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.
12 people have reportedly been killed in the latest clashes that erupted between Yemen’s Houthi fighters and armed tribesmen supporting Salafist militant groups. Monday, 21 people were killed and a dozen others injured in similar clashes in Arhab Mountains.
Egypt remains tense, a day after deadly clashes among security forces, opponents and supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. 50 people have been killed and almost 250 others injured in 24 hours of clashes that broke out during rival protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 revolution.
Israeli forces have demolished four more Palestinian homes in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhoods of Issawiya and Beit Hanina, bulldozers demolished a two-storey 300-square-meter building Obstacle for the efforts to establish peace.
Bahraini police have fired tear gas and birdshot at stone-throwing protesters in a village west of the Gulf nation’s capital, witnesses said. The clashes follow the funeral of a young man who died in custody after being shot by law enforcers.
Iranian Foreign Ministry official denied reports decapitated body discovered in Yemen belongs to an Iranian diplomat kidnapped last July. unknown body found in Yemen’s Maarib region, denied its connection to Mr. [Nour Ahmad] Nikbakht.
Twenty-eight people have been killed in a fresh bout of violence in Iraq, with the latest mortalities taking the death toll for January to over 800. Fighting raging on between al-Qaeda-linked militants and the army in western province of Anbar,20 militants killed.
The Libyan Health Ministry says two weeks of violent clashes in the country have killed at least 154 people and injured 463 more. Over the past few months, Tripoli and its suburbs have been hit by violent clashes between rival militias.
An Iranian lawmaker has slammed remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry about Washington’s military option against Iran, saying the US threatens the Islamic Republic under Israel pressure, they use an intimidating tone.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Lassoued said that the diplomat, who works as an administrative attaché at the Egyptian mission in Libya, was seized on Friday evening from his house in the capital. "Talks are being held to free him." No further details were immediately available.
17 people have been killed and dozens more injured across Egypt as security forces attack supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Clashes between protesters and security forces broke out in several cities. Police used violent force against demonstrators.
.AIPAC strongly lashed out at Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is known as a staunch Israel supporter, for being silent over the legislation,harsh criticism that one of Congress’s most pro-Israel lawmakers is not pro-Israel enough for the lobbying group. “
Three Palestinian children were allegedly burned with lit cigarettes and denied access to food, water or toilet facilities after being arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers and police in September, allegedly assaulted and abused. All three of them were accused of stone throwing.
Syrian Kurds declared an autonomous provincial government in the country’s northern territory Tuesday. The territory will have its own president and ministers of foreign affairs, defense, justice, and education, elections in four months.
Iraq Security forces, pro-government Sunni tribesmen attack key neighborhoods of Ramadi to get control from militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have held areas three weeks. Captured ISIL leaders said Saudi military official ordered him to carry out several attacks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again threatened Hamas, saying he will teach the Palestinian resistance movement a lesson very soon. Israel carried out airstrikes on Palestinian territory Sunday and Tuesday night, killing at least two Palestinians, injuring several others.
Greece reportedly prevented a plane carrying Syrian government's delegation to international talks in Switzerland from refueling at Athens airport. Delay might result in cancellation of planned meeting between Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem who was on the plane and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Syrian army says it has seized a warehouse full of weapons and ammunition used by foreign-backed militants near the capital Damascus, captured a large quantity of mortar launchers, machineguns, rifles, night vision goggles, and explosive devices. Has seized large amounts of weapons from militants.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for Washington’s "green light" for a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran. Former defense secretary also warned Obama “he needed to consider the ramifications of a no-warning Israeli attack,” and whether the US would get involved.
At least five people have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb explosion in Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold. The Tuesday blast took place on a busy commercial street in the Haret Hriek area that was targeted by a deadly suicide car bombing in early January. At least 20 were wounded.
United Nations rescinded an invitation to Iran to participate in talks organized by the major powers on a political settlement of the three-year-old conflict in Syria. Controversy, two days before the so-called Geneva II negotiations were set to open in Switzerland,threaten the cancellation of the peace conference.
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is to stand trial on charges of conspiring with foreign groups to carry out terrorist attacks in Egypt. Ousted president and 35 others are accused of plotting with foreign organizations like Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as with Iran.
Israel’s leading businessmen and businesswomen will fly to Davos next week, with a message for the prime minister: Maintaining a growing and stable economy requires Israel to make peace with Palestinians, the sooner the better, warned him of the looming threat posed by boycotts.
