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10th Jul 2013

UN: Russia gives UN forensic proof rebels used chemical weapons in Syria

By William M. Reilly UNITED NATIONS,  (Xinhua): A day after Syria invited United Nations chemical weapons investigators to talks in Damascus, Russia said on Tuesday it had forensic proof that rebels have used a “lethal” sarin compound and handed its … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Lebanon: Dozens wounded in Beirut blast on the eve of Ramadan

Al-Akhbar: At least 53 people were wounded after a bomb exploded Tuesday morning in a parking lot in the densely-populated area of Dahiyeh in Beirut’s southern suburb. The bomb went off around 10:15 am local time. Al-Manar television station said … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Turkey: Harsh police crackdown empties Istanbul’s Gezi Park, Taksim Square

  [AA photo] Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Riot police used tear gas, water cannon, and plastic bullets to disperse people who had arrived at Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square tonight, despite the park earlier being officially opened to public. A … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Syria: Three minor blasts rock Damascus overnight, many wounded

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): Three explosive devices went off Monday evening at three districts of Syrian capital Damascus, causing injuries and property losses, the state-run SANA news agency said. All of the explosive devices were affixed under cars in the districts of … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Qatar and the Brotherhood: Losing the Crown Jewel?

By Mayasa al-Muhannadi Doha, (Al-Akhbar): The collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule did not just impact its supporters in Egypt. In Qatar, it caused a tremor inside the whole ruling establishment, destroying the political bridges it had built to exert … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Yemen: Thousands rally for south Yemen secession on war anniversary

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday’s 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south. “No union and no federation, no to the occupation!” the crowds chanted in … Continued

8th Jul 2013

Lebanon: Roadside bombs injure three in East Lebanon

Two roadside bombs in Lebanon’s eastern Hermel region injured one woman and two army men Sunday, state news reported. Lebanon’s National News Agency said Iman Nasreddine, was rushed to a hospital after an explosion hit her Honda CRV on a … Continued

7th Jul 2013

Turkey: Police intervene on İstiklal Avenue against protesters gathering to re-enter Gezi

ISTANBUL, (Hürriyet Daily News):  Police have heaviliy intervened in the Taksim area with tear gas and water cannon, targeting protesters gathering on İstiklal Avenue ahead of a demonstration and continuing the intervention into the early hours. The pedestrian İstiklal Avenue is … Continued

7th Jul 2013

Turkey: Syrian National Council elects new leader for political fight against Assad

Syria’s opposition has elected a new president to represent it as the battle on the ground rages. Meanwhile, two members of a German aid group who went missing in Syria are said to be alive, well, and on their way … Continued

6th Jul 2013

Yemen: Bomb targets police patrol in Sana’a, kills 3

SANAA, (Xinhua): An explosive device planted in a police patrol car near the Yemeni interior ministry’s headquarters on Saturday killed three soldiers, the country’s defense ministry said. The ministry said on its website that several others were wounded as the … Continued

6th Jul 2013

Iraq: Suicide bomber targets Shi’a Muslim mosque in Baghdad

A suicide bomber has killed 15 people leaving a mosque in Baghdad, with other blasts around Iraq claiming more lives. It is the latest violence likely linked to a standoff between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq. The worst of … Continued

6th Jul 2013

Iraq: Eight killed in attacks across Iraq

Attacks killed eight people in town squares in Iraq on Friday, including seven who died when a suicide bomber dressed in army uniform set off his car rigged with explosives just before midday prayers. The latest violence, which also left … Continued

5th Jul 2013

Afghanistan: Three killed in Afghan suicide bombing

KANDAHAR, (Xinhua): A suicide bomber blew himself up in Spin Boldak district in southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Friday, killing himself along with two others and injuring 12 more, a local official said. “A terrorist wearing explosive device blew … Continued

5th Jul 2013

UAE rearrests two civil society activists a day after acquittal

The United Arab Emirates’ secret services arrested and detained two activists Wednesday, a day after they were acquitted by an Emirati court, an NGO told Al-Akhbar. Ahmad al-Hammadi and Mohammed al-Shaami were part of the “UAE 94,” a diverse group … Continued

Iraq: Death toll mounts after series of attacks
3rd Jul 2013

Iraq: Death toll mounts after series of attacks

A series of attacks in Iraq has left dozens dead, the highest toll being inflicted upon the capital city, Baghdad. The fatalities come amid the worst levels of violence seen since 2008. At least 45 people were killed and over … Continued

3rd Jul 2013

Lebanon: Israeli troops kidnap two shepherds in South Lebanon

(Al-Akhbar): Israeli soldiers on Tuesday kidnapped two shepherds from a southern Lebanese village near the occupied Shebaa Farms, a UN official said. “We were informed that two shepherds were apprehended by [Israel’s army] in the Shebaa area. The [UNIFIL] force … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Afghanistan: 11 killed as Taliban attack NATO supply base in Kabul

KABUL, (Xinhua): At least 11 people were killed early Tuesday morning when Taliban launched an attack on a NATO supply base in the eastern part of the Afghan capital, the seventh massive attack in Kabul within two months, said police. … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Iraq: Suicide attacks on coffee shop and soldier’s funeral add to updated UN Iraq toll

A suicide bomber who targeted a funeral ceremony for a soldier in Iraq has killed more than 20 people. At least two more attacks on Monday coincided with new UN casualty figures for June. The UN said on Monday that more … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Bahrain acquits police who tortured medics

A Bahraini court acquitted on Monday two police officers on trial for torturing six doctors during the 2011 uprising against the monarchy, a judicial source said. The two officers had been accused in March 2011 of having “used force, torture, … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Jordan: Jordanian air force pilot defects to Syria’s al-Nusra Front

A Jordanian air force captain has allegedly deserted and joined Syria’s jihadist al-Nusra Front to fight against the Syrian government forces, a member of his family and a Salafi leader said on Monday. “Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali, born in 1984, … Continued

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