By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria's foreign minister on Monday compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous. In a speech to the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem also said that "terrorists from more than 83 countries are engaged in the killing of our people and our army" under the appeal of global jihad. …
“The people of Bahrain (aka. he, himself & his boss) are above being addressed by a criminal whose hands are stained by the blood of innocents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq,” Khalid al-Khalifa wrote on his Twitter account…”
Geneva (AFP) – Syria's neighbours pleaded Monday for more international support to tackle the huge influx of refugees from the war-ravaged country, warning the burden could destablise the whole region.
Doha (AFP) – The Chairman of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Monday denied claims by the Guardian newspaper that the 2022 World Cup organisers were treating Nepalese construction workers like 'slaves'.
While Washington is preoccupied with the question of a government shutdown, the US-Iran thaw continues apace, with President Rouhani suggesting a restoration of airline flights, and other elements in the Iranian power structure signing on to the thaw. Robin Wright brings us up to date at USIP’s Iran Primer.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq – A dozen car bombings in Shia dominated areas in the Iraqi capital Monday killed at least 45 people and left over 150 wounded, officials said, amid rising concerns over unabated sectarian violence in the country battling years of bloodshed.
According to police officials a total of 12 car bombs ripped through the Iraqi capital’s nine districts.
Eleven bombs exploded in busy …
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By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to step up sanctions on Iran if it pursues its disputed nuclear drive while negotiating with the West. Seeking to ease Israeli concerns about U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, insisted that Washington would not ease sanctions prematurely and reaffirmed U.S. readiness to resort to military action if all else fails. …