Monday, March 03, 2014

ISRAEL – Hundreds of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews from across the country closed off the main highway to Jerusalem and blocked off many roads to traffic against a government proposal that could enforce a community-wide draft and criminal sanctions for draft dodgers. (BBC)

GAZA STRIP – Two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air strike in northern Gaza. Israeli commercial television said that the aircraft attacked a squad of Palestinian militants preparing to fire rockets across the border into the Jewish state. (The Guardian)

IRAN – The U.N. atomic watchdog chief said that Iran cuts key nuclear stocks andreducing the proliferation-prone nuclear stockpile as required by its landmark deal with world powers. (The Daily Star)

IRAN – Since February 2 in some stores across the country, the State of Iran distributes to the poorest a free “food basket” containing two frozen chickens, 10 pounds of rice, two packets of cheese, two dozen eggs and two bottles of vegetable oil. (Courrier international)

IRAN – A little airplane with a five crew members aboard has crashed in thePersian Gulf. (The Daily Star)

SYRIA – The U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon stressed that Damascus must return to Geneva with a more “constructive position” for relaunching the Syrian peace process. (The Daily Star)


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

ISRAEL – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington, that a peace with Palestinians could open up economic growth across the Middle East.

But the Palestinians “must be prepared to recognise the Jewish state – no excuses, no delays”. (The Guardian)

EGYPT – Egypt’s armed forces chief, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, has said he cannot ignore calls by the majority for him to run for president. He told to the reports “No one who loves his nation and loves Egyptians can ignore the desire of so many of them, or turn his back on their will”. (AlJazeera)

EGYPT – An Egyptian court has banned all activities of Hamas in Egypt and ordered the seizure of its offices and assets. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist group in December. (CNN)

SYRIA – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said the Syrian government has submitted a revised proposal “that aims to complete the removal of all chemicals” from the country before the end of April. (BBC)

IRAQ – Armed men wearing military uniform took over city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and were fighting with security forces.

The police has said that at least 24 people were wounded. (CNN)


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

EAST LEBANON – Lebanon’s National News Agency said Syrian army jets bombed targets in East Lebanon in the rural Ersal region along the border with Syria. The bombing raid has causing a several number of injuries. (Al-akhbar)

ISRAEL – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it has seized in the Red Sea a Panamanian – flagged vessel carrying dozens of Iranian-supplied rockets intended for Palestinian fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip. The military spokesman Peter Lerner said “It was a complex, covert operation”. (The Guardian)

SAUDI ARABIA, BAHRAIN,UAE – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar inan unprecedented split between the Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over political turmoil shaking the Middle East. They accusing Qatar of not implementing a security pact on non-interference in the internal affairs of GCC states. (BBC)

IRAQ – At least 14 people were killed and wounded more than 70 in nine bomb explosions in areas of Baghdad. The seven car bombs and two roadside bombs, hit six different areas of the city. (The Daily Star)


Thursday, March 06, 2014

UKRAINE – Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk met the 28 EU leaders before their emergency meeting. They must decide how should respond to Russia’s troop deployment in Ukraine’s Crimea region. (BBC)

SYRIA – At least 17 people are dead and many others have been wounded in a car bombing in the Armenian district in Homs. Syrian TV reported a “terrorist attack” on the main street of the district, “which caused deaths, injuries and damage”. (The Daily Star)

NIGER – The Libyan government said that Niger has extradites Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi. In 2012, Interpol issued a “red notice” asking its member states to arrest Saadi with a view to extradition if they found him on their territory. He is accused of shooting protesters and other crimes. (BBC)

EGYPT – The Egyptian state television announced that the government has approved laws for a presidential election that likely be held as soon as spring. (AlJazeera)


Friday, March 07, 2014

TURKEY – The Turkey’s top Constitutional Court decided that ex-military chief Ilker Basbug’s legal rights had been violated and he was immediately released. Basbug was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for his role in the so-called “Ergenekon” conspiracy. (AlJazeera)

GAZA STRIP – The Cairo court decision banning the Hamas movement form operating in Egypt, gave birth to a demonstration in Gaza Strip. The demonstrators marched to the former Egyptian embassy which has been closed since 2007. (Al-akhbar)

SAUDI ARABIA – After Egypt, Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in an official report on Saudi television. Al Arabiya also lists Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) as terrorist organisations. (Ansamed)

FRANCE – The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s phones was bugged for the past year on the orders of judges investigating alleged campaign donations from Libya. (The Guardian)