Middle-East



Syria’s Assad: Too early to say if he’ll run again

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad said it’s still too early to say whether he’ll run for re-election next year, but suggested he would refrain from seeking a third term — if h



Tunisia press skeptical on eve of crisis talks

TUNIS: The Tunisian press voiced skepticism Friday on the eve of crisis talks between ruling Islamists and their secular rivals following the July assassination of a prominent opposition MP.



Soldiers among seven killed in Iraq violence

BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq, including two suicide bombings, killed three soldiers and four civilians on Friday, security and medical officials said.



Turkey’s Erdogan says would run for president if asked by party

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan would run for president next year if his party asked him to, he said, but dismissed suggestions of a rift with incumbent Abdullah Gul.



Experts report progress over Syria chemical weapons

DAMASCUS: International experts were on Friday gearing up to disable the chemical weapons program in war-hit Syria after reporting “encouraging” progress in a day of meetings with regime officials.



Assad’s atrocities: Saudi envoy blasts UN failure

Saudi Arabia has reiterated its accusation that the Syrian regime is challenging the will of the international community by violating all UN charters.



Yemen troops retake army HQ

SANAA: Yemeni troops have retaken a military headquarters in a deadly assault on terrorists who seized it this week and took a number of hostages, the defense ministry said.



Syrian rebels urge rival groups to end infighting

BEIRUT: Several prominent Syrian rebel groups called on two armed opposition factions, one linked to Al-Qaeda and the other to the more moderate Western-backed opposition, to end days of deadly infigh



US threatens Iran with tougher sanctions

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration said Thursday it would support tougher economic pressure on Iran if the Islamic republic doesn’t begin slowing the pace of its uranium enrichment activity



Obama, Putin may discuss Mid-east crisis in Bali

MOSCOW: US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin may discuss Syria on the sidelines of a regional summit in Bali next week, a top Kremlin official said Thursday.

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