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Assad may not have known about Chemical Weapons

Assad may not have known about Chemical Weapons

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday that Bashir Al-Assad may not have approved the use of chemical weapons allegedly used by Syrian forces on August 21, that left over 1400 killed. The article cites its source from radio messages intercepted by surveillance from the German naval reconnaissance vessel, the Oker, sailing close […]

Germany now backs EU for strong response on Syria

Germany now backs EU for strong response on Syria

Germany has now agreed to sign a G20 statement calling for a strong response to Syria’s alleged chemical weapon attack that left over 1400 people dead. This position comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Germany would not be involved in any military action against Syria. It also comes one day short of a vote […]

Russia sends naval ship to defend ally Syria in case of attack

Russia sends naval ship to defend ally Syria in case of attack

The Russian state news agency, Interfax, has reported that naval landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov to Syrian waters in preparation of a possible military attack from the United States. “The Nikolai Filchenkov under the command of Captain 2nd Rank Igor Dmitriyenko is immediately going on a distant mission today. The ship will go to Novorossiysk, where […]

Palestinians face extreme fuel shortage after Egypt destroys tunnels

Palestinians face extreme fuel shortage after Egypt destroys tunnels

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are now experiencing extreme shortages on fuel after Egypt’s military recently destroyed dozens of underground tunnels and houses between the Egypt-Gaza border to prevent potential Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers and Islamic militants from entering the country. Fuel was previously transferred via tunnels however after the closure and destruction of most of […]

UN reports 804 killed in Iraq in August

UN reports 804 killed in Iraq in August

The UN has reported that 804 people were killed in Iraq in violence throughout August of which 716 of those killed were civilians and 88 were Iraqi security forces. Although the number of deaths is lower than the reportedly 1057 that were killed in July, recent terrorist attacks and violence in Iraq have been the […]

US, UK and France back off Military action on Syria

US, UK and France back off Military action on Syria

UK Chancellor George Osborne has stated that Prime Minister David Cameron will not pursue military support for action in Syria even if new evidence of Chemical weapon use comes to light. “I think Parliament has spoken. I think the Labour party will always play this opportunistically. The Conservative MPs, and there were Liberal Democrats, who […]

Doctors without Borders report on Syria

Doctors without Borders report on Syria

Below is an excerpt from the Doctors without Borders report on Syria. In the aftermath of the alleged chemical weapons attack on thousands of Syrian civilians, 70 of the 100 volunteers on the ground have reported symptoms after treating patients, and one volunteer has died. Of the 3 hospitals which volunteers attend to, 3600 patients […]

The Hamas dilemma in Egypt

The Hamas dilemma in Egypt

This article is a translation of the Arabic text which appeared in Al Jazeera Net on 6 August, 2013¬†by Fahmi Huwaidi¬† I realise that the environment in Egypt is not conducive to discussion of the state’s relationship with Hamas, which has been accused of interference in Egyptian affairs post-January 25 Revolution. Nevertheless, a press conference […]