Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Western powers Tuesday against imposing a no-fly zone or taking other military action in Libya.
Ahmadinejad renewed his condemnation of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's bombardment of opponents in his own country, in an interview with Spanish television in Tehran.Full Story
An opposition activist was shot dead in a gunfight with pro-regime loyalists in north Yemen on Tuesday, a security official said.
Naser Musleh Nasm, a member of the main Islamist opposition, was killed in the armed clash with supporters of the ruling General People's Congress in Al-Jawf province, a security official and tribal leaders told Agence France Presse.Full Story
The Israeli navy seized a boat carrying weapons apparently destined for militant groups in Gaza, a military spokeswoman told AFP on Tuesday.
The vessel, boarded as it sailed southwards some 200 nautical miles off the Israeli coast, was carrying "various weapons," she said, without saying exactly when it was seized.Full Story
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said the rebellion against his rule was a "lost cause", in an interview published on Tuesday, adding that he felt "betrayed" by former ally Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The rebels "have no hope, it's now a lost cause for them," Gadhafi said in an interview with Italian daily Il Giornale, as his forces made major advances on the ground into formerly rebel-held territory in eastern Libya.Full Story
Group of Eight powers have failed to agree on military intervention in Libya, France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday, after the countries discussed proposals for a no-fly zone there.
"For the moment I have not convinced them," Juppe said on Europe 1 radio, referring to his talks with fellow G8 foreign ministers at a dinner on Monday night.Full Story
Military intervention in Bahrain by Gulf States is "unacceptable" and it will complicate the already volatile situation there, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday.
"The presence of foreign forces cannot be acceptable and will make the situation more complicated and difficult," Mehmanparast told his weekly press conference broadcast on state television.Full Story
Armed forces rolled Monday into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help restore order in the strategic Gulf kingdom where protesters have shut down the financial center.
Thousands of mostly Shiite protesters occupied Manama's business district, turning the regional banking hub into a ghost town as they pressed their calls for democratic change from the Sunni Muslim monarchy.Full Story
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday demanded that Bahraini leaders be wise and not use violence in their handling of anti-government protests, the state-run Fars news agency reported.
Salehi said the Bahraini authorities should avoid using "violence and force against the population", adding that Iran expects "the Bahraini government to be wise in responding to the demands of protesters and respecting their rights."Full Story
The U.N. Security Council on Monday held talks on Libya, as France said it hoped that Arab League support for a no-fly zone would be a "game-changer" in securing international action.
As he entered the talks, French envoy to the Security Council Gerard Araud said Lebanon -- as the current Arab representative on the Security Council -- would also be working to sway opponents of a no-fly zone, led by China and Russia.Full Story
Former Libyan soldiers who defected to the rebels will be pardoned if they surrender to government forces, state television said Monday, quoting the military.
The announcement came as forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pursued their eastward drive towards the rebel capital of Benghazi, threatening the key town of Ajdabiya.Full Story