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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iran president slams ‘blunders’ in the Middle East but eyes cooperation with the West

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... but signalling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power. Middle East should lead fight on terror: Rowhani Iranian President Hassan Rowhani wavered between criticism and engagement in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, slamming Western blunders in the Middle East but signaling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power. Days after the United States widened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1600592/regional-moderates-should-lead-fight-terror-says-iranian-president-hassan
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    East Jerusalem braces for a youth intifada in wake of killings

    Posted Sep 28th 2014, 05:20am by GDN

    ... was losing its "sovereignty" over East Jerusalem. Framing the issue in stark terms he, like others, has demanded the "re-securing [dare I say re-liberation] of Jerusalem", calling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1602572/east-jerusalem-braces-youth-intifada-wake-killings
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel kills two Palestinians suspected of murdering three teenagers in June

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 04:27am by AFP

    ... of fire" in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, the army said. The pair were hiding out in a Hebron house and killed when gunfire erupted during an operation by Israel's security services and the army's anti-terror unit. Residents said they heard shots fired in what appeared to be a clash between the suspects and security forces. Dozens of youths threw stones at the soldiers nearby, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599119/israel-kills-two-palestinians-suspected-murdering-three-teenagers-june
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington President secures congressional backing for policy to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' Islamic State as he warns militants and jihadists 'our reach is long' Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Veterans of Israel's elite Unit 8200 denounce its conscientious objectors

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 09:58pm by AFP

    ... by the US National Security Agency- was used by civilian intelligence agencies to coerce Palestinians uninvolved in militant activity, and urged other members of the intelligence corps "to ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593294/veterans-israels-elite-unit-8200-denounce-its-conscientious-objectors
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Fiji retracts claim over release of captured peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:29pm by Reuters

    ... the confrontation and humanitarian assistance for its supporters. Qatar, one country in the Middle East thought by the United States to have influence with the militant group, said Fiji had formally requested its assistance in freeing the hostages. United States officials have said Qatar played a critical role in persuading the al-Nusra to free American journalist Peter Theo Curtis last month. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589482/fiji-retracts-claim-over-release-captured-peacekeepers-golan-heights
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamists holding UN peacekeepers hostage set high price for their release

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:12pm by Reuters

    ... assistance to the people of Ruta, a stronghold of the group on the outskirts of Damascus, and the removal of the organisation from the UN list of banned terrorist organisations. "We've been ... also pulled their troops out of the force because of the deteriorating security situation as the civil war in Syria reaches the Golan Heights. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583899/islamists-holding-un-peacekeepers-hostage-set-high-price-their-release
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    40 Filipino peacekeepers perform 'greatest escape' in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:44am by AFP

    ... Benigno Aquino's spokesman, Herminio Coloma, issued a statement thanking the UN force as well as Syria, Israel, Qatar and the United States for their assistance in the crisis. "It is in our nation's interest to give priority to [the soldiers'] safety, but we will not turn our backs on our commitment to global security particularly in the Golan Heights and the Middle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582362/40-filipino-peacekeepers-perform-greatest-escapein-golan-heights
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Barack Obama urges international response to Islamic State as UK and France weigh air strikes

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 25, a US official said on Wednesday. His Secretary of State John Kerry revealed he ... the beheading video depicted an “absolutely disgusting, despicable act” and chaired a meeting of security chiefs to discuss how to tackle the IS threat. The masked executioner in the video spoke ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584956/barack-obama-calls-international-response-islamic-state-britain-and
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State beheading video authentic, says White House

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:59am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Beirut The video purporting to show US journalist Steven Sotloff being executed is authentic, the White House said on Wednesday. “The US Intelligence Community has analysed the recently released video showing US citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is  authentic,” said National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. The video ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584123/islamic-state-claims-have-beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff

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