News: 18-Aug-15

  1. Syrian army bombards Douma as air raid toll rises – monitor
    The Syrian military bombarded an area northeast of Damascus on Monday, keeping up its attack on a rebel-held district where around 100 people were killed on Sunday in an air strike on a market, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
  2. Civilians bear brunt of air strikes in Yemen
    Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed six civilians in an air raid that targeted the home of a Houthi leader in the southwestern Yemeni town of Jibla on Monday, local officials said.
  3. Iran still closed to U.S. influence after nuclear deal – Khamenei
    Iran will remain closed to U.S. influence and continue to oppose U.S. policies in the Middle East after its nuclear deal with big powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday, noting either country can still block the accord.
  4. UN Security Council Backs New Syria Peace Plan
    Security Council backs a new push for peace talks in Syria, in a measure adopted by Russia.
  5. Top Iraq Shiite cleric welcomes reforms and calls for more
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Friday for the judiciary to undertake “drastic” reforms to allow it to fight corruption, after the country’s top Shiite cleric said such measures were required.
  6. Israel Holds Large-Scale Military Drill on Syrian Border
    The Israeli military staged a large-scale drill last week to prepare for a potential ground operation into Syria in the event of an attack by Islamist rebels or the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, according to local media reports.
  7. Bangkok bomb kills, injures dozens
    Thai authorities say at least 16 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in a bombing in Bangkok on Monday. The device went off at a central intersection near a Hindu shrine popular with tourists. Survivors describe a horrible scene.
  8. Ayatollah Khamenei Says Talk of U.S. Influences in Iran Is ‘Hollow Fantasy’
    TEHRAN — Iran’s highest leader lashed out at the United States on Monday, saying talk that American influences would pour into the country on a wave of positive feelings over the nuclear deal is nothing more than a “hollow fantasy.”
  9. Bin Laden invoked Mahatma Gandhi to promote boycott of US goods
    Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden once invoked Mahatma Gandhi to ask his followers to boycott US-made goods, comparing such a move to the apostle of peace’s non-violent campaign against India’s British rulers.
  10. Muftis gather in Egypt in bid to counter ‘extremist fatwas’
    Senior Muslim scholars have convened in the Egyptian capital Cairo to address “extremist fatwas” issued by terrorist groups especially the Takfiri Daesh group.

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