19th May 2013

Syria: President Assad tells Argentine newspaper he won’t step down

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he won’t step down before elections. On Saturday, rebels kidnapped the father of Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. Assad’s comments to the Argentine newspaper Clarin highlight difficulties the international community faces in getting Syrian … Continued

19th May 2013

Syria: Deadly car bomb hits Damascus killing many

A car bomb exploded in a northern district of the Syrian capital on Saturday night killing an unknown number of people. The state broadcaster said the bomb was placed in a car in the Rukneddin neighborhood and that a disposal team … Continued

18th May 2013

The Netherlands: Police stop 16-year-old girl heading to Syria to fight

Dutch News: A tip-off from the Dutch security service AIVD led police to stop a 16-year-old would-be jihadist leaving the country to fight in Syria, the NRC reports on Friday. Police spokeswoman Nicole Bogers told the NRC the teenager had … Continued

18th May 2013

Iraq bomb blasts cause deadliest day in eight months, killing 75

The deadliest day in Iraq in eight months has left more than 75 people dead in a series of bomb blasts. Sunni Muslim protest over Shiite-led government mistreatment are part of the cause of the conflict. Bombs struck Sunni areas … Continued

18th May 2013

Israel’s Syrian media games

By Ali Haydar   Al-Akhbar: In an unusual step, an Israeli official recently contacted The New York Times to issue threats that Israel is prepared to bring down the Syrian regime if Damascus retaliates against Tel Aviv’s earlier military strikes. … Continued

18th May 2013

Poland: Russia rebuffs criticism over Syria arms shipments

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Russia’s foreign minister on Friday brushed off Western criticism of Moscow for supplying weapons to Syria’s government. “I do not understand why the media is trying to create a sensation out of this,” said Foreign … Continued

17th May 2013

Iraq: Iraq attacks kill 20

Fighting in northern Iraq killed nine police and four gunmen Friday, while a car bomb targeting worshippers near a mosque north of Baghdad left seven dead, security and medical officials said. The fighting between police and armed men in west … Continued

17th May 2013

Saudi’s Faisal warms up to Iran…conceding nothing

By Elie Chalhoub   Tehran’s effort to court Saudi Arabia on a Syria settlement has failed after an outwardly friendly meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers did not achieve anything of substance. According to high-level Iranian sources, the meeting … Continued

17th May 2013

Iraq: Explosives-laden cars kill 15, wounds 40 across Iraq

Two car bombs exploded in Iraq’s capital Thursday morning, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 30, officials said. Baghdad police said the first blast struck a bus and taxi stop around rush hour in the eastern Sadr City neighborhood. … Continued

17th May 2013

Bahrain: Prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab goes missing

(Al-Akhbar): Prominent Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been removed from his cell to an unknown location, losing all contact with his family and lawyer, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights reported Wednesday. In an appeal sent out by … Continued

16th May 2013

Iraq: 35 killed, 134 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 35 people were killed and 134 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, including a wave of car bombings against the capital of Baghdad, Interior Ministry and police sources said. A total of 23 … Continued

16th May 2013

Bahrain: Six tweeters sentenced for “misusing free speech”

A Bahraini court on Wednesday sentenced six tweeters charged with insulting King Hamad to one year in prison, the public prosecutor’s office announced. The six were charged by the lower criminal court with “misusing the right of free expression,” it … Continued

16th May 2013

Iraq: Car bombs kill 10 in Kirkuk and northern Baghdad

At least 15 people were killed in bomb blasts and a shooting in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said. Ten people were killed when two car bombs exploded near government buildings in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Kirkuk … Continued

15th May 2013

Russia: Putin warns against arming Syrian rebels

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was important to avoid actions that might aggravate Syria’s civil war, a veiled warning against foreign military intervention or arming anti-government forces. Russia and the United States are trying to bring the … Continued

14th May 2013

Afghanistan: 3 NATO soldiers killed in S. Afghan bombing

KABUL, (Xinhua): Three NATO soldiers died as a car bombing rocked southern Afghanistan on Monday, the military alliance confirmed in a statement. “Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed today when insurgents attacked their position in southern … Continued

13th May 2013

Iran: 686 candidates register for Iran’s upcoming presidential election

  [Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati shows his inked finger after registration for Iran’s 11th presidential election at the Interior Ministry in Tehran on May 11, 2013. Candidates’ registration for the June 14 presidential election was over on … Continued

Turkey: At least 43 killed in Hatay blasts, attackers linked to Syrian regime
12th May 2013

Turkey: At least 43 killed in Hatay blasts, attackers linked to Syrian regime

Istanbul: (Todays Zaman with Agencies): In one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years, two car bombs exploded near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing 43 people and wounding 140 others. Turkish officials blamed the attack on … Continued

12th May 2013

Iran: Nuclear negotiator and former president eye Iran election

Two powerful Iranian political figures have registered their intention to run in the country’s presidential election. The two men have created a stir within the political scene just one month ahead of the vote. Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (pictured) … Continued

12th May 2013

Syria: Palestinian group says preparing to fight for Golan Heights

A Palestinian nationalist organization in Damascus said it is forming combat units to try to reclaim territory occupied by Israel, in particular the Golan Heights, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah that they would support such … Continued

Turkey: Explosions hit Turkish town on border with Syria, killing at least 18
11th May 2013

Turkey: Explosions hit Turkish town on border with Syria, killing at least 18

[Several explosions have hit the southern province of Hatay’s Reyhanlı district on the Turkish-Syrian border. DHA photo]   Hurriyet Daily News: Several explosions have hit the southern province of Hatay’s Reyhanlı district on the Turkish-Syrian border, killing at least 18 … Continued

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