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8th Jun 2013

Syria: Reconstruction in Syria: All eyes on the prize

European actors are once again touting the importance of Lebanon’s stability out of a belief that the country will be a crucial base for their future Syrian reconstruction projects. There have been multiple scenarios for post-war Syria, but on Wednesday, … Continued

8th Jun 2013

Iraq: Car bomb kills 10, injured 30 Iranian Muslim pilgrims

A car bomb in a restive town north of Iraq’s capital killed 10 Iranian Muslim pilgrims Friday, officials said, the latest in a spike in violence that has sparked fears of all-out war. Another 30 pilgrims were wounded in the … Continued

7th Jun 2013

Turkey: More than 10,000 supporters greet Turkish PM in his return to Istanbul

Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily News): More than 10,000 supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan flocked to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport to greet him on his return from his four-day trip to North Africa in a show of solidarity with the country’s … Continued

7th Jun 2013

Syria: Syrian Army Recaptures Qusayr, Fighters Disappear

[However, a soldier in the town maintained that he saw that a large section of the fighters in Qusayr were from the area. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)]   By Marah Mashi   Qusayr, (Al-AKhbar): Everything changed on Wednesday morning as news … Continued

7th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Two gunmen killed in Ersal in clash with Lebanese army

Al-Akhbar: Two gunmen were killed Wednesday night by the Lebanese army after an armed group attacked a checkpoint in Ersal, a statement issued by the Lebanese Army Forces said. A group of unidentified armed men driving a pickup truck ambushed … Continued

6th Jun 2013

Turkey: Gezi protesters say park must stay, demonstration restrictions should end

[Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç met on Wednesday with representatives of the Taksim Platform at the Prime Ministry building in Ankara. (Photo: Cihan, Emrullah Bayrak)] Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç met with representatives of the Taksim Platform, … Continued

6th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia bans Viber phone app

Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator has banned use of the web-based communication application Viber for its alleged failure to comply with the country’s regulations. “The Viber application has been suspended … and the (regulator) affirms it will take appropriate action against … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Turkey: Deputy PM apologises for excessive force used against peaceful protesters

  [Turkish President Abdullah Gül (R) had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç on Tuesday at the Çankara presidential palace in Ankara. (Photo: President’s Office)] Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has apologized for the … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Russia: Syria differences linger at Russia-EU summit

Moscow and Brussels’ differing approaches to the Syria conflict have remained apparent at the Russia-EU summit. However, officials tried to play down some of the differences that persisted during the talks. President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia had not … Continued

5th Jun 2013

Syrian army regains control of Qusair

The town of Qusair has reportedly come back under the control of Syrian government forces. The troops battled Syrian opposition fighters for nearly three weeks to reclaim the strategic border town. Syria’s official state television reported on Wednesday that the … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Syria: ‘Qaradawi’s incitement to violence’

By Chandra Muzaffar Any human being who abhors violence and bloodshed would be shocked by remarks made by a leading religious personality, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, on June 1. At a rally in Doha, he urged Sunni Muslims in the region … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: NATO confirms 2 soldiers dead in E. Afghan suicide bombing

KABUL, (Xinhua): Two soldiers of the NATO-led coalition forces were killed in a suicide bombing earlier Monday in eastern Afghan province of Paktia which also claimed the lives of 10 children and an Afghan cop and injured 16 others, the … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Turkey: Protester shot dead in southern Turkey

[Protesters are seen in the southern province of Hatay on Monday night. (Photo: Cihan, Fazilet Candan)] Istanbul, (Todays Zaman): A 22-year-old protester was shot dead late on Monday during an anti-government demonstration in the southern province of Hatay, the provincial governor’s … Continued

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

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