German Intelligence Agency links Assad with Chemical Attack using Phone Reference
A Hezbollah official has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered a poison gas attack last month and that it considered the move a mistake which showed he was losing his grip, according to German intelligence. Participants at a confidential meeting of German lawmakers on Monday said the head of... Read more
Nigerian Court Orders Extradition of Suspected Al-Awlaki Aide to the U.S.A
A Nigerian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition to the United States of a man accused of being a member of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen and assigned to find English-speaking recruits. The suspect identified as Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, aka “Abdullah” or “Ayatollah Mustapha”, is alleged to be a... Read more
Israel Intercepts, Destroys Rocket near Egypt’s Sinai
Israel intercepted a rocket near Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula early on Tuesday, exploding it in the air over the southern Israeli city of Eilat, a military official said. No damage or injury was reported in the incident, but explosions reverberated in the dark skies over the desert hills surrounding the... Read more
Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to re-examine “exodus”
Pope Francis, in a stunningly candid assessment of the state of the Catholic Church, said on Saturday it should look in the mirror and ask why so many people are leaving the faith of their fathers. On the penultimate day of his trip to Brazil, Francis delivered a long... Read more
U A E pardons Norwegian woman imprisoned for reporting rape
The United Arab Emirates has pardoned a Norwegian woman who was sentenced to jail for illicit sex after she reported being raped by a colleague while on a visit to Dubai, the Norwegian foreign minister said on Monday. Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, had been awaiting an appeal hearing of... Read more
Obama to visit Africa: U.S plans stronger economic role in region with huge Chinese presence
President Barack Obama’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa will mark his most significant personal investment in the developing region since taking office. The White House is hoping the return on that investment will be an increased foothold for U.S. businesses on a continent where China and other emerging economies... Read more
Russia to prevent Syria no-fly zone, U.S confirms issue not on NATO agenda
The United States is not asking NATO to back a Syria no-fly zone and the issue is not currently on the alliance’s agenda, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Monday, hours after Russia declared that it would not permit such action to be imposed over Syria. “We... Read more
(AP) — Leaders of five of the world’s emerging economic powers agreed Wednesday to create a development bank to help fund their $4.5 trillion infrastructure plans — a direct challenge to the World Bank that they accuse of Western bias. But the rulers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and... Read more
(AP) — Suspected homosexuals in Cameroon say they have been tortured and raped in prison, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch and three local organizations. The 55-page report, titled “Guilty by Association,” documents reported abuses by authorities prosecuting suspected gays and lesbians. Those convicted can... Read more
(AP) — Rebels in Central African Republic on Thursday dismissed the president’s offer to release some political prisoners, saying the fighters would still consider retaking up arms despite signing a peace agreement two months ago. The move deepens concerns that the rebels could again fight against the government, further... Read more