Middle East

OPEC perceives risk of Shortage and Price Increase

June 15, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Oil prices will rise and could harm the economy if an expected supply shortage materializes later this year, OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri said on Tuesday. Consumer countries urged the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pump more to replace supplies shut down in Libya and to prevent fuel inflation hurting [...]

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Somalia kills al-Qaeda agent Fazul Abdullah Mohammed in a major blow to the terrorist group

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Somali forces confirmed that they have killed Al Qaeda’s most senior operative in East Africa:Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who planned the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanazania. The announcement comes as a blow to the terrorist organization, which has lost three of its top leaders in recent weeks, including Osama bin Laden. US authorities had placed [...]

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Israeli central banker Stanley Fischer makes late IMF bid

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Israeli central banker Stanley Fischer announced a formal bid to head the International Monetary Fund, positioning himself as a dark-horse candidate as the race enters its final stages. “In normal times, you can probably rely on intuition,” Mr. Fischer said in an interview. “But all the time, in different countries, there are [...]

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African leaders begin talks on an $875 billion trading block

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “African leaders Sunday agreed to a framework to guide the next phase of negotiations on creating the continent’s biggest free-trade bloc, in a communique issued after a day of talks. The new bloc would integrate the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern [...]

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Syria’s “Gay Girl in Damascus” blog actually a hoax by a U.S. man

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “A blog purportedly written by a gay woman in Syria, which described life in Damascas amid the current political unrest, has been revealed to be a hoax. A Girl Gay in Damascus gained a worldwide readership and was closely followed by news organisations. But the true author has now come forward – [...]

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Iran urges the IAEA to detect agents involved in Stuxnet Worm attack

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-06/14/c_13927259.htm ” Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Bagheri called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday to detect agents involved in Stuxnet computer worm plan, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Addressing the closing session of the second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference in Tehran on [...]

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Egypt detains former Israeli military officer suspected of spying

June 12, 2011

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The U.S. pressuring Israel, Palestine to restart peace talks

June 12, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The United States is stepping up its efforts to head-off a vote at the United Nations in September on a resolution recognizing an independent Palestinian state. With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stalled since last September, Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas has proposed that the UN General Assembly (GA) vote accept ” [...]

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II announces “sweeping” reforms

June 12, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   Jordan’s King Abdullah II announced sweeping reforms in a nationally televised address Sunday, promising to establish a parliamentary majority government — a key demand of protesters calling for changes to the regime. “Today, and on this occasion, we announce our reform vision for the Jordan of the future, in which [...]

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Iranian Police break up anti-Ahmadinejad protest in the capital

June 12, 2011

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Syrian forces occupy northwestern border town Jisr al-Shughour as its inhabitants flee

June 12, 2011

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Opposition split on how to reshape Yemen

June 11, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “With Yemen’s president recovering in Saudi Arabia from an attack last week on his palace mosque, the opposition seems increasingly divided about how to move forward, with some favoring far-reaching changes and others urging a more moderate political resolution endorsed by the United States and Yemen’s Arab neighbors. Many are anxious that [...]

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The United Nations Secretary-General calls the Syrian Military Crackdown unacceptable

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of troops against protesters as “unacceptable” and demanded reforms.” Source 2 The White House condemns the Syria crackdown and backs the UN draft resolution condemning the crackdown and calling for it to end. Source 3 Syrian forces fired on anti-government protesters, [...]

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U.S. waiting for Israel’s response to its negotiating framework

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “After laying out a vision for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the White House is now hoping Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will decide to accept that framework for negotiations, a senior US official told Jewish leaders Friday. The message seems to place the onus on Israel for moving forward with an overture toward the Palestinians, which [...]

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Hamas leaders using Facebook to woo Palestinian public

June 9, 2011

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