Thursday, October 23, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Iran, China Want Closer Military Ties

The Chinese defense minister has told the visiting head of the Iranian Navy that Beijing wants to strengthen military ties with Iran.
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Iraqi Kurds To Send Fighters To Kobani

The parliament of Iraq's Kurdish regional government has approved sending Kurdish fighters to the embattled Syrian town of Kobani.
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Blackwater Guards Guilty In Iraq Deaths

Four ex-employees of the Blackwater security firm have been found guilty in a U.S. court in connection with the 2007 Baghdad shooting deaths of at least 14 people
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Hundreds Of Iranians Protest Acid Attacks

Large crowds numbering in the hundreds have demonstrated in Tehran and Isfahan against several recent acid attacks on women that apparently occurred because they were not properly veiled.
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Thousands Of Iranians Protest Acid Attacks

Thousands of Iranians have demonstrated in Tehran and Isfahan against several recent acid attacks against women accused of not being "properly veiled."
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Yazidi Assault 'May Be Genocide'

A United Nations official says evidence strongly indicates that the Islamic State group's assault on Iraq's Yazidi religious minority is "an attempt to commit genocide."
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Kerry To Meet Merkel In Berlin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on October 22, in a visit to mark next month's 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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U.S.: Kurds Hold Majority Of Kobani

The U.S. military says Kurdish fighters remain in control of most of the Syrian border town of Kobani and Islamic State militants have failed to advance in the past several days.
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Iranian Rights Lawyer Stages Protest

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh staged a sit in on October 21 in Tehran in front of the country's Bar Association to protest a decision to ban her from practicing law for three years.
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Iran Arrests 'Spies' Near Nuclear Plant

Iran's intelligence minister has announced that the country's security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where Iran's nuclear plant is located.
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