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.
The meeting is the first of the two absolute monarchs since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year and follows attempts by Doha to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
To keep the migrants below the deck, the five men indiscriminately stabbed and assaulted an estimated 60 of their fellow migrants before throwing them overboard, according to police
The cabinet agreed to impose the measures on Ahmed al-Jabr and Abdullah Barghash, his two brothers and his sister, on the recommendations of the interior minister.
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Refugees streaming from Shejaia in the eastern part of Gaza City to the church in the southwestern area of al-Zaytun said they did not know where else they could go now
The suspension of the main opposition group threatens to further polarise the country which holds general elections later this year, which the opposition has threatened to boycott
Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.
With the attacks entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to 616, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians
Jordan has drafted a text similar to a 2009 resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, council diplomats said
The White House said the United States welcomed news that victims' remains and the airplane's black boxes were being transferred to the Netherlands.
Bulgaria will raise its defence spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2015 and then gradually raise it further to 2 percent of GDP.
New constitution sweeping endorsement of military who siezed power in May 22 coup.
The Elections Commission said the Jakarta governor had won by just over six percentage points, with 53.15 percent of the nearly 130 million votes cast on July 9.
At least 47 people have died in the week-long Tripoli airport clashes, which involved artillery, Grad rockets and anti-aircraft guns, in some of the heaviest street fighting since the 2011 civil war.
Saddam-era fighters reject "changing the country's political and demographic structure" as Christians flee from ISIL threats.
Despite Western sanctions, he said Moscow would stand by separatists in eastern Ukraine whom, he described as part of a popular rising against an illegal coup.