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Afghanistan: Taliban US swap deal angers Karzai
2nd Jun 2014

Afghanistan: Taliban US swap deal angers Karzai

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has reacted angrily to a United States deal to swap five senior Taliban militants at Guantanamo Bay for an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five years. The Afghan detainees were released from the … Continued

British newspaper Sunday Times alleges corruption in Qatari World Cup bid
1st Jun 2014

British newspaper Sunday Times alleges corruption in Qatari World Cup bid

    A British newspaper has alleged that a former FIFA executive committee member paid millions to gain support for Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The report comes less than two weeks before the World Cup in … Continued

Afghanistan: 12 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing
31st May 2014

Afghanistan: 12 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing

  GHAZNI, (Xinhua): Twelve civilians were killed while two others wounded Saturday when a minibus set off a roadside bomb in eastern Ghazni province, an official said. “Twelve passengers, including seven women, lost their lives in a roadside bomb explosion … Continued

Lebanon: Arsonists set fire to six cars in southern Lebanon
31st May 2014

Lebanon: Arsonists set fire to six cars in southern Lebanon

  Unidentified arsonists set fire to six vehicles on the eastern outskirts of Lebanon’s southern city of Tyre Friday overnight, state media reported. The National News Agency said civil defense forces had rushed in to douse the flames which left … Continued

Iraq: 32 killed in separate violent attacks across Iraq
30th May 2014

Iraq: 32 killed in separate violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 32 people were killed and ten others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Thursday, security and medical sources said. In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, Iraqi security forces carried out an offensive against … Continued

US: Obama outlines Afghanistan plans post 2014
28th May 2014

US: Obama outlines Afghanistan plans post 2014

Nearly 10,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan after the US ends its combat mission there at the end of this year. President Barack Obama says those that remain will be gradually scaled back over the next two years. President … Continued

Afghanistan: Five Afghan soldiers killed in bomb attacks within day
26th May 2014

Afghanistan: Five Afghan soldiers killed in bomb attacks within day

KABUL, (Xinhua): Five Afghan soldiers have been killed in separate bombings within 24 hours across the country, said the country’s Defense Ministry on Monday. “Five Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were martyred in roadside bomb attacks over the past 24 … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Pro-Israeli project against Resistance is crumbling
26th May 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Pro-Israeli project against Resistance is crumbling

  By Chloe Benoist The axis of resistance will achieve victory against its opponents in Lebanon and in Syria, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on Sunday. “The project against the resistance is crumbling. The resistance axis will … Continued

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s rights activist, freed
25th May 2014

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s rights activist, freed

  Bahrain released one of the Arab world’s best-known activists on Saturday after he served a two-year jail sentence for his role in pro-democracy protests in the US-allied kingdom, his son said and his lawyer said. Nabeel Rajab, co-founder and … Continued

Yemen: Al-Qa’ida ambush kills 30
25th May 2014

Yemen: Al-Qa’ida ambush kills 30

  At least 30 people were killed in an overnight raid by gunmen on a city in southeastern Yemen, residents and a local official said on Saturday, as al-Qaeda continues its fightback against a government offensive in the country. Armed … Continued

Turkey: Okmeydanı violence takes dangerous turn as two killed in clashes
24th May 2014

Turkey: Okmeydanı violence takes dangerous turn as two killed in clashes

  Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman) Violence which has flared up in Okmeydanı, an İstanbul neighborhood which is home to an Alevi community, between balaclava-clad and stone-wielding protesters and the police since Thursday has reached an alarming state, with two people dead … Continued

Iraq: Attacks in Baghdad kill 11 Shi’a Muslim pilgrims
23rd May 2014

Iraq: Attacks in Baghdad kill 11 Shi’a Muslim pilgrims

  [Archive photo]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 11 Shiite pilgrims were killed and 43 others wounded in three attacks in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said. Seven Shiite pilgrims were killed and 21 others … Continued

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions
21st May 2014

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions

  Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday sacked an MP who had criticized conditions at a prison where inmates are mostly anti-government activists held over protests. Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama … Continued

The Netherlands: Dutch Govt rushing envoy to Saudi Arabia over anti-Islam spat
20th May 2014

The Netherlands: Dutch Govt rushing envoy to Saudi Arabia over anti-Islam spat

   [Photo:  Geert Wilders] By P K Abdul Ghafour Jeddah, (Arab News): The Dutch government is sending an envoy to Riyadh this week for high-level talks after the Kingdom slapped indirect sanctions on the European country because a far-right Dutch … Continued

Iraq: Maliki wins largest share of parliamentary seat
20th May 2014

Iraq: Maliki wins largest share of parliamentary seat

  Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month’s national elections, according to preliminary results released on Monday. The results dealt a blow to rivals seeking to prevent him serving a third term. … Continued

Iraq: 22 people killed in attacks across Iraq
16th May 2014

Iraq: 22 people killed in attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 22 people were killed and 65 others wounded in separate attacks and suicide bombings across Iraq on Thursday, security and medical sources said. The deadliest attack of the day occurred in the Iraqi capital … Continued

Syria: Dozens dead in Syria border blast near Turkey
16th May 2014

Syria: Dozens dead in Syria border blast near Turkey

  A massive car bomb killed dozens of people on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, a monitoring group and online activists said. Gruesome photographs posted online by witnesses showed shocked men standing … Continued

Turkey mourns victims of tragic mine blast, 282 killed
15th May 2014

Turkey mourns victims of tragic mine blast, 282 killed

Relatives wait for survivors outside of Soma mine in the western province of Manisa. (Photo: Today’s Zaman) Istanbul (Today’s Zaman): Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach hundreds of miners trapped underground on Wednesday after an explosion and fire at … Continued

Turkey: 201 killed, hundreds trapped by coal mine explosion
14th May 2014

Turkey: 201 killed, hundreds trapped by coal mine explosion

    [Trapped workers are pulled from a mine following an explosion of a power distribution unit underground in Soma, in the western Turkish province of Manisa, May 13. AA Photo]   Hurriyet Daily News: Some 201 coal miners were … Continued

Syrian rebels agreed to swap 1,500 families for prisoners, food
13th May 2014

Syrian rebels agreed to swap 1,500 families for prisoners, food

  Syrian rebels have agreed to free 1,500 families in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, a newspaper close to his government said Monday. The reported agreement involves the release of families held … Continued

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