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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

19th Jun 2013

Libya pushing arms to Syria rebels

High ranking Libyan officials are allowing mass shipments of weapons sent from their country to reach anti-government rebels in Syria, an investigative report published Tuesday said. Senior officials in Libya’s army and government told Reuters they backed private arms dealers … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: 3 killed in suicide bombing in Kabul

KABUL, (Xinhua): At least three civilians were killed and many others wounded Tuesday morning when a suicide bombing hit west of Afghan capital Kabul, witnesses said. “A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of Hajji Mohammad Muaqiq, a member of lower … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Iranian president-elect Rouhani vows moderation

Iran’s newly elected president has vowed to deliver the change demanded by voters after eight years of conservative rule. Hasan Rowhani also pledged to pursue constructive interaction with the rest of the world. Hasan Rowhani described his election as a … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Northern Ireland: Syria divisions dominate Obama-Putin meeting at G-8 summit

Divisions between Russia and the US over Syria have overshadowed talks of G-8 leaders in Northern Ireland’s Enniskillen. The summit had begun on a positive note with progress on a transatlantic free trade deal. US President Barack Obama and Russia’s … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Iran’s lesson to Washington’s Arabs

By Ibrahim Al-Amin Al-Akhbar: Iran’s presidential election poses some important and uncomfortable questions to its Arab neighbors across the Gulf: How has the Islamic Republic’s theocratic political system succeeded in maintaining its religious and ethnic diversity and developing its economic … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Gunmen kill four in Bekaa Valley

Gunmen killed three Lebanese and a Turk on Sunday in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a security source said, as the conflict in neighboring Syria raised fresh tensions. The unidentified assailants shot dead “two members of the Jaafar family, an Amhaz family … Continued

18th Jun 2013

Syria: Saudi Arabia, France sending Syria rebels anti-aircraft guns

Saudi Arabia, with some French funds, began supplying anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels “on a small scale” about two months ago, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The shoulder-fired weapons were obtained mostly from suppliers in … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh hopes for warm ties with Tehran under Rouhani

JEDDAH, (ARAB NEWS): Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday congratulated Hassan Rowhani on his election as the new president of Iran, while welcoming the new leader’s gesture to improve bilateral ties. “We are glad to congratulate you in … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Iran: Hope for Iran’s president-elect to bring changes runs high home and abroad

Hassan Rouhani defeated his rival conservative candidates in Iran’s 2013 presidential election Saturday by gaining 18,613,329 votes out of counted votes of 36,704,156, accounting for 50.7 percent of all the votes, with a turnout rate of 72.2 percent. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz) … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Turkey: Police lock down Taksim, as PM shows off in Istanbul

[The AKP rally in Istanbul drew hundreds of thousands of party supporters, as a police crackdown continued in Istanbul and Ankara. AA photo]   Istanbul, (Hürriyet Daily News): As clashes continue near Taksim, which was cleared of protesters in a … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Kuwait court dissolves parliament, orders new vote

Kuwait’s constitutional court on Sunday ordered the dissolution of parliament and called for a new vote, but approved a controversial electoral law that sparked massive street protests last year. Kuwait’s opposition boycotted the December parliamentary elections over changes to the … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims told postpone Hajj if you can
16th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims told postpone Hajj if you can

  [Photo: With expansion work going on at the mataf in Makkah, the number of pilgrims in this year’s Haj season has to be reduced.] By P K Abdul Ghafour     Jeddah, (Arab News): In an unprecedented move aimed … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Iraq: 20 killed in spate of car bombings across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least twenty people were killed and 23 others wounded in a series of car bomb attacks and shootings in central and southern Iraqi cities on Sunday, police said. Two car bombs went off in al-Arousah Square in the … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: 4 civilians killed in southern Afghan blast

TIRIN KOT, (Xinhua): Four civilians were killed as six others wounded Sunday morning when a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in southern Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, said a provincial government spokesman. “One civilian vehicle touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Egypt: President Morsi cuts ties with Syria

[Photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressing the audience at a popular conference in Cairo announced cutting ties with Syria (Xinhua/Egyptian Presidency)]   CAIRO, (Xinhua): Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday announced cutting ties with … Continued

16th Jun 2013

Syria: Russia expresses doubts on Syria’s chemical weapons use

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria does not meet stringent criteria for reliability. The US has cited that evidence as grounds for arming Syrian rebels. Speaking from Moscow on Saturday, Lavrov … Continued

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