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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

10th May 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel can’t stop Syria from aiding Hizbullah

  The recent Israeli air raids near Damascus will not succeed in removing Syria from the “equation of the resistance,” as Syria intends to provide Hezbollah with “unique weapons,” Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday evening in a televised … Continued

10th May 2013

Lebanon: Resistance considers its options: Limited confrontation or open war?

By Ibrahim al-Amin Israel’s Sunday air strikes on military targets in Damascus has led to much speculation about the motives behind the attack and whether Syria – or its Iranian or Hezbollah allies – will respond in kind. Many pro-regime … Continued

10th May 2013

Saudi Arabia: Zamzam springs prevent the demolition of Mt. Abu Qubais

A tunnel is passing through the Mt. Abu Qubais. (AN photo)   By Anwar Al Sadat Makkah, (Arab News): Experts participating in the 13th Scientific Forum for Haj and Umrah Research held at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah stressed that … Continued

8th May 2013

Afghanistan: Three Afghan civilians die in bombing in Helmand

LASHKAR GAH, (Xinhua): Three Afghan civilians were killed and five others were wounded Wednesday morning in a roadside bombing in the country’s southern province of Helmand, said a provincial government spokesman. “A civilian vehicle was traveling along a road to … Continued

8th May 2013

Syria: Russia and US agree on need for Syria talks

Moscow and Washington have been trying to patch up their differences over Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have agreed on the need to breathe new life into a peace accord. The United … Continued

8th May 2013

Syria: Israel: ‘Reconciliation with Turkey enabled us to strike Syria’

  By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC & Agencies: Senior Israeli military and security officials stated that the reconciliation with Turkey, and the progressing relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv, enabled Israel, over the last few days, to carry out several … Continued

8th May 2013

Iraq: Shootings, bombings kill seven in Iraq

Shootings and bombings in Iraq, including one targeting a provincial council member, killed seven people and wounded two others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said. A magnetic “sticky bomb” exploded against the car of Thanaa al-Massouli, a provincial councillor … Continued

8th May 2013

Syrian rebels kidnap UN peacekeepers in Golan

Syrian rebels said on Tuesday they were holding four Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after clashes in the area had put them in danger. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the … Continued

7th May 2013

Egypt: Al-Azhar condemns Israeli attacks on Syria

CAIRO, (Xinhua): Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the most prestigious institution for Sunni Muslims in the world, has issued a strong warning to Israel over its recent airstrikes against Syria, official MENA news agency reported on Monday. In a statement, Al-Azhar warned Israel … Continued

7th May 2013

Iraq: 10 killed, 26 wounded in attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 10 people were killed and 26 others injured on Monday in attacks in Iraq, the police said. Six people were killed and 13 others injured when unidentified gunmen throw a grenade at worshipers when they were … Continued

6th May 2013

UN weighs in on Israeli strikes in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for restraint to avoid escalating Syria’s war, expressing concern over Israeli raids. International reaction to Israel’s latest airstrikes on Syria has been quick to come. Ban spoke with Nabil al-Arabi, leader of the 22-member … Continued

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