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3rd Dec 2013

Arab ministers applaud for Israel’s president in secret meeting

Israel’s president Shimon Peres secretly addressed 29 foreign ministers from Arab and Muslim countries during a Gulf security summit in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, drawing a round of applause from the audience, an Israeli daily revealed Monday. Peres, reportedly … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

Iraq: Ten killed in bomb attack in Diyala

BAQUBA, (Xinhua): Up to 10 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala on Sunday, a provincial police source said. The attack occurred in the morning when a roadside bomb … Continued

1st Dec 2013

Yemen: Thousands protest for South Yemeni independence

Thousands demonstrated in south Yemen’s main city Aden on Saturday to demand a return to independence a day after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said only autonomy was on the table. The rally in Aden’s central Parade Square came as southerners … Continued

1st Dec 2013

Lebanon: Clashes turn deadly in Tripoli

At least four people were killed and thirteen injured in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Saturday in exchanges of fire, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The dead include a teenage schoolboy and an elderly man who died of … Continued

30th Nov 2013

Turkey, Iran to boost ties after nuclear deal

By Sevil Erkuş ANKARA, (Hürriyet Daily News): Turkey and Iran are set to boost their economic ties following a recent nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran that led to a partial lifting of sanctions on the country. An Iranian delegation will … Continued

Iraq: 41 killed, 22 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
30th Nov 2013

Iraq: 41 killed, 22 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 41 people were killed and 22 others wounded in the latest wave of violent attacks across Iraq, police said on Friday. In the capital city of Baghdad, a total of 18 people were killed and … Continued

30th Nov 2013

Afghanistan: Nawaz in Kabul for talks on peace efforts

  Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R). — File photo KABUL, (AFP & Dawn): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai as part of efforts to revive Afghanistan’s … Continued

Iraq: 23 killed, 43 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq
29th Nov 2013

Iraq: 23 killed, 43 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 23 people were killed and 43 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Thursday, the interior ministry and police sources said. Four civilians were killed and five others wounded Thursday evening when a car … Continued

29th Nov 2013

Syrian army recaptures key town as ISIS militants execute six rebels

The Syrian army recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh Thursday, less than a week after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels just north of Damascus. Meanwhile, Islamist militants executed the commander of a rival … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Iraq: 46 killed, 71 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A series of violent attacks across Iraq on Wednesday killed 46 and wounded some 71 others, raising fears that terrorist groups and militia could bring the country to uncontrollable sectarian violence. At least ten people were killed and … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Bahrain arrests human rights activist for “inciting hatred” against the monarchy

Bahraini human rights defender Hussain Jawad was arrested on Saturday over allegations of inciting hatred against the government, his organization confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Hussein Jawad is a human rights activist, and Chairman of European-Bahraini Organization for Human … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Saudi Arabia: More than 50,000 Ethiopians leave in migrant crackdown

Ethiopia has flown home over 50,000 citizens in Saudi Arabia after a crackdown against undocumented immigrants in the oil-rich state, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. “We projected the initial number to be 10,000 but it is increasing,” foreign ministry spokesman … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Iran: Rohani: Iran economic issues go beyond Western sanctions

President Hassan Rohani said Iran’s economic problems went beyond sanctions, blaming “unparalleled stagflation” on the profligacy and mismanagement of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In office from 2005 until August, Ahmadinejad presided over a period of unprecedented revenue growth due to … Continued

27th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Embassy suicide bombers graduates of Assir School

  [A few hours after the Iran embassy bombing, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) removed security checkpoints at the entrance of the commercial market in Saida, prohibiting the entry of all cars. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)] By Amal Khalil   DNA … Continued

27th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Security forces beat, arrest TV journalists in Beirut

  [Lebanese soldiers hold back protesters after a brief scuffle with security forces loyal to the country's customs office who beat and arrested four journalists with Al Jadeed Television on Novemeber 26, 2013. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)]   Security forces arrested … Continued

26th Nov 2013

US and Afghanistan drifting apart on security pact

Afghanistan and the US remain at an impasse over a security deal seemingly reached last week. Fresh talks in Kabul have yielded only new conditions from Afghanistan and the threat of a total troop withdrawal from the US. Afghan President … Continued

26th Nov 2013

Obama lauds new Iran deal, EU mulls sanction changes

President Barack Obama has praised an international deal concerning Iran’s nuclear program, saying the world “cannot close the door on diplomacy.” The agreement was dubbed a “historic mistake” by Israeli leaders. The US president told an audience in San Francisco … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Iraq: 15 killed, 21 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 15 people were killed and 21 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen at an army checkpoint in the Banook neighborhood … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Iran: After interim Iran deal, next six months crucial

By Matthew Rusling WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): After a preliminary deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached in Geneva early Sunday, the next six months will be crucial as the West will monitor Tehran’s progress in halting its controversial nuclear program, U.S. … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Israel outraged over Iranian nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the world powers’ widely-hailed nuclear agreement with Iran as a “historic mistake” that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach. A grim-faced Netanyahu, who had strongly opposed any easing of … Continued

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