Lebanon Premier’s Resignation Exposes Lebanon to Instability
Three days of fighting in Tripoli left 12 people dead. The fighting occurred between a Sunni neighborhood that supports Syrian rebels and an Alawite community that supports the Assad regime. The Lebanese army deployed to stop the fighting.
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The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition tried to resign, saying the SNC was too heavily influenced by Islamists and foreign powers, but the SNC rejected the resignation. Rebels continued their offensive near the Jordanian border. The Arab League transferred Syria’s seat in the organization to the opposition. The EU failed to reach an […]
Criminal gangs fill void left by Egypt’s broken security apparatus
Malaysia declared the crisis in eastern Sabah to be “under control.” Authorities downgraded the alert level after a month of fighting against an incursion by the “Sulu royal army,” which had asserted a claim over Sabah.
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Syria’s Continuing Civil War
Syria fires on Lebanon: Lebanese seethe, government mum
Rebels loyal to the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front and the Al Yarmuk Brigade captured a strategic military base south of Damascus. Crowds gathered in Damascus for the funeral of a pro-government cleric killed in a suicide attack earlier this week. Alawites opposed to President Assad met in Cairo to plot an alternative to his […]
Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government amid disputes over upcoming parliamentary elections. The resignations exacerbated sectarian tensions fueled by the fighting in Syria.
Security troops restored calm after martial law was imposed to quell three days of rioting between Buddhists and Muslims which left 32 people dead. The violence is the latest sign of worsening tensions between Muslims and Buddhists in the country.
Myanmar declared a state of emergency as anti-Muslim rioting spread. More than 20 were killed as hundreds, including Buddhist monks, rampaged through Muslim neighborhoods.
Muslim Brotherhood Holds Sway Over Syrian Opposition
Both opposition leaders and the Assad regime denounced the killing of a prominent Sunni cleric yesterday in a suicide attack on a mosque in Damascus. The UN also condemned the attack. President Assad said his troops would “wipe out” extremists. The EU remained divided on whether to supply arms to the rebels.
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North Korea threatened to attack US bases on Guam and Okinawa in response to military exercises involving the US and South Korea. North Korea was suspected in a series of cyberattacks against South Korea.
At least 10 people were killed in rioting between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar. Sectarian fighting in the western Rakhine state left 180 people dead and 110,000 displaced last year.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran was not opposed to direct talks with the US to resolve issues over its nuclear program but he was not optimistic. He also said Iran would destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel attacked Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
Israel-Turkey Strategic Ties Show Signs of Thawing
A senior pro-government Sunni cleric was killed in a suicide attack inside a mosque in Damascus along with 42 other people. Rebels captured villages near the Golan Heights. The UN said it would investigate claims that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Aleppo earlier this week.
Controversy over the use of chemical weapons in an attack near Aleppo continued. An Israeli official said it is “apparently clear” that chemical weapons were used. The US and the UN’s health organization could not confirm the use. Both the Syrian government and rebel organizations asked the UN to investigate.
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Beirut on the Brink
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Northern Nigerians adapt to life under the gun of Islamist militants
Jordan king says Assad days numbered
A court indicted eight Filipinos over violence in Sabah between Malaysian troops and an armed group from the sultanate of Sulu; 100 others faced similar charges, and 72 were killed in the two weeks of fighting. Skirmishing continued between security forces and remnants of the group.
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