January 23, 2014
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been starving its people and blocking humanitarian access to them as a “war strategy,” which can be considered a war crime or a crime against humanity, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty told Al Arabiya News in Davos on Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Al Arabiya News Channel on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had “committed war crimes” and was “not ready for a solution” to the ongoing Syrian crisis.
The Algerian army killed four Islamists during an overnight raid on a militant base south of Algiers, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the Islamic Republic wants to pursue constructive relationships with its regional neighbours, and that it has no intention of acquiring nukes.
Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has publicly announced his support for army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to run for president of Egypt.
11 Iraqi nationals were hung on Thursday on "terrorist offenses", the interior ministry said, bringing the total number of people executed in a week to 37.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nearly 1,400 people have died since rebels started fighting against the Al Qaeda-affiliated ISIL earlier in January this year.
At least 21 people have been killed thus far in a bus accident in Turkey's central Kayseri province Thursday.
Video footage released this week shows Free Syrian Army rebels defecting from their ranks and joining Assad's regime forces.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told reporters this week that Tehran will normalize relations with Europe once the interim nuclear accord is implemented.
The United Arab Emirates blocked Human Rights Watch from holding a news conference on rights violations in the region Thursday.
Head of Al Qaeda Ayman Al Zawahiri on called on all jihadists fighting in the Syrian war to unite in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday evening.
The Turkish authorities have issued a warning to Syrians working with opposition groups in Turkey, citing intelligence reports that Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels are planning attacks on them during the Geneva II peace talks.
Syria's two sides are both prepared to discuss improving access to humanitarian deliveries, prisoner swaps and local ceasefires, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said following the conclusion of the first day of the Geneva II conference.
At least 50 militants were killed in Iraq's Anbar Wednesday while U.S. President Obama met with Iraqi parliamentarians to discuss Sunni leadership integration into the government.