World Bulletin / News Desk
Germany's military will acquire armed drones its Defence Minster said on Friday, reigniting a heated debate in Germany over the ethics of using such aircraft.
Prior to the official announcement, German opposition lawmakers had already condemned the purchase of armed drones, with the head of the Greens parliamentary group Juergen Trittin saying they could lower the threshold for military engagement.
Critics of drone strikes argue that they end up killing high numbers of civilians and that they are frequently launched across sovereign states' borders - far more than conventional attacks by piloted aircraft.
The drones would protect soldiers in dangerous situations, and offer precision and speed, Thomas de Maiziere told the German government's YouTube channel in an interview.
The drones were identical in legal, ethical and technical terms to manned aircraft because someone would still have to decide whether to attack, he said.
Germany would develop the new generation drones in conjunction with France, he said. German armed forces are currently using unmanned drones for reconnaissance in Afghanistan.
"We have a gap in our capabilities which we want to close," de Maiziere said.
Most attacks with unmanned aerial vehicles have been by the United States. Britain and Israel have also used them, and dozens more states are believed to possess the technology.
The security source said at least 30 bodies had arrived at the hospital in the city of Baquba in Diyala province
Russia said it was no longer prepared to tolerate any delays to an aid convoy heading for Ukraine and that the trucks are starting to move towards Luhansk.
Israel is believed to possess the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, drawing frequent condemnation by Arab countries and Iran which say it threatens regional peace and security.
"Sharmila has been re-arrested. It is clear that she is attempting suicide and we cannot allow her to do so," said M.C. Singh, a police official in Imphal
The spokesman said the German government had been in contact with Qatar following the comments by Development Minister Gerd Mueller in a television interview
The left-wing Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is due to announce their candidate for next year's polls on August 28.
The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari.
IRNA reported foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as dismissing "reports by some news agencies about Iran and U.S. cooperation in Iraq".
Deputy Prime Minister Minister Saleh Mutlaq did not say why the promises to free Sultan Hashem, who was sentenced to death, and other Sunni military and political leaders were made.
The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, took one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, Iraqi troops were advancing towards the nearby town of Saadiya
The Government Accountability Office accused the Obama administration of failing to give Congress advance notice required for the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The highest number of documented killings were recorded in Rural Damascus province(39,393), followed by Aleppo (31,932), Homs (28,186), Idlib (20,040), Daraa (18,539) and Hama (14,690).
The publication said it chose "to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim's story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the ISIL."
The first 20 of 43 Malaysian victims, including 15 Malaysia Airlines crew, were brought home in coffins draped in the national flag.
The 35-year-old woman with advanced cancer had been travelling via Abu Dhabi airport when her health deteriorated
Rescue workers feared the continuing rain could set off further landslides in the area after a month's worth of rain fell in one night