Canada has expelled four Russian diplomats following the arrest last weekend of a Canadian soldier charged with leaking secrets to a foreign entity, a newspaper reported Friday.
Canada's Globe and Mail said the four diplomats had been removed from the list of envoys officially recognized by Canada, while the CBC news service said at least some of them had left the country over the spying case.Full Story
French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Friday that any foreign military intervention against Iran's nuclear program would trigger "war and chaos" across the Middle East and beyond.
"Time is limited. France will do everything to avoid military intervention, but there is only one way to avoid it: a much tougher, more decisive, sanctions regime," Sarkozy told an audience of diplomats in Paris.Full Story
Turkey on Friday asked French senators to reject a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide, which comes before the French Senate next Monday.
"We expect (President Nicolas) Sarkozy, his party, and the French Senate to respect European values before anything else. Those who exploit history will themselves suffer from this exploitation," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in televised remarks.Full Story
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denied he has cancer but does remain under doctors' orders not to overdo things after undergoing surgery in November, a report said Friday.
Following widespread speculation that the premier may have had cancer, journalist Mehmet Ali Birand revealed Erdogan had broken his silence about his health in an interview with him for an upcoming TV documentary.Full Story
Four French soldiers were shot dead and 16 were wounded by a member of the Afghan army in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, a NATO spokesman and Afghan officials said.
"A man wearing Afghan army uniform opened fire on French nationals killing four and injuring 16 others this morning in Tagab district of Kapisa province," a security official told Agence France Presse.Full Story
Masked gunmen kidnapped a German aid worker and his Italian colleague overnight in Pakistan's central shrine city of Multan, local police said Friday.
The kidnappings bring to six the number of Westerners abducted since July in nuclear-armed Pakistan, where U.S. forces last year killed Osama bin Laden and which stands on the frontline of a Taliban insurgency.Full Story
A jailed Cuban dissident has died after a 50-day hunger strike to protest his imprisonment by the Western Hemisphere's only one-party communist regime, rights activists told Agence France Presse.
Wilmar Villar, 31, passed away Thursday at 6:45 pm (23:45 GMT) after protesting against a four-year sentence handed down in November, opposition activist Elizardo Sanchez told AFP.Full Story
Six U.S. service personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, indicating the incident was not believed to be the result of enemy fire.
The helicopter, a CH-53 Sea Stallion, went down in the volatile Helmand province, according to one U.S. official who said: "Initial indications are that this was not hostile fire."Full Story
Police in Azerbaijan have detained two people accused of plotting attacks on prominent foreigners masterminded by a man with alleged links to Iranian intelligence, officials said Thursday.
The two Azerbaijani citizens "were making preparations for the assassination of public figures who are foreign nationals ... that is, preparing to commit a terrorist act", the national security ministry said in a statement.Full Story
EU nations agreed Thursday to slap sanctions on Iran's central bank, freezing assets potentially used to finance its nuclear drive, but have not yet clinched an oil embargo deal, EU diplomats said.
"The text was considered closed and agreed," a source said of the financial sanctions after talks between senior diplomats from the 27 EU nations.Full Story