World Bulletin/News Desk
The new international mediator on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will need consensus in the U.N. Security Council if he is to succeed in his mission, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.
The United Nations earlier confirmed that Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, would replace former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria as the 17-month-old conflict slides deeper into civil war.
"Brahimi's appointment is significant but the U.N. Security Council needs to back him up in unity ...," Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara.
"If we don't want his mission to be unsuccessful like Annan's, we should form a consensus at the Security Council and not allow any delaying tactics," Davutoglu said.
Annan, who is stepping down at the end of August, has said his Syria peace plan was hampered by a divided and deadlocked U.N. Security Council.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who visited a camp in southern Turkey housing refugees from Syria earlier on Friday, echoed Davutoglu's comments at the joint news conference.
"We have to work on a new structure to replace (President Bashar al-Assad's) regime, and this transformation needs to happen under control," Fabius said.
"We don't want chaos after Assad and this requires cooperation from all parties involved."
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France, the Philippines and the U.S. also decided to pull out staff this week.
The United Nations relief agency’s Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl condemned the killing children in their sleep.
Separately, U.S. lawmakers were working in Congress to provide millions of dollars in additional funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile shield.
In the absence of a deal, Israel has ordered its ground forces to focus on locating and destroying a warren of tunnels.
To get aid into Gaza, Iran has to fly it to Egypt and then take it across the Rafah border crossing. The only other option would be to go through Israel, unthinkable for Iran.
A joint rescue team is searching for those missing after a fishing vessel capsized with 48 on board in North Sumatra.
It is likely that the losses sustained by Morganti Development LLC, which owns a stake in the Gaza power plant, will be paid for by U.S. taxpayers, who ironically also help fund the Israeli army.
Talks between Catalan President Artur Mas and Spanish Prime Minister Marianop Rajoy failed to produce any agreement but the region still plans to hold a vote in November.
President Juan Manuel Santos said guerrilla attacks on infrastructure could bring an end to peace negotiations.
Republicans have complained about other unilateral actions that Obama has taken to advance his agenda, from executive orders on immigration policy to same-sex partner benefits.
Brazil approves a record number of refugee applications - more in one day than the whole of 2013.
The protesters headed to the hospital soon after they wrapped up a demonstration in Benghazi's Independence Street in support of the Libyan army and against what they called "terrorism".
"The municipalities had to discharge wastewater into the sea without treatment, which might cause a major health crisis," Nazar Hegazi, head of Gaza municipality, said.
Osama Hamdan, Hamas' foreign relations chief, said lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been in place since 2006, is the main demand of Hamas.
The Israeli army may substitute the new reservists with troops that are serving on the Gaza front now to give them some rest.