Middle-East



OIC: Syria ‘needs $ 500 million aid’

BEIRUT: The humanitarian crisis in Syria has grown to such dimensions that at least $500 million in aid is required to meet the needs of the Syrian people, the Orga



Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles — report

WASHINGTON: Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar al Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news re



Egypt official: Mursi’s letter to Israel is fake

JERUSALEM: A letter to Israel from Egypt’s new president hoping for regional peace kicked up a stir Tuesday when the Egyptian leader’s Islamist movement deni



Panetta in Israel but not to discuss Iran ‘attack plan’

JERUSALEM: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Israel on Tuesday for talks to share information on Iran’s nuclear program, although he said there would be



Thousands of civilians trapped in Aleppo

GENEVA: Battles between the Syrian Army and rebels in Aleppo have forced many civilians to flee the city by perilous routes or take refuge in safer areas, a United Natio



Aleppo running low on food amid siege

BEIRUT: Food and cooking gas were in short supply and power cuts plunged homes into darkness as soldiers and rebels battled Tuesday to tip the scales in the fight for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and



Seif Qaddafi says trial in Libya would be murder

AMSTERDAM: The son of killed Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi says that he wants to be tried for alleged war crimes in the Netherlands, and a trial in Libya would be tant



22 PKK militants killed in Turkey clashes — TV

ISTANBUL: Twenty-two Kurdish militants were killed during clashes in eastern Turkey over the last three days, CNN Turk television said on its website on Tuesday, adding to Ankara’s concerns over gains



New alliance further fractures Syria opposition

CAIRO: Exiled Syrian politicians unveiled a new opposition alliance on Tuesday and asked one of its members to form a transitional government in a challenge to the Syria



40 Syrian police killed as rebels overrun Aleppo posts: NGO

BEIRUT: Rebels overran two police stations in Aleppo on Tuesday killing at least 40 policemen, a watchdog said, as fighting for control of Syria’s commercial capit

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