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Iraqi Claims Abuse by British Soldiers: Report
LONDON (AFP) – British troops forced an Iraqi detainee to wear an orange jump suit and told him that he was to be executed at Guantanamo Bay camp, according to allegations published in a newspaper on Monday. The 23-year-old man alleges he was beaten ... more
Obama says al Qaeda Still Greatest Threat to U.S.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called al Qaeda the biggest threat to U.S. security, as his aides stepped up pressure on Afghanistan and Pakistan to cooperate with Washington's strategy in the troubled region. Obama, who ... more
UN Atomic Agency to Unveil Latest Iran Report
VIENNA (AFP) – The UN atomic agency unveils its latest report on Iran's disputed nuclear drive Monday, with world powers warning Tehran is "running out of time" to respond to a UN-brokered offer to end the standoff. The International Atomic Energy ... more
Iran 'Has Rejected' Nuclear Deal: French FM
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Iran has in effect rejected a UN-brokered deal aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in an interview published on Sunday. "In practice, the answer has almost been ... more
Palestinians to Seek UN Endorsement of Statehood

JERUSALEM, (AP) – Palestinian officials said Sunday they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state without Israel's consent because they are losing hope they can achieve their aspirations through peace talks. The announcement ... more
Violence in Marseille over Algeria, Egypt Soccer
MARSEILLE, France,(Reuters) - Rioters smashed shop windows, hurled stones at police and set fire to several boats moored in the southern French port of Marseille after Egypt beat Algeria in a soccer World Cup qualifying match on Saturday. A police ... more
Kuwaiti MP Files to Quiz Premier over Finances
KUWAIT CITY (AFP) – Islamist opposition MP Faisal al-Muslim on Sunday filed to quiz Kuwait's prime minister in parliament over alleged misuse of public funds and issuing a 700,000-dollar cheque to another MP. Muslim alleges that the office of Prime ... more
Iran Condemns US Mosque Seizure
TEHRAN, Iran, (AP) – Iran on Sunday denounced as 'disgraceful' U.S. moves to seize four mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim nonprofit organization suspected of Iranian links. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the moves show ... more
Iraqis Claim Torture by British Soldiers: Ministry

LONDON (AFP) – An investigation has been launched into allegations that British soldiers tortured Iraqi civilians, Britain's Ministry of Defence said. The announcement of the probe came after the Independent newspaper said 33 cases of alleged abuse ... more
Lebanon's New Cabinet Leery of Hezbollah Dispute
BEIRUT, (AP) – Lebanon's new government, a shaky coalition of Western-backed factions and the militant Hezbollah, is unlikely to tackle the chief challenge the country faces — a buildup of the Iranian-backed group's weapons — even as the rockets ... more
Turkey Ready 'to Store Iran's Uranium'
ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey is ready to store Iran's enriched uranium stockpile as part of a draft deal to help quell international concern over the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, media reports said Saturday, citing Energy Minister Taner Yildiz. "There ... more
Syria Rebuffs Israeli Offer of Direct Talks
PARIS (AFP) – Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Friday that he had no "Israeli partner" ready to push forward the Middle East peace process, rebuffing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer of talks. Accusing Netanyahu of not being serious ... more
A Risky Setting for NYC Trial of 9/11 Suspects
WASHINGTON, (AP) – In a move both politically and legally risky, the Obama administration plans to put on trial the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and four alleged accomplices in a lower Manhattan courthouse. The venue for the ... more
Saudi Forces Capture Yemeni Infiltrators
Jizan, Asharq Al-Awsat- An authoritative Saudi military source has asserted to Asharq al-Awsat that Saudi forces discovered during their ongoing mopping up operations in the border strip, hideouts and hidden weapons caches for the infiltrators. According ... more
Iran Student Gets 8 Yrs Over Post-Election Protests
TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian court on Saturday sentenced a student who took part in protests following Iran's disputed presidential election this year to eight years in prison, a website reported. The June 12 vote triggered big street demonstrations ... more
Sudan: Al-Bashir's Reelection Means Secession of South- Al-Mahdi
Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of Sudan's opposition Ummah Party and former prime minister, has asserted that the election of the ruling Sudanese National Congress Party [NCP] led by President Omar al-Bashir in the elections scheduled ... more
Mideast Radicals Fill Space Left by Peace Impasse
CAIRO, (AP) – Iran's closest allies in the Middle East are seizing on a deadlock in U.S.-backed peace efforts to try to sway a frustrated Arab world to their side. Radicals have escalated their rhetoric as hopes for progress on an Israeli-Palestinian ... more
Palestinian Elections Postponed
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) – The Palestinian electoral commission has said the elections called for January should be postponed because the vote can not take place in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. "I regret to say it is unfortunate that the elections will ... more
British Ex-PM Blair Faces Iraq Inquiry Next Year
LONDON (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will face questioning next year about Britain's entry into the Iraq war from a committee which has heard the decision was illegal and based on deception, its chairman said on Friday. The order to ... more
Washington Committed to Middle East Peace Process
Moussa Faki Mahamat Talks to Asharq Al-Awsat
A Visit to the Maimonides Synagogue
Saudi Air Force Continues Pounding Huthi Rebels
Uranium Wars
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Larijani…Intelligence or Predicament! : Tariq Alhomayed
Statements attributed to Iranian Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani, in which ... more
The Huthis: Iran- Affiliated or Just Propaganda? : Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed
Following the G8 Summit, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh met with the US President. ... more
Don't Confuse the Huthis with the Zaidis : Mshari Al-Zaydi
The biggest mistake that could be made with the Huthi crisis in Saudi Arabia is ... more
When Pigs Fly! : Hussein Shobokshi
The fastest growing and most developed means of communication is SMS text messaging, ... more
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