- Middle East Syrian Troops, Hizbullah Battle Rebels near Damascus as Obama Refuses to Specify Opposition Aid Fighters from Hizbullah joined Syrian troops battling rebels near Damascus on Wednesday, monitors said, as President Bashar Assad's regime kept up ... 19 June 2013, 13:09
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Egypt is launching a civilian investigation of the country's former military rulers for their alleged role in the killing of protesters during their 18 months in power, a court official and the state news agency reported Monday.
International and local rights groups have pressed Egypt's newly elected president and other authorities to probe the council of military officers who ruled the country from the February 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak to this summer. At least 120 protesters died in clashes with security forces and soldiers during this time.Full Story
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani said Monday that the gas-rich Gulf state had no political motivations behind its business investments in France.
"Qatar is not a country with great political ambitions ... and it wants no political role from its investments in France," Sheikh Hamad said at a press conference in Doha.Full Story
U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi denied having asked for peacekeeping forces in Syria, after talks with Iraqi officials in Baghdad on Monday.
"You've read that I have asked for peacekeeping," Brahimi told reporters at a joint news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. "I haven't."Full Story
Israeli defense officials have pledged to lift a ban on Palestinian travel between the Jordan Valley and the rest of the West Bank, an Israeli rights group said on Monday.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said that in response to its requests, the military had decided to ease rules under which only registered Palestinian residents of the valley, which runs along the West Bank's eastern flank, can pass through military checkpoints at the entrance to the sector.Full Story
A senior official on Monday said Iran proposed to peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi a "transitional period" for Syria ahead of elections to be held under President Bashar Assad's supervision.
"We proposed a halt to the violence and a truce, stopping supplying weapons and backing for armed terrorist groups and a national dialogue between the opposition and government," Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdolahian told Arabic-language al-Alam television.Full Story
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on Monday for quick progress in resolving the conflict in Syria during talks with UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, a statement from his office said.
Maliki reiterated calls for a "political solution" to the 19-month uprising, during the Baghdad meeting with veteran troubleshooter Brahimi.Full Story
A Ukrainian court Monday once again delayed the new trial of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko on embezzlement and tax evasion charges until after crucial parliamentary polls.
A judge in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where the former prime minister is already serving a seven-year sentence after her conviction last October on abuse of power charges, said he could not hear the case in Tymoshenko's absence and set the next hearing for November 13.Full Story
U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is considering proposing the deployment of peacekeepers to Syria if a deal on a transition is reached, a member of the opposition Syrian National Council said on Monday.
One of Brahimi's ideas "is considering the deployment of peacekeeping forces which would accompany any political proposal," the head of the SNC's media office Ahmed Ramadan told Agence France Presse in Doha as the exiled opposition group began a meeting in the Qatari capital.Full Story
A Sanaa court specializing in terrorism sentenced six Yemenis to between one and five years in prison on Monday for "belonging to al-Qaida" and plotting attacks in Yemen.
The court acquitted six others accused in connection with the same case for the lack of evidence against them, according to the verdict read by judge Hilal Mhaffal.Full Story
Three weeks before election day, the White House race between U.S. president Barack Obama and his Republican foe Mitt Romney remains statistically tied, with Obama maintaining just a slight advantage, a new opinion poll found Monday.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post survey showed that likely voters favored Obama over Romney by 49 percent to 46 percent, which is within the poll's margin of error.Full Story