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.
Guards opened fire on inmates at the Najayo jail in San Cristobal after the prison was attacked by armed men
It is the strongest measure yet to curb pollution for the Nov. 7-11 meeting in the capital, which has been enveloped by heavy smog over the past few days.
China's mines are the deadliest in the world because of lax enforcement of safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy
The violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School marked the latest in a series of deadly shooting rampages at American schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws
Local residents, some of whom have been camping out in the area, met a busload of activists and threw eggs at some of them, demanding they turn back and leave them to live in peace.
Arrawa Hammad, 14, was shot in the head with live ammunition by an Israeli sniper during clashes in Silwad village
Amnesty International urged Washington to bring policing practices into line with international standards.
Health officials emphasized that the virus is not airborne but is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person who is showing symptoms.
Herrera, who was extradited to the United States in 2012, pleaded guilty in March to three counts of hostage-taking
"I think you have made a mistake, Mr. Rajoy, " the socialist Maduro thundered in a speech on state TV, accusing him of a patronizing attitude towards Spain's former colonies.
Approximately 2.5 million people are expected to be severely food insecure between January and March of next year, according to OCHA, while malnutrition threatens the lives of tens of thousands of children in the troubled country.
The need for humanitarian aid is rising, particularly in the eastern region of the country
Mob lynching is becoming a serious issue in Nigeria, with many people being killed by what is often described as "jungle justice."
Signaling a possible shift in the peace negotiations, new FARC guerrillas have arrived in Cuba.
Zambia, now seen as a model of African democracy, won independence from the United Kingdom on October 24, 1964.
John Kerry says allegations are "extremely serious."