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13th Sep 2013

Turkey: Syrian rebel groups sought to buy materials for chemical weapons, prosecutors say

ADANA, (Doğan News Agency):   A public prosecutor completed his indictment as part of the probe into the chemicals seized in the southern province of Hatay on Sept. 12, claiming that jihadist Syrian rebel groups were seeking to buy materials that could … Continued

13th Sep 2013

Switzerland: Kerry meets Brahimi on Syria ahead of talks with Lavrov

GENEVA, (Xinhua): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry started to meet with the United Nations-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi late Thursday afternoon before meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry arrived before noon Thursday and … Continued

13th Sep 2013

Afghanistan: Car bombs, firing hit US consulate, killing 5 and wounding 23

HERAT, (Xinhua): At least five people were killed and 23 others injured early Friday morning as two car bombs and ensuing firing hit the U.S. consulate in Herat city, the provincial capital of western Afghan province of Herat, a local … Continued

13th Sep 2013

Syria: US, Russian talks on Syria open in Geneva

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have begun crunch talks in Geneva on Syria. The UN says it has received a Syrian document on joining the global anti-chemical weapons treaty. Decisive top-level talks on … Continued

13th Sep 2013

IAEA envoy says Iran willing to cooperate on nuclear issue

Iran’s new envoy to the UN nuclear agency said on Thursday he would cooperate with it to find a way to “overcome existing issues once and for all.” But Ambassador Reza Najafi, at his first board meeting of the International … Continued

13th Sep 2013

Syria: Assad: US must stop arming rebels for Russian plan to work

President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday Washington must stop arming rebels and stop threatening military force if it wanted a plan for Syria to hand over chemical weapons to work. “When we see that the United States truly desires stability in … Continued

13th Sep 2013

Turkey: Protesters gather to denounce demonstrator’s death for the third day in Istanbul

Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily): Police once again resorted to tear gas and water cannons against protesters denouncing the death of a demonstrator in Antakya for a third day on Sept. 12. Fresh demonstrations were staged in Istanbul’s Asian shores of Kadıköy, … Continued

12th Sep 2013

US begins delivering weapons to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The United States has begun delivering weapons to Syrian rebels over the past two weeks, which marks “a major escalation of the U.S. role” in the Syria conflict, a report said. The move by the U.S. spy agency … Continued

12th Sep 2013

Russia touts role in defusing Syria crisis

John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were expected to meet in Geneva on Thursday to discuss a plan put forward by Moscow to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. Syria accepted Russia’s plan earlier this week, prompting … Continued

12th Sep 2013

Iraq: Attacks kill several across Iraq

Attacks in Iraq killed six people Wednesday, including a school principal who was among several victims in a spate of shootings in the north, officials said. The latest bloodshed comes as authorities carry out wide-ranging operations targeting militants and implement … Continued

12th Sep 2013

Syria: US postpones Syria strike, France reaffirms vow to “punish” Assad

France will remain ready to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons despite ongoing attempts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday. US President Barack Obama postponed his threat to carry … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Iran’s President Rouhani says ‘win-win’ possible in nuclear talks with the west

  Iran’s new president has said a “win-win” deal with world powers over its nuclear program is possible, but time for an agreement is “limited.” His remarks come ahead of his address at the UN General Assembly this month. Iranian … Continued

11th Sep 2013

US: Obama delays a vote on Syria intervention to pursue diplomatic solution

  US President Barack Obama has delayed a vote in Congress to authorize a strike on Syria in favour of pursuing diplomacy. In a televised address he warned that, in the meantime, the US would keep up military pressure.   … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Iraq gunmen kill six during funeral rites

Attacks in central Iraq killed 20 people on Tuesday, including six shot dead when gunmen stormed a house where a corpse was being ritually washed ahead of a funeral. The violence is the latest in a surge in unrest that … Continued

11th Sep 2013

More than four million Syrians homeless due to conflict: UN report

A third of Syria’s housing stock and thousands of schools have been destroyed during the conflict, forcing some 4.25 million people to abandon their homes and 2 million children to drop out of class, UN data and statements said on … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Syria agrees to Russia chemical weapons plan as France pushes for UN solution

The Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control to avoid a possible US military strike, Interfax news agency quoted Syria’s foreign minister as saying on Tuesday. The proposal has however been met … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Iran welcomes Moscow initiative to settle Syria crisis, Afkham

[Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham at press briefing]   Tehran, IRNA: Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Tuesday that Iran welcomes Moscows initiative to resolve the Syrian crisis. She made the remark at her weekly news conference, adding Iran believes that … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Obama cautiously welcomes Russian plan for Syria chemical weapons handover

US President Barack Obama has described Russia’s offer to impound Syria’s chemical weapons as a “potential breakthrough.” Obama said he would be willing to postpone a military strike if Syria relinquished its stockpile. Speaking to ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Monday … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Lebanon: Armed groups to exploit chaos of US attack on Syria

By Radwan Mortada The Lebanese are anticipating the fallout from a potential US assault on Syria, particularly with regard to Lebanese internal security. Security reports indicate armed groups are mobilizing in a number of Lebanese regions ahead of the US … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Russia: US attack on Syria would cause “surge in terrorism”

Russia on Monday warned a military assault on Syria risked causing an “surge in terrorism” in the region and urged for a peace conference to end the two and a half year civil war. “All the more, politicians share our … Continued

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