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.
Leung Chun-ying was talking just hours before the start of formal talks between student protest leaders and city officials aimed at defusing the crisis
Michael Fallon, the defence minister, said both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones would fly over Syria as part of "efforts to protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there
Volodymyr Borysenko, from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's People's Front party, was being treated in hospital for shock after the assault
About 75 percent of the estimated 345 violent deaths that occur daily happen in countries at peace, the report said.
A US marine accused of murder fails to appear before Philippine court, fueling sentiment against US military presence
Washington deployed unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in 2013 in neighbouring northern Mali
Israeli authorities demolished more than 406 Palestinian homes, leaving 709 Palestinians displaced in the West Bank and Jerusalem since the beginning of the year.
The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who was convicted of culpable homicide last month for shooting Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, was escorted by armed police into court
In 12 incidents documented, cluster munitions killed at least six people and wounded dozens, but the toll could be higher, the watchdog said.
Judge Marianela Cifuentes ordered Labbe's arrest and decided to prosecute him for unlawful association as a member of Pinochet's notorious DINA secret police
Canadian media, citing police, identified the driver as Martin Couture-Rouleau, a resident of the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, near Montreal.
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an "unprecedented" 209,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares
Funahashi's "Nuclear Nation" films follow the residents of Futaba, who were evacuated after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex
Turkey accuses the PYD of being an off-shoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a three-decade long bloody insurgency in Turkey.
Colombia’s two guerrilla groups have met to coordinate concurrent peace dialogues.
Afghan army officers targeted in Kabul for the 6th time since formation of new the government on September 29