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.
Tensions flared between Algeria and Morocco after Morocco accused its eastern neighbor of shooting on ten civilians on its shared border with Algeria, seriously wounding one of them
The U.S. carried out an aerial resupply of Kurdish forces in the besieged city of Kobani overnight Sunday as the group continues to fight against the ISIL.
There are 201,200 women in US prisons, representing 8.8 percent of the total American prison population
Authorities had confiscated weapons belonging to local police in 12 Guerrero towns and one municipality in the central state of Mexico
Lufthansa cancels 1,450 flights, 200,000 passengers affected
Widodo's narrow victory over a former general in July's election marked the first time in the young democracy's history that a president was elected from outside the established military and political elite
Al-Wafa Hospital was Gaza City's only medical center where medical equipment that used to be scarce in other Gaza Strip hospitals could be found until Israeli warplanes struck the hospital
The departures are the first cabinet resignations for Abe, who took office in December 2012 for a rare second term, promising to revive Japan's stalled economy and strengthen its security stance
Leung, who has rejected calls by protesters to quit, said that more time was needed to broker what he hoped would be a non-violent end to the upheaval.
The assault comes at a time of growing alarm in North Kivu, a mineral-rich province bordering Rwanda and Uganda that has long been plagued by dozens of armed militias.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash described the policies of Iran as "sectarian" ones
The visit would give European ambassadors the chance to have a firsthand experience of political and humanitarian developments in the state, EU Ambassador Thomas Ulicny said in a statement
Donors have pledged $5.4 billion to the Palestinians, half of which would go for the reconstruction of Gaza
The Palestinian meteorological department said that the Palestinian territories will see a cold wave with thunderstorms throughout the week.
Eyewitnesses reported injuries and arrests of students during the clashes
A joint delegation from Qassam and Hamas paid a visit to the families of the two commanders and delivered the news to them