June 19, 2013
A UK bid to put the Hezbollah on the European Union's terror list failed on Wednesday, as it failed to garner a unanimous vote from other EU member states.
Egypt's top Muslim cleric Sheik Ahmed Al Tayeb has said that the anti-Morsi protests planned for June 30 are religiously acceptable, as long as they are peaceful.
The head of a provincial political party was killed in a suicide bombing on the eve of regional elections in the Nineveh province, northern Iraq
The Syrian opposition spoke out after the G8 leaders released a statement which called for a 'political solution' to the Syrian conflict
An explosion at a military site near the coastal town of Latakia has injured at least 13 soldiers, according to a pro-opposition watchdog. State TV blamed the blast on technical fault
The anti-Morsi campaign calling for early Egyptian presidential elections has got its targeted 15 million signatures, a campaign official announced on Wednesday.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a delegation in Jerusalem that there is a limited window for peace talks to succeed in the Middle East
In an interview with Al-Watan newspaper, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says that he could have remained in power if he wanted do and that he only quit office to save lives
The Lebanese armed forces have set up at least 10 outposts in the southwest Sidon province, after fierce clashes erupted in the area on Tuesday between Hezbollah supporters and Salafis. Fears of an all-out sectarian civil war in Lebanon have been increasing.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has decided to suspend talks on a security pact with the United States, accusing Washington of mixed messages regarding peace talks with the Taliban, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
A suicide bomber riding a motorbike detonated an explosive device in a crowded market in the town of Saada
Syrian regime forces have amped up their offensives against rebels in the north of the country, launching attacks against rebel-held areas in Homs, Aleppo and Idlib.
A reduction in U.S. and Russian deployed nuclear weapons is set to be announced by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, a senior administration official said.
The March 14 alliance, a post Cedar revolutionary group, issued a statement to the government urging Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria and warning of the security consequences that the group's involvement in the conflict is having on Lebanon.
The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the killings of four U.S. forces in an overnight attack on Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, just hours after Washington said its officials would meet the insurgents for talks.
June 18, 2013
Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Baalbek valley, a Hezbollah stronghold, as a Lebanese minister accused the Syrian regime of inflicting ethnic cleansing on its citizens.
Following the appointment of a former high ranking Muslim Brotherhood official as a governor, clashes erupted outside the HQ of the Gharbiya governorate, injuring 15 people.
Since the end of former 'dictator' Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule in Tunisia, the country has become increasingly chaotic, with fierce dialogue raging over the constitution and the law coming down hard on rappers and FEMEN activists.
An investigative report has discovered that a network of Libyan officials are allowing weapons to be shipped to the Syrian rebels by private arms dealers.
Two convicted rapists and killers were executed on Tuesday, just months after the country carried out its first execution in six years
Hezbollah supporters clashed with pro-Assir group in southern Lebanon on Tuesday
World leaders are meeting in the UK in a bid to reach consensus on the Syrian conflict
Fifteen people were killed following midday prayers at a Shiite Muslim religious hall in Baghdad on Tuesday. The month of May has been the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008.
The Turkish police carried out arrests across the country on Tuesday
Afghanistan's armed forces will be taking over the responsibility of national security from the US/NATO coalition immediately, Afghani President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday,
A man stood still in Istanbul's Taksim Square: silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours. His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters on Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest.
Obama said U.S. military action against Syria carries the risk of inadvertently hitting a chemical weapons site on Monday. He also expressed skepticism over whether setting a no-fly zone or waging a major military offensive against Damascus would save lives or change balance of power on the battlefield.
The situation in Lebanon’s northern Bekaa Valley is deeply troubling. A few days after the June 11 killing of a man from Ersal in Hermel, four local men were killed on Sunday near the border town of Qaa. Hezbollah is straining to deflect blame from the people of Ersal in order to prevent further strife in a region where Syrian militant groups maintain a heavy presence.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has dismissed fears that U.S. plans to arm Syrian rebels could expose the Jewish state’s national security to danger, adding that the world’s “unemployed terrorists” were heading to the region.
June 17, 2013
Days after Russia said it would not allow a no-fly zone to be enforced over Syria, the US NATO ambassador said that this issue is not on the agenda of the Western allies.
Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened European powers that the Syrian regime will retaliate if Western states provide arms to the Syrian opposition forces.
