Mideast / S. Asia

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Russia — with China — spurn sanctions, resume gasoline shipments to Iran

MOSCOW — Russia, amid U.S. sanctions, has pledged to resume fuel exports to Iran. Russia’s LukOil has vowed to resume fuel sales to Iran in partnership with China. LukOil, the largest energy contractor in Russia, said the exports would not be blocked by U.S. pressure to halt gasoline sales to Teheran. Industry sources said LukOil […]

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Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

By John Metzler Bennington, VT — The chaos which had befallen modern Pakistan is near unrivaled. Ethnic and inter-religious strife, terrorism, natural disasters and all ineffective governance, all marinated in callous corruption characterize this teetering state. While the Obama Administration has looked to and supported Pakistan as a tenuous but vital anchor in a region […]

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Bolton: Israel has until Aug. 21 to stop Bushehr

Bolton: Israel has until Aug. 21 to stop Bushehr

WASHINGTON — A former senior U.S. official has warned that Israel has less than a week to attack Iran without generating a massive nuclear fallout. Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, John Bolton, asserted that Israel has until Aug. 21 to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. He said from that point on Bushehr would become […]

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Iraq reports civilian casualties doubled in July; Exiting U.S. military disputes data

Iraqi policemen search a car at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Two bombings and a drive-by shooting killed eight people Monday, a reminder of Iraq’s ongoing instability on a day when President Barack Obama planned to outline progress toward the impending end of U.S. military operations in the country. / […]

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Rockets, apparently fired from Egypt, hit cities

TEL AVIV — Israel has come under its worst rocket attack since the Hamas war in 2009. At least five rockets were fired toward the southern Israeli port city of Eilat on Aug. 2. Officials said the Grad BM-21 rockets were believed to have been fired from neighboring Egypt. “There were a number of explosions […]

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Arabs on Iran: The U.A.E. ambassador tells the truth, and perhaps more

Arabs on Iran: The U.A.E. ambassador tells the truth, and perhaps more

The world’s most open secret is that the Arab countries of the Middle East fear a nuclear Iran as much, and perhaps more, than Israel does. The surprise is when an official dares to speak this truth in public, which is why the comments this week by United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef […]

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Planner of Munich Olympics attack dies in Syria

Planner of Munich Olympics attack dies in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria – Mohammed Oudeh, the key planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes, died Saturday morning in Damascus, his daughter said. He was 73. . . . . Mohammed Oudeh — also known under his guerrilla name Abu Daoud — did not participate in the Sept. 5, 1972 attack. […]

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Hezbullah seen behind 'clearly organized' attacks

Hezbullah seen behind 'clearly organized' attacks

NICOSIA — The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon has come under increasing threat in the south. ShareThis Officials said patrols by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon have been banned from several Shi’ite villages in the south. They said Shi’ites have been attacking UNIFIL patrols in what appeared to be organized by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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Palestinians’ losing traction in Lebanon’s refugee camps

Palestinians’ losing traction in Lebanon’s refugee camps

NICOSIA — Fatah has replaced its leadership in Lebanon in a move that could spark internal fighting.Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the dismissal of both Fatah military and political leaders in Lebanon, Middle East Newsline reported. The move was taken after a Fatah panel warned that the movement was in danger of losing […]

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Sudan takes control in central Darfour; 100,000 flee fighting

Sudan takes control in central Darfour; 100,000 flee fighting

Officials said the Sudanese military launched air and ground operations in central Darfour in March. They said the army seized the rebel-held area of Jebel Mara, a stronghold of the Sudanese Liberation Army.“The situation is now normal,” Sudanese Army spokesman Khaled Saad said on March 8. “The Sudanese forces have imposed control over Jebel Mara.”Officials […]