Iraqi officials say army troops backed by airstrikes have retaken a town that had been seized by al-Qaida linked militants in a mainly Sunni area west of Baghdad. The army and allied tribesmen have been fighting al-Qaida's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group around Anbar's provincial capital.
Thousands of African migrants have held demonstrations in Tel Aviv to express their anger at Israel's refugee policies, demanding that Israel grant them refugee status, not to send them to “open detention facilities.”Tel Aviv claims they are “economic migrants, turned a blind eye to their rights for refugee status.
The second and final day of voting on Egypt’s new constitution is underway as anti-government protesters hold rallies in the capital, Cairo. Clashes have reportedly erupted between supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and security forces. Muslim Brotherhood has boycotted the vote on the constitution.
Spending bill authorizes $173 million in added funding for Israel’s missile systems, including nearly $34 million to improve the Arrow weapon system and $117.2 million for development of the David's Sling short-range ballistic missile system and $22 million for an upper-tier interceptor.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:threat posed by Wahhabi thinking to all the world, not just to the region, everyone must contribute to the confrontation against it and to eradicating it from the root." Called on Syrians and other people in the region to confront Wahhabism which jeopardizes the entire region.
Animal spies, suspicious stork, shark attacking swimmers linked to Mossad plot. Egyptian muppet-type character, forced to go on national television to deny her appearance in phone commercial was coded message to outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Said to have trained gerbils for use in airport security
More than 20,000 people took part in demonstrations in Ankara Saturday in protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. Turkey is in the grip of an escalating political crisis over a huge corruption scandal involving the sons of government ministers.
Two German diplomats have survived an attack on their car by unknown gunmen during a visit to Saudi Arabia, the state news agency (SPA) reports. car was shot at and it caught fire. There were no injuries. The embassy in Riyadh has launched an investigation,"
At least five people have been killed in anti-government protests across Egypt, as a constitutional referendum is underway amid high security. Clashes erupted on Tuesday after security forces attacked demonstrators in several provinces. Small bomb detonated in Cairo, no casualties.
Man charged with attempting to send technical data of F-35 joint strike fighter to Iran. Mozaffar Khazaee naturalized US citizen charged with “transporting, transmitting and transferring in interstate or foreign commerce goods obtained by theft, conversion, or fraud.” He faces a maximum of 10 years in jail.
Iran and six leading world powers, the P5+1, have agreed to implement the nuclear deal reached in Geneva in November starting from January 20. Iran receives $550 million installment of $4.2 billion in frozen overseas funds on February 1. President Obama welcomed the agreement.
Press TV: Clashes have resumed between Egypt’s security forces and students demanding the reinstatement of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, outside several universities across the country. Female student is said to be in a critical condition after being hit in face with bird shot.
International campaign to boycott Israeli products taking a heavy toll on illegal settlers in Jordan Valley region occupied West Bank. Income of the settlerss who grow fresh products dropped by more than 14 percent or $29 million in last year, Western European markets avoid buying the products.
The doctors said riot police attacked them with tear gas while they were treating anti-government protesters. doctors added that police officers chased and beat the protesters in hospitals, pressing the doctors to reveal the names of demonstrators they had treated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated that Iran should be invited to the upcoming conference for ending the deadly crisis in Syria.rejected setting preconditions for Iran’s participation in the meeting, known as Geneva II Conference, as “unconstructive.”
The largest Dutch pension fund company, PGGM, reportedly chose to withdraw all its investments from five largest Israeli banks, whose branches are involved in financing construction settlements in the West Bank .PGGM manages over 140 billion euros in pension assets on behalf of five pension fund.
The standoff between the Iraqi army and the insurgents poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, torn between distaste for Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s sectarian approach to politics and a resurgence of al-Qaida in the country.
Rivalry over water supplies can lead to bitter conflicts.since the mid-20th century, the planet's seen nearly 180 conflicts connected to water resources. These include both small and large-scale clashes - a lot of them in the Middle East and Africa.
Geopolitical analyst Eric Draister explained recent infighting between foreign-funded fighters battling within Syria's borders suggested new narrative portraying "good terrorists" locked in battle with "bad terrorists, new context which the West can continue arming, funding terrorist groups waging war on Syria.
Since the mid-20th century, the planet has seen nearly 180 disputes connected to water resources, and among the latest is Egypt. International law is not clear about water and water usage. If it’s a river it’s a different law from whether it’s a lake or a sea. When water crosses borders then you have conflicts.
