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Al Qaeda chief mourns slain Syria fighter, says infighting must end

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th April 2014

Al Qaeda chief mourns slain Syria fighter, says infighting must end BEIRUT: Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for fighters in Syria to end the infighting that killed a one-time companion of Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to an audio tape posted online. In the message, Zawahiri mourned the death of Abu Khaled al-Soury, who was killed by an al Qaeda splinter group...


Iraq forces kill dozens of militants near Baghdad

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd April 2014

Iraq forces kill dozens of militants near Baghdad BAGHDAD: Iraqi soldiers killed more than 40 militants in clashes near Baghdad on Thursday as anti-government fighters edged close to the capital just weeks before national parliamentary elections. The firefight was the latest in a surge in bloodshed over the past year, amid fears insurgents could seek to destabilise the April 30 polls by upping...


Ancient ‘ritual wand’ with human faces discovered in Syria

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th March 2014

Ancient ‘ritual wand’ with human faces discovered in Syria ISLAMABAD: Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient staff carved with two realistic human faces in southern Syria. The roughly 9,000-year-old artifact was discovered near a graveyard where about 30 people were buried without their heads which were found in a nearby living space. “The find is very unusual. It’s unique,” said study co-author Frank Braemer, an...


Israel’s Netanyahu opposed to settlement freeze

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th March 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu opposed to settlement freeze JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he is opposed to freezing construction in settlements as a means to extend US-sponsored peace talks with Palestinians. Such a freeze “would serve nothing,” Netanyahu told public radio. “We imposed one in the past and it brought no results,” the premier said of the 10-month construction moratorium...


Suicide bomber kills 12 at crowded Iraq checkpoint

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th March 2014

Suicide bomber kills 12 at crowded Iraq checkpoint HILLA: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a crowded checkpoint south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing six people and damaging dozens of cars, Iraqi police and a medical source said. The blast at the checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hilla also wounded 60 people, the sources said. Source:...


Warnings of failure as Syria talks deadlocked

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th February 2014

Warnings of failure as Syria talks deadlocked GENEVA- Syria peace talks headed into a third day on Wednesday after sparking warnings of failure, but the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Homs was set to resume. Little progress towards breaking the deadlock was apparent Tuesday, despite appeals from UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi to end the “nightmare”...


Egypt’s Morsi back on trial — this time over jaibreak

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 28th January 2014

Egypt’s Morsi back on trial — this time over jaibreak CAIRO- Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Tuesday on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 uprising against veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak. Morsi, ousted by the army in July, is already on trial for inciting the killings of opposition activists during his presidency and faces two other trials that have yet...


Egypt diplomats quit Libya after kidnappings

By: Humair Rana, Uploaded: 26th January 2014

Egypt diplomats quit Libya after kidnappings Egypt’s ambassador and his staff have left Libya for security reasons after the kidnapping of five of their colleagues, the foreign ministry said Sunday. “The ambassador and more than 50 staff and diplomats of the Egyptian embassy left Tripoli on Saturday evening,” ministry spokesman Saeed Lassoued told AFP. The evacuation had been decided on security...


Rival protests as Egypt marks uprising anniversary

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 25th January 2014

Rival protests as Egypt marks uprising anniversary CAIRO- Supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi are set to demonstrate Saturday on the third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising marked by tensions a day after bombings hit Cairo. Both Morsi’s backers and those of the military, which ousted him in July, have called for mass protests, prompting security forces to block off...


Egyptian pharaoh unearthed after 3,600 years

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 24th January 2014

Egyptian pharaoh unearthed after 3,600 years ISLAMABAD: Discovery of King Senebkay’s tomb is regarded as first material proof of the previously unknown Abydos Dynasty. The remains of a previously unknown pharaoh have been uncovered in southern Egypt, providing the first material proof of the existence of a royal dynasty dating back over three millenia, archaeologists say, The Guardian reported. The skeleton of Woseribre...


Iran invited to attend Syrian peace conference: UN

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 20th January 2014

Iran invited to attend Syrian peace conference: UN Iran has been invited to attend a meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux on Wednesday ahead of internationally brokered peace talks between Syria’s warring factions, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Sunday. Ban said he had issued the invitation to Iran after ”speaking at length in recent days” with Iranian Foreign Minister...


Egyptian voters have backed new charter: official

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 17th January 2014

Egyptian voters have backed new charter: official CAIRO: An overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country’s new constitution backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official said Thursday, despite criticism from an international monitoring group of a clampdown on free speech ahead of the election. The election official told The Associated Press that unofficial results after most of the ballots...


Egypt votes on new charter as army chief eyes presidency

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 14th January 2014

Egypt votes on new charter as army chief eyes presidency CAIRO: Egyptians vote for a new constitution Tuesday in a referendum seen as a test of support for a presidential bid by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, almost seven months after he toppled Mohamed Morsi. Coalition led by Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood has called for a boycott and “civilised peaceful protests” during the two-day referendum, but...


