World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday warned he will call for early elections if other political parties refuse to negotiate to end a deadlock over power-sharing that has crippled the government.
Iraq's Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocks have been locked in a crisis since the last American troops left the country in December, and Maliki's critics are fighting to organize a vote of no confidence against the Shi'ite leader.
"If the other party refuses to sit at the negotiating table and insists on creating crises after crisis..., then the prime minister finds himself compelled to call early elections," a statement from the prime minister's office said.
A government spokesman told Reuters news agency, it was not an immediate call for early elections, but a signal from Maliki to other political parties to negotiate over the crisis or face an early ballot.
Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub has defended his decision to abandon the bid to suspend Israel saying that he has not "suspended the resistance".
A second batch of live anthrax was sent by the US military
The Italian parliament has released the name of a candidate representing southern Italy's cocaine heartland, and is also a candidate for PM Renzi's party.
The US formally removed Cuba from "state sponsored terrorism" list.
Nigerian Finance Minister Akinwumi Adesina became president of the institution on Friday
More than 200 Eritrean refugees have been turned back by border police in the Italian Alps.
Protests have continued in Burundi against the Presidents third bid for Presidency
An ultra orthodox sect in Britain have banned women from driving. Children, whose mothers drive them to their religious school will also be refused entry to the school.
Nigeria's new President has vowed to fight Boko Haram and corruption.
Clashes have caused more than 60,000 to flee the fighting in Mali with escalating violence threatening to derail peace efforts.
The Kyrgyzstan government has banned all unauthorized sermons in certain regions.
The EU and US have pressured Serbia to withrdraw from the Russian-Turkish South Stream project.
Unable to sort their differences, Morocco has begun building a 100km fence on the border with Algeria.
The head of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland asks Egypt's supreme religious official not to approve over 100 death sentences
Belgium will probe claims of widespread espionage by Germany, which is accused of helping the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe.
The United States will be sending military trainers to Nigeria to help the fight against Boko Haram.