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.
Discovery, confirmed by Egypt's oil ministry, could hold a potential 850 billion cubic metres of lean gas in an area of about 100 square kilometres
Main aim of Turkey's joint air operations in anti-ISIL coalition is creation of safety zone in northern Syria
Al Jazeera journalists case has stoked international outcry, raised questions over Egypt's stated commitment to democracy
Local authorities find bodies of at least 119 would-be migrants who appear to have drowned while trying to make it to Europe
Local residents say anti-Houthi forces kill dozens bottling plant workers
Authorities say residents of nearby towers were evacuated as helicopters took part in the firefighting operations
Iran's president Rouhani very hopeful about strengthening ties with China
President Hadi says Iran 'is present now in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon'
People hitting streets want Beirut administration to come up with 'trash crisis' solution shortly
Demonstrations include Palestinian Christians, who decried ‘Israel's seizure of Islamic, Christian institutions’
Pro-Hadi source attributes ‘tactical retreat’ from Al-Dabab Mountain region to dwindling military supplies
Leaders around the world have reacted angrily to the prison sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists who were sentenced to three years prison earlier on Saturday
Beirut braces for a massive rally Saturday set to denounce the country’s political class and demand overdue parliamentary elections.
A homemade bomb has shaken the village of Karana, Bahrain with an official suspecting links to Iran with the materials used similar to a cache of explosives that were seized last month
Missile Attacks and bomb blast leaves 4 dead and at least 19 injured in Homs
An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years prison