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25th Nov 2013

Iraq: 15 killed, 21 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 15 people were killed and 21 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen at an army checkpoint in the Banook neighborhood … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Iran: After interim Iran deal, next six months crucial

By Matthew Rusling WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): After a preliminary deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached in Geneva early Sunday, the next six months will be crucial as the West will monitor Tehran’s progress in halting its controversial nuclear program, U.S. … Continued

25th Nov 2013

Israel outraged over Iranian nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the world powers’ widely-hailed nuclear agreement with Iran as a “historic mistake” that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach. A grim-faced Netanyahu, who had strongly opposed any easing of … Continued

Switzerland: New round of Iran nuclear talks conclude with an histrical agreement
24th Nov 2013

Switzerland: New round of Iran nuclear talks conclude with an histrical agreement

  [EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (2nd L) delivers a statement in Geneva. (Xinhua/Wang Siwei)]   GENEVA, (Xinhua): After intensive negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have reached a first-step agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, EU foreign policy chief Catherine … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Iraq: 19 killed, 42 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 19 people were killed and 42 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Friday, police said. Five people were killed and 17 others wounded Friday evening when two bombs exploded near a refreshment shop in … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Switzerland: P5+1 foreign ministers hopeful of Iran nuclear talks breakthrough

    Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is set to join his US counterpart, John Kerry and other world powers in Geneva for talks on Iran’s nuclear program. It is hoped a breakthrough is imminent. Along with Westerwelle and Kerry, … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran nuclear talks enter third day in Geneva II tallks

Iran and world powers haggled Friday over a breakthrough nuclear accord on the third day of talks in Geneva, with Tehran complaining of “no progress.” This third and crucial meeting since President Hassan Rohani was elected in June is seen … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Lebanon’s Sheikh Hammoud: “The suicide bombers have no religion”

We have to be level-headed about this as much as possible. There are people, due to their simplicity or a personal affront of some kind, who cannot accept Hezbollah’s involvement in the war in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   In … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

US: Washington has “nothing to apologize for” in Afghanistan

Washington’s UN representative Samantha Power said Thursday Afghanistan is owed no apology for US actions in the country since the overthrow of the Taliban 12 years ago. “We have nothing to apologize for. Our soldiers have sacrificed a great deal,” … Continued

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

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