World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian opposition groups said on Thursday they would not accept a political transition plan proposed by international envoy Kofi Annan unless it explicitly required President Bashar al-Assad to step down ahead of the formation of a unity government.
According to diplomatic sources at the United Nations, Annan's proposal, aimed at ending the 16-month conflict in Syria, does not stipulate Assad's resignation, although it does say the unity government could not include figures who jeopardise stability.
"The proposal is still murky to us but I can tell you that if it does not clearly state that Assad must step down, it will be unacceptable to us," said Samir Nashar, an executive member of the international Syrian National Council.
The Arab League has said that they will be prepared to fight anywhere, when necessary.
ISIL have shot dead 20 at Palmyra amphitheater accusing them of being government supporters.
A raft of deals has been signed between the two countries including agreements on investment, energy and diplomatic affairs.
Hezbollah military commander Khalil Youssef Harb and Mohammed Qabalan labelled as terrorists by Saudi Arabia.
Iran's foreign minister has said that the war in Yemen will only be to Saudi Arabia's detriment.
Yemen has appointed a new interior minister who has been sworn in President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi's personal residence in Riyadh.
Turkey has sent humaniarian aid to Yemen refugees in Djibouti and is planning to send more to Yemen.
Arab forces have attacked Yemen's largest seaport on the Red Sea, damaging their armory and partly destroying two warships.
German and French envoys have said that they doubt that it is 'very likely' negotiators will miss end of June deadline
Egypt has summoned its envoy to Pakistan after Pakistan criticized the death sentences of former President Mohamed Morsi.
PKK and Iranian govt sign an agreement that PKK has suspended military operations inside Iran; in return, Iranian govt will support PKK especially in Iraq.
Oman and Iran have signed an agreement to set boundaries between their shared boundaries in the Sea of Oman.
A Pakistani military official says raids by security forces in the port city of Karachi have killed seven gunmen
The trial of the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, to open in Iran on Tuesday, a senior judicial official said.
Saudi-led jets have struck the home of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa.