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24th Dec 2013

UN: Ban Ki-moon calls for Iran involvement in Syria peace talks

The United Nations has thrown its weight behind Iran taking its place at the Syrian peace talks conference in January. The United States has so far resisted moves to grant Iran an invitation.  The places of  31 countries were confirmed … Continued

24th Dec 2013

Syria: ISIS Imposes ‘Shari’a’ on Idlib’s Druze

By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: In Syria’s Idlib, it is no longer enough to have Mohammad as a prophet to be considered a Muslim. Though Druze are officially acknowledged as Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Iraq: Three killed, 20 wounded across Iraq’s violence

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Three people were killed and 20 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings in Iraq on Sunday, police said. A roadside bomb went off at a popular market in Nahrawan area in the southeastern the Iraqi capital of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Syria: Death toll of school suicide bomber blast in oms rises to 20

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The death toll of the blast which went off earlier on Sunday near an elementary school in Syria’s central province of Homs rose to 20, state media said. The blast was carried out by a suicide bomber that … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Turkey: MÜSİAD calls for thorough investigation, judicial independence

[Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association President Nail Olpak (C) and other board members hold a press meeting in İstanbul. (Photo: DHA)] Istanbul, (TODAY’S ZAMAN): The Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) has called for a thorough investigation in an open … Continued

Syria airstrikes kill dozens in Aleppo in eighth day of bombardment
23rd Dec 2013

Syria airstrikes kill dozens in Aleppo in eighth day of bombardment

Syrian government aircraft have dropped so-called barrel bombs on rebel positions in Aleppo for the eighth day, killing dozens of people. Elsewhere, further airstrikes and a suicide blast have caused more deaths. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Lebanon: Five dead in East Lebanon clashes

Five people were killed and several others wounded in East Lebanon during weekend gun battles between neighbors, a security source told Al-Akhbar on Sunday. Off-duty army soldier Mohammed Sa’id Janbeen and his uncle Faraj were killed on Saturday in clashes … Continued

22nd Dec 2013

Iraq: Triple suicide bombing kills 18 soldiers in Iraq

At least 18 Iraqi military officers were killed on Saturday when three suicide bombers ambushed them in Anbar province, military sources said. The commander of the army’s Seventh Division as well as the commander of its 28th Brigade and several … Continued

21st Dec 2013

Turkey: Prosecutors continue to lay charges in Turkey graft probe

Turkish prosecutors have continued charging those in connection to a broad graft probe, including the sons of two ministers. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan maintains, however, that the investigation is a smear campaign. According to CNN Turk and other media agencies, … Continued

20th Dec 2013

Syria: Washington shakes hands with Al-Qa’ida ally in Syria

By Elie Hanna   The US administration wants to meet with Syria’s Islamic Front. Washington is flirting with this al-Qaeda affiliate as it hurries to score extra points before Geneva II. The Islamic Front remains a winning card against Moscow, … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Syria: Western powers privately soften rhetoric on Assad’s removal

Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition sources said. The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Bahrain’s activists survive off the Island

By March Abizeid On-the-ground sources are running out fast in Bahrain. Those who have not been locked up or tortured for opposing the ruling monarchy are finding themselves with no option but exile. Thirty-one-year-old Yousif al-Muhafda is the latest activist … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Iraq policeman sacrifices himself to save pilgrims

BAQUBA, (Daily Star): An Iraqi policeman gave his own life Wednesday in an attempt to protect Shiite pilgrims, embracing a suicide bomber just moments before an attack to shield others from the blast. The bomber struck in Khales, northeast of … Continued

18th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: 211,000 Umrah visas issued for new season

Center of attraction: The government expects 6 million foreign pilgrims this season from 70 countries, with an equal number of local pilgrims. (AN photo)   By NADIM AL-HAMID & IRFAN MOHAMMED   Jeddah, (Arab News): The government has issued 211,000 Umrah … Continued

18th Dec 2013

Afghanistan: 6 NATO soldiers killed in aircraft crash

KABUL, (Xinhua): Six soldiers of the NATO-led coalition were killed Tuesday in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan, the coalition forces confirmed in a statement. “Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an aircraft crash in southern … Continued

17th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia:King Khaled Foundation receives EU rights award

[Princess Banderi Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, director general of the King Khaled Foundation, receives the Chaillot Prize for Human Rights from Ambassador Adam Kulach, head of the European Union Delegation, in Riyadh. (AN photo by Khalid Al-Khamis)]   By Ghazanfar Ali Khan … Continued

Iraq: 66 mainly Shi’a Muslim pilgrims killed by car bombs across Iraq
17th Dec 2013

Iraq: 66 mainly Shi’a Muslim pilgrims killed by car bombs across Iraq

66 mainly Shi’a Muslim pilgrims have been killed in another day of violence in Iraq. The country is continuing to experience its worst sustained wave of sectarian attacks in more than five years. Monday’s deadliest attack came in the southern Baghdad … Continued

17th Dec 2013

UNIFIL meets with Lebanese, Israeli officers over border incident

Israeli and Lebanese army officers met with UN peacekeepers on Monday after Israel accused Lebanese troops of gunning down one of its soldiers as he drove near the frontier. “We discussed concrete steps to strengthen the existing security arrangements along … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: Over 7,000 non-Saudi govt workers sacked

[According to government figures, there were 73,684 non-Saudi employees working in the fields of health and higher education]   Riyadh, (Arab News): The Ministry of Civil Service has terminated the contracts of 7,468 non-Saudi employees working at several ministries and government … Continued

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