UN unanimously backs Syrian peace process – Opposition reacts coolly to initiative

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council threw its unanimous support Friday behind a plan to end Syria's brutal civil war by summoning rebels and...

Assad makes rare visit to church in Damascus

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad attended Christmas choir preparations in an ancient church close to a frontline area in the capital Damascus where his...

At least 75 killed in Ethiopia protests – Security forces shoot dozens of protesters...

NAIROBI: At least 75 people have been killed during weeks of protests in Ethiopia which have seen soldiers and police firing on demonstrators, Human...

Fears of new Islamist threat emerge in northern Nigeria – Dozens dead as army,...

LAGOS: Nigeria, which is still battling Boko Haram militants, now risks unleashing a new Islamist threat after violent clashes between the army and a...

African Union to send 5,000-strong force to Burundi

ADDIS ABABA: The African Union will send a 5,000 strong force to stop violence in troubled Burundi, giving Bujumbura a four-day deadline to agree...

IS expands Afghan footprint with terror campaign

JALALABAD: Rahman Wali's younger brother was one of 10 Afghan men forced by Islamic State militants to kneel over bombs buried in the soil...

Pakistan’s Taleban rejects Islamic State leader’s claim to be ‘caliph’

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan's Taleban has rejected Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's claim to be the global leader of all Muslims, the movement...

Ghandis accused of acquiring newspaper assets illegally – India court grants bail to Sonia...

NEW DELHI: An Indian magistrate granted bail to opposition leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi minutes after they arrived at a Delhi court yesterday, over...

Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo

TOKYO: Anti-Christmas protesters calling themselves "Losers with Women" marched through Tokyo's streets yesterday, bashing the upcoming holiday as a capitalist ploy that also discriminates...

China names and shames 5 tourists over bad behavior

BEIJING: China's tourism authority named and shamed another five tourists for bad behavior and says it is working with airlines on a possible flying...

Clashes, missiles leave Yemen truce in tatters – Govt forces capture two towns

ADEN: A Yemen ceasefire appeared to have collapsed yesterday as government forces captured two towns from rebels and the Saudi-led coalition accused the Iran-backed...

Key countries meet to push Syria peace process – Syrian negotiator says opposition wants...

UNITED NATIONS: Some 20 foreign ministers gathered yesterday for the latest conference on Syria's civil war, hopeful about arranging a cease-fire and launching peace...

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