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4th Jun 2013

US: New US sanctions target Iran’s currency, car industry

The United States has imposed more sanctions on Iran meant to increase the pressure on Tehran to come clean on its nuclear program. The latest measures target Iran’s currency and its auto industry. The executive order issued by US President … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Afghan family of 7 killed in roadside bombing in Laghman

MEHTARLAM, (Xinhua): Seven members of an Afghan family were killed Monday morning when their car was hit by a roadside bomb in the country’s eastern province of Laghman, said the provincial government. “Four women, two children and a man were … Continued

Turkey: PM, protesters remain defiant in sixth day of Taksim demonstrations
3rd Jun 2013

Turkey: PM, protesters remain defiant in sixth day of Taksim demonstrations

There were destroyed vehicles, including police cars and buses, in Taksim Square in the morning of the sixth day of the protests that began against the demolition of Gezi Park.  (Photo: Cihan)  By Noah Blaser  Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): After nearly … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Iran: Supporters of presidential candidate arrested after rally

Iranian security forces arrested several supporters of Hassan Rouhani after the moderate presidential candidate criticized heightened security measures in Iran during a rally, in which pictures of detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi were displayed, websites reported Sunday. Cleric Rouhani … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Lebanon to file UN complaint against Israel over airspace violations

Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman instructed the country’s foreign minister on Sunday to file a complaint with the United Nations over Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace. The president’s office announced the order in a statement after Israeli warplanes could be heard … Continued

2nd Jun 2013

Iraq says al Qa’ida chemical gas plot uncovered

Iraq’s defense ministry has said it uncovered an al Qaeda cell that was working to produce poison gas to attack Iraqi forces. The gas was allegedly also for transport abroad to use in Europe and the US. Five men built … Continued

2nd Jun 2013

Lebanon: Sixteen rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon

Al-Akhbar: Sixteen rockets fired from Syria struck Lebanese border villages overnight causing only material damage, state news reported Saturday. Firefighters extinguished some fields that had caught fire in the attacks, the report added, without specifying which towns were struck. The … Continued

Turkish police continue crackdown on demonstrators as protests spread
1st Jun 2013

Turkish police continue crackdown on demonstrators as protests spread

Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Police continued to clash with thousands of demonstrators in İstanbul and many other cities who took to the streets to who protested government plans prevent demolition of İstanbul’s Gezi Park and police’s violent crackdown on peaceful protests … Continued

1st Jun 2013

Syria: 31 inmates killed by rebels’ bombardment on Aleppo’s central prison

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): As many as 31 Syrian inmates have been killed over the past two weeks due to the rebels’ bombardment on the central prison of Syria’s northern Aleppo city, the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday. … Continued

1st Jun 2013

U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. government on Friday slapped sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry as part of its efforts to intensify the squeeze on Tehran’s economy. In a written statement, the Treasury Department announced sanctions on eight Iranian petrochemical companies that … Continued

1st Jun 2013

US: Westerwelle and Kerry warn Russia on Syria peace efforts

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and US Secretary of State John Kerry say Syria’s war may be prolonged if Russia provides the Assad regime with advanced air weapons. They say peace talks could also be at risk. The pair met … Continued

31st May 2013

Turkey: Police foil al-Nusra sarin gas bomb attack planned for Adana

Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Seven members of Syria’s militant al-Nusra group were detained on Wednesday after police found sarin gas, which was reportedly going to be used in a bomb attack, during a search of the suspects’ homes, Turkish media have … Continued

31st May 2013

Iraq: 15 killed, 65 wounded in Iraq’s violence

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 15 people were killed and 65 wounded in shootings and bomb attacks, including seven car bombings, across Iraq on Thursday, the police said. In Baghdad, five car bombs and two roadside bombs ripped through the Iraqi … Continued

31st May 2013

Exclusive: Assad says Syria has received Russian missiles

The first shipment of Russian S-300 missiles have arrived in Syria with the rest to arrive soon, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview Al-Akhbar has obtained exclusively. “Syria has received the first batch of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft … Continued

30th May 2013

Iraq: 6 killed, 29 wounded in Baghdad bomb attacks

Baghdad, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and 29 wounded in car bomb and roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said. Four people were killed and 12 wounded when a car bomb … Continued

30th May 2013

Lebanon: Limits of Hizbullah in Syria

By Wafiq Qanso   As Hezbollah’s role in Syria becomes more pronounced, Al-Akhbar examines the limits of its military intervention, asking how far it will go to defend the Resistance. It is very unlikely, for instance, that we will see … Continued

30th May 2013

Syria: McCain seen with Lebanese pilgrims’ kidnappers during visit to Syria

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it knew in advance of a trip to Syria by John McCain, a visit that raised questions over whether the Republican senator met with the kidnappers of a group of Lebanese pilgrims held hostage … Continued

29th May 2013

Iraq: 18 people killed, 44 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 18 people were killed and 44 wounded in attacks, including a suicide tanker truck bombing, in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday, the police said. In northern Iraq, Iraqi security forces clashed with gunmen during a … Continued

29th May 2013

Russia vows to bolster Syrian regime with advanced missiles

Russia has defended its planned delivery of advanced anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian regime, a day after the EU lifted its arms embargo against rebel groups. Israel has threatened to stop the missile deliveries. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov … Continued

Iraq: 34 killed, 155 wounded in series of car bombings in Baghdad
28th May 2013

Iraq: 34 killed, 155 wounded in series of car bombings in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua) : Up to 34 people were killed and 155 others wounded in at least 10 car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, an interior ministry source said. A car bomb and a roadside bomb … Continued

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