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WEDNESDAY, 19 December 2012
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Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Three workers in a polio eradication campaign were shot in Pakistan on Wednesday, and two of them were killed, the latest in an unprecedented string of attacks over the past three days that has partially halted the U.N.-backed campaign. The United Nations in Pakistan has pulled all staff involved in the campaign off the ... Read More
Vatican hopes Palestinian UN upgrade spurs solution to Arab-Israeli conflict
Monday, 17 December 2012
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said the Vatican hopes the recent de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations would spur the international community to find a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. "It is hoped that (the resolution) will encourage the commitment of the international community to ... Read More
Taliban say suicide bomber targeted U.S. company in Kabul
Monday, 17 December 2012
Afghanistan’s Taliban movement claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul on Monday which targeted a U.S. contracting company and killed two Afghan civilians, underscoring security challenges ahead of a NATO pullout. Hours earlier, a blast in eastern Afghanistan killed 10 Afghan girls, between nine and 11 years ... Read More
In French countryside, Taliban edges towards peace table
Monday, 17 December 2012
Efforts to draw the Taliban into a peace process to prevent Afghanistan from collapsing into civil war after NATO troops pull out in 2014 will take a small, but potentially significant, step forward in France this week. Under the auspices of a French think-tank, two senior Taliban officials will sit down for ... Read More
Lieberman resignation a gamble: Israeli media
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Avigdor Lieberman is hoping for a quick return to government after resigning as Israel’s foreign minister over graft charges, but his bid for a quick plea deal could be a gamble, Israeli media said Sunday. Lieberman announced he was stepping down on Friday, a day after the attorney general decided to charge the ... Read More
Obama to join vigils for Connecticut school massacre
Sunday, 16 December 2012
President Barack Obama was due in the small Connecticut community of Newtown on Sunday to join in vigils for the 20 small children and seven adults slaughtered by a young Read More
Pakistan police battle militants after deadly airport raid
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Police battled militants armed with automatic weapons, grenades and mortars in northwest Pakistan’s Peshawar on Sunday, a day after a deadly Taliban raid on the city's Read More
Turkey seizes PKK marijuana stash in major crackdown
Saturday, 15 December 2012
The Turkish army has seized more than 20 tons of marijuana from Kurdish rebels in what local authorities said Saturday was one of the biggest ever crackdowns on “terrorist Read More
Sympathy over U.S. school shooting stretches globe
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Images of a tearful President Barack Obama speaking after a shooting rampage in Connecticut resonated around the world, with many outside the United States expressing hope Saturday that America's latest school massacre would prompt the country to strengthen gun control. Shock and sympathy were the ... Read More
U.S. Muslims to reclaim 'Jihad' with an ad campaign
Saturday, 15 December 2012
US Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with Read More
Canada’s Supreme Court upholds anti-terrorism law
Friday, 14 December 2012
Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld an anti-terrorism law enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, ruling unanimously that those who choose to engage in terrorism must “pay a very heavy Read More
At least 27, with 18 children shot dead at Connecticut school: report
Friday, 14 December 2012
At least 27 people, including 18 children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials. If confirmed, it would be one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. It comes after a series of shooting rampages in the ... Read More
EU to consider all options to help Syrian opposition fighters
Friday, 14 December 2012
All options are on the table to support the Syrian opposition fighting President Bashar al-Assad, European Union leaders said on Friday, raising the possibility that non-lethal military equipment or even arms could eventually be supplied. In their strongest statement of support for the Syrian opposition since the uprising ... Read More
Ben Ali’s son-in-law detained in Seychelles
Friday, 14 December 2012
The son-in-law of Tunisia’s deposed former dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has been arrested in the Seychelles, the Tunisian authorities announced on Friday. Sakhr el-Materi, who was convicted in absentia for corruption by a Tunisian court, fled to Qatar after the mass uprising that toppled his father-in-law in January ... Read More
Pakistanis protest against naming college for Malala
Friday, 14 December 2012
A Pakistani government official says several hundred students have rallied against naming their college after an activist schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, saying the move would be a security risk. The Taliban shot and wounded 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in October in Mingora, the main town in the northwest Swat Valley, ... Read More
Susan Rice withdraws as U.S. secretary of state candidate
Friday, 14 December 2012
Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration as U.S. secretary of state on Thursday, citing a tough Senate confirmation battle she is looking to avoid. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, said she was withdrawing from the process to avoid a lengthy, costly ... Read More
N.Korea rocket ‘provocative’: U.S., Philippines
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Long-time allies the United States and the Philippines on Thursday blasted North Korea’s “provocative” rocket launch as a threat to regional security and pledged to strengthen their military ties. In a statement following bilateral talks attended by top diplomats and security officials, the two countries vowed ... Read More
Al Arabiya’s News Xchange debate discusses coverage of Syria, Arab Spring
Thursday, 13 December 2012
The debate surrounding the news media coverage of the Arab Spring forced itself into the agenda of the annual News Xchange conference that brought together representatives of the industry from around the world in Barcelona. In a 40-minute discussion titled “Arab Spring: Perspectives on Editorial Policy,” media ... Read More
‘Syria freedom train’ pushes for EU action against Assad
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
A special ‘Freedom Train’ carrying about 300 opponents to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad arrived in Strasbourg on Tuesday to press their case for regime change at the European institutions in the eastern French city. The train left Paris a day before a meeting of the so-called “Friends of Syria” group in Marrakesh, ... Read More
Spain’s FC Bareclona brings its soccer skills to Baghdad
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
A charity initiative set up by Spain’s FC Barcelona has set up a training camp in the city to help children enhance their social values through football. The scheme is also being funded by oil company Shell and around 200 children from the age of eight to seventeen are taking part. Waleed Hameed, is in charge of the Youth ... Read More
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