World Bulletin / News Desk
The Syrian conflict is the biggest threat to peace and security in the world without doubt, said UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
Brahimi said the threat was also shaped by factors such as the "massive flood" of refugees across Syrian borders, and the involvement of neighboring countries.
"This allegation, that chemical weapons have been used a few kilometers from the heart of Damascus as a matter of fact emphasizes the importance of this crisis and the danger it represents, not only for the Syrian people, not only for the region, but for the world," he said. "The problem is that the parties that are involved in this civil war, each one of them think that they can win militarily. We believe, the secretary general of the UN and a lot of other people believe that there is no military solution. No side is going to win."
"There is only a political solution and the earlier we work on it, the better."
He called on both warring sides in Syria to come to the negotiating table.
"We are near in the sense that I think that we could say that the international community is now close enough to an agreement that a political solution is the only way. The parties are not there yet," he added.
Malaysian investigators, assisted by the FBI, are probing the identities of four passengers in particular, two travellers with European passports, possibly Ukrainian, in addition to two travelling on stolen Austrian and Italian passports
The two-day Arab summit meeting will kick off in Kuwait on March 25.
Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, vice president since 2009, had been a top commander in the Northern Alliance, a group of anti-Taliban militia leaders, during the civil war
Millions of Egyptian school and university students went back to their classrooms on Saturday for their second semester
The Somali government has unleashed a major offensive to flush out the militant group from areas under its control.
Benghazi has recently seen a wave of near-daily attacks and bombings primarily targeting security and judicial figures and property.
None of the injuries are life-threating, according to a statement by the Anaheim Fire Department
Sharqiya has been the site of repeated attacks by militants against security forces.
Mediation effort at tribal court spectacular failure as one group resorts to shootings
Russian officials tar other protest leaders with the same brush as Yarosh, and portray the Ukrainian leadership as radical nationalists backed by the West
Chernomorskoye base on the western edge of the Back Sea peninsula had been taken over without bloodshed, trapping about 30 personnel inside, a border guard spokesman said
Beirut-based Al Mayadeen said on its website that its cameraman Omar Abdelqader was shot in the neck on Saturday
The rebels warned Tripoli against staging an attack to halt the oil sale after the tanker docked at Es Sider export terminal
By joining Egypt in designating the group as a terrorist organization, the kingdom may be able to persuade Western governments to blacklist the group
"The interim deal is really important but not as important as a comprehensive nuclear agreement ... which is difficult and challenging," Ashton told a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
International panel of experts points out that language of hatred similar to that in Myanmar where hundreds are reported to have lost their lives.