Three people killed, 22 injured after shelling and bombings hit the Syrian capital, Damascus. Official SANA news agency, foreign-backed militants carried out two bomb attacks and fired mortar rounds on Thursday. Tuesday, militants fired mortar shells at residential areas in capital’s al-Mazraa district.
Attacks against mourners marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein. Bomb attacks: cities of Baquba, Kirkuk, Hafriyah. Series of bomb blasts across Iraq. Iraqi ministry of health, interior and defense: 1,000 killed 1,600 injured in October. No group claims responsibility for the attacks.
American companies want to do business with Iran, and tough competition between European and US firms will shape once sanctions against the Islamic Republic are lifted. Oil, gas, General Motors. Israel, furious at recent Geneva talks. Iran biggest market for consumer goods in Middle East.
Egyptian court has sentenced 12 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to 17 years in prison for taking part in a student-led demonstration against the military-installed government. Protesters were convicted of attacking the headquarters of al-Azhar University during the protest in October.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: world too soft on Palestinians, time to turn a critical eye. Palestinians pampered by the international community,” ignored Palestinian incitement, refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state, accepted halfhearted Palestinian attempts to fight violence.
US President Barack Obama has announced Tuesday he decided to extend the state of emergency against Iran for another year. Decision was made as “our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal”. routine renewal of policy, not new or connected in any way to the Geneva discussion.
Human rights groups say measure will lead to ethnic cleansing of hundreds of Palestinian Bedouins. Called for mass rallies against new plan, describing it as a “racist policy. Expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine created major obstacle to establish peace in the Middle East.
Syrian army made new gains against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in two strategic areas. Syrian troops carried out military operation against Takfiri militants in key neighborhood of Barzeh, north of Damascus. All area southeast of airport in the hands of the army, regained control of strategic base.
A separatist Libyan region announcedestablishment of independent oil company after taking over several commercial sea ports. Tripoli struggles to regain control, PM warned of foreign intervention unless govt rule restored. Protesters told staff at Mellitah port, to cease gas exports to Italy .
Syrian army has regained full control of a strategic base near Aleppo International Airport, following heavy fighting with foreign-backed militants. Inflicted heavy losses on the militants in other nearby villages. Army continues to gain more ground in its fight against the militants across the country.
Iranian deputy minister of industry, mines and commerce Safdar Rahmat-Abadi was assassinated on November 10, IRNA reported. According to the report, the unidentified men shot him when he was in his personal car in Golbarg Street, Tehran.
Saudi security forces clashed with foreign workers protesting new labor law one week into government visa crackdown on foreign laborers. Security forces dispersed large crowds, firing into the air, using batons. Ethiopian killed during crackdown, Ethiopian government efforts underway to return its citizens.
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Iran has launched the production line of high-precision surface-to-air (SAM) missiles which would be able to destroy cruise missiles, bombers, drones and helicopters at medium range. Guidance system capabilities to hit missiles, bombers, drones, helicopters, high speed maneuverability.
Three Libyan army, security forces killed in overnight clashes in Benghazi. Militia groups target military bases, police stations across the volatile city. Frequent gun battles between rival groups. Violence in region escalated since army deployed to restore security. Unable to halt violence, rein in militias
US Defense Department ordered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to return home from Persian Gulf. White House planned to attack Syria over alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus denied accusation, Russia put an end to war plans by proposing Syria surrender its chemical weapons.
Surging labour costs after exodus of a million foreign workers, freelance tradesmen gone since police patrols began strict enforcement of tough labour laws , rounding up thousands of illegals for deportation. Employers forced to turn instead to authorised service companies, which charge double.
Breakthrough made at nuclear talks in Geneva, Tehran's proposed plan for resolving the impasse over its atomic program accepted by the six world powers. Israel prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu: signing an interim deal with Iran would be a mistake of “historic proportions,”
Police in Greece have stormed headquarters of the country’s now-defunct public broadcaster ERT, evicting the employees who had occupied the building since June. Former employees of the state broadcaster had occupied the building since Greek government shut down the ERT.
According to the security sources, nine people were gunned down by unidentified armed men on Monday, while 11 others were shot dead in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Security forces arrested 3,000 terror suspects, discovered a heavy cache of weapons, guns, hand grenades, explosives.
