World Bulletin/News Desk
A Kurdish conference to be organized in Iraq’s northern city Irbil has given Syrian president Bashar Assad the cold shoulder as the preparation committee of the Kurdish National Conference refused to invite representatives from Baath regime in Syria.
Kamal Kerkuki, a member of the conference’s prep committee from Patriotic Union of Kurdistan , told an AA correspondent that they did not invite anyone from Syria’s ruling Baath regime but instead representatives from the opposition were invited to the conference that is due on 15-17 September.
Kerkuki said they had no relations with the Baath regime but with Syrian opposition, adding that Syrian Kurds are a part of the conference.
Kerkuki added that they invited people from Turkey too and author Ismail Besikci was one of the names to appear at the conference as a much respected person in the solution process in Turkey.
Masood Barzani, leader of Kurdish administration in Iraq, is likely to chair the conference that will host 600 delegates and more than 300 guests from Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq.
The Israeli military said that a Gaza ceasefire that went into effect earlier on Friday is now over and military operations were in progress on the ground just after tanks opened fire in the southern Gaza Strip killing 40
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said Iran repudiates any act of extremism and violence, after Chinese authorities said a police station and a township in Yarkand (Shache County).
The announcement comes after Israel bombed Gaza's only power plant, forcing a continued power outage across the embattled Gaza Strip.
Warring neighbours Armenia and Azerbaijan see heightened tensions amid a border dispute.
Nicolay Koblyakov was held for 72 hours after being detained at Sofia airport on Tuesday following an extradition request from Russia
Dr. Mordechai Kedar said the only thing that can deter Palestinian fighters was if they knew their mothers and sisters would be raped.
Holder will argue that two people who commit the same crime should not serve unequal time based on those factors alone.
Japan's already fragile ties with China have soured over their competing claims to a string of uninhabited East China Sea islets
The plaintiffs, all immigrants who are either practicing Muslims or are from predominantly Muslim nations, complain their immigration or naturalization petitions were illegally thwarted
John Tefft will go to Moscow as U.S.-Russia ties are severely strained over Washington's sanctions on Russia due to its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Military officials said a paratrooper unit had come under mortar and tank fire near the town of Shakhtarsk
Thousands flocked to beaches to celebrate Eid al-Fitr despite meteorological warnings.
The requested military supplies include tanks, sniper equipment, armored personnel carriers, artillery and ammunition, and also body armor, helmets, fuel trucks and ambulances.
Kenya's President Kenyatta said they would discuss the funding issue with American investors on the sidelines of the US-African leaders summit next week.
Over 13 lives were lost and properties were also destroyed.
"Gen. Haftar has not left Libya and is currently preparing for a major military operation in Benghazi," his spokesman Mohamed al-Hegazi said.