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Militants who carried out a brazen day-light assault on the Yemeni defense ministry that killed 56 people were mostly Saudis, investigators said on Saturday.
The finding, in a preliminary report on the inquiry into Thursday's attack, adds credibility to a claim of responsibility by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which was formed from a merger of the jihadist network's Saudi and Yemeni branches.Full Story
Outraged Ukrainians rallied in central Kiev on Saturday after President Viktor Yanukovych discussed a new strategic partnership agreement with Russia's Vladimir Putin upon rejecting a historic EU deal.
Nearly 1,000 supporters of Western integration braved swirling winds and a heavy snowfall early Saturday as they maintained control of the capital's iconic Independence Square for the seventh successive day.Full Story
Egyptian judges were to hear the appeals on Saturday of 21 women and teenage girls handed heavy jail terms on charges related to an Islamist protest in a case that sparked an outcry.
The 14 adult women were handed 11-year jail terms and the seven minors sentenced to juvenile detention last month, shocking even supporters of the military-installed government.Full Story
U.S. lawmakers are preparing a possible vote on new sanctions against Iran, a move President Barack Obama and his P5+1 partners fear could sabotage the nuclear deal reached in Geneva.
Administration officials have beaten a path to Capitol Hill in recent weeks, warning Congress against short-circuiting the delicate negotiations.Full Story
The leftist Libre party in Honduras late Friday formally asked election officials to overturn the results of the November 24 presidential election, which their candidate claims to have won.
A document formally requesting the annulment was delivered by ex-president Manuel Zelaya, accompanied by his wife, Libre candidate Xiomara Castro. Officials earlier declared conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez the election winner.Full Story
Troops shot dead four municipal workers returning from a shooting range in southwestern Mexico on Friday, apparently after mistaking them for criminals, a state official and residents said.
The incident took place in the town of Arcelia and the victims included the director and deputy director of municipal transport as well as two culture department workers, said a Guerrero state interior department official.Full Story
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop defied a stern rebuke from Beijing on Saturday to repeat concerns that China's recently announced air defense zone has increased regional tensions.
"Australia is concerned about peace and stability in our region, and we don't want to see any escalation of tensions, we want to see a de-escalation," she told reporters in Beijing when asked about Australia's stance on China's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).Full Story
President Michel Suleiman is expected to make a speech on Saturday during the unveiling of the busts of the 12 Lebanese presidents that have ruled the country since its independence in 1943, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.
The daily said that the president will retain the “firm tone” that marked his recent speeches.Full Story
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati announced on Saturday that efforts to hold a cabinet session to tackle pressing issues in the country are ongoing with various government factions.
Miqati stated that endeavors have been ongoing with President Michel Suleiman for some time now, but have intensified lately with “various government parties because the time period of the outgoing government has prolonged,” he told An Nahar in an interview.Full Story
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will travel to South Africa to attend the funeral of late leader Nelson Mandela next week, her office said Friday.
Her government also decreed seven days of national mourning in honor of Mandela, who passed away at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday at the age of 95.Full Story