- World Anti-apartheid Hero Nelson Mandela Dies Aged 95 Nelson Mandela, the icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a colossus of 20th century politics, died late Thursday aged 95, prompting m... 06 December 2013, 06:32 1
- Lebanon One Soldier Killed, 6 Wounded in Tripoli as Residents Protest Troops' Measures A soldier was killed and 6 others were wounded on Thursday evening as tension soared again in the northern city of Tripoli. In addition to the u... 05 December 2013, 09:47 21
- Middle East 52 Killed as Militants Storm Yemen Defense Complex A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the Yemeni defense ministry complex Thursday, followed by an armed assault in which 52 people... 05 December 2013, 09:06
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea informed the Free Patriotic Movement, which made an initiative to hold talks with various Lebanese blocs to end the political standstill, that his parliamentary bloc will not meet the Change and Reform Delegation.
LF MP Fadi Karam told al-Akhbar newspaper published on Thursday that the decision was taken by Geagea, who finds the initiative “useless.”Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal Movement lashed out at Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat over his recent statements, considering that the Druze leader has “no right to make al-Mustaqbal a target for political sniper gunshots.”
“Al-Mustaqbal movement has been avoiding to engage in any debate that might target the origin of the historical ties with Jumblat,” a prominent official in al-Mustaqbal told al-Joumhouria newspaper on condition of anonymity.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman and Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati granted Caretaker Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi an “exceptional approval” to fund the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
According to al-Akhbar newspaper published on Thursday, the general-secretary of cabinet Secretary General Suheil Bouji handed over a memorandum to Safadi reminding him of Suleiman and Miqati's “exceptional approval.”Full Story
The competent security agencies uncovered the identity of the person who was behind the video threatening Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Thursday.
A security source rejected to unveil the name of the culprit until he is brought to justice, noting that a permission was granted to pursue him on charges of destabilizing civil peace in the northern city of Tripoli,incitement and sedition.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has said that the decision to announce his candidacy for the presidency lied on several factors but the presidential elections should first be preceded by straightening the country's political situation.
“We will discuss it with our allies and inside the LF executive authority at the appropriate time although my decision is linked to a group of factors that will determine if I will be a candidate or not,” Geagea told several local dailies in interviews published on Thursday.Full Story
Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged the nation to work together for "stability" in a speech Thursday on his 86th birthday, as protesters prepare for fresh anti-government rallies following a temporary lull in unrest.
The kingdom remains on edge following several days of street clashes during demonstrations aimed at overthrowing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and curbing the political influence of her brother Thaksin.Full Story
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned China on Thursday against escalating a dispute over an East China Sea air zone, adding that regional peace and stability were in Beijing's interests.
Biden also criticized China's tightening of controls on foreign journalists, stressing that the world's second-largest economy could become more prosperous with American values such as human rights and freedom of speech.Full Story
U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden may have stolen up to 20,000 secret Australian intelligence files, a report said Thursday, with the attorney general calling the leaks the most damaging in history.
Documents already released have proved a major headache for Canberra, sparking its worst diplomatic crisis in years with neighbor Indonesia amid warnings that more revelations appear likely.Full Story
Satellite images of one of North Korea's largest political prison camps suggests its inmate population is expanding, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report detailing rape and torture in the North's notorious gulag.
The report by the London-based rights watchdog included rare testimony from a former camp guard, as well as from former inmates about the brutality prevalent in the prison system.Full Story
Mexican authorities found Wednesday a stolen medical device containing dangerous radioactive material outside the truck that was carrying it north of Mexico City, threatening the lives of those who touched it, officials said.
Military and police forces cordoned off the area to prevent contamination after finding the radiation treatment machine in a rural area north of Mexico City two days after the truck was stolen.Full Story