State memorial for Israel former PM Sharon begins

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 13th January 2014

State memorial for Israel former PM Sharon begins A state memorial for the late Israeli premier Ariel Sharon got under way at the parliament in Jerusalem on Monday in the presence of Israeli and foreign dignitaries. The ceremony, which was being held in the plaza outside the Knesset, began with the singing of a traditional Jewish memorial prayer, with a funeral to take...


Clashes kill 13 as Morsi backers rally in Egypt

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 4th January 2014

Clashes kill 13 as Morsi backers rally in Egypt Cairo: At least 13 people died in clashes Friday across Egypt as police dispersed thousands of protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the health ministry said. The protests came after an alliance that backs Morsi called for demonstrations ahead of a new hearing on Wednesday in a trial of the ousted president....


Bombs across Baghdad kill at least 15, clashes continue in Anbar – sources

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 1st January 2014

Bombs across Baghdad kill at least 15, clashes continue in Anbar – sources BAGHDAD: Bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, police and medical sources said, a day after police broke up a Sunni Muslim protest camp in a western province. No group immediately claimed responsibility for any of Tuesday’s attacks but al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate, which was forced underground in 2006-07,...


108 journalists killed in 2013, Syria deadliest: IFJ

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 31st December 2013

108 journalists killed in 2013, Syria deadliest: IFJ BRUSSELS: Some 108 journalists and media professionals were killed around the world doing their jobs this year, with conflict-torn Syria the deadliest country ahead of Iraq, the International Federation of Journalists said Tuesday. The death toll is down 10 percent from 2012 but the IFJ said governments still need to do more to “stem the...


517 dead in two weeks of regime strikes in Syria’s Aleppo: NGO

By: AFP, Uploaded: 29th December 2013

517 dead in two weeks of regime strikes in Syria’s Aleppo: NGO BEIRUT: Regime air strikes on the northern Syrian province of Aleppo have killed at least 517 people since December 15, including 151 children, a monitor said on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a string of regime aerial attacks on the pre-war commercial capital, including raids with explosives-packed barrels, had also killed 46...


20 percent people in Lebanon are Syrian refugees: UNHCR

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 25th December 2013

20 percent people in Lebanon are Syrian refugees: UNHCR ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said one out of five people living in Lebanon are refugees who have fled the nearly three-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Office of the (UNHCR) announced the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surpassed the 848,000 mark, Press...


Car bomb attack on Egypt police building kills 14

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 24th December 2013

Car bomb attack on Egypt police building kills 14 MANSOURA- A car bomb tore through a police building in an Egyptian city early Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, an attack the authorities said was aimed at derailing the country’s transition to democracy. Hours after the bombing, prime minister Hazem Beblawi labelled the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned movement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a...


Iraq violence kills 37 as ‘terrorism’ suspects escape

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 14th December 2013

Iraq violence kills 37 as ‘terrorism’ suspects escape BAQUBA, Iraq: Violence in Iraq, including an attack by gunmen on workers on a gas pipeline from Iran, killed 37 people Friday, while  “terrorism” suspects escaped a Baghdad detention facility, officials said. Gunmen in three vehicles attacked the gas pipeline workers near Baladruz, northeast of Baghdad, killing 15 Iranians and three Iraqis, police officers said....


Policeman killed in car bomb in Egypt canal city

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 13th December 2013

Policeman killed in car bomb in Egypt canal city CAIRO: A car bomb exploded near an Egyptian police building on Thursday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, killing one policeman and wounding 35 other people, security officials said. The bombing was followed by gunshots, the officials said, as witnesses said the noise of the blast was huge and that several ambulances rushed to...


Suicide bomber kills 11 at funeral in northern Iraq

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 11th December 2013

Suicide bomber kills 11 at funeral in northern Iraq BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded 20 at a funeral in northern Iraq on Tuesday, police said. The attack took place in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Source:...


World Bank says Mideast water accord signed

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 10th December 2013

World Bank says Mideast water accord signed WASHINGTON: The World Bank says senior Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials have signed an agreement to share scarce water resources in the Mideast region that includes use of desalinated sea water. Ministers responsible for water in the three governments signed the accord on Monday: Silvan Salom for Israel, Hazim el-Naser for Jordan and Shaddad Attili...


US president Obama lied about Syria chemical attack: report

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 10th December 2013

US president Obama lied about Syria chemical attack: report WASHINGTON: The United States knew that an Al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria was capable of producing sarin gas but ignored it in blaming the Syrian regime for a chemical attack in August, a veteran US journalist has charged. In a long article published by the London Review of Books, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh accused President...


Car bomb blast kills eight in Iraq

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 9th December 2013

Car bomb blast kills eight in Iraq BAGHDAD: A car bomb outside a cafe in a town north of Baghdad has killed at least eight people, Iraqi authorities said. Police officials said the explosion Monday in the town of Buhriz, about 60 kilometres north of the capital, also wounded some 20 people. A hospital official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke...


 
 
 



 
 
 



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