People in Bahrain protest against the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. On Friday, Saudi-backed security forces used tear gas against the protesters. The village has been the scene of a brutal crackdown, with regime forces opening fire on unarmed protesters on many occasions.
Clashes erupted between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli soldiers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in the West Bank city of Jerusalem. Israeli forces stormed the holy site during this week's Friday prayers. Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets, stun grenades, beat women praying at the mosque.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced Wednesday his plan to extend universal health insurance to all Iranians in a new program that the president himself referred to as RouhaniCare on Twitter. The Western-educated president, tweeted that his plan should cover an additional 5 million people.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted that the Syrian government is making gains on the ground in its fight against foreign-backed insurgents US Congress has secretly approved the provision of US arms to insurgents fighting against the Syrian government.
Gunmen have attacked studios of two privately-run television channels in Benghazi as violence rages in Libya. Banghazi has been the scene of numerous attacks and political assassinations amidst an increasing power struggle among several militia groups. Violent clashes in Tripoli between rival militias.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich: Syrian government repelled attacks by foreign-backed militants against chemical arms depots. Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad: Damascus is committed to destruction of its chemical weapons despite difficulties caused by the war.
United Nations: Israel demolished 390 Palestinian homes in the West Bank's Jordan Valley in 2013, resulted in displacement of 600 Palestinians, increase from 172 year before EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, urged Israel to overturn decision to allow 558 new settlements in Jerusalem.
European Commission slammed Turkey’s new cyber law allowing government to block websites without court ruling. raised “serious concerns” of restrictions on freedom of expression, could also request users’ communications and traffic information from providers without a court ruling
Canadian industrial metal band Skinny Puppy sent the Pentagon a bill for $660,000 after being told that guards at Guantanamo Bay had used the band’s music to torment prisoners. Considering suing the Defense Department for using a Skinny Puppy song to torment detainees at the military base in Cuba.
Syrians who applied for refuge in Russia is over 1,200, Syrians seeking asylum in Russia rising. only granted to those who had sufficient grounds for it, mainly on humanitarian grounds, as Syria is unsafe place to live. 31 Syrian refugees out of 2.3 million allowed to come to the US.
Five killed, 12 injured in bomb attack which hit a restaurant. Two car bombs went off outside Iraq’s Foreign Ministry building in Baghdad, killing seven, wounding 15 others. Four killed eigh injuried in car bomb attack in Baghdad's commercial centre.
The New York State Legislature could pass a bill, which would bar state financing for academic groups that have taken official action to boycott higher education institutions in Israel. State Senate has approved the bill and the State Assembly is about to vote on it.
A journalist sentenced to 12 years in prison by Saudi criminal court for “disobeying the ruler, claiming in televised remarks that the Saudi kingdom incites terrorism.Also accused of contacting an unnamed “enemy of Saudi Arabia at the time (2009) and receiving a suspicious sum of money from it.
Bahrain amended its 1976 penal code to carry a minimum one-year and maximum seven-year sentence, including a fine of up to US$26,000, for "publicly offending the king of Bahrain, its national flag or emblem,” state news agency BNA reported. Sentence could rise if “offense committed in presence of the king."
Top US officials warn France about a visit to Iran by a French delegation of 100 businesspeople seeking to explore business opportunities in Iran. Treasury sanctions official, warned companies or governments risk heavy penalties under United Nations, US or European sanctions if they expand trade with Iran.
JBC News: United States and Israel working on a joint plan to occupy southern Syria, militant groups, which the US calls moderate opposition, will help occupy two regions in southern Syria then unite to create a security belt around Israel.
International Israel boycott gains strength. Israeli Prime Minister deemed boycott immoral unjust strategic threat, summoned senior officials for emergency meeting to fix it. Vulnerable in European Union, Israel’s biggest trade partner. Loss of jobs, cheaper alternatives for Israeli goods. Reduced value of Israeli shekel
Iran has manufactured a new generation of jet fighters totally designed and developed by local experts, capable of high maneuverability, rapid acceleration, fire various types of rockets, bombs and missiles, state-of-the-art radar system.
An Egyptian court has sentenced six al-Azhar University students to five years in prison and ordered the arrest of hundreds of students for taking part in anti-government demonstrations. Three hundred other al-Azhar students also ordered to be detained. Government crackdown on Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood.
