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22nd Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran says “lack of trust” slowing down nuclear talks

Iran’s chief negotiator warned Thursday of a lingering “lack of trust” and “major differences” at nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva, saying it was hampering progress over a deal. Abbas Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister, said Iran would not … Continued

21st Nov 2013

Lebanon: Has Lebanon entered the era of suicide bombings?

  [Bombing follows the two car-bomb attacks in Bir al-Abed and Roueiss, both in the same general area of Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By Radwan Mortada   Al-Akhbar: The rules of the game have changed. “Iraq-style” suicide bombers … Continued

21st Nov 2013

Jordan charges 15 with “terrorist acts” for university clashes

Jordanian military prosecutors on Wednesday charged 15 men, including students, with carrying out “terrorist acts” over clashes on a university campus that injured four people, a judicial official said. “State security court prosecutors accused the suspects of carrying out terrorist … Continued

21st Nov 2013

Russia is ‘hopeful’ Iranian nuclear talks will reach a deal soon

World powers aim to reach a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday. Seeking to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the … Continued

Iraq: 28 kiiled, 69 injured in 8 car bomb attacks across Baghdad
20th Nov 2013

Iraq: 28 kiiled, 69 injured in 8 car bomb attacks across Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua & The Muslim News): Up to 28 people were killed and 69 wounded in 8 car bomb explosions across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Wednesday morning. Most were Shi’a areas, some Sunni and some mixed areas, mostly market areas … Continued

20th Nov 2013

Obama calls for diplomacy not sanctions ahead of Iran nuclear talks

US President Barack Obama has asked senators to hold back on imposing fresh sanctions against Iran in order to give diplomacy a chance. His appeal came ahead of key nuclear talks with Tehran later on Wednesday. The US president called … Continued

Lebanon: Suicide blasts kill 23 outside Iranian embassy in Beirut
19th Nov 2013

Lebanon: Suicide blasts kill 23 outside Iranian embassy in Beirut

  Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut’s southern suburbs Tuesday morning, killing at least 23 people and wounding over 100, in a brazen attack claimed by an al-Qaeda-linked group. It may have been the … Continued

18th Nov 2013

Afghanistan: Seven children killed in eastern Afghan bomb explosion

SHARAN, (Xinhua): Seven children were killed and three others injured Monday in a bomb explosion in eastern Afghan province of Paktika, the provincial government said in a press release. “Seven children died and three seriously wounded as one Improvised Explosive … Continued

18th Nov 2013

Israel: French President Hollande reassures Israel about Iran nuclear talks

French President Francois Hollande has reassured Israel about the possibility of easing up sanctions on Iran. He said this would only happen if it was clear that Tehran had given up aspirations of nuclear weapons. “As long as we do … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Iraq: Bomb attacks kill 3 in northern Iraq

KIRKUK, (Xinhua): A series of bomb attacks, including two suicide bombings, struck the city of Tuz-Khurmato in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least three people and wounding dozens of others, a local police source told Xinhua. The attacks occurred … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Afghanistan: Kabul bomb attack kills six

KABUL, (Xinhua): A powerful bomb blast rocked Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, leaving six people dead and injuring 22 others, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said. “The coward blast claimed six lives including two security personnel and injured 22 others,” … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Syrian army advances towards Aleppo

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad captured on Friday the last of three towns on the south-eastern approaches of Aleppo, state television said, advancing on the city after similar gains around the capital Damascus this week. Aleppo, Syria’s commercial hub … Continued

15th Nov 2013

Iran: IAEA: Iran ‘no longer expanding nuclear sites’

Iran has stopped expanding key nuclear sites, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report has found. Meanwhile US President Barack Obama has urged Congress to back diplomatic efforts to end the nuclear standoff. Iran ceased to expand its uranium enrichment … Continued

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens
15th Nov 2013

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens

Attacks against Shia worshipers, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed 41 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security deployed for one of the holiest days of their faith. The bloodshed came as a flood of … Continued

14th Nov 2013

US: Kerry warns US lawmakers new Iran sanctions could threaten nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Congress against imposing new sanctions against Iran. Kerry said fresh sanctions could destroy diplomatic efforts to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program.  Kerry asked a US lawmakers on Wednesday to refrain from passing new … Continued

13th Nov 2013

Syria: Kurds announce interim administration in latest push for autonomy

Ethnic Kurds in northeastern Syria have declared an interim administration in the wake of gains against Islamist rebels in the region. Long oppressed under the Syrian regime, Kurds are now seeking more autonomy. Syrian Kurds and allied groups in the … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Saudi Arabia: 17,000 illegals surrender in Riyadh

By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): Nearly 17,000 illegal foreigners, including women and children, have surrendered to Riyadh police until Monday evening. Riyadh police spokesman Brig. Gen. Nasser bin Saeed Al-Qahtani said: “Arrangements will be made to deport them immediately … Continued

12th Nov 2013

UN nuclear watchdog signs ‘roadmap’ deal with Iran

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has reached an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, has said world powers agreed on a deal at the Geneva talks before Tehran backed out. The “roadmap” agreement … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Kerry seeks Iran nuclear deal to “protect Israel”

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday defended moves to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that would “protect” Israel and Western-backed Gulf monarchies. His comments came as France said world powers were close to an agreement with Iran … Continued

11th Nov 2013

Syria opposition agrees in principle to attend Geneva peace talks

  The Syrian National Coalition has agreed in principle to attend peace talks aimed at ending more than two years of bloodshed. However, it has also set out a series of pre-conditions for its participation. The statement released by the … Continued

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