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16th Apr 2013

Iraq: Wave of bombings kill 20, wound 195 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A spate of bomb attacks, including 23 car bombings, struck Iraqi cities, killing at least 20 people and wounding 195 in the latest escalation of violence, just five days ahead of the country’s provincial polls. The deadliest attacks … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Formula One chief denies Bahrain crackdown ahead of race

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed human rights concerns over this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix after the government arrested dozens of activists ahead of the race. Bahrainis have staged days of anti-government demonstrations which escalated with an explosion Sunday … Continued

Syria: Fresh mortar attack kills 4 in Damascus’s countryside
15th Apr 2013

Syria: Fresh mortar attack kills 4 in Damascus’s countryside

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): At least four people were killed and 20 others wounded on Sunday when mortar shells fired by rebels slammed a pro-government suburb of the capital Damascus, the state media and activists said. Three mortars landed at a station … Continued

15th Apr 2013

Iraq: Spate of car bomb attacks hit Iraqi cities

Iraq: Spate of car bomb attacks hit Iraqi cities BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A spate of car bomb explosions hit some Iraqi cities on Monday morning, with dozens of people killed or wounded, the police said. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-04/15/c_132310065.htm

14th Apr 2013

Western media’s Syria WMDs hype evokes deja vu

By Yang Qingchuan BEIJING, (Xinhua): The Western media have been fanning fears of Syria’s chemical weapons since last year, and the most recent talk is that British scientists have found evidence of Syrian chemical attack. Although both sides of the … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Muslim Brotherhood paves way for Qatar’s ascent

By Layla al-Shoumari Al-Akhbar: In the wake of the Arab uprisings, Qatar is using its vast wealth and media empire to become a regional superpower. Its historic ties with the Muslim Brotherhood will determine the success of Doha’s strategy. It … Continued

Iraq: Twin bombing kills eight outside mosque
13th Apr 2013

Iraq: Twin bombing kills eight outside mosque

A pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 30. The attacks in the town of Kanaan, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) northeast of … Continued

12th Apr 2013

Syrian helicopter pounds outskirts of Lebanese border town, 4 injured

BEIRUT, (Xinhua): A Syrian helicopter raided Thursday evening the outskirts of Lebanese border town of Arsal, injuring four people, a security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The source said the raid targeted an illegal trafficking route in the … Continued

12th Apr 2013

Al-Qa’ida in the Levant Awaits its Amir

By Radwan Mortada Al-Akhbar: Syria’s main group, al-Nusra Front, declares its allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and agrees to a merger with the Islamic State in Iraq in a joint effort to revive the caliphate. After much speculation about … Continued

10th Apr 2013

Jordan, Iraq sign agreement to build oil pipeline

AMMAN, (Xinhua): Jordan and Iraq signed an agreement Tuesday to build a double pipeline with investment of 18 billion U. S. dollars, which will supply Jordan with oil and export Iraqi oil through Aqaba port, said the source from the … Continued

Iran: Dozens killed in earthquake near nuclear facility
10th Apr 2013

Iran: Dozens killed in earthquake near nuclear facility

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit southwest Iran, killing dozens of people, but leaving a nearby nuclear power station intact. The quake struck hours after Tehran launched two new nuclear projects. At least 37 people were killed on Tuesday when the … Continued

Turkey: Israel visit delayed as Mavi Marmara raid victims vow to fight on
9th Apr 2013

Turkey: Israel visit delayed as Mavi Marmara raid victims vow to fight on

ISTANBUL, (Hurriyet Daily News): Israeli delegation’s visit scheduled for this week has been postponed, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said yesterday, hours after the Mavi Marmara victims declared that they would not withdraw their lawsuits against Israeli commanders for compensation. … Continued

Syria: Damascus suicide blast kills 15
9th Apr 2013

Syria: Damascus suicide blast kills 15

A suicide car bomb exploded in the main business district of Damascus on Monday, killing at least 15 people, setting cars ablaze and damaging buildings, according to state television. A Damascus resident who described the blast as the biggest she … Continued

8th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: 10 Afghan civilians killed as bomb hits bus in E province

MAIDAN SHAR, (Xinhua): At least 10 civilians were killed and 22 others wounded Monday morning when a passenger bus was struck by a roadside bombing in eastern Afghan province of Wardak, a provincial source said. “I do confirm that 10 … Continued

Afghanistan: Twelve civilians, including 11 children killed in Afghan NATO strike
8th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: Twelve civilians, including 11 children killed in Afghan NATO strike

RT News: A NATO airstrike has killed 11 children and one woman in the East of Afghanistan, report local officials. A house collapsed during the attack, causing the casualties and leaving six women injured. The civilians were killed during a … Continued

7th Apr 2013

Syria: Syrian troops recapture several areas near capital, repulse infiltration attempt

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The Syrian troops recaptured several rebellious areas near the capital Damascus on Saturday and repulsed an overnight infiltration attempt into the capital, killing tens of rebels, pro-government media reports said. The Syrian troops have reportedly encircled the sprawling … Continued

7th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: Taliban attacks kill six Americans

Two attacks in Afghanistan have killed six US citizens in the deadliest day for foreign forces this year. According to a US security source, three of the Americans were soldiers and another was a female diplomat. A Taliban bomb struck … Continued

Iraq: Suicide attack kills 25 at Iraq election meet
7th Apr 2013

Iraq: Suicide attack kills 25 at Iraq election meet

A suicide bomber has killed at least 25 people and wounded more than 60 in an attack at political rally in the Iraqi city of Baqouba, two weeks before provincial polls, security and medical sources said. Councilman Sadiq al-Huseini says … Continued

Iraq: 7 killed, 34 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq
6th Apr 2013

Iraq: 7 killed, 34 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least seven people were killed and 34 others injured in separate attacks in violence-plagued Iraq on Friday, police said. Three civilians were killed and seven others injured when a roadside bomb exploded near a fruit and vegetable … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Migrant workers bound and beaten in Saudi Arabia: video
5th Apr 2013

Saudi Arabia: Migrant workers bound and beaten in Saudi Arabia: video

A video showing a group of Saudi civilians binding and beating allegedly undocumented immigrants was circulated widely online, days after Saudi Arabia ramped up its crackdown on illegal immigration. The footage shows a at least five non-Saudi men lying on … Continued

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