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Bahrain pays $2.6m in compensation for crackdown dead DUBAI: Bahrain has paid out $2.6 million in compensation to the families of 17 people killed in last year's bloody crackdown on Shiite-led pro-democracy protests, a government statement said. It was the first time the authorities had paid compensation for those who perished when the security forces crushed the February-March 2011 protests, leaving 35 people dead, according to an independent inquiry. The Tuesday statement said the compensation payments came in response to a recommendation by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, set up by King Hamad to probe allegations of government wrong-doing and excessive use of force by the security forces. "Acting upon recommendations in the (BICI) report that government announced the disbursement of $2.6 million to the families of 17 deceased individuals," the statement said, adding that the "average payout came to just under $153,000 per family." The payouts were ordered by King Hamad himself and were aimed at addressing "grievances caused by ...

Three dead in attack on Syria TV: state media  DAMASCUS: A "terrorist attack" on a pro-government television channel near Damascus killed three staff early on Wednesday, the state SANA news agency reported. The assailants also ransacked the offices of the Al-Ikhbariya channel, the news agency added, without immediately giving more details on the attack. The channel remained on the air despite the reported assault, a fact hailed by state television. "Despite the barbarity of the terrorists' crime and their attempt to silence the voice of Syria... Al-Ikhbariya ...
Syria BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday his country was in a real state of war and gave no sign of a softer approach towards a pro-democracy revolt by ordering his newly appointed government to direct all policies towards winning. "We live in a real state of war from all angles," Assad told a cabinet he appointed on Tuesday. "When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to ...
Heavy fighting around Syrian capital  BEIRUT: Syrian government forces battled rebels outside Damascus on Tuesday in what activists said was the worst violence in the suburbs of the capital since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago. Video published by activists recorded heavy gunfire and explosions. A trail of fresh blood on a sidewalk in the suburb of Qudsiya led into a building where one casualty was taken. A naked man writhed in pain, his body pierced by ...
Abbas seeks Putin BETHLEHEM: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help unblock long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Putin met with Abbas during a stop in Bethlehem on a brief trip to the West Bank, a day after a stop in Israel where he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. In a statement to the press after their meeting, Abbas urged Putin to help secure the release of dozens ...
Erdogan says Syria shooting of jet a ‘hostile act’  ANKARA: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused neighbouring Syria of a "hostile act" and "heinous attack" in shooting down the army jet in international airspace without warning. "We did not receive a single warning, note from Syria (regarding airspace violation)...They acted without (warning). This is a hostile act," Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting, in which he called the Syrian fire a "heinous attack." Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
BEIRUT: Rebel forces and Syrian army units were locked in fierce clashes around elite Republican Guard posts in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday, a monitoring group said. "Violent clashes are taking place around positions of the Republican Guard in Qadsaya and Al-Hama," eight kilometres (five miles) from central Damascus, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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