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Press Review - 2014

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the cont...

16/04/2014

Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen

Washington (CNN) -- A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike. U.S. officials won't comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by th...

16/04/2014

Sisi gains huge support for presidential bid

Egyptian military commander receives 200,000 signatures, surpassing the 25,000 required to register for poll.

15/04/2014

Syria rebels driven from Christian town of Maaloula

Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters have driven rebels from the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, state media and activists say.

15/04/2014

Syria's Assad claims upper hand in war 'turning point'

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has claimed the upper hand in what he called a "turning point" in the three-year long civil war.

14/04/2014

Pakistan: Next round of Taliban talks coming soon

ISLAMABAD — The next round of direct peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban will take place in the coming days, the country’s interior minister said Sunday, denying reports that the negotiations were deadlocked. “The next meeting, which is due to take place over the next few days, will come up with a comprehensive a...

14/04/2014

Erdogan suffers blow in court decision on judiciary

Turkey's Constitutional Court annulled parts of a law tightening government control of the judiciary on Friday, dealing a blow to a reform critics saw as part of a bid by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to suppress a corruption scandal. The court said in a statement it had canceled articles granting the justice minist...

11/04/2014

From Cairo to Suez, Egypt workers defy government with labor strikes

SUEZ—Thousands of Egyptian workers have staged strikes for higher wages and better working conditions in recent weeks, raising the possibility of a confrontation between impoverished laborers and a new president set to be elected this spring. The rallies and sit-ins that have crippled the postal service, textile fac...

11/04/2014

Hamid Aboutalebi: US Congress passes ban on Iran envoy

The US Congress has sent a bill to the president that would bar Iran's pick for ambassador to the UN from entering the country.

11/04/2014

Egyptian authorities arrest journalist for 'inciting violence'

Abdel-Rahman Shaheen, who worked for Al-Jazeera, is latest in spate of journalists arrested in Egypt

10/04/2014

Khamenei: Iran will never give up its nuclear programme

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has backed talks with world powers but warned Tehran will never give up its nuclear programme.

10/04/2014

Explosions claim dozens in Homs

Syria’s state-run news agency says two car bombs have killed 25 people in the central city of Homs. Sana says the blasts that struck a busy street also wounded 107 people. It said the dead and wounded in Wednesday’s explosions included women and children. Sana said one car was parked near a sweets shop, and th...

10/04/2014

After ’09 Fraud, Afghanistan Reports a Cleaner Election

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan presidential election on Saturday appeared to be substantially cleaner than the widely discredited 2009 election, according to complaint figures released Tuesday by the authorities here. None of the leading candidates have said so far that they would dispute this year’s balloting, who...

10/04/2014

Interim Libya leader to form new Cabinet: MP

TRIPOLI: Libya’s Parliament on Tuesday charged the interim prime minister with forming a new Cabinet after the weak central government had earlier requested wider powers. Abdullah Al-Thani “has been confirmed as prime minister and charged with forming a new government” after replacing ousted premier Ali Zeidan on a ...

09/04/2014

Iraq attacks kill 15 as soldiers ambush militants

Attacks in Iraq left 15 people dead yesterday while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has left more than 2,400 people dead since the...

09/04/2014

U.N. chief condemns death of Dutch priest in Syria

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the shooting death Monday of a well-known Dutch priest in Syria as an "inhumane act of violence." Frans van der Lugt, 75, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, was shot dead there by a masked gunman. Ban's spokesman Stephane ...

08/04/2014

Assad: Syrian war over by end of year

A former Russian premier who recently met Bashar al-Assad said that the Syrian president told him that much of the country’s civil conflict would be over by the end of the year, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported on Monday. Sergei Stepashin, who served as prime minister in 1999 under then-President Boris Yeltsin...

08/04/2014

Fund crunch forces UN to cut Syria food aid

Size of food parcels cut by a fifth as donor countries fail to fulfil pledges of donations to aid agencies

08/04/2014

Libyan rebels agree to reopen two oil terminals after deal

Two Libyan oil terminals have reopened, after rebels agreed partially to lift their oil blockade in a deal reached with the government.

07/04/2014

US allows Boeing airplane component sales to Iran

The US Treasury has granted plane manufacturer Boeing a licence to export certain spare commercial parts to Iran, a company spokesman says.

07/04/2014
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