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.
UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, who was also at the Rome conference, voiced concern about the Assad regime's advances in Aleppo.
10-year extension of sanctions, many currently waived, is criticized by Iranian FM and atomic energy agency head
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Saturday ruled parts of an article of a controversial protest law were unconstitutional
Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the Knesset should delay voting on a controversial settlement till Trump's inauguration
In a further shake up of ministers King Salman has sacked the labour minister
Syrian American Medical Society physician says no-fly zones easy to set up, international community should push for it
A social worker who dressed as a clown to entertain children in Aleppo was killed Tuesday in an air strike on the Syrian city.
Civilians flee from one part of besieged city to another amid flurry of attacks by regime and its allies
Prominent lawyer and rights activist accuses authorities of shutting down two non-profit libraries in Cairo
"Iran has proved that it sticks to its international agreements but it also has appropriate responses for all situations."
Jean-Marc Ayrault accuses Syrian regime of systematic, arbitrary crimes, praises volunteer rescue group White Helmets
Kofi Anan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine set to fly to region to probe alleged human rights violations against Rohingya
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who flew in from Riyadh, held several hours of talks with Hadi at the hilltop Al-Maashiq palace, where members of his government are also staying, before leaving Aden, the official said.
Number of internally displaced people in Aleppo equivalent to number of Syrian refugees in all of Europe, UN says
Saturday's polls were the first in nearly four years contested by the opposition, whose diverse components agree on some issues such as rejecting government austerity measures but are split on many others.