World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's new president, preparing to make his debut on the stage of world diplomacy with an initiative over the Syrian crisis, called on Monday for President Bashar al-Assad's allies to help lever the Syrian leader out of power.
"Now is the time to stop this bloodshed and for the Syrian people to regain their full rights and for this regime that kills its people to disappear from the scene," Mohamed Mursi said in his first interview with an international news organisation.
Mursi, 61, was speaking to Reuters before travelling this week to China and Iran, two countries which, along with Russia, have so far opposed Arab and Western calls to end Assad's rule.
"There is no room to talk about reform, but the discussion is about change," Mursi said, adding Egypt had repeated that "the friends of the Syrian people in China and Russia and other states" need to back ordinary Syrians.
According to reports, three out of four Palestinian children experience physical violence during their arrest, transfer or interrogation
UN officials say Ban Ki-moon is hoping to enlist Canada as solid ally in months ahead as he pushes for concrete action on climate change, beefing up UN peacekeeping and creating more safe havens for refugees
New Russian proposal apparently does not include removal of Syrian President Assad
UNHCR says Ankara obligated by international law to allow in tens of thousands of refugees who are stranded on the border.
British representative in Syria publishes map showing relatively few Russian airstrikes target ISIL
'Russia needs to join with all of us in understanding that this cannot go on,' John Kerry says
A controversial family of Indian-born businessmen known for their close links with President Jacob Zuma has been put back under the spotlight in South Africa after a key opposition party demanded their ouster from the country.
European representatives say Europe 'must not compromise' democratic values amid worst refugee crisis since World War II
'Having a united island at peace with itself and its neighbours will create more jobs, more prosperity. So, the solution will pay for itself,' UN envoy says
EU president believes Russian airstrikes in Syria 'are making an already very bad situation even worse'
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says the Working Group, although not a court, based its decision on binding international law and that Britain and Sweden should therefore abide by its findings
TIKA releases details of dozens of projects in education, infrastructure and agriculture
'I think we will take very seriously the request from Turkey and other allies to look into what NATO can do to help them cope and deal with the crisis,' NATO chief says
Russian president's spokesman believes German chancellor should carefully watch what she says on the Syrian crisis
With the latest advances, Ramadi and all its surrounding areas have been retaken from ISIL, opening a road to capital Baghdad
EU energy commissioner says the aim of the proposals 'is simple: to prevent and mitigate possible security of gas supply crises'