The Knesset passed an amendment to the Sexual Harassment Bill which stipulates that no sexually explicit image or video can be uploaded to the internet, a measure that is expected to curtail so-called revenge porn incidences, up to five years in jail.
Glenn Greenwald, the investigative journalist who first published Edward Snowden leaks, said that the NSA whistleblower still has "a huge number of very significant stories to reveal," including those relating to Israel.
US has issued a rare order to a Turkish company to stop Boeing airplane engine export to neighboring Iran, saying the export would violate US sanctions on Tehran. US ban, has for years prevented the sales of passenger aircraft and repair parts to Iranian airlines.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says the United States should be prepared to take military action against Iran despite an interim nuclear agreement. Also called on the Obama administration to increase military support to Israel in case Tel Aviv decides to launch a military strike against Iran.
Iraq has received 13 Mil Mi-28NE helicopters under a $4.2 billion defense contract with Russia. The helicopters, dubbed “Night Hunter” for their night operation capabilities, were delivered to Umm Qasr Port on Sunday. Iraqi army received 15 similar aircraft last year, plan to use in the fight against militants.
Syrian Minister of Education Hazwan al-Wez says Russian language will be included as a new educational curriculum within next year in Syrian schools. option for students to choose between both languages of Russian and French starting from seventh grade
The Kuwaiti prime minister on Monday reshuffled his five-month old cabinet replacing seven members, including the oil and finance ministers, and raising the number of Islamists to four. Move came two weeks after all the ministers submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Sheikh.
Tribesmen in Yemen's Hadramawt province blew up a major oil pipeline in retaliation for army killing one of their men, officials said on Monday. The same pipeline attacked on December 28. It usually pumps about 120,000 barrels per day. Attacks on oil and gas pipelines in Yemen are frequent.
Israel has approved a plan to construct 272 new illegal settlement units in West Bank as US Secretary of State John Kerry left Middle East. International community considers colonisation of occupied land illegal, Palestinians view settlement construction as obstacle to reaching a peace agreement.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: terrorists and Takfiri groups have reached the end of the road in Syria. “Syria has successfully overcome the serious crisis and terrorists and Takfiri groups have reached the end of the line in the country.
Iraqi security forces continue their fight against al-Qaeda-linked militants in western Anbar Province, killing dozens and injuring several others. According to Iraqi local media reports, army forces have killed 30 militants loyal to the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Fallujah.
Thousands of African migrants in Israel have marched to the embassies of the United States and a number of European countries on the second day of their mass strike. The protesters marched in Tel Aviv in Monday to demand asylum and work rights from Israeli authorities.
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) deal to purchase two intelligence satellites from France worth US $930 million in jeopardy after discovery of “security compromising components. US-supplied components provide a back door to highly secure data transmitted to ground station.
Former Labour Member of the British Parliament Clare Short says “Israel’s claim to be a democracy is eroding very fast” after being threatened with arrest by the Tel Aviv regime’s officials. She was an MP for Birmingham Ladywood from 1983 to 2010 and Secretary of State for International Development.
An Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi says seminary students in Israel prefer getting tortured and killed to being conscripted into the regime’s armed forces. Another Israeli rabbi slammed the materialistic objectives of the Israeli army and said Israeli youths evade military service due to their awareness of such mentality.
Kurdish fighters in Syria have recaptured a key town in the country’s northeast, Press TV reports. The Kurdish fighters retook the town following fierce fighting with al-Qaeda-linked militants, who had heavily occupied the area. In recent weeks, the Syrian army has made major advances
At least nine people have been killed in a strike by a US killer drone in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports. The casualties come after the unmanned plane targeted a vehicle in the volatile Momand Dara district of Nangarhar Province on Sunday.
Clashes between Houthi Shias and Salafis have claimed 17 lives in western Yemen, officials say. The Yemeni security officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Saturday’s fighting broke out in the province of Amran. Yemen is the Arab world’s poorest country.
On December 25, the government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, blamed it for the December 24 bombing on a police headquarters that killed 16 people without investigating or providing any evidence. 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces.
Since 2011 NATO-backed armed groups have systematically attacked more than two thirds of Syria’s public hospitals, and have murdered, kidnapped or injured more than 300 health workers, combined with attacks on schools, universities and massacres of civilians often falsely blamed on the government.
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