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23rd Jun 2013

Syria: Suicide bombing rocks Damascus, casualties feared

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): A suicide bombing on Sunday hit the northern district of Rukin Addien in the Syrian capital of Damascus, leaving an unknown number of casualties, state-media said. The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the blast targeted a police station in … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Iraq: 15 killed in suicide bombing in Shi’a Muslim mosque

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 15 worshipers were killed and 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Qatar: Friends of Syria to provide material and equipment to opposition

Nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have agreed to give urgent support to Syrian rebels. They also called for Hezbollah fighters from Iran and Iraq to withdraw from the civl war. Ministers from the 11 main countries that form the … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Qatar PM said arming Syrian rebels to bring peace, justice

Qatar’s prime minister said on Saturday the only way to resolve the civil war in Syria was to arm rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad. “Force is necessary to achieve justice. And the provision of weapons is the only way to … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Iraq: Seven killed, 21 wounded in attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Seven people were killed and 21 wounded in separate shootings and bombings in central Iraq, police said on Saturday. In northern central Iraq, three policemen were killed and an officer was wounded by gunmen who opened fire on … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Jordan: US leaves 700 combat-equipped troops in Jordan

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Around 700 combat-equipped U.S. troops will stay in Jordan after a training exercise to cope with a worsening security situation arising from the ongoing conflict in Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday. In a letter to … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Germany and Turkey summon each other’s ambassadors over EU comments

Germany and Turkey remain at odds after summoning each other’s ambassadors on Friday. Turkey’s EU affairs minister has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of opposing the country’s accession for political reasons. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called the envoy “due … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Hamas-Hizbullah split on the Syrian war

By Qassem Qassem   Al-Akhbar: Recent rumors depict the Hezbollah-Hamas partnership as deteriorating under the weight of the war in Syria. One rumor even claimed that Hezbollah gave Hamas a 48-hour ultimatum to leave Lebanon. Though the relationship is lukewarm, … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Lebanese protesters denounce electoral delay, beaten by security forces

[A Lebanese security officer aims at protesters in Beirut on 20 June 2013. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)] By Chloe Benoist   Al-Akhbar: Hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in in Beirut Thursday and Friday to denounce the postponement of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Qatar: Afghanistan peace talks up in the air after Taliban office controversy

The US has welcomed Qatar’s decision to remove a controversial nameplate from the Taliban’s new office. The diplomatic spat had threatened to derail peace efforts after the Afghan president pulled out of negotiations. The US deputy ambassador to the United … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Iraq: Two Iraqi policemen dead in attacks during provincial elections

Iraqis in two provinces voted under heavy security in delayed provincial polls on Thursday which were marred by mortar attacks on polling stations that left two policemen dead. The elections, postponed for two months in Anbar and Nineveh provinces due … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Qatar expels 18 Lebanese citizens after GCC pledge against Hizbullah

At least 18 Lebanese citizens have been expelled from Qatar, a government source in Beirut told AFP Thursday, after the Gulf Cooperation Council pledged to act against members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. “Eighteen Lebanese have been expelled from Qatar, in … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Iraq: At least 4 killed, 21 wounded in attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least four people were killed and 21 wounded in separate shooting and bomb attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, the police said. In one attack, three people were killed and 15 wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Turkey: More trouble in store for Turkey’s deadlocked EU bid

[German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attend a press conference in Ankara. Merkel’s conservative coalition has rejected Turkey’s EU bid. (Photo: Cihan, Emrullah Bayrak)] Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Turkey responded defiantly to disconcerting signals that its … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills local political leader

A suicide bombing in northern Iraq on Wednesday killed the leader of a provincial political party and four relatives, officials said, on the eve of elections his bloc was to participate in. Yunus al-Ramah, head of the United Iraq party, … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Germany: Obama keeps mum on US military aid to Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday refused to specify the exact nature of new US military aid to Syrian rebels, despite signals from top US officials that they will be receiving small arms and ammunition. Obama’s silence comes as Syria’s … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Bahraini teen activist faces up to 80 years in prison

Al-Akhbar: A Bahraini court sentenced an 18-year-old opposition member, Akbar Ali al-Kishi, to 10 years in prison Wednesday over charges of blowing up gas cylinders, family and activists said, adding that the young activist faces several more decades of imprisonment. … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Turkey: PM defends police handling of protests as dozens detained across country

  [Police raided multiple addresses in several cities across Turkey on Tuesday and detained dozens of people over anti-government protests. (Photo: İHA, Gülçin Özden)] Ankara, (Today’s Zaman): Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday defended the way the Turkish police … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Iraq: 32 killed in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad Shi’a Muslim mosque

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 32 people were killed and 57 wounded in a twin suicide bomb attacks at a Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said. “The toll rose to 32 killed … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Four NATO soldiers killed in E. Afghan attack

KABUL, (Xinhua): Four NATO soldiers were killed early Wednesday morning in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO- led coalition forces confirmed. “We can confirm four International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) service members died following an indirect fire attack … Continued

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