point,” Kerry said shortly … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Afghanistan: 8 Afghan civilians killed as roadside bomb strikes vehicle

QALAT, (Xinhua): Eight civilians lost their lives as a roadside bomb struck a civilian vehicle in the southern Zabul province on Friday, deputy to provincial governor Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said. “The tragic incident happened outside provincial capital Qalat at 08:30 … Continued

7th Nov 2013

Syria: Explosive device blast kills 8 in downtown Damascus

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Eight people were killed Wednesday when an explosive device went off at a crowded area in the heart of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The device exploded at the time-honored al-Hijas Square … Continued

6th Nov 2013

UN envoy fails to nail down agreement to hold Syria peace conference

International and regional powers have failed to agree on a date for Syria peace conference. Russia’s desire for Iran to be invited, and US opposition to the idea, appears to have been the main stumbling block.   The United Nations special … Continued

6th Nov 2013

NSA, GCHQ spy on Middle East via Cyprus

US and British spy agencies rely on a data transmission center in Cyprus to intercept phone and Internet records from users in the Middle East, new reports showed Tuesday. Investigation by three European news publications used documents leaked by former … Continued

6th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Ashura threats heighten south Lebanon security

[Various commercial establishments also expressed the Karbala spirit: Shops were united in black, so were gas stations and vegetable stands, which displayed sayings uttered by Imam Husayn at the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Amal … 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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