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The professional body for American diplomats has dropped its threat to sue the State Department following a row over whether some ambassador candidates were qualified for their plum overseas postings, an official said Monday.
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) had called for the U.S. administration to release so-called "certificates of demonstrated competence" amid anger over the number of political nominees and concern over the qualifications of some.Full Story
Qatar defended its independent foreign policy Monday after Saudi Arabia and two other Gulf countries recalled their envoys from Doha accusing it of meddling in their internal affairs.
"Our policy is based on openness towards all, and we do not want to exclude anyone," Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiya said during a visit to Paris, in remarks aired by Doha-based Al-Jazeera television.Full Story
U.N. investigators left for the Central African Republic Monday to launch a probe into human right violations in the conflict-ravaged country amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
The three international investigators will spend two weeks traveling the country, in the throes of bloody Muslim-Christian clashes, speaking to victims, witnesses, and the main actors in the conflict.Full Story
Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Monday he has no regrets over his leaks about mass surveillance programs, saying they sparked a needed public debate on spying and data collection.
Snowden, who spoke via video link from Russia to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, said he revealed the programs of the U.S. National Security Agency and other such services to foster "a better civic understanding" about what had been secret programs.Full Story
Egyptian police said they arrested a man Monday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack in the capital Cairo, accusing him of having fought with jihadist groups in Syria.
Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July last year, militants have launched frequent attacks on police and troops across the country, but particularly in the Sinai Peninsula.Full Story
British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, officials said Monday.
Cameron will travel to Israel on Wednesday before holding talks with counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and delivering a keynote speech to Israel's parliament.Full Story
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on a road near the West Bank administrative center of Ramallah on Monday, Israeli security sources said.
The Palestinian was part of a group throwing stones at Israeli troops, who opened fire near the Ofra settlement, fatally wounding him, they said.Full Story
Libyan authorities stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it left a rebel-held port on Monday with an "illegal" shipment of crude, a military source said.
Former rebels calling for autonomy for eastern Libya have been blockading the port of al-Sidra and other key export terminals in the region since July last year.Full Story
The World Food Program said Monday insecurity in Syria was cutting off half a million people from the food aid they need, while a lack of funds has also forced the U.N. food agency to slash rations.
Three years into Syria's bloody civil war, the WFP said in recent weeks it had reached a number of areas in the governorates of Damascus, Homs, Raqqa and Daraa that had long remained inaccessible.Full Story
U.S. officials including FBI agents are in Kiev helping a Ukrainian-led investigation into corruption under ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, the U.S. ambassador to Kiev said on Monday.
"We are doing what we can to unpack the enormous kleptocracy which surrounded the Yanukovych government," Geoffrey Pyatt said at a press conference in Kiev.Full Story