Oil revenues 70 percent of Yemen’s state budget. Oil and gas products account for over 90 percent of Yemen's exports. Militants and tribesmen repeatedly attacked oil, gas pipelines in Yemen past two years to win concessions from central government, causing fuel shortages, slashing export earnings.
Bomb went off in a market in Tikrit, In another incident, gunmen in Mosul, killed three provincial government employees, injured another. Separate attack by armed men in the city, four police officers died. Three policemen die in assault on a checkpoint. Series of attacks in Baquba and Kirkuk.
Turkish police clashed with Kurdish demonstrators, used water cannons, smoke grenades in southeastern town of Cizre. Protesting against Ankara’s plans to erect a wall near border with Syria. Kurdish protesters say wall divides them from family members on Syrian side of the border.
Former US ambassador to United Nations John Bolton:“I don’t think Israel has much time,” “Frankly, they should have done this years ago.” Criticized President Obama for negotiations with Iran. Former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta: threats of military force against Iran necessary to back up US policy.
Press TV: The Syrian army continues to push back foreign-backed militants fighting against the government on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Preparations underway for large-scale operation to flush out militants from the whole region.
At least three residents from the mainly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen were beaten and wounded by gunfire Saturday after they were forced out of a bus in a predominantly Sunni area of Tripoli, in the latest sectarian attack in the northern Lebanese city.
Israeli officials mad after Obama administration confirmed IDF struck a Syrian military base this week. Israel, which refused to comment on the strike, is fuming behind the scenes and accusing the U.S. which gives Israel $3 billion in funding annually of not behaving like a proper ally:
Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane:South Africa to “slow down” its ties with Israel in solidarity with Palestine. Increasingly strained relations between Israel, international community including its own allies, over its illegal expansionist policies, obstacle to peace.
To fund Israel’s development of two missile systems and to finance the purchase of extra batteries for 2014. Aid is in addition to the $3.1 billion in military assistance that Washington provides to the Zionist regime annually. US government serve Israel interests due to influence of the powerful Zionist lobby
Russian officials defended the weapons shipments. Fulfilling previously signed contracts, not violating international law with the deliveries. More deliveries, militarily significant. Air force jets refurbished by Russia and delivered to Assad’s forces.
Pakistani government accused US of "scuttling" efforts towards peace talks with Taliban after their leader killed in drone strike on Friday.US ambassador summoned over the issue.Pakistan does not see this drone attack as an attack on an individual but as an attack on the peace process.
Syrian state TV: The army has captured a strategic town in northern Syria believed to be home of a chemical weapons production facility, storage sites. The town of Safira scene of three weeks of intense fighting as army kept trying to retake it from rebels who have been in control there for more than a year.
Israeli warplanes have attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, according to US officials. The disclosure could further strain US-Israel relations, which are already under pressure over differences regarding the Iranian nuclear programme.
National Director pro-Israeli Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abraham Foxman: Tel Aviv regime cannot bank on the US over Iran any more, Washington seems to be avoiding confrontation with Tehran. Increasingly sees a “weak and retreating” US that “cannot be counted on. Jeopardize Israel’s security
Pakistan Movement for Justice:“If drone attacks are carried out during peace talks with Taliban, NATO supplies for Afghanistan will be stopped. Routes are vulnerable for NATO convoys, pass through tribal zones, must be guarded by Pakistani troops. Some convoys attacked, destroyed.
Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain have held demonstrations in several towns and villages across the country.Protests held after court sentenced ten anti-regime protesters to jail. Amnesty International censured Bahraini regime over crackdown on protesters.
Israeli regime pressing plans to build 3,500 more illegal settler units in occupied West Bank. Official from office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on condition of anonymity: Bibi issued order Wednesday hours after Tel Aviv freed 26 Palestinian prisoners of thousands locked up in Israeli .
Airstrike carried out by US assassination drone killed three people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area, borders Afghanistan. Local people were trying to recover dead bodies, injured trapped beneath rubble. US drone fired two missiles into compound near Miranshah, main town of North Waziristan.
Hamas official says the closure of Gaza tunnels by the Egyptian military is causing major losses to the Israeli-blockaded enclave, caused heavy losses to the industry, commerce, agriculture, transport and construction sectors, preventing Gaza from access to basic goods construction materials, food, fuel.
Egyptian university students have staged fresh rallies to voice support for former president, Mohamed Morsi, deposed by the military in July. large crowds across the country condemn the army, demand reinstatement of Egypts first democratically-elected president. Police pro-Morsi students clash.
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