Outbreaks of violence in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi killed at least 31 people overnight following the murder of a lawmaker in a drive-by shooting, officials said.
Lawmaker Raza Haider from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a partner in the Sindh provincial ruling coalition led by the Pakistan Peoples Party, was shot dead by gunmen on motorcycles Monday.Full Story
About 130 Kurdish rebels have been killed since March in military operations inside Turkey and neighboring Iraq, where the militants take refuge, a Turkish military official said Friday.
Intelligence obtained after a May 20 air raid on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) hideouts in northern Iraq indicated that more than 100 militants of the group were killed, General Fahri Kir told reporters.Full Story
The EU's refusal to accept Turkey as a member swiftly has partly caused Ankara's foreign policy shift and the deterioration in its relations with Israel, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.
"The deterioration in the relationship between Turkey and Israel over the past year or so is a matter of concern," Gates told reporters in London.Full Story
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led a chorus of defiant Iranian criticism of new U.N. sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic on Wednesday, saying they deserved to be "thrown in the trash bin."
"These resolutions are not worth a dime for the Iranian nation," he said.Full Story
NATO blamed the Taliban on Thursday over an attack on an Afghan wedding that killed more than 40 people in an area U.S.-led troops are massing to dislodge insurgents from their fiefdom.
The cause of the carnage has been unclear, but the government said initial reports indicated that a suicide bomber strapped with explosives had walked into the party reportedly attended by members of an anti-Taliban militia.Full Story
Russia is freezing a contract to deliver S-300 air defense missiles to Iran after the adoption of the new UN sanctions against Tehran, a Russian source told the Interfax news agency on Thursday.
"It is compulsory to fulfill a decision by the U.N. Security Council and Russia is not an exception here," said the source in the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, which supervises Russian arms sales.Full Story
North Korea's military said Thursday it is scrapping a pact aimed at preventing accidental armed clashes with South Korea, as tensions rose sharply over the sinking of a warship.
The general chiefs of staff, in a notice to the South's armed forces, also warned of an immediate attack if the South violates the disputed Yellow Sea border, Pyongyang's official news agency reported.Full Story
At least 44 civilians have been killed in an assault by Jamaica's security forces on a slum to capture an alleged drug kingpin, a senior official said Wednesday.
The government had ordered a political ombudsman and a public defender to visit the area of western Kingston to assess casualties and damage after accusations by residents of civilian deaths.Full Story
The pilots of a jet which crashed in Russia killing Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others repeatedly ignored automatic alerts they were flying too low, a Polish investigator said Wednesday.
Investigator Edmund Klich told Poland's Rzeczpospolita daily that the crew "failed to react to automatic signals: the warning 'terrain ahead' or 'pull up'. These were ignored."Full Story
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday doubted Iran would fulfill the terms of a deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey aimed at resolving the Iranian nuclear crisis.
"There are no 100 percent guarantees. Very much will depend on how Iran will approach its commitments. If it strictly abides by them, Russia will actively support the scheme proposed by Brazil and Turkey," Lavrov said.Full Story