Hours after loud blasts shook Libya's capital Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi vowed to defeat NATO as his forces launched a deadly rocket assault on rebel-held Misrata.
State television on Friday aired Gadhafi's comments in what it said was a live telephone call from the Libyan leader, who has gone underground since Western nations began waging an air war in March to protect civilians from a bloody protest crackdown.Full Story
Syrian security forces killed at least 12 people when they opened fire on protesters on Friday, rights activists said, as France urged tougher EU sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
The protests after the main weekly Muslim prayers came as the army pressed its campaign against northern towns and the number of refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey neared 10,000.Full Story
Libyan rebel chief Mahmoud Jibril denied Friday suggestions by a Russian envoy that the insurgents had been negotiating with Moammer Gadhafi's regime.
"I can assure you there is and there was no negotiation between the NTC and the regime," the head of the rebel National Transitional Council told a press conference in Naples.Full Story
Syria's ambassador to France has lodged an official complaint against the news channel France 24 accusing it of misinformation, the state-run SANA news agency reported Friday.
Lamia Shakkur filed the complaint to the Paris public prosecutor on Wednesday "for broadcasting false information," the Syrian embassy in France said in a statement carried by SANA.Full Story
Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, being treated for shrapnel wounds in Riyadh, will not return home, a top Saudi official told Agence France Presse on Friday, contrary to Sanaa's claims that he will return soon.
"The Yemeni president will not return to Yemen," the official said, requesting anonymity.Full Story
Two loud blasts shook Libya's capital Tripoli on Friday afternoon following a series of more distant explosions heard earlier in the day, an Agence France Presse journalist said.
Tripoli has been targeted anew by NATO warplanes, which since Thursday have been constantly overflying the Libyan capital.Full Story
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday bluntly told the European Union's top diplomat that U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in September would render the Oslo Accords null and void.
At a breakfast meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Lieberman said the 1993 Oslo Accords that created the Palestinian Authority, and all the agreements reached since then, would be cancelled if they secured recognition of their independent state when the United Nations meets this autumn.Full Story
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime "to stop killing people," as pressure mounted on Damascus over its widening crackdown in the north.
Ban, who was in Brazil as part of a Latin America tour in support of his bid for re-election as secretary-general, told reporters Assad should "engage in an inclusive dialogue" and "take bold... measures before it is too late."Full Story
An overnight explosion in the Israeli coastal town of Netanya which left four dead, was caused by a gas leak and was not related to any criminal or nationalist issues, police said on Friday.
The blast occurred late on Thursday in centre of the seaside town, flattening a four-storey building and injuring around 65 people, many of whom were sitting in a restaurant on the ground floor.Full Story
Telecoms tycoon Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad who is on a list of 13 Syrians facing EU sanctions, said Thursday he will allocate profits from his businesses to charity.
"Profits from the shares I own in Syriatel will be allocated to charity, humanitarian work and development projects" for people across Syria, Makhlouf said in a statement obtained by Agence France Presse.Full Story