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Yemenis Voiced Solidarity with Syria

SANAA,(ST)_ The Yemeni province of Taiz witnessed last night a  youths solidarity  march with Syria's leadership ,people army in the face of the global war targeting  it in  the service of  Zionism.

In a statement read during  the march, the Yemeni youths voiced  support for inter- Syrian  dialogue away from any outside interference or subjugating to the  enemy and its  lackeys of the Arab  petrodollar countries.

 The marchers condemned the assassinations that targeted  religious scholars in Syria and  held countries which recruit terrorists  and support them with money and weapons such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey responsible for these crimes.  

 They chanted slogans against these countries and stressed that attempts to undermine Syria are but desperate and futile.

They strongly condemned the criminal acts carried out by terrorists who have been assembled from around the world to destroy the achievements of an important stage in Syria 's modern  history , stressing  support for the Syrian Arab Army in addressing the barbaric conspiracies  trying to undermine Syria 's ancient history and promising future.

 

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Sudan's President Bashir meets South Sudan's Kiir

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan is visiting South Sudan for the first time since it became independent in 2011.

Mr Bashir and his southern counterpart, Salva Kiir, will discuss territorial disputes and border demarcation,according to the BBC.

Also on the agenda is a recent deal on how much the South should pay for exporting its oil through Sudan.

The two countries came to the brink of war last year over unresolved disputes following South Sudan's secession.

However, there has been an easing of tension since they agreed to resume pumping oil last month.

A military band played the two national anthems as Mr Bashir was welcomed by Mr Kiir at the airport in the southern capital, Juba.

Security in the city is described as tight, with only official vehicles on the road and those on foot subject to regular checks.

Speaking ahead of the visit, South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said it would be "good for the future of the two countries".

The South's independence - which followed decades of civil war - left key issues unresolved.

South Sudan took with it nearly three-quarters of Sudan's oil production when it declared independence and the two sides fell out over how much the South should pay to export its oil through Sudanese pipelines.

At the height of the dispute last year, the South shut down its entire oil output, badly hitting both struggling economies.

Oil started flowing again this month after both sides struck a deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in March.

They also agreed to withdraw troops from their border area.

A demilitarized  buffer zone is to be set up, with the intention of improving security.

However, the two leaders still need to agree on who owns the flashpoint Abyei province and other regions along their disputed 2,000km (1,200 mile) border.

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Bombs Hit Iraq, Killing 14

A pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 30.

The attacks in the town of Kanaan, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) northeast of the capital, are likely to increase fears of further violence ahead of provincial elections in much of the country scheduled for next week,according to ABC News

Friday's blasts struck as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers from the town's Omar Bin Abdul-Aziz mosque, said police officials in Diyala province, where Kanaan is located. A hospital official confirmed the casualty figures.

Violence in Iraq has fallen sharply from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but deadly attacks remain common a decade after the U.S.-led invasion.

The nearby city of Baqouba was the site of a large bombing just last week. In that incident, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a lunch hosted by a candidate in the upcoming provincial elections, killing 20 people.

Minutes after the Kanaan attack, a bomb exploded near a mosque in western Baghdad, wounding eight, according to police and hospital officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attacks.

Al-Qaida's Iraqi branch, known as the"Islamic State of Iraq", frequently carries out coordinated bombings targeting civilian targets such as mosques, markets and restaurants.

It primarily targets  security forces and other officials tied to the government.

Iraqi officials believe al-Qaida is growing stronger in Iraq, fuelled in part by rising lawlessness on the Syria-Iraq frontier and what they say is cross-border cooperation with the Syrian militant group Jabhat al-Nusra.

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Bahrain accused of pre-Grand Prix arrests

Plainclothes police officers have arrested 20 people so far in raids in towns around the Gulf state's Sakhir circuit, the New York-based watchdog said.

Bahrain has been rounding up pro-democracy activists ahead of its controversial staging of the April 21 Formula One Grand Prix two years after a bloody crackdown, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

"Bahraini authorities are carrying out home raids and arbitrarily detaining opposition protesters in advance of the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend," it said.

"These raids and detentions suggest that officials are more concerned with getting activists out of circulation for the Formula 1 race than with addressing the legitimate grievances that have led so many Bahrainis to take to the streets," said HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

"The Bahraini authorities have a responsibility to ensure the safety of those attending the Formula 1 Grand Prix, but that should not extend to arresting people for exercising their legitimate rights to free speech and assembly," Whitson said.

"Night-time raids of targeted people by masked officers who show neither arrest nor search warrants appear intended to intimidate them, their families and their supporters."

The  Bahraini regime  was rocked by month-long pro-democracy protests in early 2011 that were crushed with the help of Saudi-led troops,according to NDTV.

Last year's Bahrain Grand Prix was accompanied by a week of angry protests but demonstrators stayed away from the desert circuit and the race passed off without incident.

A total of 80 people have been killed in Bahrain since the protests erupted in February 2011, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.

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China Stresses Iran's Right to Peaceful N. Technology

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei once again underlined Iran's right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

"As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran possesses the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes while following relevant international obligations," Hong said on Wednesday.

The Chinese diplomat voiced Beijing's readiness to work with the relevant parties to continue to play a constructive role in settling the issue.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman's remarks came after Iran and the six world powers held 4 rounds and two days of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last week.

The Iranian team was led by lead negotiator Jalili, who is also the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), and the G5+1's representatives were presided by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The last round of the talks between Tehran and the six world powers was held in Almaty on February 26-27.

Also, experts from Iran and the G5+1 reviewed the two sides' proposals in a meeting in Istanbul from March 17 to 18. The two sides' experts outlined topics of the talks between the chief negotiators of Iran and the G5+1.

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