- Military court has no legitimacy, says sentenced Bahraini activist
London, June 23, IRNA — The sentenced Bahraini opposition leaders are not going to even bother to appeal against their jail terms because the military courts in Manama have no legitimacy, says one of the convicted activist.
- Quake in northeast India, Bangladesh
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rocked some parts of northeast India and adjoining Bangladesh on Thursday evening, officials said. No casualties were reported. According to meteorological department officials, the tremors occurred at around 6.09pm with its epicentre along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura. It was felt in some parts of Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, southern Assam and neighbouring Bangladesh.
- Iraq’s PM accuses partners in political process with attacking government
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has charged partners in the political process with having been behind an anti-government campaign, during the 100-day period he assigned to follow up the activity of his cabinet, he had launched on 28/2/2011.
- UK puts Libya bombing cost at £260 million
London, June 23, IRNA — The British government Thursday revealed that the net additional costs to taxpayers of the military intervention in Libya has run to £260 million, higher than initially predicted.
- President Karzai welcomes US withdrawal from Afghanistan
Kabul, June 23, IRNA — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on Thursday welcomed the decision to withdraw more than 30,000 American troops over the next year, calling it the “right decision for the interest of both countries.”
- Arab League Sec-Gen alarmed by humanitarian crisis in Libya
Cairo, June 23, IRNA — Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa said that NATO bombardment of Libya is taking tolls on civilians living in different cities of the country.
- UK peer calls for UN human rights commissioner to visit Bahrain
London, June 23, IRNA — Liberal Democrat peer Lord Avebury has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague calling for the UN to intervene in Bahrain following the conviction of 21 opposition leaders by a military court, including eight given life sentences.
- Bombs kill at least 15 in Iraqi capital
BAGHDAD – A series of bomb blasts in quick succession at a crowded market in Baghdad on Thursday killed at least 15 people and wounded 34 others, security sources said.
- Iran to Increase Medicinal, Health Cooperation with Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Thursday that it plans to boost mutual cooperation with its war-torn neighbor, Iraq, in medicinal, health, training and research fields.
- About 500 Syrian refugees return home in northern town: report
DAMASCUS, June 23 (Xinhua) — Some 500 Syrian refugees, who fled the violence in north the country and streamed into Turkey, have returned home, the official SANA news agency reported Thursday.