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4th Jan 2014

Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

By James M. Dorsey   Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, journalists and officials.   … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Yemen: 13 killed as troops quell oil pipeline saboteurs

SANAA, (Xinhua): At least 13 people were killed in clashes between Yemeni troops and armed tribal saboteurs who blocked access to repairing the country’s main oil pipeline, officials said on Saturday. The clashes began Friday after the tribesmen prevented workers … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Afghanistan: NATO soldier, 6 militants killed in attack at military camp

JALALABAD,  (Xinhua): One NATO soldier and six militants were killed Saturday morning in an attack at a joint military camp of the Afghan forces and the coalition troops in the eastern Nangarhar province, a police source said. “Six militants were … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Lebanon: DNA confirms identity of suspected Beirut suicide bomber

DNA test results confirmed the identity of a man from northern Lebanon as the suspected suicide bomber behind Thursday’s deadly attack in the southern Beirut suburbs, state news reported late-Friday.   The remains of 19-year-old Koteiba Mohammed al-Satem were discovered … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Dahiyeh residents blame Saudi for recent bombing

  The bombing does not compare to the one in Roueiss, which was much more devastating and killed dozens of people. Thursday’s bomb was smaller by comparison, reportedly containing 20 kilograms of TNT. (Photo: Haytham El-Mousawi).   By Mohamed Nazzal … Continued

Iraq: Fighting kills 32 civilians in Anbar
4th Jan 2014

Iraq: Fighting kills 32 civilians in Anbar

Fighting killed at least 32 civilians on Friday in the Anbar province cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, where Al-Qaeda-linked militants took over areas this week, security officials said. Police and tribesmen in both cities are battling militants from the Islamic … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

Iraq: Heavy fighting reported in Anbar province

Iraqi security forces have battled with al Qaeda-linked militants who seized control of Sunni-majority cities this week. The fighting erupted after a Sunni lawmaker was arrested and a protest camp dismantled. Iraqi government forces were joined by allied tribal forces … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

Israel: Kerry back in the Middle East to push framework peace deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East as part of efforts to move along peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. However, there appears to be little hope of a breakthrough. Washington’s top diplomat told … Continued

Lebanon: Several killed in explosion in Beirut suburb
3rd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Several killed in explosion in Beirut suburb

   [Photo: Residents gather near the site of the blast in Haret Hreik (Photo: Al-Akhbar - Marc Abizeid)]   Al-Akhbar: An apparent suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday, killing at … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

Lebanon interrogates Saudi tied to Iranian embassy attack

  Lebanese intelligence agents are interrogating the Saudi leader of a militant group that claimed a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last November, a Lebanese security source said on Wednesday. The Lebanese source, who declined to … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

Iraq witnessed deadliest year since 2008

Violence in Iraq surged in 2013 to its worst level in five years, figures released Wednesday showed. Bombs tore through markets, cafes, football fields and mosques, militants assaulted prisons, police stations and other government facilities, and families were killed in … Continued

1st Jan 2014

Iraq: Ten killed in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 10 people were killed and 26 others wounded in separate violent attacks, including a spate of car bombings, across Iraq on Tuesday, police said. Two car bombs detonated in Zaafaraniyah district in the southeast of the … Continued

1st Jan 2014

Iran, P5+1: ‘Good progress’ in nuclear deal talks

Signs of progress have emerged from talks in Geneva aimed at hammering out the details of a nuclear deal with Iran. The interim plan to cap uranium enrichment could be in effect by January, Iranian state TV has said. Expert … Continued

1st Jan 2014

Iraq: Clashes kill four more at protest camp

Four people died in fresh clashes Tuesday between Iraq’s security forces and gunmen in Ramadi, as tension spiked following the forced closure of a nearby anti-government protest site. Monday’s removal of the sprawling protest camp on the edge of the … Continued

31st Dec 2013

Iraq: 44 Iraqi MPs resign after protest camp cleared

Forty-four Iraqi MPs announced their resignation on Monday after security forces demolished an anti-government protest site and detained a lawmaker according to AFP. The announcement was made at a televised news conference at which the MPs also demanded “the withdrawal … Continued

31st Dec 2013

Lebanon: Shatah assassination: First details of investigation emerge

By Amal Khalil (Al-Akhbar): Investigations into the assassination of Mohammed Shatah are still in the preliminary stage. They focus on finding the last owner of the car used in the bombing and on technical work involving CCTV footage. Meanwhile, potential … Continued

30th Dec 2013

Yemen jails 9 al-Qa’ida suspects for plotting to kill President

SANA’A,  (Xinhua): A Yemeni security court on Sunday sentenced nine al-Qaida suspects to up to 10 years in prison for plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, official Saba news agency reported. The court in the capital Sanaa sentenced nine … Continued

30th Dec 2013

Iraq: 10 killed, 22 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 10 people were killed and 22 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide bombing against a military target, police said. A suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Suez … Continued

30th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia pledges Lebanese army $3 billion in aid

Saudi Arabia has pledged to give the Lebanese army $3 billion in aid, Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman has announced. The aid pledge comes amid mounting sectarian tensions in Lebanon linked to the Syrian conflict. In televised address to the nation … Continued

29th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: 60 women to work at local courts

[Women working at the headquarters are involved in all branches of the court dealing with employees’ affairs]   RIYADH, (ARAB NEWS): Sixty Saudi women will begin work at local courts from Sunday, according to the Board of Grievances. Their duties … Continued

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