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Six car bombs rock Baghdad, five dead: officials BAGHDAD: Six car bombs ripped through Baghdad, mostly targeting Shiite neighbourhoods, killing at least five people on Thursday, security and medical officials said.The blasts occurred within an hour of each other from around midday (0900 GMT) onwards in various parts of the Iraqi capital, leaving dozens more wounded.Four of the neighbourhoods hit are populated mostly by Iraq's Shiite majority, while the other two were in the commercial Karrada district of central Baghdad. Three of the blasts targeted market areas.The bombings come a day after a spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital left 33 people dead, including 25 who were killed in a series of bombings near the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which is home to parliament, the prime minister's office and the US and British embassies.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

UN expert says UAE judicial system controlled by executive ABU DHABI: The judicial system of the United Arab Emirates is "under the de facto control of the executive branch of the government", a UN envoy said on Wednesday, expressing concern about reports of prosecutors being influenced by state security services. Gabriela Knaul, the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, raised the allegations at a news conference in Abu Dhabi and said they were based on information she had collected on ...
12 killed as car bombs rock Baghdad area: officials BAGHDAD: Attacks in and around Baghdad, including four car bombs that ripped through several different neighbourhoods, killed at least 12 people on Monday, security and medical officials said.Eight people were killed in the explosions, while authorities also found the bodies of four people who were shot dead earlier on Monday and which bore signs of torture.Five people were killed in two separate car bombs -- one of which was detonated by a suicide attacker -- ...
Explosion kills four in Hezbollah stronghold near Syria BEIRUT: A suicide car bomber killed four people on Saturday in a Hezbollah stronghold on Lebanon's northern border in the latest sign that Syria's civil war was spilling over into its small Mediterranean neighbour. Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) reported the blast occurred beside a petrol station in the town of Hermel at the northern end of the Bekaa Valley.A photograph posted on the NNA's website showed a fire raging beside a severely damaged petrol ...
Syria talks end with accusations, next round uncertain GENEVA: Syria's warring sides have traded barbs over the failure to achieve concrete results at peace talks in Geneva, amid doubts over the regime's participation in a planned new round in February.No ceasefire was agreed as the talks wound up Friday, talks on a transitional government never began, and a deal to allow aid into besieged rebel-held areas of the central city of Homs went nowhere.Clouding the horizon further, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...
UN slams Israel destruction of Jordan Valley homes JERUSALEM: The UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories Friday criticised Israel's demolition of 36 homes in the Jordan Valley and urged a halt to such actions in the West Bank.Hundreds of activists, meanwhile, staged an overnight demonstration in the Jordan Valley region.The moves came as fresh opinion poll evidence showed that faith in the Middle East peace process has largely evaporated among both Israelis and Palestinians.The demolitions in the Jordan Valley community of Ain ...
UN mediator doesn't expect 'substantive' result at Syria talks round GENEVA: UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday he did not expect a week of peace talks in Geneva between Syria's warring sides to produce "anything substantive". "To be blunt, I do not expect that we will achieve anything substantive," Brahimi told reporters after a fifth day of talks in the Swiss city, which are set to conclude Friday.He stressed though that he had not expected to make much progress during the first round of ...


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