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Syria refugee children depict joy, pain in photos

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Syria refugee children depict joy, pain in photos BEIRUT: The photos on display at a Beirut theatre show Syrian refugees chopping wood, getting married, and playing in a Lebanese field. They are the work not of professionals, but Syrian refugee children. The exhibition is the culmination of a year-long project that gave cameras to 500 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, allowing them to...


US and Saudi uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

US and Saudi uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East WASHINGTON: Long standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultra-conservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted late Thursday as President Barack Obama mourned the loss...


Clashes with gunmen on Syria border kill 5 Lebanese troops: Army

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Clashes with gunmen on Syria border kill 5 Lebanese troops: Army BEIRUT: The Lebanese military said in a statement late Friday that five troops, including an officer, were killed in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border. “The Lebanese army is mourning a number of troops who were martyred in clashes that pitted the military against terrorist groups near Ras Baalbek,” said the statement, which went...


New UN program sends 54 convoys to Syria

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

New UN program sends 54 convoys to Syria UNITED NATIONS, United States: The United Nations says it has carried out 54 aid deliveries to Syrians through newly-authorized convoys from neighboring countries since July, helping around 600,000 people in rebel-held territory. UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations says it has carried out 54 aid deliveries to Syrians through newly authorized convoys from neighboring countries since...


In Iraq, IS kills with hidden bombs even after leaving

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd January 2015

In Iraq, IS kills with hidden bombs even after leaving SINUNI: A massage belt, a PlayStation controller, a gold ring it sounds like a gift list, but the items the Islamic State group left in Iraq are rigged with explosives to kill. The jihadists still sow death long after they depart, and as Iraqi Kurdish forces regain ground, they and the civilians returning to their...


Syrian group hacks French newspaper’s Twitter account

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Syrian group hacks French newspaper’s Twitter account PARIS: A group of pro-Syrian regime hackers briefly took over the Twitter account of France’s Le Monde newspaper early Wednesday, tweeting several messages including one reading “Je ne suis pas Charlie”. The tweet was a negative reference to the “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) hashtag that became a popular way of showing solidarity in...


Israeli president calls on Abbas to renew peace talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th January 2015

Israeli president calls on Abbas to renew peace talks JERUSALEM: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday urged his Palestinian counterpart to renew peace talks instead of pursuing efforts at the International Criminal Court or United Nations. “There is no other way than direct negotiations. Unilateral steps will not solve the conflict, but just give more power to the extremists,” Rivlin said during a visit...


Israel PM Netanyahu easily wins party vote: spokeswoman

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st January 2015

Israel PM Netanyahu easily wins party vote: spokeswoman JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu easily won a primary vote to remain leader of the ruling rightwing Likud party ahead of a snap election, the group’s spokeswoman said on Thursday. “With nearly 60 percent of the ballots counted, Benjamin Netanyahu took 80 percent of the vote and Danny Danon (his only rival) 20 percent,”...


Saudi Arabia limits family visit visa to 6 months

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th December 2014

Saudi Arabia limits family visit visa to 6 months ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Passport Department has issued new regulations stating that family visitor visas would now be limited to only six months, or 180 days, quoting an official spokesman. The period would start once a visitor arrives in the Kingdom and registers on the passport department’s computerized system, Lt. Col. Ahmed bin Fahad Al-Luhaidan was...


Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th December 2014

Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers London: Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products are poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, British broadcaster the BBC found in an investigation broadcast. Reporters who took jobs undercover at the Pegatron factories found workers regularly exceeded 60 hours a week — more than the company’s guidance — and that...


ISIS kills more than 150 women, girls for refusing ‘Jihad marriage’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

ISIS kills more than 150 women, girls for refusing ‘Jihad marriage’ The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry has declared that an ISIS terrorist known as Abu Anas Al-Libi, has killed more than 150 women and girls for refusing to comply with the “Jihad marriage” (Jihad el-Nikah) order enforced by the extremist group, Al Arabiya’s Jawad El-Hatab reported. Libi is not to be confused with the man carrying...


Surging child abuse in Egypt overshadowed by strife

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Surging child abuse in Egypt overshadowed by strife by Haitham El-Tabei CAIRO: – Eight-year-old Rahma was on her way home from school when she was raped — another victim of a surge in child abuse that has been overshadowed by turmoil in Egypt. Two months on, she is still receiving psychotherapy and dreads going anywhere near the spot where the assault took place,...


Blast near French cultural centre in Gaza, no casualties

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Blast near French cultural centre in Gaza, no casualties GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories,An explosion occurred outside the French cultural centre in Gaza City on Friday night, but caused no casualties An AFP photographer said.The explosion was just behind the building and damaged a wall,the photographer said, adding that the cause of the blast was not immediately known....


