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7th Feb 2014

Syria: UN, Syrian government reach agreement over besieged Homs

The United Nations and Syria have reached a deal to allow civilians to leave areas of Homs under army siege for more than 18 months, the city’s governor said Thursday. “The governor of Homs, Talal Barazi, told (state news agency) … Continued

Iraq: Deadly explosions killed 24 in Baghdad
6th Feb 2014

Iraq: Deadly explosions killed 24 in Baghdad

Three explosions in Baghdad, including one opposite the foreign ministry, killed 24 people on Wednesday, the latest in the country’s worst surge of violence in nearly six years. The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants … Continued

5th Feb 2014

Germany: Local elections will be crucial test for AKP: Turkish PM Erdoğan

BERLIN, (Hurriyet Daily News): Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has identified the upcoming local elections on March 30 as a crucial test for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), speaking on his official visit to Germany on Feb. 4. … Continued

5th Feb 2014

Al-Qa’ida and ISIS: Renunciation of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

  By Radwan Mortada   (Al-Akhbar): The Islamic State of Iraq, which later became the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was never really a subordinate of al-Qaeda. The groups’ relationship dates back to 2003, when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi … Continued

5th Feb 2014

Russian FM meets with Syrian opposition over peace talks

Syria’s opposition leader met Russia’s top diplomat on Tuesday in a bid to persuade Moscow to push its ally Damascus to agree to a transitional government for the war-scarred nation. Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov announced that the … Continued

4th Feb 2014

Iraq: Baghdad attacks kill 16 as Iraq presses Anbar assault

A series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car bombings, killed 16 people Monday as Iraqi forces pressed an assault against militant-held areas of Anbar province. The latest bloodshed comes amid a surge in violence that … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

Iraq: 21 killed, 26 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 21 people were killed and 26 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said. A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car into a base of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group in the … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

Yemen: Two powerful blasts rock Sana’a

SANA’A, (Xinhua): Two powerful blasts rocked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Sunday night, police sources told Xinhua. The first blast hit a residential area near the eastern gate of the headquarters of the Defense Ministry in Bab al-Yemen quarter … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

Yemen: Huthi rebels take over tribal strongholds in northern Yemen

Huthi rebels have overrun strongholds of powerful tribes in northern Yemen, witnesses said Sunday, in a major advance following weeks of combat that have left scores dead. The rebels have been pushing out from their stronghold in the mountains of … Continued

2nd Feb 2014

Afghanistan: Campaign aides of Afghan presidential candidate shot dead

Two aides to Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah have been assassinated. Their deaths come on the eve of the beginning of two months of election campaigning.  A campaign spokesman said the two campaign workers were killed on Saturday evening as … Continued

2nd Feb 2014

Lebanon: Islamic Front plot to assassinate Najib Mikati

  The Government Guard has stepped up its security measures over the past two days in the vicinity of Mikati’s home in Tripoli, and those of his family. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) have circulated a … Continued

Lebanon: Car bomb in Hermel kills several people
2nd Feb 2014

Lebanon: Car bomb in Hermel kills several people

   A car bomb killed at least four people Saturday near a gas station in eastern Lebanon’s town of Hermel, according to caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel. Speaking to al-Manar television channel, the minister stated that the blast was carried … Continued

1st Feb 2014

EU confirms date for fresh talks on Iran’s nuclear program

  EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has confirmed Iran nuclear talks will begin in Vienna in February. It’s hoped a deal will be struck to curb Iran’s atomic program in exchange for reduced sanctions.  Following talks with Iran’s Foreign … Continued

31st Jan 2014

Iraq: Eight killed in crossfire between Iraqi forces and gunmen in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Six gunmen and two security members were killed when gunmen stormed a government building in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, an interior ministry source said. The attack occurred before noon when four gunmen and two suicide … Continued

31st Jan 2014

Switzerland: Syrian delegations trade barbs at Geneva talks

Syria’s warring sides on Thursday got bogged down in a dispute over who was responsible for the violence in the country, as peace talks in Geneva focused on “terrorism.” While the mere fact the rivals agreed on a topic of … Continued

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

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