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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

25th Oct 2013

Syria: Disarmament plan continues as Syria releases more female prisoners

Syria is set to hand over a detailed plan for destroying its chemical arsenal Thursday, the international watchdog said, as a rebel attack near Damascus triggered widespread power outages. But prospects for a peace conference, which the United Nations is … Continued

24th Oct 2013

Qatar: UN denounces 15-year sentence for dissident Qatari poet

The United Nations human right’s commission denounced on Tuesday Qatar’s decision to uphold a 15-year prison sentence for a well-known poet, calling the court ruling “clearly disproportionate.” “We are seriously concerned about the decision taken by Qatar’s highest court on … Continued

24th Oct 2013

Jordan: Brahimi: Only a political solution can end Syrian conflict

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi insisted Wednesday that only a political solution will help end the “suffocating and dangerous” conflict in Syria, in talks with Jordan’s foreign minister. “The Syrian crisis is suffocating and dangerous. It threatens Syria and the … Continued

23rd Oct 2013

UK: Syrian peace talks in jeopardy over role of al-Assad’s government

Arab and Western foreign ministers have urged the Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace talks next month. Those talks may be in jeopardy over disagreements on the role of President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Foreign ministers from Arab and Western nations … Continued

23rd Oct 2013

Saudi price for peace: A Lebanese Government of our choice

By Ibrahim al-Amin Beirut, (Al-Akhbar):Saudi Arabia may reluctantly consent to supporting the Geneva II conference on Syria in November – but at a cost: Riyadh wants to impose a Lebanese government of its own liking in order to get Hezbollah … Continued

22nd Oct 2013

Bahrain: Bahraini lives “cheaper than car tires”

An appellate court on Monday reduced to three years the prison sentence of a police officer convicted of killing the first martyr of Bahrain’s 2011 anti-government uprising, as three activists were handed five-year jail terms for burning tires at an … Continued

Iraq: 28 killed as cafe suicide bomber strikes in Shi’a neighbourhood
21st Oct 2013

Iraq: 28 killed as cafe suicide bomber strikes in Shi’a neighbourhood

A lone suicide bomber driving a car has killed at least 28 people in an attack on a Baghdad cafe, according to police and medical sources. The attack took place in a Shiite neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital  Police officials … Continued

21st Oct 2013

Syria: Suicide bomber kills 37 civilians in Hama

  Suicide bombing in Hama (Photo: SANA)   A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 1.5 tons of explosives killed at least 37 civilians and wounded dozens in the Syrian city of Hama on Sunday, state media reported. The man blew … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Syria: Intense fighting follows suicide attack in Damascus suburb

A suicide car bombing outside a suburb of Damascus and fighting that followed killed and injured an undetermined number of people Saturday, as the UN-Arab League envoy began a regional push for peace talks. State media said the early-morning blast … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Lebanon: Nine Lebanese pilgrims reunite with relatives in Beirut

The nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims who were kidnapped by rebels in northern Syria over a year and a half ago arrived safely to Lebanon late-Saturday, television reports showed. Relatives of the abductees broke into tears on the tarmac of Beirut’s … Continued

19th Oct 2013

Yemen: Al-Qa’ida kills 15 soldiers in suicide bombing attack on Yemeni military base

SANAA, (Xinhua): An al-Qaida suicide car bomber stormed a military base in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan on Friday, killing at least 15 soldiers and injuring dozens, a provincial security official told Xinhua. “The suicide car bombing attack was carried … Continued

19th Oct 2013

Iraq: 10 killed, 35 wounded in violent attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least ten people were killed and 35 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Friday, police said. Five people were killed and 16 others were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Mishtal area in … Continued

19th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom will not be part of ‘ineffective Security Council with double standard’

  By Rashid Hassan Riyadh, (Arab News): Saudi Arabia turned down a two-year stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday, a day after its election onto the body. It cited as reasons the failure … Continued

19th Oct 2013

Syria: Blast rocks Damascus suburb, casualties feared

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): A “terrorist” explosion rocked a pro-government suburb east of the Syrian capital of Damascus Saturday morning, leaving an unknown number of casualties, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The blast targeted the suburb of Jaramana from the adjacent … Continued

19th Oct 2013

Activists urge Korea to cancel massive tear gas shipment to Bahrain

Rights activists have launched a campaign urging South Korea to cancel an imminent shipment of over 1.6 million tear gas canisters allegedly ordered by Bahraini authorities battling a two-and-a-half-year-long rebellion. An unverified document dated June 16, 2013 obtained this week … Continued

18th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Journey of a lifetime ends successfully

 [HAJ MABROOR: After arriving in Makkah from Mina on Thursday, pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba  marking the end of Haj. (AN photo by  Khidr Al-Zahrani)] Mina, (Siraj Wahab): The once-in-a-lifetime journey of faith, endurance and determination for hundreds of thousands of … Continued

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