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10th Nov 2013

Switzerland: World powers, Iran to hold another round of talks on Nov. 20

GENEVA, (Xinhua): European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said early Sunday that world powers would reconvene talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program on Nov. 20. Talks between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Qatar “reacting” to criticism of mistreating migrant labourers

Qatar will amend its widely criticized labor practices, according to world soccer chief Sepp Blatter after talks with Qatari officials. Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup was “not reversible,” he added. After meeting senior officials on Saturday, including Emir … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Turkey: Syrian opposition meets to discuss attendance at Geneva II talks

Syria’s fractured opposition began meeting Saturday in Istanbul to decide whether to attend a peace conference that world powers want to hold in Geneva. The talks involving the main umbrella opposition, the National Coalition, took place in a hotel in … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran nuclear talks enter third day

Crunch talks between Iran and world powers stretched into an unscheduled third day Saturday as top diplomats pushed for a deal to end the decade-old standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was on his way to … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Syria: A cold war deepens between Muslim groups

By Radwan Mortada (Al-Akhbar): The tug of war between the Islamic militant leaders in Syria reached crisis levels as armed clashes between the“brothers in jihad” raged, despite fatwas prohibiting infighting and efforts by al-Qaeda to unite the factions. No two … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Iraq: At least 3 killed, 10 wounded in twin bomb attacks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 3 people were killed and 10 others wounded in twin bomb attacks on Friday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source said. Two roadside bombs were set off successively near Imam Ali mosque in … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Iran: No deal yet, but P5+1 makes progress in nuclear talks with Iran

Top Western diplomats and their Iranian counterparts have held several hours of talks aimed at reaching a deal that would allay fears over Tehran’s nuclear program. Both sides agreed that much work was still to be done. Many observers saw … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Kerry says no deal yet in Iran nuclear talks

World powers and Iran have yet to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program but are working hard to do so, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. “There is not an agreement at this point,” Kerry said shortly … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Afghanistan: 8 Afghan civilians killed as roadside bomb strikes vehicle

QALAT, (Xinhua): Eight civilians lost their lives as a roadside bomb struck a civilian vehicle in the southern Zabul province on Friday, deputy to provincial governor Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said. “The tragic incident happened outside provincial capital Qalat at 08:30 … Continued

7th Nov 2013

Syria: Explosive device blast kills 8 in downtown Damascus

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Eight people were killed Wednesday when an explosive device went off at a crowded area in the heart of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The device exploded at the time-honored al-Hijas Square … Continued

6th Nov 2013

UN envoy fails to nail down agreement to hold Syria peace conference

International and regional powers have failed to agree on a date for Syria peace conference. Russia’s desire for Iran to be invited, and US opposition to the idea, appears to have been the main stumbling block.   The United Nations special … Continued

6th Nov 2013

NSA, GCHQ spy on Middle East via Cyprus

US and British spy agencies rely on a data transmission center in Cyprus to intercept phone and Internet records from users in the Middle East, new reports showed Tuesday. Investigation by three European news publications used documents leaked by former … Continued

6th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Ashura threats heighten south Lebanon security

[Various commercial establishments also expressed the Karbala spirit: Shops were united in black, so were gas stations and vegetable stands, which displayed sayings uttered by Imam Husayn at the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Amal … Continued

5th Nov 2013

Turkey: Turkish Parliament to solve ‘trousers problem’

[Parliamentary regulations currently prevent women deputies, such as the CHP's Şafak Pavey, from wearing trousers. Photo: DAILY NEWS]   Ankara, (Hürriyet Daily News): Parliament’s Constitution Commission will hold a meeting in the coming days in a bid to resolve the controversy … Continued

4th Nov 2013

Iraq: 9 killed, 15 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least nine people were killed and 15 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said. Two policemen were killed and six others wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a police station in the … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Syria: Car bomb explosion kills 10 near Damascus

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Ten people were killed and many others wounded on Saturday in a car explosion in the countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The car was detonated while some “terrorists” were booby- … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Yemen: Houthi rebels and Salafis continue fighting in northern Yemen

Houthi rebels pressed their offensive on Saturday against a town in north Yemen held by their Salafi rivals, a Salafi spokesman said, bringing the total death toll in four days of sectarian clashes to 55. Spokesman Serour al-Wadei denied a … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Lebanon: Israel rejects natural gas boundary proposal

By Yahya Dbouk (Al-Akhbar): When it comes to natural gas, Israel is ahead of Lebanon by three full years – as the Israelis would calculate it – but perhaps by more than 20 years, if one is to go with … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Turkey: Turkish deputy demands Ghadir Khumm to be religious holiday

ISTANBUL, (Hürriyet Daily News):  The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mersin deputy Aytuğ Atıcı issued a bill to the Parliament yesterday for the Alawite’s Ghadir Khumm day to be recognized as a religious holiday, as it will be celebrated in Ankara … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Syria: ‘A missile from the sea’ strikes near Latakia

Latakia, (Al-Akhbar): A new Israeli strike has targeted the Syrian army. If Israeli and Western reports are true, then the strike on Wednesday, October 30, would be the fourth – or fifth by some accounts – since the beginning of … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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