US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate
10th Mar 2015

US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate

  An open letter from US senators to the Iranian government has outraged the Obama administration. Vice President Biden blasted the lawmakers’ ‘undermining’ of diplomatic channels, calling it dangerous for US credibility. US Vice President Joe Biden issued a strong … Continued

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion
9th Mar 2015

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion

[Photo: Motorists from Saudi Arabia jam the Causeway linking the Kingdom to Bahrain during a weekend] Riyadh, (Arab News): The Tourist Information and Research Center (MAS) revealed that 766,300 Saudi tourists left the Kingdom during the midterm holiday and spent … Continued

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists
9th Mar 2015

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists

  DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The US-led anti-terror coalition on Sunday evening struck an oil refinery under the control of the Islamic State (IS) militants in a border Syrian town near Turkey, killing 30 IS militants, a monitoring group tracking the Syrian … Continued

Afghanistan: 6 killed in Kabul mosque attack
8th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: 6 killed in Kabul mosque attack

  KABUL, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and five others wounded when two gunmen attacked a monastery in Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, police said. “Two men armed with silence handguns opened fire on worshipers in Bahadur … Continued

Iraqi troops push ‘Islamic State’ out of key towns
7th Mar 2015

Iraqi troops push ‘Islamic State’ out of key towns

  Government soldiers and tribal militias have driven “Islamic State” out of two strategic towns in one day. The push is part of a large-scale offensive to retake the cities of Tikrit and Mosul from the militants. Iraqi government forces … Continued

Iraq: IS torches oil wells as Iraqi army pushes to Mosul
6th Mar 2015

Iraq: IS torches oil wells as Iraqi army pushes to Mosul

      Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have set fire to Iraqi oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit to try to hinder aerial attacks aimed at driving them from the … Continued

Saudi Foreign Min urges Coalition to fight IS on the ground
6th Mar 2015

Saudi Foreign Min urges Coalition to fight IS on the ground

  [Photo Prince Saud al-Faisal and John Kerry]   Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called Thursday on the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq to fight the jihadists … Continued

Saudi-Pakistani ties unshakable
5th Mar 2015

Saudi-Pakistani ties unshakable

  .By Md Rasoodeen RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are to enhance cooperation in all areas, with a particular focus on the energy and agricultural sectors, according to sources. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Pakistani Prime Minister … Continued

Afghanistan: 29 militants killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours
5th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: 29 militants killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours

  KABUL, (Xinhua): Afghan police backed by the army and National Directorate for Security (NDS) or the country’s intelligence agency have killed 28 militants across the country over the past 24 hours, Ministry of Interior said in a statement released … Continued

Syria: Dozens killed in attack on regime stronghold in Aleppo
5th Mar 2015

Syria: Dozens killed in attack on regime stronghold in Aleppo

  Dozens were killed when Syrian rebels set off a tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo and clashed with regime forces. The explosion caused deaths on both sides. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast hit … Continued

Yemen: 27 Houthis killed by al-Qa’ida attacks
4th Mar 2015

Yemen: 27 Houthis killed by al-Qa’ida attacks

SANA’A, (Xinhua): The al-Qaida militants launched attacks against the Houthi group in Yemen’s al-Bayda province on Tuesday, which killed at least 27 Houthi militants and wounded dozens of others. The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a stadium which … Continued

Syria: Israel detains 3 Syrians in Occupied Golan Heights
4th Mar 2015

Syria: Israel detains 3 Syrians in Occupied Golan Heights

    The Syrian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to enforce its resolutions concerning Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Golan Heights after the Zionist state detained three Syrians in the past week, state-run news … Continued

Syria: Agreement between Walid Jumblatt & Al-Nusra Front
4th Mar 2015

Syria: Agreement between Walid Jumblatt & Al-Nusra Front

  [A picture shows the Lebanese politicians Walid Jumblatt. Al-Akhbar/Haitham Moussawi] By: Firas Choufi   Mediated by a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the talks between al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front (ANF) and Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt were … Continued

Syrian opposition rejects UN Aleppo freeze plan
3rd Mar 2015

Syrian opposition rejects UN Aleppo freeze plan

    [Photo: UN Envoy to Aleppo, Syria Staffan de Mistura with Syrian President Assad]   Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, … Continued

US: Kerry denounces UN Rights Council “Obsession” with Israel
3rd Mar 2015

US: Kerry denounces UN Rights Council “Obsession” with Israel

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday launched a staunch defense of Israel at the annual session of the UN human rights body. Israel has long had stormy relations with the Human Rights Council (HRC), which has … Continued

Yemen: US drone attack kills 3 people in Shabwa
2nd Mar 2015

Yemen: US drone attack kills 3 people in Shabwa

ADEN, (Xinhua): Three suspected al-Qaida members were killed when a U.S. drone fired missiles on a pick-up truck in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa, a military source told Xinhua on Monday. “The U.S. attack destroyed a small pick-up vehicle loaded … Continued

Iraq reopens museum looted in US-led invasion
2nd Mar 2015

Iraq reopens museum looted in US-led invasion

    Iraq’s national museum [photo above] officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered. The reopening was brought forward in what officials … Continued

Iraq: 41 killed in bomb attacks and clashes across Iraq
1st Mar 2015

Iraq: 41 killed in bomb attacks and clashes across Iraq

[File photo] BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Bomb attacks and clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday left a total of 41 people killed and some 102 others injured in central and eastern Iraq, security sources said. The deadliest attacks occurred in … Continued

Iraq: Bombs and rockets on Baghdad kill eight
28th Feb 2015

Iraq: Bombs and rockets on Baghdad kill eight

At least eight people were killed by bombs and rocket fire in Baghdad on Friday, police and medical sources said. They said a bomb exploded in the neighborhood of al-Saydiya, in southern Baghdad, killing three civilians while two Katyusha rockets … Continued

Yemen’s Hadi meet UN Envoy in Aden
28th Feb 2015

Yemen’s Hadi meet UN Envoy in Aden

[Photo: UN secretary-general’s special envoy to Yemen, Jamal bin Omar, delivers a speech in Aden city of Yemen on February 26. Anadolu/Fadıl Mübarek Yemen President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Thursday met the UN envoy in Aden, as political confrontations … Continued

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