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1st Nov 2013

Syria: OPCW claims Syria has destroyed chemical arms production facilities

A source at the world’s chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has completed the destruction of all production facilities for chemical agents. The development is seen as the first step on a long road to eradication. The Organization for the Prohibition … Continued

Iraq: 24 killed, 87 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq
1st Nov 2013

Iraq: 24 killed, 87 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 24 people were killed and 87 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Thursday, police said. Two car bomb explosions in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala killed at least four people and injured 18 others, … Continued

1st Nov 2013

Yemen: Houthi-Salafi conflict rages on in northern Yemen

The death toll from a Houthi rebel attack on a mountain town in northern Yemen held by their Salafi rivals has risen to 24, a Salafi spokesman said on Thursday, as the two sides fought for a second day. Abu … Continued

31st Oct 2013

Bahrain forces raid opposition party headquarters

Al-Akhbar: Bahraini forces stormed the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, on Wednesday, the political group said. According to a statement by al-Wefaq, “heavily armed forces, backed by civil militias, have raided the building of al-Wefaq National Islamic … Continued

31st Oct 2013

Syria: Assad: peace talks only possible if foreign states stop funding rebel fighters

President Bashar al-Assad told UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday that talks to end Syria’s civil war would only succeed if foreign powers ended support for rebels fighting to overthrow him. Brahimi is in Damascus to meet Syrian … Continued

31st Oct 2013

Syria: ME region slowly turns to diplomacy in Syria crisis

By Ibrahim al-Amin Al-Akhbar: The Middle East has retreated from the brink of a regional war over Syria to a sudden flurry of diplomacy to resolve the crisis, forcing old rivals to reconsider their high-stakes positions. Many countries in the … Continued

30th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: One person killed in mystery road blaze scorching 5 vehicles in Jeddah

[Vehicles burn amid an unexplained blaze near a gas station in Jeddah’s Kilo 3 District] By Ibrahim Naffee Jeddah, (Arab News): A fire that engulfed five vehicles at a traffic signal in Jeddah’s Kilo 3 district left one dead and two … Continued

30th Oct 2013

Syria dismisses deputy PM for meeting US officials in Geneva

Syria has dismissed its deputy prime minister. Qadri Jamil spoke with US officials in Geneva over the weekend to discuss the possibility of holding a peace conference for Syria in that city, according to news agencies. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad … Continued

29th Oct 2013

Lebanon: Week-long clashes kill 13 in Tripoli

Clashes left two people dead in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli Monday as army troops continued to deploy throughout the city in a bid to end a week of violence that killed at least 13 and wounded more than 90. … Continued

29th Oct 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Saudi ‘anger’ fueling Syrian war

After two and a half years of relentless bloodshed, the whole world with the exception of Saudi Arabia has reached the conclusion that there can be no military solution to the Syrian crisis, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 12 women detained across Kingdom for driving

  By NADIM AL-HAMID & RASHID HASSAN JEDDAH/RIYADH, (Arab News):  Police detained 12 women in various parts of the Kingdom for violating traffic regulations and instructions that prevent women from driving in Saudi Arabia, a local daily reported. Col. Salman … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: CIA spied on 7.8 billion Saudi calls

By M Ghazanfar Ali Khan   Arab News: As controversy continues to encircle the American surveillance program, Cryptome, the digital library host that was created by the US as a repository for secret documents and material, revealed that the CIA … Continued

Afghanistan roadside bombing kills 18 on way to wedding
28th Oct 2013

Afghanistan roadside bombing kills 18 on way to wedding

A roadside bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni has killed at least 18 people. The victims, mostly women, had been on their way to a wedding. A civilian was also killed in an earlier attack on troops. Police said … Continued

Iraq: At least 30  killed in car bomb attacks in Baghdad
27th Oct 2013

Iraq: At least 30 killed in car bomb attacks in Baghdad

[A woman inspects the site of a deadly car bomb attack that killed her sister, in  Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)] BAGHDAD, (Xinhua, AP and Agencies): A series of car bomb explosions in Shi’a Muslim neighbourhoods … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Lebanon: Jumblatt shifts Syria line

He is no longer enthusiastic about the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Today, the Progressive Socialist Party leader is back to his realism, or what parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   By Firas Choufi   Al-Akhbar: … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Iraq: At least ten die in Iraq attacks

Attacks in Iraq killed 10 people on Saturday, seven of them from the same family, security and medical officials said. In the Dura area of southern Baghdad, gunmen armed with silenced weapons shot dead a father, mother, four sons and … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Despite threats, Saudi women defy driving ban

A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on Saturday, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution to take part in a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said. But some others stayed at home, put off by phone … Continued

26th Oct 2013

Iraq: 16 Shi’a Muslims killed across Iraq

A series of bombs killed around 16 people across Iraq on Friday as Shi’a Muslims celebrated Islamic festival of Ghadir, according to Reuters. Twenty four people were injured in the attacks. Nine bombs were detonated by remote control. The deadliest were … Continued

26th Oct 2013

Iran: Parliament to probe killing of border guards

  Tehran, (IRNA): Iranian parliament is to probe into the armed clashes in the southeastern country Friday evening which left 14 Iranian border guards martyred. Member of the Majlis Committee for National Security and Foreign Policy Mohammad Hassan Asafri (above) told IRNA … Continued

26th Oct 2013

Lebanon: Casualty toll rises as Tripoli clashes intensify

Clashes between the neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli continued for a fourth day on Friday, as casualties continued to rise. At least five people have been killed in the Lebanese city since Monday, AFP reported. Al-Islami … Continued

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