Israel vote puts PM, centre-left on collision course

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Israel vote puts PM, centre-left on collision course by Delphine Matthieussent JERUSALEM: – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a growing threat from centre-left rivals who have joined forces to try to oust the rightwing leader in snap elections, experts say. Parliament on Monday set polling day for March 17, just over two years after Netanyahu’s right-leaning coalition took office, and following a...


Policeman killed in Bahrain ‘terrorist’ attack: ministry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Policeman killed in Bahrain ‘terrorist’ attack: ministry DUBAI, Dec  09, 2014 (AFP) – One policeman was killed in a “terrorist” attack in a Shiite town in Bahrain, the interior ministry said Tuesday. The attack occurred Monday night in Damistan, southwest of Manama, while the officer was “doing his duty”, the ministry said, adding that an investigation was under way. Security forces set...


Car bombs kill 6 soldiers in southeast Yemen: military

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Car bombs kill 6 soldiers in southeast Yemen: military ADEN: – Twin suicide car bombs on Tuesday killed at least six soldiers in an attack on an army headquarters in southeast Yemen, the military said. The explosive-laden vehicles were detonated at the entrance of the base in the town of Seiyun in Hadramout province, according to a military source....


Syria strikes kill three in Lebanon border area: report

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Syria strikes kill three in Lebanon border area: report BEIRUT:- Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes in a border region of eastern Lebanon overnight, killing three people and injuring two others, Lebanon’s official news agency said Tuesday. The National News Agency said the strikes hit the outskirts of the border town of Arsal, which has regularly been targeted by Syrian government air raids and...


Beirut’s ‘fairytale’ villa comes back to life

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th December 2014

Beirut’s ‘fairytale’ villa comes back to life by Rana MOUSSAOUI BEIRUT:- Like a mirage in the middle of Beirut’s high-rise seafront, the exquisite mansion is a lonely reminder of this city’s romantic past. Rose House is an architectural gem, an Ottoman villa perched rather bizarrely next to an equally elegant lighthouse overlooking the Mediterranean. As newly built apartment blocks crowd in on...


Oil pipeline bursts near Israel-Jordan border

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

Oil pipeline bursts near Israel-Jordan border JERUSALEM:- An oil pipeline rupture has caused thousands of cubic metres of crude oil to spill into the Arava desert in southern Israel near the border with Jordan, officials said Thursday. The incident took place just north of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and 500 metres (yards) from the frontier. The spill was...


US says Iranian fighter jets bomb IS jihadists in Iraq

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

US says Iranian fighter jets bomb IS jihadists in Iraq by Dan De Luce WASHINGTON:- Iranian fighter jets struck Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon said Tuesday, signaling Tehran’s determination to confront the jihadists and Washington’s tacit partnership with arch-foe Iran. The air raids marked an escalation in Iran’s role in a conflict that has seen Tehran and the Washington...


Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency by Frank ZELLER BERLIN:- Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world’s banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering. Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranked Sudan, North Korea and Somalia as the worst offenders and...


Transparency International corruption rankings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Transparency International corruption rankings BERLIN:- The following is a list of the top- and bottom-ranked 10 nations — plus 10 big economies in the mid-range — on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday. The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by country analysts and business people, and ranges from...


119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set world record

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set world record ISLAMABAD:-The UAE has once again entered the record books,this time for most nationalities singing a national anthem at a time. Bringing together students from more than 119 nationalities to sing the UAE national anthem, students from GEMS schools set the new record. “Our world record-breaking rendition of the UAE national anthem is acelebration of unity...


Lebanese army detains a wife, son of Islamic State leader – officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

Lebanese army detains a wife, son of Islamic State leader – officials BEIRUT:- The Lebanese army detained a wife and a son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria in recent days, security officials said on Tuesday. The officials declined to give the name or nationality of the woman whom they described as one of his wives. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported...


WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mln Syrian refugees

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mln Syrian refugees ISLAMABAD:- lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. “Without WFP vouchers, many families will go hungry. For refugees already struggling to survive the harsh winter, the consequences of halting this assistance...


Bombings hits Baghdad mosque, military convoy in northern Iraq

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th October 2014

Bombings hits Baghdad mosque, military convoy in northern Iraq BAGHDAD:  A suicide bomber killed 19 at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces advance on a key northern city controlled by Islamic State fighters. A suicide bomber killed 19 and wounded 28 others outside a mosque, where people were attending a funeral service, in western Baghdad, a police officer...


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