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War & Terrorism


The 'Kazygurt-Anti-Terror 2013' international anti terrorism operation will be held in the South-Kazakhstan region on June 13, the press service of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan reported on Monday.

"In accordance with the decision of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) dated September 14, 2012, the holding of joint international anti-terrorist exercises Kazygurt-Anti-Terror 2013 is provided in the order of priority in Kazakhstan", the press-service reported.


Two suicide bombings rocked al-Marjeh Square in central Damascus Tuesday, causing at least 10 casualties, state television and witnesses said.

Residents in the area said police were among the victims as the blast took place near the Department of Immigration and Passports, dpa reported.

Rebels have increasingly targeted government buildings in recent months in Damascus in their battle to oust President Bashar al-Assad.


An opposition Syrian group Wednesday confirmed that government troops, backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, have regained the strategic town of al-Kussair from rebel control, dpa reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah militiamen had taken control of the town after heavy shelling by government troops.


Syrian rebels deny restoring the authorities' control over the town of El-Quseir, Al Jazeera TV channels said today.

According to the TV channel, at present, Hezbollah militants are clashing with rebels in the town of El Quseir.

The armed conflict between the authorities and the opposition has continued in Syria since March 2011. According to the UN, around 80,000 people were killed in the country during this period.


At least 43 people were killed when a fire swept through a poultry processing plant in north-eastern China's Jilin province Monday, dpa reported according to state media.

The fire broke out just after 6 am in a slaughterhouse at the Jilin Baoyuan Poultry Company in Mishazi township, China Central Television said.

Firefighters were still trying to put out the blaze by mid-morning, reports said.

It was not immediately clear if other workers at the plant were missing.


The death toll rose to 112, with others believed missing, after an explosion and fire on Monday at a poultry processing plant in north-eastern China's Jilin province, dpa reported.

At least 30 others were injured after fire broke out around 6 am (2200 GMT Sunday) in a slaughterhouse at the Jilin Baoyuan Poultry Company in Mishazi township, the provincial government said.


Seven civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, dpa reported.

The victims were riding in a truck to collect firewood in the eastern province of Laghman, the ministry said.

"As a result, seven civilians were killed including five women and two other civilians were wounded," it said.

The ministry blamed Taliban insurgents, who rely on roadside bombs against Afghan and NATO-led troops.

The rebels were not immediately available to comment.


Some 20,000 demonstrators hold a large-scale protest rally in the Turkish capital Ankara, newspaper Hurriyet reported on Saturday.

According to the newspaper, the number of protesters is growing by the minute.

By order of the Governor of Ankara Aladdin Yuksel military units were sent for the protection of the building of the Prime Minister.

Rally in Ankara began as a rally of solidarity with demonstrations in Istanbul, which is going on 5 days.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "racist" an act of segregation between Jewish and Arab school children at an amusement park near Tel Aviv, dpa reported.

He also condemned recent vandalism against Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank.

"I wish to condemn two phenomena that we have witnessed recently: Racism against Arab Israelis and acts of hooliganism against Palestinians, without any provocation or justification," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem.


At least one member of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has been killed overnight in clashes with Syrian rebels in Lebanon's eastern border region Al Jazeera reported.

Lebanese security sources reported the death on Sunday, saying that about 15 rebels had also been killed in the violence, east of Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley.

The conflict in Syria has been increasingly spilling over to its smaller neighbour, with deadly fighting shaking the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, and rockets hitting the Bekaa Valley and Beirut's southern suburbs.