Israeli troops stormed the al-Awdeh protest village, demolishing all tent structures on Monday. 70 people, dozens of children displaced in aftermath of the demolition. Israeli authorities claim they destroy houses built without permission, demolished for not having Israeli permits. Human rights groups reject the claim.
Iran government started handing out food packages for millions of its citizens to help those with low income, try to lower inflation on food.Long lines , where food is distributed. Food package contains 20 pounds of rice two frozen chickens , three dozen eggs, two quarts of vegetable oil, two packs of cheese.
Defines terrorism as “any act intended to disturb public order, shake the security of society stability of the state, expose its national unity to danger, suspend basic law of governance, insult reputation of the state or its position, inflict damage upon its public utilities or natural resources. Surveillance also allowed.
Israel has come under fire from the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories over the demolition of 36 homes in the Jordan Valley. The UN has called for the bulldozers to stop. Destruction was “counter to international law” and leaves the Palestinians without “access to shelter and basic services.”
21 more people have been killed and several others injured in violent attacks in and around Baghdad and north of the Iraqi capital. Country’s security forces supported by Sunni tribesmen have been battling the militants in the western province of Anbar.
Israel cannot stop international anti-Israel boycott campaign over Israeli settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian territories. European Union blocked all grants, funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements. Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions boycotted transactions with Israel.
Three massive explosions have rocked the Yemeni capital Sana’a, occurring near the defense ministry, the central bank, and the former dictator’s home,no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the blasts. Yemenis continue to hold demonstrations to call for political restructuring of the country.
A bomber from an al-Qaeda-linked group in the Syrian city of Aleppo has killed at least 16 rival militants. Militant blew up his explosives at a site used by foreign-backed insurgents in the northern city. 20 people injured. Large number of extremists from foreign countries are active in Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the boycott threats by US Secretary of State John Kerry “immoral and unjust,” adding that no pressure will force him to renounce Israel’s “vital interests.” rejected warning by U S it could face a boycott if talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fail.
The FBI says two US citizens have fled to Israel as the feds were investigating their part in a $33 million bank fraud. 34-count indictment. Aviv Mizrahi faces a maximum statutory sentence of 1,020 years in federal prison Greenes faces a maximum statutory sentence of 330 years in federal prison.
The US continues to demonize the Syrian government while Washington is looking for ways to balance arms supplies to the rebels against Geneva talks. America’s ultimate goal is to remove Assad.
The British ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned the Israeli regime it faces growing isolation over its settlement expansion policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel is losing support.“Attitudes are shifting, in five years Israel will wake up and find that it does not have enough friends.
Security forces regain control of building after suicide bombers seized it and took hostages. Armed men stormed an office of Iraq's transportation ministry in northeast Baghdad, killing four hostages. According to Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan Ibrahim, at least six gunmen carried out the attack.
Egypt will put an Australian, two Britons and a Dutchwoman on trial for aiding 16 Egyptians belonging to a “terrorist organisation”, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday, describing the four as Al Jazeera correspondents.
Over a dozen families living in the area have been displaced after Israeli bulldozers destroyed their homes.
The Israeli military is preventing human rights activists from visiting the area and helping the villagers. 90 percent of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control. Demolitions are commonplace.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has condemned Israel’s recent threats against his country as a violation of international law. “The Israeli threats clearly violate Resolution 1701 on both political and international levels, in addition to the human rights principles.”
Libya’s Interior Minister Seddik Abdelkarim escaped assassination attempt in Tripoi. Abdelkarim, is also deputy prime minister, was heading to meeting of the interim parliament Wednesday, gunmen fired a barrage of bullets” at the vehicle. The minister escaped unharmed, the assailants fled from the site.
Police officer, Mohamed al-Noaman, 42, gunned down Wednesday by an assailant who fled the scene on motorbike, day after gunmen shot dead General Mohamed Saeed, a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official, outside his home in the capital Cairo. Increasing number of attacks against police.
Britain will take in hundreds of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees, including rape and torture victims, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday, announcing a softening of the government's stance. n the last year it has accepted around 1,500 Syrian asylum seekers who had made their way to Britain.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said "part of his job description is to defend Israel" that it is "elemental to being an American, because there is no greater ally on earth, that's something we can say proudly." announcing that "City Hall will always be open to AIPAC," adding that it is his job to stand by the lobby in Washington.
Fresh clashes have erupted in Libya as the supporters of former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, went up against government forces and former rebels, follows two weeks of violent tribal clashes in Sebha where at least 88 people have been killed and more than 130 others wounded.
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