Iranian president-elect thanked Iranians for 'choosing moderation' and said that he will seek 'constructive interaction' with the world in a speech on Monday afternoon
Afghan Taliban are set to open an office in the Qatari capital on Tuesday
At least 10 soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed in a Damascus car bomb attack which left a further 10 wounded
Saudi Arabia says four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at the center of the growing crisis.
Three bomb attacks in Iraq including a blast inside a roadside restaurant killed 12 people on Monday, officials said, the latest in a surge of violence that has left nearly 2,000 dead since the beginning of April.
Tensions escalated in Turkey on Monday as the interior minister said the nationwide union strike by demonstrators protesting against police violence was 'illegal.'
US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are to meet for the first time in over a year at the G8 Summit, where they will discuss their opposing views on the Syrian crisis and arming the rebels.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi swore in 17 new provincial governors on Sunday evening. Seven of them are members of the Muslim brotherhood
A car bomb was detonated in the Damascus neighbourhood of Mezzeh late on Sunday, near a military airport and several embassies. There have been no reports on the number of casualties as of yet.
June 16, 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against the Western position on the Syrian crisis, criticizing their decision to arm the 'organ eating' Syrian rebels.
Ahead of planned protests in Cairo calling for early elections and the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, radical Islamic preacher Waghy Ghoneim has said all those that rise up against "His Excellency The President" are criminals, thugs and disbelievers.
Kuwait's top court ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections
Four Shiite men were ambushed in the Bekaa Valley area of Lebanon on Sunday
A total of 28 people have been killed from the SARS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said recently. Meanwhile, countries such as Jordan, France, the United Arab Emirates, Germany as well as Britain and Tunisia have reported infections of the MERS-CoV strain.
Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Kingdom is ready to act defensively in the face of any threat to its security that arises out of the Syrian civil war.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has offered his congratulations to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on behalf 'of all the Mujahideen' in Lebanon.
Extremist fighters in the eastern Syrian province Deir Al Zor have destroyed a Shiite religious building, posting the video on the internet.
20 people have died in Iraq as seven car bombs exploded across the south of the country during Sunday's rush hour.
American academic Noam Chomsky gives his views on the changing shape of the Middle East in an interview with Al-Akhbar's Maha Zaraket
Iran is to reportedly send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against opposition forces.
Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism,” and urged world powers to speak to his country with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.
The King returned to Saudi after Washington announced it will arm the Syrian rebels
"We have our Istanbul rally tomorrow. I say it clearly: Taksim Square must be evacuated, otherwise this country's security forces know how to evacuate it," Erdogan said prior to using police force.
June 15, 2013
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced a definitive cutting of ties with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and called on world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Syria
Clashes between armed activists and Libyan armed forces erupted in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, leaving six soldiers dead. The army has warned of a "bloodbath" in the city.
Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has said that Hezbollah will remain fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and that its involvement in Syria was a calculated move.
US Patriot missiles and F-16 fighter jets have arrived in Jordan for a military exercise, as the north of the country is put on high alert after Hezbollah and regime fighters reached the Jordanian-Syrian border.
Securing 18.6 million votes, the moderate Hassan Rouhani has been elected as the new Iranian president.
June 14, 2013
Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Friday that US 'interference' in Lebanon and the Middle East was the tip of the iceberg
Vladimir Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said that Russia was not convinced by Washington's evidence documenting chemical weapons use by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Earlier on Friday, a senior Russian lawmaker said via Twitter that information on the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad was fabricated. He also suggested the United States would use it to justify intervention in the Syrian conflict.
More than 50 million people are eligible to vote for the man -- no women candidates were approved -- to succeed former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from standing for a third consecutive term under the constitution.
Former prime minister Saad Hariri said Hezbollah defied Lebanon’s law and granted itself the right to make decisions on behalf of the nation.
June 13, 2013
The photograph of the 14 year-old who was killed on May 2 was published by #Tweet4SyrianChild, a campaign that highlights suffering of Syrian children
Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown on political activists and journalists as the country prepares to go to the polls on Friday
Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon sais that regardless of John Kerry's diplomatic efforts, there will never be a Palestinian state
A Yemeni soldier was killed in clashes Thursday with tribesmen who attacked an oil pipeline and halted the flow of crude, sources said.
Syrian state media reports say that two mortar shells hit close to Damascus on Wednesday afternoon. As of yet, there have been no reports on the number of casualties.
