World Bulletin / News Desk
Multilateral talks on United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's Syrian mediation plan should seek to bring about a ceasefire but not predetermine the shape of a possible government of national unity, Russia said on Thursday.
"The meeting in Geneva was intended to support Kofi Annan's plan and it must set the conditions for the end of violence and the start of an all-Syrian national dialogue, and not predetermine the contents of this dialogue," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a briefing.
Lavrov also said it was a mistake not to include Iran at the Syria talks, to be held in Geneva on Saturday.
Tsipras turned on Madrid and Lisbon, accusing them of taking a hard line in negotiations which led to the euro zone extending the bailout programme last week for four months
Nagi Abu Sabla, 21, was killed and his brother Akram,18, was wounded after an unexploded ordinance left over by Israeli forces went off in Rafah
Local official says a landmine hit the women when they went out looking for their husbands, who were local Afghan policemen.
A spokesman for the German defence ministry said Lithuania had not made an official request but the country had expressed an interest and Germany was prepared to help.
The Kremlin deflected accusations that it was to blame and Putin called for the killers to be found quickly, taking the investigation under presidential control and denouncing what he said was a "provocation"
Following the annexation by Russia, many Crimean Tatars have been feeling insecure due to the possible return to Stalinist repression despite official promises to respect their rights and freedoms.
Syria's state news agency SANA said the village of Tal Al-Majda in Sweida province and Tal Antar in Deraa were taken. Both are near Jordan.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically
Archaeologists said some of the items were from the ancient Mesopotamian cities of Nimrud and Nineveh, where Mosul now stands, as well as the ruins of Hatra, which dates back more than 2,000 years.
Boko Haram's six-year insurgency in Nigeria has spread to neighbouring countries, where the group has launched attacks over the past year, burning villages and kidnapping residents.
Some 300 olive saplings were destroyed by Jewish settlers on a land owned by the Housheyya family near the Yatta town in southern al-Khalil
The court also slapped 14 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including to top leader Mohamed Badie and his two deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, with life sentences each over the same charges
Egypt's relations with both Turkey and Qatar soured following the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – in mid-2013.
Parents of crown prince's estranged wife 'used royal link to have woman jailed'
The Turkish vessel had sailed form Istanbul and was found in trouble about 10 miles (16 km) from the Romanian coast.
Lesotho has been on a political knife-edge since August after soldiers occupied the country's police headquarters and encircled prime minister Thomas Thabane's residence