- March 21, 2018
Political groups protest government’s amendment of the electoral law
Ranging from advocates of Islamic law to Western-style liberals, a majority of political groups are boycotting Saturday’s election for Kuwait’s 50-seat parliament, while a few are participating in it.
Political parties remain banned in the oil-rich Gulf emirate, although these groups act as de facto parties.
Those boycotting are doing it for the second time in a row in protest at the government’s amendment of the electoral law, although the change was confirmed by the constitutional court in June.
Residents said it was the ambassador’s residence but he was out of the country
Unidentified assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the United Arab Emirates embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign targets in the North African country.
Security sources said the attackers drove up to the compound, which houses both the embassy and ambassador’s residence, in the Siahia neighbourhood in Western Tripoli before fleeing immediately.
The killings took place near Sulaiman Pek, 160km north of Baghdad
Militants shot dead 14 Shia tanker-drivers after checking their identity papers at a makeshift roadblock on the main route leading north from the Iraqi capital late on Wednesday, police said.
The killings took place near Sulaiman Pek, 160km north of Baghdad, following clashes inside the town between militants and the police and army.
More than half of Israelis are likely to support a peace deal with the Palestinians should it come to a referendum, a poll said on Wednesday.
The poll, conducted by Tel Aviv University's Dialog Institute and published in Haaretz newspaper, interviewed 511 Israelis and was carried out after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that peace talks would resume between Israel and the Palestinians.
Militants attacked a police station in north Iraq on Wednesday with mortar rounds and automatic weapons, killing nine police, an officer and a doctor said.
The attack, which ocurred about 7:30am 60km south of the northern city of Mosul, also wounded another two police.
The morning assault was followed by a roadside bomb exploding as emergency personnel travelled to the scene, wounding two more people.
In a separate incident, gunmen shot dead a man in Baquba, a city north of Baghdad.
Rebels attacked a convoy of trucks and buses in northern Syria, activists said on Wednesday, after Islamist militants had warned they would target all vehicles on the road to stop the army from using its only remaining route to Aleppo.
One woman was killed and 19 people were wounded, some critically, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad monitoring group based in Britain.
Two senior UN inspectors tasked with examining claims that chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria’s civil war arrived in Damascus on Wednesday, an AFP photographer reported.
Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom and Angela Kane, the UN high representative for disarmament, arrived at a hotel in the Syrian capital.
The pair are to hold talks with senior government officials during their two-day visit, Damascus-based UN media and communications analyst Khaled al-Masri said.
Hezbollah is still Tehran's most important ally in Iran
Iran condemned on Tuesday the European Union’s decision to put the armed wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist and said the move was “contrary to all political and legal norms, surprising and unacceptable.”
Hezbollah was set up with the help of Iranian funds and military advisers some three decades ago and, along with Syria, is still Tehran’s most important ally in the region, positioned as it is on the “frontline” with Iran’s sworn enemy Israel.
A draft law protecting women from domestic violence was approved Monday by a Lebanese parliamentary panel, after years of campaigning by rights groups who welcomed the move as a step forward.
The parliamentary committee’s approval comes less than two weeks after 33-year-old Rula Yaaqub was beaten to death by her husband in northern Lebanon.
The killing of Yaaqub, mother of five girls, triggered an outpour of criticism by the media and civil society.
Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for attack that freed 500 prisoners
Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al-Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday.
A recent Reuters breaking news stated al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The deadly raid on the high-security jail happened as Sunni Muslim militants are gaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shia-led government that came to power after the US invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
When Marte Dalelv reported her rape to the Dubai police, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison sentence, charged with perjury, having extramarital sex and drinking alcohol
A Norwegian woman at the centre of a Dubai rape case dispute has been pardoned and is free to leave Dubai.
Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, was on a business trip in Dubai when she says she was raped in March, according to BBC online.
She reported the attack to the police, but was charged with perjury, having extramarital sex and drinking alcohol, receiving a 16-month prison sentence.
Dalelv has had her passport returned and was free to leave the country, a Norwegian official told the BBC.
Says Russain Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a new call on Monday for the Syrian government and opposition to work together to expel all “terrorists and extremists from Syria,” Russian news agencies reported.
Government troops fired mortar rounds that slammed into a main market in a town in northern Syria on Sunday, killing at least 20 civilians, activist groups said.
The mortar shells struck the town of Ariha, which is held mostly by opposition fighters, a few hours ahead of iftar, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced scepticism Sunday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years.
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced late last week that an agreement has been reached that establishes the basis for resuming peace talks. He cautioned that such an agreement still needs to be formalised, suggesting that gaps remain.
AP counts report more than 450 people killed in July
A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laded car into an army patrol in northern Iraq early Monday morning, killing at least 12 people, police and medical officials said.
The suicide bomber hit the patrol while traveling in a residential area in the city of Mosul, killing nine soldiers and three civilians, a police officer said. He added that 14 others, included four civilians, were wounded.
Abu Qatada, 53, was charged on July 7 with 'conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts'
A military court on Sunday rejected a bail application by Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said.
“The state security court today refused to release Abu Qatada on bail,” Taysir Diab told AFP.
Human Rights Watch on Sunday blasted Kuwait over a 20-month jail sentence served on a female online activist for “offending the emir” and urged the Gulf state to end such prosecutions.
The appeals court on Wednesday upheld the sentence on Sara al-Darees for making remarks on Twitter deemed insulting to the emir.
Israel will not bow to the Palestinians’ demand on the borders of their future state before peace talks begin but will meet their request for the release of some prisoners, Israeli officials said on Saturday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had laid the groundwork to resume talks after an almost three-year stalemate, but that the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.
10 blasts across the Iraqi capital wounds 100
A wave of bombings in Baghdad province killed 65 people and wounded 190 on Saturday night, officials said, pushing the death toll for July past 500.
Twelve car bombs and a roadside bomb struck Baghdad, while another bomb hit Madain to the south of the capital, a police colonel and a medical official said.
Officials say a wave of bombings in southern Afghanistan has killed 15 people, including six members of the country's security services.
Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, says there were four bombings. All of them took place late on Friday in different locations in Helmand.
He says the most deadly of the attacks was when five members of the Afghan intelligence service and a policeman died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Sangin district.