- Lebanon General Strike and Protests as SCC Slams Parliament’s Failure to Approve Wage Scale The Syndicate Coordination Committee held on Wednesday a protest near the education ministry in Beirut's UNESCO area to pressure MPs into approving... 16 April 2014, 10:44
- World Up to 293 Missing in S. Korea Ferry Capsize South Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find up to 293 people missing from a capsized ferry carrying 459 pa... 16 April 2014, 07:09 1
- Middle East Saudi Replaces Veteran Intelligence Chief Bandar bin Sultan Saudi Arabia has replaced intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the kingdom's pointman on the Syrian conflict, "at his own request," officia... 15 April 2014, 20:24 38
Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein's regime and U.S. forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said Tuesday.
The country is suffering a protracted surge in violence that has claimed more than 2,550 lives this year, and the area west of Baghdad where the prison is located is particularly insecure.Full Story
Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani says rapprochement with the Taliban's old backers Pakistan, along the lines of France and Germany after World War II, is key to ending instability in his conflict-torn nation.
The race to succeed President Hamid Karzai has narrowed to a two-way fight between Ghani and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah following the release of early partial results on Sunday.Full Story
Social media firms operating in Turkey should open offices there and pay taxes, authorities said Tuesday, amid a row with Twitter which the Turkish prime minister has branded "tax evaders".
Without mentioning Twitter by name, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said social media platforms were dodging taxes if they operated without opening a physical office.Full Story
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia Tuesday to de-escalate tensions over Ukraine and withdraw troops massed on the border with its Soviet-era satellite.
"I am deeply concerned by the latest developments in Ukraine," Rasmussen said, citing the seizure of government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Moscow militias.Full Story
Suspected Yemeni smugglers shot dead a Saudi soldier near the kingdom's border with Yemen in the second such attack in less than a week, local media reported Tuesday.
The Al-Watan daily reported that the Monday clash between a Saudi patrol and "Yemeni smugglers" in the southwestern province of Jizan also left a Saudi border guard wounded.Full Story
The United Nations urged the Ukrainian authorities Tuesday to take urgent measures to reduce ethnic tensions in eastern Ukraine, but said there was no evidence of widespread attacks against ethnic Russians.
Moscow has repeatedly accused Ukraine's government of failing to protect the country's ethnic Russian minority, and used this to justify its annexation of Crimea.Full Story
The speaker of Syria's parliament will next week announce the date of the country's presidential election, expected to be held around June despite the conflict, Al-Watan newspaper reported.
The daily, which is close to the government, said Mohamed Jihad Lahham would make the announcement next week, but gave no details on the date for the vote.Full Story
A mini-sub hunting missing Flight MH370 was set to sweep the Indian Ocean seabed again Tuesday after cutting short its first mission, as Malaysia vowed to reveal any “black box” data found.
The unmanned submarine equipped with sonar gear was deployed Monday night from the Australian ship Ocean Shield, which has spearheaded the hunt for the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard.Full Story
Israeli troops were scouring a village near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, residents said, a day after a gunman killed an Israeli nearby.
The incident at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday was the first deadly attack on an Israeli in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, and came as tensions were soaring over the near-breakdown of U.S.-brokered peace talks.Full Story
India's Maoist rebels have issued a public apology after a deadly weekend landmine attack on a bus carrying election officials, calling it a "big mistake".
Seven temporary workers for the Election Commission were killed last Saturday in the restive central state of Chhattisgarh when the bus they were traveling in exploded.Full Story