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Syrian rebels set terms to free UN staff

Syrian rebels set terms to free UN staff

Rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria defied a chorus of international condemnation and calls for their unconditional release, saying government forces must leave the area before they free their “guests”. Rami Abdelrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted a spokesman for the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” rebel brigade […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Rights body calls for speedy probe

Rights body calls for speedy probe

The UAE Human Rights Association has urged the Attorney-General to speed up investigations into the allegations of torture raised by some of the 94 people who stood trial in the Security Circuit of the Supreme Federal Court in Abu Dhabi on Monday on the charge of being members of a secret organisation which was trying […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
UN troops seized by Syrian rebels appear in video

UN troops seized by Syrian rebels appear in video

BEIRUT (AP) — Several United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines who were abducted by Syrian rebels said in videos posted online Thursday that they are safe and sound, even as activists reported clashes and shelling in the area where U.N. troops are being held. Opposition fighters detained 21 Filipino peacekeepers near the village of Jamlah […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Beirut: 7 March 2013 Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to videos posted on the Internet site YouTube on Wednesday by a violence monitoring group. A young man saying he was from the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” brigade said the convoy would not be released […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Egypt court halts April elections

Egypt court halts April elections

7 March 2013 An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in April, opening a legal battle likely to delay the vote and deepening the political crisis between the Islamist president and his opponents that has polarized the nation for months. The new confusion surrounding the election underlined the […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Syrian refugees top 1 million, rebels take city

Syrian refugees top 1 million, rebels take city

BEIRUT 7 March 2013 (AP) — Syria’s accelerating humanitarian crisis hit a grim milestone Wednesday: The number of U.N.-registered refugees topped 1 million — half of them children — described by an aid worker as a “human river” of thousands spilling out of the war-ravaged country every day. Nearly 4 million of Syria’s 22 million […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Syrian activists say northern city fully liberated

Syrian activists say northern city fully liberated

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say rebels have seized key security buildings in the northern city of Raqqa where opposition fighters had been battling the last pockets of resistance by government troops. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strategic city on the Euphrates is now completely under rebel control. If confirmed, it […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Syrian jets bomb northern city overrun by rebels

Syrian jets bomb northern city overrun by rebels

Syrian jets bombed opposition-held buildings Tuesday in the strategic northern city of Raqqa, a day after rebels overran the onetime regime stronghold and captured its provincial governor. A toppled statue of President Bashar Assad’s father was defaced with graffiti reading, ‘Tomorrow will be better.’ The rebels continued to battle pockets of government troops in Raqqa, […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Human rights body oversees trial of 94

Human rights body oversees trial of 94

The Emirates Human Rights Association attended and kept a close watch on the trial of 94 Emirati suspects, including 13 women and 10 people on the run, who have been charged with joining an illegal clandestine organisation that planned to seize power in the country. The hearing, which was held in Abu Dhabi on Monday, […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Nuclear weapons-free zone in Middle East

Nuclear weapons-free zone in Middle East

The establishment of a Middle East Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (MENWFZ) is drawing support, with the possibility of holding a new round of talks by early spring in Helsinky, Finland this year, according to a leading nuclear diplomat. Dr Hans Blix, the world’s leading expert on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) said the establishment of […]

March 6, 2013 | By More