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  • Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
    Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs 10 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported. More »

  • British Teen Killed In Syria 'No Danger' To UK
    British Teen Killed In Syria 'No Danger' To UK 11 hours ago

    The father of a Brighton teenager who was killed fighting in Syria has told Sky News his son was "no danger" to the UK. Abdullah Deghayes and his brothers Amer, 20, and Jafar, 16, travelled to Syria without their parents' permission, Abubaker Deghayes said. He found out about the 18-year-old's death on Monday, through a message on Facebook. "I think if somebody has a just cause and he believes in it he should do it," Mr Deghayes said. More »

  • Bomb blast kills 14 at mosque in Syria's Homs - state TV 11 hours ago

    A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels. "Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a terrorist bomb in front of the Bilal al Habshi mosque ... as people left the mosque," state television said. The mosque is in a government-controlled part of Homs. The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV station, which has reporters in Syria, said it was a car bomb. More »

  • Miserable Syrians in Jordan say they'd rather go home
    Miserable Syrians in Jordan say they'd rather go home 13 hours ago

    Syrian refugees in Jordan say they are so miserable that they would rather face "inevitable death" in their war-torn country than live in conditions that have sparked riots. More »

  • Syria army advances in besieged Homs
    Syria army advances in besieged Homs 13 hours ago

    Push by President Bashar al-Assad's troops in the central city comes as bomb explodes outside a mosque, killing 14. More »

  • Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria'
    Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria' 14 hours ago

    The Foreign Office says it is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old from Saltdean, near Brighton, in Syria. Deghayes, the nephew of former Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, had apparently told family he was going to Libya. His father Abubaker Deghayes says he only found out about his death from Facebook: We found out on Facebook.  I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria, I need to find out. More »

  • British teenager killed in Syrian battle
    British teenager killed in Syrian battle 14 hours ago

    A British teenager was killed in a battle in Syria, his father said on Friday, as he revealed that two of his other sons have also gone to fight in the conflit. More »

  • UK looking into death of teenager in Syria 15 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — British officials say they are looking into the death of a British teenager in Syria. More »

  • Syria death son is 'a martyr' - dad
    Syria death son is 'a martyr' - dad 15 hours ago

    The father of a British teenager killed in Syria has described him as a "martyr" as he revealed he tried to convince him not to fight in the war-torn country. More »

  • Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release
    Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release 16 hours ago

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Libyan militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist fighters detained in Tunisia, its foreign minister said. Such kidnappings have become commonplace as Libya's political landscape fragments, and Mongi Hamdi also said Tunisia was considering reducing its diplomatic mission in the country. The Tunisian embassy adviser taken on Thursday became the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in the Libyan capital within a month. On Tuesday gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya, demanding an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom. More »

  • Q&A: Khalid Albaih talks 'Khartoons'
    Q&A: Khalid Albaih talks 'Khartoons' 17 hours ago

    Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih reflects on the power of images to create dialogue about the Arab world. More »

  • Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria
    Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria 18 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria. More »

  • Israel frees jailed Palestinian journalist
    Israel frees jailed Palestinian journalist 18 hours ago

    Majd Kayyal remains under house arrest, and could face a maximum four-year prison term for visiting "an enemy state". More »

  • Rival group accuses Qaeda of betraying jihadist cause
    Rival group accuses Qaeda of betraying jihadist cause 20 hours ago

    A powerful rival organisation has accused Al-Qaeda leaders of betraying the jihadist cause, in the latest widening of divisions rooted in Syria's civil war. More »

  • Homs civilians in danger as deal breaks down
    Homs civilians in danger as deal breaks down 22 hours ago

    UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urges return to negotiating table to resume lifting of siege of Syrian city. More »

  • UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria on Thursday said the besieged central city of Homs has become a "theater of death and destruction," and he urged both sides in the country's civil war to return to negotiations. More »

  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states. More »

  • Gulf Arab states agree on measures to heal internal rift Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Gulf Arab states took a step towards resolving a severe rift in the U.S.-backed alliance on Thursday by agreeing on ways to implement a security agreement they reached last year. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5, accusing Doha of not abiding by November's agreement, which called for not interfering in each others internal affairs. The unprecedented move, which analysts said was ultimately motivated by Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, complicated Gulf efforts to navigate regional turmoil, particularly in Syria and Egypt. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) secretariat said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies. More »

  • Turkish parliament approves law expanding spy powers
    Turkish parliament approves law expanding spy powers Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Turkey's parliament approved a controversial law on Thursday expanding the powers of the national spy agency and setting prison terms for publishing leaked information as the government fights back against a widening corruption scandal. More »

  • Somali and Syrian Child Refugees Separated by Thousands of Miles Become Pen …
    Somali and Syrian Child Refugees Separated by Thousands of Miles Become Pen … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Young Somali refugees have sent solidarity letters to Syrian refugee children who have fled their homeland due to a three-year long civil war. Aid agency Care International has organised the pen pal exchange among Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and Syrian children at the Refugee Assistance Centre in Amman, Jordan. "Two thousand miles separate the children living in Dadaab camp, Kenya, from the Syrian refugee children living in Jordan," a statement on the charity's website said. "They are united by one thing: their refugee status." More »

