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Uganda to consult scientists on homosexuality
22 Feb 2014 15:46

Uganda to consult scientists on homosexuality

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has put a bill imposing strict penalties for homosexuality on hold to give scientists a chance to prove that homosexuality could be triggered by genes and is not a "lifestyle choice". Homosexuality is taboo in many African countries and illegal in ۳۷. Few ...

 
McCain urges Syria military intervention
16 Feb 2014 16:53

McCain urges Syria military intervention

Hawkish US Senator John McCain has called on the Obama administration to employ its already-devised plan of military intervention against the Syrian government. “The only way to achieve success at Geneva is to change the balance of power on the ground,” McCain said in a statement on Saturday, ...

 
Lebanon
15 Feb 2014 21:43

Lebanon's Hariri vows to confront Sunni radicals

Leading Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri vowed on Friday to tackle sectarian radicalism in his Sunni sect but said Shi'ite Hezbollah must end its involvement in Syria if Lebanon is to avoid being drawn into a "sectarian holocaust". Citing the example set by his father Rafik al-Hariri on ...

 
Obama considering new pressure on Syria’s Assad
15 Feb 2014 21:37

Obama considering new pressure on Syria’s Assad

US President Barack Obama said on Friday he is considering new ways to pressure the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he pledged fresh U.S. assistance to Jordan's King Abdullah, whose country is reeling from the Syrian civil war. Obama and Abdullah held talks at the Sunnylands retreat,...

 
Israelis outraged by EU official comments
14 Feb 2014 12:36

Israelis outraged by EU official comments

Comments made by the president of the European Parliament, in which he criticised Israeli settlements and implied that Israelis receive four times more water than Palestinians, has stoked anger in Israel. The speech, made by German Martin Schulz on Wednesday, prompted the far-right Jewish Home party ...

 
7 Feb 2014 17:05

'Sex strike' against leading Tokyo governor candidate

Women in Tokyo are threatening a sex boycott against any man who votes for the front-runner in this weekend's gubernatorial election, in protest at his claim that menstruation makes women unfit for government.A Twitter campaign group based in the capital which bills itself as "The association of ...

 
Afghan presidential hopefuls hold Televised debate
5 Feb 2014 17:51

Afghan presidential hopefuls hold Televised debate

Presidential campaigns are heating up in Afghanistan as major candidates have faced off in the first televised debate.The participating nominees included Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmi Rasool, Qayum Karzai and Rahim Wardak.They discussed issues ranging from the Taliban to the future of foreign ...

 
U.S. condemns recent blasts in Lebanon
4 Feb 2014 18:37

U.S. condemns recent blasts in Lebanon

The United States condemned on Tuesday “in the strongest terms” the recent terrorist attacks that took place in Lebanon and targeted the eastern town of Hermel and the Choueifat neighborhood, south east of Beirut. "The US extends deepest condolences to the victims and their families, the ...

 
High-ranking Saudi prince praises Livni
2 Feb 2014 16:52

High-ranking Saudi prince praises Livni

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator to the Palestinians, received public praise from a high-ranking Saudi official over the weekend in a rare instance of Israeli and Saudi officials interacting in the international spotlight. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, during ...

 
US-Iranian citizen caught smuggling F-35 plans to Tehran
15 Jan 2014 15:39

US-Iranian citizen caught smuggling F-35 plans to Tehran

A dual Iranian-US citizen was arrested in New Jersey last Thursday for attempting to smuggle to Iran the blueprints related to the F-۳۵ joint strike fighter plane, according to US prosecutors. Mozaffar Khazaee, ۵۹, an engineer at Connecticut-based defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, reportedly arranged ...

 
Britain accused of ‘systematic’ war crimes in Iraq
12 Jan 2014 16:39

Britain accused of ‘systematic’ war crimes in Iraq

A new document accusing UK forces operating in Iraq of systematic abuse of prisoners has been presented to the International Criminal Court, and could potentially lead to the prosecution of top British defense figures for the alleged war crimes. The dossier, presented as a “formal complaint” to ...

 
Greenwald: US, British media are servants of security apparatus
28 Dec 2013 15:52

Greenwald: US, British media are servants of security apparatus

Journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the mainstream media during an address at a German computer conference on Friday and accused his colleagues of failing to challenge erroneous remarks routinely made by government officials around the globe. Thousands of attendees at the thirtieth annual Chaos Communication ...

 
Saudi expulsions leave broken dreams in Africa and Asia
18 Dec 2013 15:39

Saudi expulsions leave broken dreams in Africa and Asia

More than a million people from across the world - managers, maids, accountants and laborers - have left Saudi Arabia since March, after years or even decades working in the Gulf Arab state, which sustains its own citizens with oil revenues. Around ۱۲۰,۰۰۰ Ethiopians have been deported in the past month ...

 
Russia offers security as Syria destroys chemical arms: media
18 Dec 2013 15:34

Russia offers security as Syria destroys chemical arms: media

Russia is ready to provide security at the Syrian port of Latakia and in Syrian waters while the country's chemical weapons arsenal is destroyed, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Russian official as saying on Wednesday. Syria is due to hand over deadly toxins which can be used to make sarin, VX gas and ...

 
Netanyahu: Final deal should dismantle Iran
10 Dec 2013 17:01

Netanyahu: Final deal should dismantle Iran's nuclear program

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is the greatest threat to a peaceful Middle East. Speaking with visiting Guatemalan President Otto Fernando Perez Molina, Netanyahu reiterated his stance that a final nuclear deal with Iran should include the ...

 
China says U.S. has no right to comment on fate of activists
10 Dec 2013 16:53

China says U.S. has no right to comment on fate of activists

China on Tuesday rebuffed an expression of concern by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the fate of two prominent Chinese dissidents, saying only the Chinese people had the right to talk about the country's human rights. Kerry, in a statement on the fifth anniversary of the detention of Nobel ...

 
China punishes 20,000 officials for being too bureaucratic
3 Dec 2013 08:16

China punishes 20,000 officials for being too bureaucratic

China has punished almost ۲۰,۰۰۰ officials in the last year for breaching rules to cut down on bureaucracy as well as pomp and ceremony, the government said on Monday. President Xi Jinping ordered the crackdown late last year when he became head of the ruling Communist Party, seeking to assuage public ...

 
Media tycoon Saban says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president
29 Nov 2013 22:59

Media tycoon Saban says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president

Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban, a major donor to the U.S. Democratic party, said on Friday he would back former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with his "full might" should she run for president in ۲۰۱۶. Clinton, ۶۶, whose four-year tenure as U.S. secretary of state ended in February,...

 
Saudis issue positive statement on Iran deal
26 Nov 2013 16:50

Saudis issue positive statement on Iran deal

Saudi Arabia has said that the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program could be a step towards a comprehensive solution – and hoped it could lead to the removal of weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East, according to Al Jazeera. "The government of the kingdom sees that if there was ...

 
Region will lose sleep over Iran deal: Saudi adviser
24 Nov 2013 16:56

Region will lose sleep over Iran deal: Saudi adviser

People in the Middle East will lose sleep over a nuclear deal between global powers and Iran, a Saudi foreign policy adviser said on Sunday, signaling the deep unease Sunni Muslim Gulf states have over Western rapprochement with their Shi'ite foe. At the time the adviser spoke, Saudi Arabia had not ...