Al Maliki slams Saudi Arabia, Qatar for Anbar violence

March 10, 2014 3:20 am0 comments

Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the Sunni insurgents his troops are battling in western Anbar province, in his strongest such statement since fighting started there early this year. Security forces have been fighting insurgents from the Al Qaida-affiliated Islamic […]

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Bahrainis could be executed over deadly blast

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Manama: Four Shiites who “confessed” to taking part in an attack that killed three policemen in Bahrain this month could face the death penalty if convicted, prosecutors said on Sunday. Death sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment – 25 years – in the kingdom, which has been rocked by […]

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Joint Arab push to crush terror urged

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Joint Arab push to crush terror urged

Saudi Arabia reiterated on Sunday that it would make every effort to root out terrorism and urged all Arab countries to join forces to confront the danger that threatens their security and stability. “The Kingdom denounces all forms of terrorist activities witnessed by Arab countries, including Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen,” […]

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Bahrain vows relentless efforts to apprehend killers

March 9, 2014 3:36 am0 comments
Bahrain vows relentless efforts to apprehend killers

Manama: Bahrain’s Public Security Chief said that three of the suspects arrested in connection with the death of three policemen on March 3 were among the 25 people currently in detention on charges related to the case. Major-General Tariq Al Hassan announced at a press conference on Wednesday the names […]

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Israel brings Iranian ship to dock

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Israel brings Iranian ship to dock

EILAT, Israel: A ship allegedly carrying advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli Navy was escorted into the Red Sea port of Eilat on Saturday. Israeli naval commandos seized the vessel on Wednesday in the Red Sea between Eritrea and Sudan, with the military saying […]

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Missing Malaysia jet: 2 in passenger list used stolen passports

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Missing Malaysia jet: 2 in passenger list used stolen passports

HANOI: Mystery surrounded the identity of two passengers who appear to have used stolen European passports to board a Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished carrying 239 people, as the search for the aircraft failed to yield a breakthrough Sunday. More than 30 hours after air traffic control lost communication with […]

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Yemeni accused of guiding US drone strikes ‘executed’

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SANAA: Al-Qaeda militants shot dead a man in southeastern Yemen on Thursday for allegedly giving the United States information used to carry out drone strikes against militants, witnesses and the SITE monitoring service said. Residents said the man was found shot dead on a sandy football pitch in the town […]

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Turkish president nixes Facebook, YouTube ban

March 8, 2014 6:02 am0 comments

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president on Friday ruled out any ban on Facebook and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the sites could be shut to stop his foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption in his inner circle. In the latest recording, released on YouTube late on Thursday, Erdogan […]

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Violence kills eight in Iraq

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Violence kills eight in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Shelling in Iraq’s city of Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for more than two months, and a shooting targeting a local official killed eight people Friday, police and doctors said. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodshed that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven […]

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Malaysia Airlines flight missing: 239 people onboard

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Malaysia Airlines flight missing: 239 people onboard

A missing Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the  Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said on Saturday. Malaysian and Vietnamese authorities were working jointly on search operations in the area […]

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