  • Syria rebels attack army barracks in Aleppo
    Syria rebels attack army barracks in Aleppo Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Nearly 50 people were killed on Thursday when Syrian rebels attacked one of the largest military barracks in the country, in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. More »

  • Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Alissa de Carbonnel and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's leaders on Thursday of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops. But, addressing Russians in his annual televised phone-in, Putin said he hoped he would not need to take such a step, and that diplomacy could succeed in resolving the standoff, the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington. He said Russia has no interest in reviving Cold War-era divisions, even if it felt threatened by NATO's eastward expansion and was angered by U.S. interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria that had gone ahead over the Kremlin's objections. More »

  • Arab Israeli journalist arrested after Lebanon visit
    Arab Israeli journalist arrested after Lebanon visit Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    An Arab Israeli journalist has been arrested after making a visit to Lebanon, his mother said Thursday, on suspicion he could have joined a "hostile organisation". More »

  • Iraq policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21
    Iraq policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    An Iraqi policeman sacrificed himself to shield army recruits from a suicide bomber northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, as attacks mainly targeting security personnel killed 21 people nationwide, officials said. More »

  • Daily highlights of Arab press headlines
    Daily highlights of Arab press headlines Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Highlights from stories making headlines in Arabic newspapers. More »

  • Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier. Iraqi Kurdish authorities say the ditch, which is approximately 3 metres deep and 2 metres wide, will help reduce smuggling and keep Islamist militants out of their relatively stable region as war grinds on in Syria. But the Kurdish group that controls the Syrian side of the border says the ditch is designed to tighten a blockade against its enclave, and force it to submit to the authority of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraq. Whatever the motive, the ditch is highly symbolic, fortifying one of the frontiers regarded by many Kurds as a historic injustice that carved their ethnic homeland up into four parts spread across Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. More »

  • Exclusive - Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons
    Exclusive - Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Dominic Evans and Anthony Deutsch BEIRUT/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syria has submitted a "more specific" list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said. Damascus agreed to give up its chemical arsenal after Washington threatened military action following the death of hundreds of Syrians in a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus during Syria's civil war last August. A diplomat said questions had been raised by member states at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about the details of its chemical arsenal submitted by President Bashar al-Assad's government last year. The officials said the original list had been based on estimates, not exact amounts of toxic agents found in storage and production facilities across Syria. More »

  • Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki …
    Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by authorities who are taking an increasingly tough stance against homegrown militants fighting in Syria's civil war. Amman treats returning jihadists as a security threat to be nipped in the bud and, with an eye to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's potential to tough out the uprising against him, wants to keep channels open to a government with which it retains diplomatic and trade ties. Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, some disillusioned by infighting within rebel ranks, others seeking a break from a draining and largely inconclusive conflict. More »

  • Talks on lifting Homs siege should restart: mediator
    Talks on lifting Homs siege should restart: mediator Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Syria's government and opposition groups should resume talks to lift the siege on Homs, where bombardments have re-started, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday. More »

  • Germany investigates suspected Syria radical Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they're investigating an alleged member of a hard-line Islamic group in Syria and two suspected accomplices accused of helping him procure money and supplies. More »

  • Syria presidential candidates 'to register from Monday'
    Syria presidential candidates 'to register from Monday' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Candidates for Syria's presidential election can begin registering on April 21, when the date for the vote will be announced, a government source told AFP on Thursday. More »

  • Syria negotiator says Homs once again a 'theatre of death'
    Syria negotiator says Homs once again a 'theatre of death' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday that a deal between trapped fighters and civilians in Homs city and the Syrian authorities had broken down, as government forces appeared close to retaking the besieged opposition area. Homs, a religiously-mixed city, was the scene of early protests against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 and has become a symbol of the destructive nature of Syria's civil war, with many of its neighbourhoods levelled by army shells. Hundreds of people remain trapped in the old part of the city, surrounded by government forces and pro-Assad militia. "It is alarming that Homs, whose people have suffered so much throughout these past three years is again the theatre of death and destruction." In recent months, government forces have recaptured several rebel-held areas and border towns, closing off rebel supply routes from Lebanon and securing the main highway leading north from Damascus towards central Syria, Homs and the Mediterranean. More »

  • Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts
    Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The exit of Saudi's spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh's goal of toppling the Damascus regime, experts say. More »

  • Putin says trust lost in ties with U.S. before Ukraine crisis Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but that he wanted to restore their cooperation. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was U.S. hypocrisy that had brought relations to their worst level since the Cold War: "The United States can act in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya but Russia is not allowed to defend its interests." The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, from U.S. missile defence plans to NATO expansion and the civil war in Syria. To improve ties, Putin said, the United States should respect others' interests and international law. More »

  • Has Putin Picked His Next Targets?
    Has Putin Picked His Next Targets? Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    There are increasing signs that the unrest in eastern Ukraine is spreading, and Odessa, the country’s third-largest city, could be the next to fall. More »