World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian rebel groups have freed 48 Iranians captured over recent months in the country in exchange for prisoners held by Syrian security services, Iran's state-run Press TV said on Wednesday.
The report - which has not been confirmed - did not specify the number of prisoners released by the Syrian government but said they included Turks.
The Iranians were captured in Damascus in August by rebel groups who alleged they were members of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Tehran denied this, saying they were Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims visiting a shrine in Syria.
The government said it had referred the bill to interim president Adly Mansour for endorsement.
The Arab diplomatic source attributed the Saudi plan to a recent diplomatic standoff with Qatar.
Dozens of foreign female activists had hoped to mark the International Women Day, which is marked on March 8 of every year, in the Gaza Strip.
The head of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, accused Iraq's federal government of oppressing Kurdish identity by cutting federal funding for civil servants
Obama and administration officials emphasized that the U.S. sanctions could be adjusted or additional steps taken as Russian behavior changed.
Tymoshenko called for Britain and United States, as signatories of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum which guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity
Canada is home to a sizeable Ukrainian diaspora and the Conservative government has strongly condemned Russia's actions in Crimea
The OPCW official said there were seven "hardened" aircraft hangars and five underground facilities and "none of them have been destroyed"
Interpol uses red notices to inform its 190 member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued for an individual by a judicial authority.
A motorcycle driver and a member of the National Guard killed in the same place by a sniper
U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the council that there are more than 650,000 people internally displaced in CAR due to the conflict, over 232,000 in the capital Bangui alone
No concrete decisions were announced after the Paris meeting beyond vague promises of help with security.
"The Egyptian ambassador to Qatar will not return to Doha at the moment," a cabinet statement said.
The crisis in Ukraine escalated on Thursday after the parliament in Crimea, which has effectively been seized by Russian forces, voted to join Russia.
On Feb. 10, the EU agreed to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights