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  • Saudi Arabia's grand mufti calls suicide bombers 'criminals'

    December 13, 2013 6:24 AM 177

    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh branded suicide bombers as “criminals” who will go to “hell,” Al-Hayat daily reported Thursday. Suicide bombings are “great crimes” and bombers are “criminals who rush themselves to hell by their actions”, Sheikh said during a lecture in Riyadh a few days ago, according to Al-Hayat

  • U.S. targets more companies, individuals for evading Iran sanctions

    December 12, 2013 4:55 PM 78

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday blacklisted more than a dozen companies and individuals for allegedly helping Iran evade international sanctions, in a move aimed at showing it would maintain pressure on Tehran even after an interim nuclear deal reached last month in Geneva. Administration officials described the addition of 17 companies

  • Weather misery for Syrian refugees

    December 12, 2013 10:14 AM 80

    Rain, strong winds and even snow face those fleeing the conflict in Syria. The first major storm of the winter has piled on the misery for thousands of Syrian refugees living under canvas in neighbouring Lebanon and Turkey. An area of high pressure, giving settled weather over Europe, is allowing very cold air to drive southwards across the eastern Mediterranean

  • America vs. Iran, Obama’s interim deal and sanctions relief

    December 12, 2013 7:22 AM 95

    In some respects, Congress is a more honest barometer of public opinion than the executive branch. The House and Senate are representative of a majority of voters in every state (the president won the electoral college without the help of many states) and when, even with gerrymandered congressional districts and the benefits of incumbency, lawmakers

  • EU talking to IMF, World Bank, others about Ukraine assistance

    December 11, 2013 6:50 PM 90

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European officials are in discussion with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other major financial institutions on ways to help Ukraine if it decides to sign a free-trade agreement with the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was quoted as saying on Wednesday he had asked the EU for 20 billion

  • Farsnews

    December 11, 2013 5:55 PM 92

    FNA reports said members of the Al-Nusra Front raided Adra Al-Amalieh in Damascus countryside and killed at least 20 civilians. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country. Thousands of people

  • South Africans bid farewell to Nelson Mandela

    December 11, 2013 2:46 PM 173

    Nelson Mandela’s foreign policy often irritated U.S. “I was just overwhelmed by seeing him,” she said later. “I just went blank and I collapsed.” She said she wondered whether it was really Mandela because his face seemed larger and a bit swollen and puffy. “I just hope his fight for freedom and peace and forgiveness lives on and doesn’t die with him,” she said. One day after

  • Mandela’s family views open casket

    December 11, 2013 9:33 AM 78

    PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela's family gathered around his open casket Wednesday, marking the beginning of three days in which the former president will lie in state. Mandela's coffin was placed inside the cavernous amphitheatre of Union Buildings -- South Africa's seat of government -- on a cubic platform. Two military officers clad in white dress uniform

  • Thousands questioned in widening crackdown after Singapore riot

    December 11, 2013 8:48 AM 94

    Singapore police have questioned nearly 4,000 foreign workers in a widening crackdown following the city-state's first riot in more than 40 years, officials confirmed Wednesday. Three more Indian nationals were charged in court Wednesday with rioting, in addition to 24 compatriots charged a day earlier with the same offence, which is punishable by up to seven

  • Thai PM rejects call to resign

    December 11, 2013 3:08 AM 81

    Bangkok's streets were quiet yesterday, after weeks of sometimes violent political turmoil as protesters demand Ms Yingluck give up power to an unelected "people's council." They accuse Ms Yingluck of serving as a proxy for her billionaire brother, ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid jail time for a corruption