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15th Feb 2014

Switzerland/Syria: Brahimi on Geneva II: failure is staring at us in the face

Syria’s warring sides are due to end another round of peace talks in Geneva Friday, with hopes of progress dim as the foes remain mired in blame-trading over the violence ravaging their country. The gridlock, which has seen the rivals … Continued

15th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Dispute over interior ministry delays cabinet lineup

A dispute between Hezbollah and the Future Movement over the Interior Ministry portfolio delayed the formation of Lebanon’s next Cabinet on Friday. The Future Movement announced its intention to name retired Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi for the position … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Iraq: 11 killed in insurgent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Eleven people were killed and 28 others wounded on Thursday in separate attacks across Iraq, including battles in restive Anbar province, official and police said. In eastern province of Anbar, anti-government Sunni tribal fighters attacked an army checkpoint … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Syria ceasefire extended in Homs as talks in Geneva deadlock again

  The governor of Homs says a ceasefire has been extended for three days to allow for the evacuation of residents. In Geneva, a standoff between Russia and other world powers have left Syria’s peace talks in a deadlock.   … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Iraq: Insurgents take over northern Iraq town, bomb historic Baghdad market

Islamist insurgents took over parts of a town in northern Iraq on Thursday, local officials said, gaining further ground against the government in Baghdad, which has also lost control of another city. In Baghdad, two bomb blasts in a historic … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Army captures suicide bombers’ mastermind & foils “bloody Sunday”

  A car found with explosives is being taken away in the Corniche al-Mazraa neighborhood as the Lebanese army investigates the scene. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)   A few days ago, sources with links to takfiri groups operating in the Qalamoun … Continued

13th Feb 2014

Lebanese forces arrest Abdullah Azzam Brigades member, dismantle car bombs

  Lebanese soldiers take away a car filled with explosives in Beirut’s Corniche al-Mazraa on February 12, 2014. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)   Lebanon’s army on Wednesday arrested a commander of a group loyal to al-Qaeda, who revealed the presence of … Continued

13th Feb 2014

Switzerland: Syrian opposition calls for transitional government in Geneva II talks

The Syrian opposition called on Wednesday for a transitional governing body to be set up that would oversee a total ceasefire under UN monitoring and be empowered to drive out foreign fighters deployed on both sides of the civil war. … Continued

12th Feb 2014

Syria: Homs evacuation suspended for day over ‘logistics’

An operation to evacuate civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria’s third city Homs was suspended for a day on Tuesday because of “logistical problems,” the provincial governor told AFP. “Today, operations didn’t take place for logistical and technical reasons,” … Continued

12th Feb 2014

Switzerland: Syria peace talks not making much progress, says envoy

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are not making much progress, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday after a face-to-face meeting of the warring parties in Geneva. As negotiations intended to end Syria’s three-year-old war concluded the … Continued

Iraq speaker escapes bomb attack, 25 gunmen killed in violence
11th Feb 2014

Iraq speaker escapes bomb attack, 25 gunmen killed in violence

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraq’s parliament speaker escaped a bomb attack in northern Iraq on Monday, while 25 gunmen were killed in an explosion and eight others wounded in separate attacks across the country, police said. In the northern province of Nineveh, … Continued

11th Feb 2014

Yemen to become a six region federation, government declares

A presidential panel has agreed to transform Yemen into a six-region federation as part of its political transition, Saba news agency announced Monday. “The final approval” on creating a “federal state of six regions” came at a meeting of the … Continued

11th Feb 2014

Switzerland: : Brahimi pushes for peace commitment from both sides in Syria peace talks

  Syria’s warring sides launched a new round of peace talks Monday, as an agreement from the first round last month was being implemented with aid convoys evacuating the besieged city of Homs. The UN and Arab League mediator, veteran … Continued

11th Feb 2014

Syria: Former Syrian prisoners: In their own voices – Part 2

By Yazan al-Saadi Thousands of Syrians are languishing in the numerous security branches scattered throughout Syria. At the same time, hundreds of Syrians have been kidnapped by vicious armed groups. Beyond all other issues, the cause of the detained and … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Syria: Over 600 civilians evacuated from Homs

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): A total of 611 civilians were evacuated from the rebel-held old city of Homs in central Syria on Sunday, as part of a recently concluded deal between the UN and the Syrian government, Talal Barazi, the governor of … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Iran agrees to share information with UN nuclear body

Iran has taken the first steps of an agreement with the UN’s nuclear body over its controversial nuclear program. The country has agreed to supply information about detonators that could be used in weapons.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Yemen: Bomb kills Yemeni colonel in Sana’a

A bomb exploded inside a taxi in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday, killing a colonel in the country’s domestic secret service, a security source said. It was the latest attack targeting senior officers in the Western-allied country. The source … Continued

10th Feb 2014

Syria: Former Syrian prisoners: in their own voices – Part 1

  By Yazan Al-Saadi   (Al-Akhbar): Thousands of Syrians are languishing in the numerous security branches scattered throughout Syria. At the same time, hundreds of Syrians have been kidnapped by vicious armed groups. Beyond all other issues, the cause of … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Madinah hotel blaze kills 15 pilgrims
9th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: Madinah hotel blaze kills 15 pilgrims

  [People watch as fire rages on the ground floor of the hotel] [People are seen on the ledges of the hotel with eye witnesses say some people jumped. (Arab News Photo)]   [The aftermath of the fire on the … Continued

9th Feb 2014

Syria: Mortar fire breaks Homs ceasefire

Syrian activists and officials said mortars were fired early on Saturday in the besieged Old Homs despite a ceasefire intended to allow the evacuation of civilians and delivery of aid to people trapped in the city’s central neighborhoods. There were … Continued

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