The Egyptian military on Monday assumed joint responsibility with the police for security and protecting state institutions until the results of a Dec. 15 constitutional referendum are announced.
The army took up the task in line with a decree issued Sunday by President Mohammed Morsi. The Islamist leader on Monday also suspended a series of tax […]
China is taking the date of December 21 - the day the world is due to end - seriously, with panic buying of candles sweeping through counties. Malcolm Moore reports.
China’s most famous book of prophecies, the 7th century Tui Bei Tu, makes no direct mention of the end of the world.
But in Sichuan province, panic […]
(Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said.
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In Afghanistan last week, two brothers slit the throat of Gastina, a seventh-grade girl, for refusing a marriage proposal. It wasn’t an isolated incident. By Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau.
Fourteen-year-old Gastina probably didn’t realize the imminent danger she was facing.
As the seventh-grade student was fetching drinking water at 9 a.m. from a well some 500 […]
A Muslim prayer center, which has been dubbed Europe’s first gay-friendly mosque, opened in the French capital this week. Its founder described it as the first step in breaking “prejudices in Islam”, but it has been criticized by religious leaders.
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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”
Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the General Assembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state.
“Raise your heads high, because you […]
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After years of preparation, the Chinese military performed its first aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings last week on the Liaoning.
Video of the takeoffs and landings was captured via China’s CCTV, according to Business Insider.
The New York Times reported last month that the “Liaoning has also been portrayed as a […]
When the government decided to build a highway to Wenling, a town in China’s Zhejiang province, it offered everyone in the neighborhood compensation to relocate.
But farmer Luo Baogen and his wife refused to move, saying the compensation wasn’t enough for them to rebuild their home elsewhere.
Faced with Luo’s refusal to leave, the government decided to go […]
Russian warships have dropped anchor off the coast of Gaza in the case that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalates, a Russian Navy Command source told Voice of Russia.
The Russian Navy continuously monitors the situation and studies possible options for evacuating Russians, the source said.
The move mirrors what the U.S. did last week when it sent three warships to the coast […]
That Greek suicide rates have exploded over the past two years is very much expected: after all, in order to preserve the sanctity of the failed monetary status quo, the Greek economy and its less than prosperous population have been sacrificed by the legacy elite and the wealthy. The socio-economic collapse has resulted in a […]
Protesters set fire on Friday to the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a day after he assumed broad new powers not subject to appeal. Pro- and anti-Morsi rallies erupted in cities across Egypt. Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of […]
Diplomacy: So amid all the colorful and flirty photos from President Obama’s first tour of Southeast Asia, what did he actually accomplish? As usual, he served himself politically in what was largely a Potemkin mission abroad.
It was obvious enough from the rubelike gaffes that the president hasn’t been particularly interested or attentive to the affairs […]
Barack Obama: hardly off to a flying start
It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed […]
The videos were created to frighten Israelis and fuel the vitriol already raging in Gaza among members Hamas and its military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. Palestinian Media Watch brings us the videos and translations.
The first video is addressed Israeli soldiers and states:
“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more […]
For the past few years Israel has been working to perfect an all-weather missile interceptor system, called the Iron Dome (Golden Dome was deemed too ostentatious).
Developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the network is made up of forward deployed missile batteries, which work together with a rapid response control center and radar tracker to take out incoming Qassam and Grad […]
MILAN (AP) — A court in Italy has convicted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in prison. In Italy, cases must pass two levels of appeal before the verdicts are final. Berlusconi is expected to appeal.
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Texas authorities have threatened to arrest international election observers, prompting a furious response from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
“The threat of criminal sanctions against [international] observers is unacceptable,” Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), said in a statement. “The United States, like all […]
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has broken with diplomatic protocol by openly expressing his hope that Barack Obama wins the upcoming US presidential election.
“If I was an American citizen I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for Obama,” he told a radio interviewer on Wednesday.
While it is hardly surprising that Ayrault, a Socialist, would support the Democrat candidate in a […]
Tehran — Iran has agreed to abandon its nuclear-weapons program in a historic diplomatic achievement certain to dominate tonight’s foreign-policy presidential debate, and dramatically reshape the electoral landscape.
“This is an extraordinary breakthrough,” said Deputy Undersecretary of State Jonathan Ebert Jr., lead negotiator for the U.S. “It’s a tribute to the hard work of our diplomatic […]
A video reportedly shot by an amateur in the Syrian city of Idlib Wednesday shows a crippled Syrian military helicopter spiraling down before it explodes in flames. Syrian rebels say they shot down the helicopter, according to The Telegraph.
The rebels reportedly have acquired heavy weapons in recent weeks, The Telegraph reported, pushing the Syrian air […]