World Bulletin / News Desk
Tuareg-led Mali rebels who seized the north of the West African country in April declared on Sunday they had dropped claims for a separate state after the rebellion was hijacked by fighters now holding sway in the north.
"We are seeking cultural, political and economic independence but not secession," Ibrahim Ag Assaleh, a senior member of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), told Reuters by telephone.
Azawad is the name which the MNLA gives to the northern territory of Mali in which it declared an independence.
A second MNLA official, Hama Ag Mahmoud, told Reuters in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott: "Independence has been our line since the start of the conflict but we are taking on board the view of the international community to resolve this crisis."
Contacted by telephone in Timbuktu, Ansar Dine spokesman Sanda Ould Boumana said he was not aware of any change in the MNLA position but added: "What I can tell you is that it is us who control the three regions of the north."
Israeli police detained a Palestinian women inside East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Arab media has cited the Sudanese army as saying it shot down an Israeli drone in the Valley of the Prophet whilst Israel claimed it had no knowledge of such an incident.
Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley has said that the US failed to anticipate how al-Qaeda took advantage of the turmoil during the Arab Spring and was using that as a scapegoat to draw attention away from the War on Terror
Putin to meet with Angela Merkel after military parade on Moscow's Red Square on May 9
According to a survey result that conducted between February 20th and February 22nd, 57% Of Republicans say dismantle constitution and make Christianity national religion.
Israel court rules to raze Bedouin village and to build a Jewish town on the village's land, which is home to some 1000 Palestinian Bedouins
Earlier this week, French investigators who launched a probe into Arafat's death in 2012 said they had concluded their investigation in late April
Prosecutors believe 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to press America's allies in the Persian Gulf to increase collaboration on creating a region-wide defense system against potential Iranian missiles
Eight armed groups in the Central African Republic made the commitment in the capital to release all children associated with their forces.
A spokeswoman for train operator Steiermaerkische Landesbahnen said it was not immediately clear what caused the crash in a remote area.
The Nigerian army killed several Boko Haram members and frees some women in Sambisa Forest
Despite a ceasefire being in place, five Ukrainian servicemen were killed in the east of the country.
Thousands of refugees have fled Burundi amid protests against the Presidents bid for a third term in office.
The International Displacement Monitoring Center has issued their annual report saying that 38 million people had been displaced in their own country last year
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Djibouti on Wednesday, the first ever visit by a secretary of state to the Horn of Africa state.