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More than 22,000 Iraqis flee Syria: UN  BAGHDAD: More than 22,000 Iraqis have fled the violence in Syria for their home country in less than three weeks, joining over 12,000 Syrian refugees, a UN refugee agency official said on Tuesday. "Since the 18th of July until yesterday (Monday), 22,300 Iraqi refugees have been registered" after having arrived from Syria, UNHCR Iraq representative Claire Bourgeois told a news conference in Baghdad. She also said that as of August 6, 12,600 Syrians had fled to Iraq since the beginning of the year. President Bashar al-Assad's deadly crackdown on an uprising against his rule has sparked an exodus of Syrians to neighbouring countries. "The problem of the Syrian refugees, of the (Iraqi) returnees, adds to the problem of the government of Iraq and the people of Iraq," UN envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler told the news conference. "As you know, we have ... 1.3 million IDPs already in the country," Kobler said, referring to internally ...

Iranians TEHRAN: Iranian state television on Monday showed several Iranians alleged to be part of a group of 13 who "confessed" to killing four Iranian nuclear scientists after being trained by Israeli intelligence. It said the network received orders from "Washington and London." The television report, available online showed the suspects speaking of how they purportedly prepared to murder the scientists, and broadcast a re-enactment of assassins on a motorbike fixing a magnetic bomb to a victim's car, ...
Casualties in blast in Syria state TV offices: broadcaster DAMASCUS: A blast rocked the headquarters of Syrian state television in the heart of Damascus on Monday causing casualties, the broadcaster reported. "An explosion hit the third floor of the Syrian television headquarters, causing casualties," it said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Shelling, shooting in Syria BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces shelled several areas of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday morning, and shooting was also reported in other neighbourhoods of the embattled commercial capital, monitors said. Clashes in the rebel-held district of Salaheddin killed a rebel commander, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Meanwhile regime forces pounded the Palace of Justice in the heart of Aleppo, as well as the Marjeh and Shaar districts, the Britain-based Observatory said. In Bab al-Nayrab ...
Five assailants in Egypt-Israel border attack killed: army JERUSALEM: Five gunmen, who slew 16 Egyptian guards near the border with Israel before crossing into the Jewish state in an armoured vehicle, have been killed, an army spokesman said Monday. "The bodies of the five gunmen have been found by the Israeli army," said the spokesman a day after the incident but did not give details. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Iraq attacks kill five  MOSUL: Attacks mainly targeting Iraqi security forces killed five people, among them four policemen, and wounded 16 on Sunday, security and medical officials said. So far this month, attacks have killed 55 people, 42 of them members of the security forces, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources. In the deadliest attack, gunmen shot dead three police at a checkpoint in a market in Mosul in northern Iraq, police First Lieutenant Khalaf al-Juburi ...
Saudi invites Iran for extraordinary Muslim summit  RIYADH: Saudi King Abdullah invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held this month in the holy city of Mecca, state news agency SPA reported Sunday. The Saudi monarch "sent a written letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting which will be held in Mecca" in mid-August, SPA reported. Tensions have been running high between the Sunni-dominated kingdom and Shiite Iran as both ...


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