World Bulletin / News Desk
Head of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (IOC) said Sunday that organization was set to discuss the Syrian crisis as the top item on its agenda during an upcoming emergency summit meeting in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that begins on Tuesday.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told reporters that thousands of people had been killed and hundreds of thousands had been forced to leave their homes in Syria, adding that the Syrian regime continued to kill its own people with heavy weapons, tanks, artillery and aircrafts.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not include troops in its toll, has estimated that some 19,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.
Sources close to the summit meeting have told the Anadolu Agency that the extraordinary meeting would discuss suspension of Syria's membership and that high level officials took up the issue in Jeddah on Saturday but Iran had objected to the idea.
Ihsanoglu also said the situation of Rohingya Muslims would also come up during the two-day summit meeting.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby downplayed any disconnect with the White House and said U.S. officials were constantly reviewing Syria options
Kiir will be accompanied on his visit by a number of South Sudanese government ministers and officials.
Announcement follows unprecedented talks between Myanmar’s military, political leaders, major opposition parties
Tension has run high across the occupied West Bank since the Wednesday shooting of an extremist Jewish rabbi in Jerusalem
A perforation made in a subterranean water source during mining activities seemed to have caused the flooding
Al-Ahram said Egyptian authorities asked Moussa Ibrahim to leave the country at the request of the Libyan government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni
A fire broke out at France's public radio headquarters in Paris, forcing live programmes off the air as staff evacuated the vast Paris complex where major building work has been underway
Rula Ghani, spouse of Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani, have already critised some Islamic norms welcomed by Afghan society.
At least 300 ISIL militants were killed and scores of vehicles captured in clashes
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when Kiir accused sacked vice president Riek Machar of leading a failed coup attempt against his regime.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Friday to press President Blaise Compaore to step down, a day after the army dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests.
Erekat's statement came during a meeting with foreign officials in the West Bank city of Jericho
Catalan head Artur Mas plans to hold the Nov. 9 ballot, marshalled by volunteers, in place of a non-binding referendum on independence declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments show how the threat posed by ISIL has pushed some Shi'ites and Sunnis to overcome their sectarian differences and face a common enemy
The fresh violence comes amid rising tension in the holy city after Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
The absence of the three Muslim leaders means that only the majority Orthodox Christian countries will be represented