World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraq on Monday rejected Arab League calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, saying it was for the Syrian people alone to decide his fate, a government spokesman said.
"The Iraqi delegation put forward their reservation. It is not usual for the ministerial council to ask someone to leave. This is the sole responsibility of the Syrian people and others should not interfere," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.
He was referring to a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Doha which early on Monday offered Assad a "safe exit" if he stepped down swiftly.
Iraq's Shi'ite-led government has taken a more moderate stance on the Syrian crisis than Sunni Gulf nations, calling for reform rather than an end to Assad's rule.
Russia conducted military exercises in its south-eastern Rostov region, which borders Ukraine
Northern England is overall less wealthy than the country's south, which hosts England's capital and economic powerhouse London.
The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections six months.
Rights groups accuse Azerbaijan of muzzling dissent and jailing opponents, charges the government denies.
Katanga's interior minister gave a provisional toll of 56 dead and 69 injured but said the toll was expected to rise
China's modernising navy has taken an increasingly assertive stance in guarding what it sees as its sovereign maritime territory in the East China and South China Seas.
Christian Arabs, who are actually Palestinians, are among the 1.6 million Arabs who refused to leave their homes despite the Israeli occupation.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye appealed to his Chinese counterpart as the North looks set to defy UN obligations.
President Morales also announced that the basic salary would go up by 10% in the country, after talks with trade union leaders.
"Does he (Abbas) want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel?" Netanyahu asked, adding "You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace. So far he hasn't done so."
Rebel footage showed a partially exploded canister with the chemical symbol for chlorine along with the name of Chinese arms manufacturer Norinco.
The Jordanian premier is expected to discuss means of enhancing cooperation between his government and the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority.
"It was the absolutely necessary rescue of a nation. We should support the new government and help," Blair said, referring to the coup in Egypt.
Parliament must choose a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose six-year term ends in late May. But deep political divisions have hampered efforts to agree
Obama faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defence without hurting ties with China.