According to a recent UN report, at least 93,000 Syrians (including more than 6,500 children) have been killed in the ongoing Syrian civil war.
Despite being considered illegal by the international community, Israel is seeking approval for the construction of hundreds of new settlements in the West Bank.
A Turkish protester died in hospital on Thursday morning after being hit in the head with a tear gas canister, bringing the death toll in Turkey to five people. Thousands have been injured.
Egyptian Islamist parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, called on Wednesday for a “million-man march” on June 21.
Iran’s financial institutions are on the “verge of bankruptcy” and the country could lose “control over the banking system,” the country’ s Supreme National Security Council has warned in a memo obtained and distributed by an Iranian opposition movement on Wednesday.
The office of U.N. special representative on children in conflict, Leila Zerrougui said it had received “verified reports that Syrian children are killed or injured in indiscriminate bombings, shot by snipers, used as human shields or victims of terror tactics.”
June 12, 2013
The Israeli PM on Wednesday said that Tehran's policies will still be dictated by the Supreme Ruler of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei regardless who comes out on top in Friday's elections, as the Iranian leader urged all Iranian citizens to partake in Friday's vote.
After several civilians were injured after Syrian rockets landed in the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Wednesday, the Lebanese army has warned it will respond with "the necessary defensive measures" if a similar attack occurs.
Lebanese border town of Arsal struck by missile fire from a Syrian helicopter on Wednesday, leaving several people wounded
Protests against the Shiite militant group Hezbollah erupted in Kuwait, the day that seven supermarkets in the country began a boycott of Iranian products
In an apparent move of retaliation, Syrian rebels enveloped the eastern Syrian village of Hatla, near Iraq, on Tuesday and killed 60 Shiites, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Longtime ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the tyrant Syrian leader could have avoided the now two year old brutal civil war, and that Russia is "not an advocate for Assad".
The Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah, has proved through its involvement in the Syrian conflict, that it has chosen religion (sect) over the Lebanese state. This choice has already had serious consequences, and may cause an all-out civil war in the Levant.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet his British counterpart on Wednesday as Washington struggles to organise an international peace conference that would bring together the Syrian government and opposition
Many leading Iranian conservatives have called for conservative candidates to withdraw from the upcoming elections, so that the party can present a unified front.
Turkish police fired teargas throughout Taksim Square in a bid to remove demonstrators from the scene
Austrian peacekeeping troops from the UN monitoring force in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights began their withdrawal from the border crossing on Wednesday, in light of escalating tension between the Syrians and Israelis.
Syrian fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have killed 26 men in eastern Damascus, as they allegedly brought flour and food aid to fighters.
Syrian rebels allegedly fired rockets into the Lebanese town of Hermel on Tuesday night, injuring four and killing one civilian.
June 11, 2013
Just hours after rumors spread that Hassan Rouhani would be disqualified from the upcoming presidential election, the moderate candidate was endorsed by former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
During a speech on Tuedsay, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called on Egypt's divergent political groups to put their differences aside for the sake of national unity,
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and his French counterpart expressed concern over the situation in Syria, and called for immediate and urgent action in the war-torn country.
Two suicide bombers attacked Marjeh square in Damascus on Tuesday morning, killing 14 people and injuring 31 civilians according to early reports.
The first quarter of 2013 has seen Israeli settlement building be at an all time high, according to data accumulated by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed his scheduled visit to the region in light of a series of talks occurring within the Obama administration this week on Syria, with a possible view to arm the Syrian rebels in light of regime successes.
After encroaching upon rebel positions in Aleppo since the fall of Qusayr last week, regime troops have launched an offensive against an Aleppo airbase, as well as key areas of the northern province.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out on the preconditions that the Palestinians for the negotiations, calling them insurmountable.
Two suicide bombers targeted a busy Damascus square on Tuesday morning. No reports on the number of casualties have been released yet.
Hundreds of Turkish riot police on Tuesday morning entered Istanbul’s Taksim Square, after forces reportedly used tear gas last night to disperse protesters on the 11th day of anti-government demonstrations.
The Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's sons on Monday as his retrial has been postponed yet again.
A van carrying Lebanese gunmen who were on their way to fight in Damascus was targeted by a car bomb in Lebanon's Bekaa valley on Monday. Several casualties were reported, but the gunmen still managed to enter Syria.