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Five Iraqi police killed in attacks BAGHDAD: Shootings and bombings killed five Iraqi police, including a general, on Wednesday in the latest in a series of attacks targeting the country's security forces, security and medical officials said. The unrest came after six soldiers were killed nationwide on Tuesday, including a colonel, as insurgents have sought to target senior security officials with assassinations of three top officers in as many days. In the deadliest of the violence, a spate of bombings in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk killed four policemen and wounded six other security members, police and doctor Abdullah Hassan from Kirkuk city's main hospital said. Three policemen were killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bomb targeting the convoy of Brigadier General Sarhad Qader, a senior police official in Kirkuk province, as it was passing through the Al-Riyadh town southwest of the eponymous provincial capital. Qader escaped unscathed. Two separate bomb blasts in souther Kirkuk city, ...

More time needed to win Syria battle: Assad  DAMASCUS: Syria needs more time to "win the battle" raging across the country, President Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview to be broadcast Wednesday. In exerpts of the interview broadcast by pro-regime Al-Dunia channel, Assad also scoffed at an idea being championed by Turkey of creating buffer zones within Syria to receive those displaced by the conflict. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Six soldiers killed in Iraq violence  BAGHDAD: Bombings and gun attacks targeting the Iraqi army left six soldiers, including a colonel and a lieutenant, dead in and north of the capital on Tuesday, security and medical officials said. In the deadliest attack, four Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded in an ambush of a convoy carrying a regiment commander in the town of al-Nibaie, 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital. The three-vehicle convoy was initially hit by multiple roadside bombs, ...
Libyan interior minister withdraws resignation  TRIPOLI: Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali said on Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation announced two days earlier amid criticism over a surge of violence, including destructions of shrines. "When I submitted my resignation, I thought I would be relieving many people. But it seems that my resignation will further complicate security and I have decided to withdraw it," Abdelali told a news conference in Tripoli. Abdelali had resigned on Sunday after coming under fire for the ...
West Bank cars torched in suspected hate crime  HEBRON: Vandals believed to be Jewish extremists set light to three cars in a village in the southern West Bank on Tuesday, Palestinian witnesses said. The incident, which took place in Sair village northeast of Hebron, appeared to be linked to the deaths of an Israeli settler called Asher Palmer and his infant son, who died in a car crash on September 23, 2011 after their vehicle was hit by stones. Near the burnt cars, the attackers ...
Syrians fleeing to Jordan, could herald much larger influx: UNHCR GENEVA: The pace of Syrian refugees arriving in Za'atri camp in northern Jordan has doubled, with 10,200 arriving in the past week, heralding what could be a bigger mass movement, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. "We do believe this could be the start of a major, a much larger influx into Jordan," Melissa Fleming, chief spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva. Overall, 214,120 Syrians have been ...
Life in Gaza to worsen without swift action: UN  GAZA CITY: Life in the poor and crowded Gaza Strip is going to get harsher still unless action is taken now, according to a new United Nations report released on Monday. "The population of the Gaza Strip will increase from 1.6 million people today to 2.1 million people in 2020, resulting in a density of more than 5,800 people per square kilometre (more than 15,000 per square mile)," a UN statement quoted the report as saying. Infrastructure ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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