Switzerland: Cautious optimism as Iran & US edge closer to a deal
17th Mar 2015

Switzerland: Cautious optimism as Iran & US edge closer to a deal

  Iran’s foreign minister has said that he and US counterpart John Kerry have come closer to an agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. But a Saudi prince has warned that a deal could spark a nuclear technology race. Iranian Foreign … Continued

Syria: Conflict enters 5th year amid growing humanitarian crisis
16th Mar 2015

Syria: Conflict enters 5th year amid growing humanitarian crisis

  Syria’s bloody civil conflict is entering its fifth year amid a major humanitarian emergency. With no end to the fighting in sight, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is willing to negotiate with Assad. Syria has … Continued

Iraq: IS using ‘weaponised’ chlorine
15th Mar 2015

Iraq: IS using ‘weaponised’ chlorine

  Iraq’s Kurdish authorities say they have evidence “Islamic State” has used chlorine gas as a weapon against Kurdish fighters. The accusation comes as Iraqi soldiers attempt to drive the militants out of Tikrit. The Security Council of the semi-autonomous … Continued

Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ prepares for last stand in Tikrit
13th Mar 2015

Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ prepares for last stand in Tikrit

  Members of the militant group “Islamic State” in Tikrit are preparing to stage their last stand, as Iraqi forces and Shiite militia tighten their grip on the city. The Islamist group has played down their losses. Iraqi forces were … Continued

Aid organizations issue failing grade to UNSC efforts in Syria
12th Mar 2015

Aid organizations issue failing grade to UNSC efforts in Syria

  A new report has been released on the humanitarian crisis in Syria four years after the start of the country’s civil war. It calls on the United Nations to show commitment to ending the Syrian conflict. A new report … Continued

Iraq: Soldiers push siege of Tikrit amid fierce resistance from IS
11th Mar 2015

Iraq: Soldiers push siege of Tikrit amid fierce resistance from IS

    [Photo: Iraqi forces firing at Alam district of Tikrit]   TIKRIT, (Xinhua): Iraqi security forces continued their offensive on Tuesday to free the city of Tikrit, but were slowed by fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants … Continued

Sweden cancels Saudi arms deal after human rights row
11th Mar 2015

Sweden cancels Saudi arms deal after human rights row

  Sweden has ended a military deal with Saudi Arabia over human rights issues. The break comes after the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (photo above)was allegedly prevented from making a speech at an Arab League meeting. Sweden announced that … Continued

US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate
10th Mar 2015

US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate

  An open letter from US senators to the Iranian government has outraged the Obama administration. Vice President Biden blasted the lawmakers’ ‘undermining’ of diplomatic channels, calling it dangerous for US credibility. US Vice President Joe Biden issued a strong … Continued

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion
9th Mar 2015

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion

[Photo: Motorists from Saudi Arabia jam the Causeway linking the Kingdom to Bahrain during a weekend] Riyadh, (Arab News): The Tourist Information and Research Center (MAS) revealed that 766,300 Saudi tourists left the Kingdom during the midterm holiday and spent … Continued

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists
9th Mar 2015

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists

  DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The US-led anti-terror coalition on Sunday evening struck an oil refinery under the control of the Islamic State (IS) militants in a border Syrian town near Turkey, killing 30 IS militants, a monitoring group tracking the Syrian … Continued

Afghanistan: 6 killed in Kabul mosque attack
8th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: 6 killed in Kabul mosque attack

  KABUL, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and five others wounded when two gunmen attacked a monastery in Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, police said. “Two men armed with silence handguns opened fire on worshipers in Bahadur … Continued

Iraqi troops push ‘Islamic State’ out of key towns
7th Mar 2015

Iraqi troops push ‘Islamic State’ out of key towns

  Government soldiers and tribal militias have driven “Islamic State” out of two strategic towns in one day. The push is part of a large-scale offensive to retake the cities of Tikrit and Mosul from the militants. Iraqi government forces … Continued

Iraq: IS torches oil wells as Iraqi army pushes to Mosul
6th Mar 2015

Iraq: IS torches oil wells as Iraqi army pushes to Mosul

      Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have set fire to Iraqi oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit to try to hinder aerial attacks aimed at driving them from the … Continued

Saudi Foreign Min urges Coalition to fight IS on the ground
6th Mar 2015

Saudi Foreign Min urges Coalition to fight IS on the ground

  [Photo Prince Saud al-Faisal and John Kerry]   Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called Thursday on the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq to fight the jihadists … Continued

Saudi-Pakistani ties unshakable
5th Mar 2015

Saudi-Pakistani ties unshakable

  .By Md Rasoodeen RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are to enhance cooperation in all areas, with a particular focus on the energy and agricultural sectors, according to sources. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Pakistani Prime Minister … Continued

Afghanistan: 29 militants killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours
5th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: 29 militants killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours

  KABUL, (Xinhua): Afghan police backed by the army and National Directorate for Security (NDS) or the country’s intelligence agency have killed 28 militants across the country over the past 24 hours, Ministry of Interior said in a statement released … Continued

Syria: Dozens killed in attack on regime stronghold in Aleppo
5th Mar 2015

Syria: Dozens killed in attack on regime stronghold in Aleppo

  Dozens were killed when Syrian rebels set off a tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo and clashed with regime forces. The explosion caused deaths on both sides. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast hit … Continued

Yemen: 27 Houthis killed by al-Qa’ida attacks
4th Mar 2015

Yemen: 27 Houthis killed by al-Qa’ida attacks

SANA’A, (Xinhua): The al-Qaida militants launched attacks against the Houthi group in Yemen’s al-Bayda province on Tuesday, which killed at least 27 Houthi militants and wounded dozens of others. The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a stadium which … Continued

Syria: Israel detains 3 Syrians in Occupied Golan Heights
4th Mar 2015

Syria: Israel detains 3 Syrians in Occupied Golan Heights

    The Syrian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to enforce its resolutions concerning Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Golan Heights after the Zionist state detained three Syrians in the past week, state-run news … Continued

Syria: Agreement between Walid Jumblatt & Al-Nusra Front
4th Mar 2015

Syria: Agreement between Walid Jumblatt & Al-Nusra Front

  [A picture shows the Lebanese politicians Walid Jumblatt. Al-Akhbar/Haitham Moussawi] By: Firas Choufi   Mediated by a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the talks between al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front (ANF) and Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt were … Continued

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