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Bahrain main opposition bloc could face suspension

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 05:42

Bahrain has filed a lawsuit to suspend Al-Wefaq`s activities for three months after the largest Shiite opposition group allegedly violated the kingdom`s law on associations, the official BNA news agency reported Sunday.

Shiite rebels agree to pull out of key Yemen city

Last Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 00:28

Yemeni Shiite rebels agreed on Saturday to withdraw from Amran, seized in a push towards the capital, in a deal struck with authorities who are dispatching troops to the strategic city.

Yemen Shiite rebels seize city near capital: Official

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 00:34

Yemeni Shiite rebels seized control on Tuesday of the northern city of Amran, near the capital Saana, after three days of fierce fighting, an official said.

Shi`ite cleric Sadr urges Maliki`s bloc to choose new Iraq PM candidate

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 03:15

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s coalition should withdraw its support for his bid for a third term and pick another candidate, Shi`ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged, amid parliamentary deadlock over the formation of a new government.

Crisis-hit Iraq turns to Shiite militias for support

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 11:09

Iraq`s government once battled entrenched Shiite militiamen but is now making common cause with them against a jihadist-led onslaught that Baghdad`s forces are struggling to contain on their own.

Fleeing Shiite Turkmen caught in Iraq limbo

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 18:50

Dozens of families who fled a Shiite Turkmen town in northern Iraq overrun by Sunni militants want to move south but are stuck in limbo between the Kurdish authorities and insurgents.

Mortar fire wounds 14 near major Shi`ite shrine in Iraq`s Samarra

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 13:44

At least 14 people were wounded by mortar fire near an important Shi`ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, officials and security sources said on Tuesday, as the Shi`ite-led government fights a major Sunni insurgency.

Yemen ceasefire breached as violence flares anew

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 03:01

Fierce clashes erupted between rebels and tribes backed by an army unit in a northern Yemeni city close to the capital today, breaching a week-old ceasefire, a Defense Ministry official said, as the country`s leaders said assailants were plotting to destabilize the country.

Oil prices mixed as Iraq keeps markets on edge

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 02:41

Global oil prices traded in mixed fashion ahead of the weekend Friday, with Brent slightly higher as traders watched developments in the jihadist-led offensive in Iraqi, OPEC`s second-largest oil producer.

Iraq insurgents capture fourth town in Anbar

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 14:17

Iraqi officials say Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq`s western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in their hands since Friday.

Shiite rebels attack police in Yemeni capital

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 05:20

Shiite Houthi rebels attacked police patrols in the Yemeni capital of Sana`a Saturday, wounding 17 policemen before taking them hostage, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Shiite fighters parade as militants take Iraq border town

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 20:56

Shiite fighters paraded in Baghdad Saturday in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized a Syrian border crossing, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip Iraq apart.