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Press Review - 2014

ISIS tells Iraqi shops to veil mannequins

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reportedly given shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul strict instructions to cover the faces of mannequins, months after seizing control of the country’s second largest city. According to The Associated Press, Mosul shop owners said they had been told to cover the faces of b...

23/07/2014

Nigerian president vows to free missing girls

President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time with parents of some of the 217 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

23/07/2014

Gloves come off between Syrian regime, Islamic State

A deadly assault by the Islamic State on a regime-held gas field in Homs province marks a new chapter in Syria's civil war as government forces and Islamic State face off.

22/07/2014

Israeli soldier reported missing in Gaza

Military presumes the soldier is dead, as Israel's continued assault on Gaza raises the death toll to more than 607.

22/07/2014

Libyan rebels behead Filipino ‘for being non-Muslim’

The Philippines on Monday confirmed the death of a Filipino construction worker who was kidnapped and beheaded by militiamen in Libya, in what has been described as the first Filipino death in the country since the 2011 revolution. According to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, the Filipino, w...

22/07/2014

Two Syrians Freed for Ransom, Kidnappers Still Hold a Third

Two Syrian nationals who were kidnapped in Baalbek Monday were freed on Tuesday for a $20,000 ransom, the state-run National News Agency stated. Khalil Ibrahim al-Ali and his brother Abdel Karim and Zaydan Salman al-Hamad, all Syrians, were kidnapped Monday night in al-Hillanyieh on the Baalbek road in the Bekaa reg...

22/07/2014

Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks'

Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near Mosul and expelled the monks.

21/07/2014

Iran dilutes enriched uranium stockpile

UN nuclear agency says Iran has converted its 20-percent enriched stockpile as per agreement with major powers.

21/07/2014

Turkish main opposition says documents prove intel trucks were destined for al-Qaeda, ISIL

A senior executive of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has suggested there is documented evidence showing the trucks headed for the Syrian border were carrying weapons to aid Islamic militants. CHP Deputy Chair Bülent Tezcan, speaking at a press conference at Parliament on July 21, explained that ...

21/07/2014

Keep Negotiating on Iran’s Nukes

Despite six months of negotiations, it seems unlikely that Iran and the major powers will complete an agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program by a self-imposed July 20 deadline. But they have left open the possibility of extending talks for up to six more months. They should not hesitate to do so. The whole point ...

17/07/2014

With Iraqi roads blocked, demand for flights from Baghdad soars

The continued instability in Iraq is forcing residents to flee. With land borders blocked by fighting, people are forced to wait more than a month for plane tickets.

17/07/2014

Obama says Iran talks may need more time

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that talks with Iran on its nuclear program have shown a “credible way forward” and may need to run beyond a Sunday deadline. “Our team will continue discussions with Iran and our partners as we determine whether additional time is necessary to extend our negotiations,” Oba...

17/07/2014

Muslims likely to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on July 28

The Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr is likely to fall on Monday (July 28), according to an Islamic astronomical organization in Saudi Arabia, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. According to the Muslim calendar, the month of Shawwal follows Ramadan. Mohammad Shawkat Oudah, chairman of the Islamic Crescen...

17/07/2014

Gunmen kill Tunisian soldiers near Algeria

At least 14 soldiers killed when gunmen attacked military checkpoints in Mount Chaambi area, close to Algerian border.

17/07/2014

Kerry Cites ‘Progress’ in Iran Talks but Says ‘Very Real Gaps’ Remain

VIENNA — After three days of intensive talks with his Iranian counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that “tangible progress” had been made in negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, and that he would return to Washington to consult with President Obama over whether to extend a Sunday deadline for a fi...

16/07/2014

Syria's Assad Sworn In, Takes Swipe at West over Revolt

Syria's President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term, warning Western and Arab governments they will pay dearly for backing those who took up arms against him. In a triumphant speech delivered after he took the oath of office at a red carpet ceremony in Damascus, Assad branded the 2011 Ara...

16/07/2014

Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Residents said there was no fighting in the city on Wednesday morning, four days after Iraqi army assault began.

16/07/2014

Aleppo rebels caught between Islamic State and regime

Rebels in Aleppo say they will struggle to prevent both the Syrian regime forces and a resurgent Islamic State from sweeping through the city and its countryside.

15/07/2014

Hundreds of Kurds enter Syria to fight ISIL as Turkey increases security on Rojava border

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have entered the predominantly Syrian Kurdish region known as Rojava in recent days to battle jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Kobane, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdul Rahman said July 14, as the Turkish army beefed up its security on the border. “At least 8...

15/07/2014

Iraq MPs break deadlock and elect speaker

Sunni lawmaker Salim al-Juburi is nominated as a consensus choice, winning 194 votes in the 328-seat parliament.

15/07/2014

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