World Bulletin / News Desk
Syria said it is ready to discuss the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as part of a negotiated settlement to the increasingly ferocious conflict.
The surprise comments Tuesday by a Syrian envoy visiting Moscow emerged after Russia bluntly told the West not to meddle in Syria in the wake of US President Barack Obama's warning to Damascus over its chemical weapons arsenal.
"As far as his resignation goes -- making the resignation itself a condition for holding dialogue means that you will never be able to reach this dialogue," Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said after talks in Moscow.
But he added: "Any problems can be discussed during negotiations. We are even ready to discuss this issue."
According to political sources in Damascus, Jamil was sent to Moscow to discuss a possible plan for a presidential election in Syria in which all candidates would be allowed to stand, including Assad.
The exiled opposition umbrella group the Syrian National Council said it was studying the formation of a transitional government, but did not elaborate on whether it could include regime figures.
Elections are expected to be held in 83 more municipalities, including the capital Tripoli, later. Dates, however, has not yet been set for the vote.
The survey showed 47 percent saw a risk to national independence - the highest level in the poll's history dating back to 1991 - as a result of the Ukraine crisis.
Captain Dopani Firmin, the 'anti-balaka' Christian militia chief in Boda, said "it's our right to kill Muslims."
Last week U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his appeals for sustained human rights monitoring in Western Sahara and warned against unfair exploitation of the region's natural resources.
Critics of Putin say that Kremlin-controlled Russian media have fuelled unjustified fear of the new Kiev leadership in the east of Ukraine, where ousted president Viktor Yanukovich had his power base.
Al-Qaeda group is active in several Yemeni provinces, staging sporadic attacks on army and police targets.
After almost two months without a sign of wreckage, the current underwater search has been narrowed to a small area around the location in which one of four acoustic signals believed to be from the plane's black box recorders was detected.
Relations between Russia and the NATO military alliance are at their worst since the Cold War following Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.
Egypt's Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip has only been open for 12 days so far this year.
The magnitude 7.5 quake was centered in the western state of Guerrero, north of the beach resort of Acapulco
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson said the members of its network have agreed not to attack public places in Pakistan as ceasefire ends.
Pakistan police launch major search operation after pair snatched by armed assailants.
Newly-appointed Prime Minister Roger Kolo promised to work on job creation and the revitalization of the economy.
Clashes first erupted Monday between former seleka rebels and anti-balaka militiamen in Grimari.
At around 10pm Monday night, rebels believed to belong to Boko Haram stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, located on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.
Several reconciliation initiatives have been presented by Egyptian political figures and foreign diplomats since Mohamed Morsi – the country's first freely elected president – was ousted by the army last July on the back of protests against his presidency.