Tag: Syria

Sen. John McCain slips into Syria to meet rebel leaders

Sen. John McCain slips into Syria to meet rebel leaders

May 28, WASHINGTON (AP) — Spokeswoman Rachael Dean confirms the Arizona Republican made the visit. She declined further comment about the trip. The visit took place amid meetings in Paris involving efforts to secure participation of Syria’s fractured opposition in an international peace conference in Geneva. Sen. John McCain quietly slipped into Syria for a […]

May 28, 2013 | By More
57 dead after car bombing hit mainly shia areas in Iraq

57 dead after car bombing hit mainly shia areas in Iraq

May 27, BAGHDAD (AP) — The blasts are the latest indication that Iraq’s security is rapidly deteriorating as sectarian tensions exacerbated by months of Sunni-led anti-government protests and the war in neighboring Syria are on the rise. A wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of the Baghdad area on Monday afternoon, […]

May 27, 2013 | By More
EU Nations divided over lifting of Syria arms embargo

EU Nations divided over lifting of Syria arms embargo

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain is the most outspoken proponent of relaxing the arms embargo but faces opposition from some members that feel more weapons would only increase the killings and tarnish the EU’s reputation as a peace broker. The European Union nations remain divided on Monday on whether to ease sanctions against Syria to allow […]

May 27, 2013 | By More
Rockets hit south Beirut after Hezbollah promises Assad victory

Rockets hit south Beirut after Hezbollah promises Assad victory

May 26, AP – It was the first attack to apparently target Hezbollah’s stronghold in the south of the Lebanese capital since the outbreak of the two-year conflict in neighboring Syria, which has sharply heightened Lebanon’s own sectarian tensions. Two rockets hit a Shi’ite Muslim district of southern Beirut on Sunday and wounded several people, […]

May 26, 2013 | By More
Riots swept through Stockholm’s Suburbs for the fifth straight night

Riots swept through Stockholm’s Suburbs for the fifth straight night

May 24, AP – The riots, which have shattered Sweden’s image abroad as a peaceful and egalitarian nation, have sparked a debate about the assimilation of immigrants, who make up about 15 percent of the population. More than a dozen cars were torched and schools, shops and a police station were set ablaze as riots […]

May 24, 2013 | By More
Human rights group warns Crisis stoking anti-migrant bias in Europe

Human rights group warns Crisis stoking anti-migrant bias in Europe

May 23, NEW YORK (AP) — In its annual global report on human rights, Amnesty International pointed to Greece’s tough new immigration laws and Italy’s deportation of asylum seekers to countries where they are at risk of abuse. A top human rights group warned Wednesday that the plight of refugees and migrants fleeing wars and […]

May 23, 2013 | By More
Moscow protests alleged vote theft at Eurovision

Moscow protests alleged vote theft at Eurovision

May 22, AP – MOSCOW — Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was meeting with his counterpart from Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic that is investigating why the country’s announced votes did not give any points to Russia. Azerbaijan’s foreign minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, said the country’s mobile phone operators reported that Russia’s Dina Garipova came second in […]

May 22, 2013 | By More
Israeli military chief warns Bashar Al-Assad

Israeli military chief warns Bashar Al-Assad

May 21, JERUSALEM (AP) — Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz issued his threat hours after an Israeli jeep came under fire during a patrol in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syria claimed it destroyed an Israeli vehicle that crossed the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights overnight. The Israeli military said the vehicle suffered light damage. It […]

May 21, 2013 | By More
UAE slams Iran for its direct interference in the internal issues of Bahrain

UAE slams Iran for its direct interference in the internal issues of Bahrain

May 20, AP – Addressing a joint Press conference, UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with his Australian counterpart Bob Carr, said Iran had no right to interfere in GCC regional affairs. The UAE on Sunday condemned Iran for its interference in Bahrain’s domestic issues, accusing Tehran of trying to distract […]

May 20, 2013 | By More
US condemns Russian shipment of missiles to Syria

US condemns Russian shipment of missiles to Syria

May 18, AP – Top US military official General Martin Dempsey said on Friday that Moscow’s most recent delivery of anti-ship missiles was “ill-timed and very unfortunate.” Russia’s decision to allow the arms consignment, Dempsey added, risked protracting the civil war within Syria. The United States has expressed disapproval at Moscow for sending a missile […]

May 18, 2013 | By More