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November 08 2013

al-Qaeda chief orders dismantling of ISIL faction in syria

#al-Qaeda chief orders dismantling of ISIL faction in #syria

This still image from video obtained on October 26, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking in a video, from an undisclosed location, released by al-Qaeda’s media arm. (Photo: AFP / Site Intelligence Group)

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has ordered the disbanding of the main jihadi faction in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in an audio message aired on al-Jazeera Friday. The tape appears to (...)


November 06 2013

Forensics reveal Arafat was killed with polonium, widow says

Forensics reveal Arafat was killed with polonium, widow says

A September 28, 1998 file photo shows Palestinian leader #Yasser_Arafat addressing the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Photo: AFP - Timothy A. Clary)

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse. “We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination,” she told Reuters in Paris. (...)

#Israel #Palestine #Top_News

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October 20 2013

Qatar recovers sites hacked by pro-Assad group

#Qatar recovers sites hacked by pro-Assad group

Qatari authorities have restored several government websites attacked by hackers from the #Syrian_Electronic_Army, who support President Bashar al-Assad’s government, local media reported Sunday. Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Technology (ictQatar) said in a statement carried by local media that it has “recovered all government websites hacked on Saturday.” It said it is ready to “deal with any similar future operations.” read (...)

#syria #Top_News

October 16 2013

Seventy Syrian rebel groups say they no longer recognize SNC legitimacy

Seventy Syrian rebel groups say they no longer recognize #SNC legitimacy

A picture taken on October 9, 2013 shows an opposition fighter firing an rocket propelled grenade (RPG) during clashes in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP - Abo al-Nur Sadk)

Rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government in southern #syria said Wednesday the main opposition National Coalition had “failed” and announced they no longer recognize the Western-backed group. The video statement signed by nearly 70 groups (...)


October 04 2013

Syrian refugees threaten suicide after French police try to arrest them

Syrian refugees threaten suicide after French police try to arrest them

Syrian migrants trying to go to England block a pedestrian bridge leading to the ferry terminal of Calais in #France on October 3, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Philippe Huguen)

Two Syrians threatened to jump off a building early Friday after French riot police attempted to clear a group of refugees from a footbridge they are occupying at the English channel in a desperate attempt to get to #Britain. About 60 refugees, 20 of whom are on a hunger strike, have since Wednesday (...)

#syria #Top_News

October 01 2013

Sectarian violence in Iraq kills nearly 1,000 in September : UN

Sectarian violence in #Iraq kills nearly 1,000 in September: UN

Iraqi girls mourn the death of a relative, killed in an attack on a mosque in Baghdad’s northern neighborhood of Kasra the previous day, on September 12, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Iraq saw a series of bloody sectarian attacks in September the United Nations warned could force more people to flee, as violence rose sharply from the month before, according to figures released Tuesday. Figures compiled by the United Nations, the Iraqi government and AFP all (...)


Chemical experts to begin destroying syria's arsenal

Chemical experts to begin destroying #syria's arsenal

A rebel fighter prepares homemade mortar rounds on September 3, 2013 in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. (Photo: AFP - Mezar Matar)

A disarmament team is to arrive Tuesday in Damascus on a mission to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal, a day after UN experts wrapped up their investigation of alleged gas attacks. The team of 20 inspectors from The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of #chemical_weapons (OPCW) is implementing a UN resolution that ordered the (...)


Iranian FM denounces Israeli « lies »

Iranian FM denounces Israeli “lies”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of lying in his rejection of Tehran’s overtures to the West as a cosmetic ‘charm offensive.’ “We have seen nothing from Netanyahu but lies and actions to deceive and scare, and international public opinion will not let these lies go unanswered,” Zarif said in an interview with Iranian television broadcast on Tuesday. read (...)

#Iran #Israel #Top_News #united_states

September 29 2013

Bahrain jails 50 activists for up to 15 years

#Bahrain jails 50 activists for up to 15 years

A young Bahraini girl poses for a picture during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama, on 17 September 2013. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed al-Shaikh)

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 50 protest activists, many of whom were denied access to a lawyer and gave confessions under #Torture, to lengthy jail terms on terrorism-related charges, a rights group said. Separately, two police officers who were jailed for torturing a (...)

#February_14 #Prison #Top_News

UN_inspectors back in syria for new chemical probes

#UN_inspectors back in #syria for new chemical probes

A UN convoy of vehicles carrying inspectors investigating a chemical weapons attack in Syria, drives through the Lebanese village of Taanayel after crossing into Lebanon from Syria on 31 August 2013. (Photo: AFP - Anwar Amro)

UN chemical weapons experts, in Syria to investigate alleged use of the banned arms, on Sunday left their Damascus hotel to carry out a new mission, an AFP photographer said. The experts, who arrived in the Syrian capital last Wednesday on (...)

#chemical_attack #Top_News

September 27 2013

IAEA says talks with Iran « very constructive »

#IAEA says talks with #Iran “very constructive”

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief inspector Herman Nackaerts, right, and Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi speak to journalists at the Iranian permanent mission to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna on 27 September 2013. (Photo: AFP - Alexander Klein)

The UN atomic agency said on Friday it held “very constructive” talks with Iran, announcing a future meeting between the two (...)


September 25 2013

Three killed in Damascus car bomb : SANA

Three killed in #Damascus car bomb: SANA

A car bomb killed three people in the Damascus neighborhood of Tadamun on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported. SANA said that 10 others were wounded in the explosion on Nisreen Street that targeted a residential area. About 10 cars and over a dozen homes were also damaged. The report provided no further details. (Al-Akhbar)

#syria #Top_News

September 17 2013

Lavrov : Russia convinced syria chemical attack a « provocation »

Lavrov: #Russia convinced #syria chemical attack a “provocation”

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius during their meeting in Moscow on 17 September 2013. Photo: AFP - Alexander Nemenov)

Russia remains convinced that the August 21 poison gas attack in Syria was a provocation by rebel forces and says a report by UN inspectors does not answer all of its questions about the attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference alongside French (...)

#sarin #Top_News

September 14 2013

US and Russia come to agreement on syria chemical weapons

#US and #Russia come to agreement on #syria chemical weapons

Syrians hold banners and flags during a sit-in protest against a foreign military action on Syria on 13 September 2013 in Damascus. (Photo: AFP - Anwar Amro)

Updated at 2:40pm: The United States and Russia have agreed on a proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday after nearly three days of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry said that, under the pact, Syria must submit a (...)


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