A top Malaysian Sunni cleric says a plot involving the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia has been hatched to cause sectarian conflict among Muslim nations. Saudis and other Arab countries have turned their lands into Western bases. They do this not to support Islam but to gain power.”
Syria’s President Bashar Assad said there is a “significant” chance he will seek a new term and ruled out sharing power with the opposition seeking his ouster, in an exclusive interview before the Geneva II peace talks. If there is “public opinion in favor of my candidacy, I will not hesitate for a second to run for election.
Calm restored to border followingtense standoff between Lebanese, Israeli armies. Following discovery of suspicious object. Lebanese Army deployed immediately in area ready for combat as it investigated devices planted under tree. Spanish, Indonesian UNIFIL soldiers observed the proceedings.
French Foreign Ministry denied it banned Syrian delegation to the Geneva 2 peace conference from flying over French airspace. International talks on Syria are in Switzerland January 22. expected to bring together both parties to the conflict for first time since war broke out in Syria.
Sixteen killed, two car bombs hit militant-held border post in Syria. The frontier was closed after the blasts took place Monday. Not clear who planted the bombs. Attack occurred a few days after a car bomb that killed 26 in the eastern city of Jarablus and which activists blamed on ISIS terrorist group.
Five killed by sniper fire in Lebanese city of Tripoli. Lebanese army used "rockets" for the first time to quell fighting between rival neighborhoods,, without specifying which weapons were used. Normally, soldiers use assault rifles to target snipers
The value of Turkey’s national currency, lira, has fallen to a new record low against the US dollar amid an ongoing corruption scandal plaguing the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, however, has rejected Lira's plunge to be a sign of economic instability.
Heavily-armed militants have blown up a gas pipeline in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, gas supply to hundreds of consumers in several towns across the troubled region has been suspended as a result of the blast.
Israel will halt distribution of gas masks to civilians next month, the government announced Sunday. Decision came following assessment by Israel’s defense establishment that there has been a “significant decline in the threat of chemical weapons being fired at Israel,”
Libya has declared a state of emergency in the country after heavily-armed gunmen temporarily seized a military base in the south. Army had regained control of the base after air strikes.
aircraft took off and dealt with the targets.
Police used water cannon, teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters that gathered in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Saturday for rally calling against bill that would tighten government control over Internet. Protesters ran to side streets to escape water cannons, teargas police used on peaceful demonstration.
Deadly clashes have broken out in northern Lebanon as the death toll from rocket attacks from Syrian territory on Lebanese cities rises to at least nine.
People have taken to streets in Bahrain to hold pro-democracy protests against the ruling Al Khalifa regime. Protesters said their rights cited in the country’s constitution have been violated by the regime and that they want Bahrain to be governed based on the will and the rights of its people.
A report issued by a Bahraini human rights body says the country saw 745 protests in just December alone. The government’s reaction to dissent, according to the study, included arrests of 31 children, home raids and enforced disappearances.
Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armoured vehicles, drones, surveillance equipment, radars, electronic warfare systems, spare parts for helicopters, and various weapons including guided bombs for planes. Russia said it violates no international laws with its military supplies to Syria.
Britain has dismissed a call by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which asked western states to at least accept 30,000 of the millions of the Syrian refugees displaced by a civil war they plotted and endorsed from the beginning. Aid organizations in UK denounced the government’s rejection.
One Egyptian protester has been killed and several others injured in clashes that erupted between student protesters and army supporters at Cairo University. The violence broke out on Thursday at the university’s main campus. The new wave of unrest comes after a two-day constitutional referendum.
Iranian legal and judicial delegation has arrived in Lebanon to investigate the circumstances behind the bomb attacks outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, last November. November 19, 2013, 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, wounded over 150 others.
Clashes have been mainly taking place between militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and their rival militants over the past 10 days. 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, were fighting in Syria against the government and people.
Half a dozen car bombs exploded across Iraqi capital Wednesday, kills 52 wounding 71 .Al-Qaeda-linked militants campaign of attacks, directed at state targets, civilians loyal to the government. Half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003.
Turkey jails more reporters than any other country. proposal would give the country’s transport minister and its communications agency the right to shut down a website without even having to take the issue to court. Internet service providers would have to block a site within four hours of being ordered to do so.
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.
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