News: 18-Jun-13

  1. UN calls on Iraqi leaders to address challenges through dialog
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler has called on the Iraqi leaders to “sit together” to address the country’s problems, including car bomb attacks throughout the country.
  2. MERS virus claims lives of 4 people in Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health says four more people have died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, raising the death toll from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-like virus in the country to 32.
  3. Saudis send missiles to Syria militants: Report
    Saudi Arabia has been purchasing missiles from suppliers in France and Belgium since two months ago and has sent them to militants in Syria, a report says.
  4. Russia criticizes Egypt over plans to cut ties with Syria
    Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has criticized the Egyptian government over its new decision to cut off diplomatic relations with Syria.
  5. Turkey summons UK charge d’affaires over G20 spying claims
    Turkey has summoned British charge d’affaires over a report that Britain spied on the Turkish finance minister’s emails and phone calls during a G20 meeting in 2009.
  6. Europe will pay price if it arms militants: Assad
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says European countries will “pay the price” if they send weapons to foreign-backed militants in the Arab country.
  7. Criminal court summons Ahmadinejad
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been summoned to appear before a criminal court in regard to a complaint lodged by Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and others.
  8. Shiites’ killings up Lebanon tensions
    BEIRUT: Four Shiite Lebanese men were killed on Sunday in an ambush in a volatile area by the border with Syria, hiking already high sectarian tensions and concerns over the spillover of the civil war raging next door.
  9. Syria: Sunni extremists blow up Shiite mosque
    AMMAN, Jordan — Sunni extremists blew up a Shiite mosque in a village in eastern Syria stormed by rebels earlier this week, another sign of the sectarian hatred growing in the country’s civil war, activists said Sunday.

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