News: 01-Feb-14

  1. Bailable arrest warrant issued against ex-Pak president Pervez Musharraf
    Islamabad: A special court constituted for the treason trial against Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has issued an arrest warrant against him rejecting his plea to be allowed to go abroad for treatment, reports said on Friday.
  2. No ‘tangible results’ in peace talks: Syrian foreign minister
    Geneva — A week of UN-brokered peace talks between Syria’s opposition and government has failed to achieve any tangible results, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Friday.
  3. Sharif tells committee to initiate talks with Taliban
    Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday directed a recently formed four-member committee to immediately initiate peace talks with the banned Pakistani Taliban.
  4. Watchdog body urges Syria to speed up chemical arms shipment
    The world’s chemical watchdog called Friday for Syria to “pick up the pace” in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed, Agence France-Presse reported.
  5. 6 gunmen killed as police retake Iraq ministry, security sources say
    (CNN) — Iraqi police have won back full control of a ministry building stormed by gunmen who took civil servants hostage, the Interior Ministry and security sources said Thursday.
  6. Nearly 1,900 killed in Syria during peace talks
    BEIRUT: Activists say that fighting on the ground in Syria has killed nearly 1,900 people, including at least 430 civilians, during the week of UN hosted peace talks in Switzerland.
  7. Egypt turns away Indians on Shiite Muslim pilgrimage to historic shines
    CAIRO – Egyptian officials say they have barred entrance to the country to 52 Shiite pilgrims from India who came to visit historic Shiite Muslim shrines.
  8. As Iraq Polls Near, Deputy Speaker Warns Against Kurdish Divisions in Kirkuk
    KIRKUK – Iraq’s parliamentary election in April will do nothing to assuage Shiite-Sunni bloodshed, the assembly’s deputy speaker Arif Tayfur said, predicting the rise of some radical Sunni MPs and warning the Kurds against continued divisions in Kirkuk.
  9. Indonesian Militants Join Foreigners Fighting in Syria
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesians have joined the thousands of foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria to help extremist groups trying to create an Islamic state there, according to a new report, a finding that analysts said Friday could help revive a weakened jihadi movement in Indonesia and set off more attacks on minority Shiites in the Southeast Asian country.

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