World Bulletin / News Desk
Hamas has begun a training programme for diplomats in the Gaza Strip where it rules, a senior official of the Islamist group said, raising the spectre of divisions in the Palestinian national movement spreading to its representation abroad.
Hamas seized Gaza in 2007 from the Fatah party that long dominated Palestinian politics and now rules parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But Hamas has hitherto not challenged the Palestine Liberation Organisation, dominated by Fatah and recognised by the United Nations as the Palestinians' sole representative abroad for almost 40 years.
It may be time to end that diplomatic monopoly, Hamas deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad suggested on Wednesday.
"We have relations with some countries and we need to prepare our cadres and develop the diplomatic skills of staff to deal with those countries on joint projects," he told Reuters.
"The aim of such a step and training is to develop relations with world countries when time and conditions permit," said Hamad. He declined to say how many diplomats-in-waiting would be trained, what tasks they would perform or where.
Russia's upper house of parliament will support their decision, the assembly's speaker said, as West and China differ on sanctions against Russia
The survey suggests public support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance. She has been cautious about imposing anything but symbolic sanctions on Russia
The protesters have scaled back action over the past week, lifting the occupation of several main intersections, but several thousand are camping out in Bangkok's Lumpini Park, where shooting erupted
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government would not hesitate to bomb militant hideouts or send forces into the tribal areas if the Taliban did not abide by the ceasefire
The military operation is described as part of the Somali government's campaign to flush out the group from areas under its control.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told the ANP news agency the assets were suspect.
The announcement comes after U.N. representative Robert Serry had to abandon a mission to Crimea on Wednesday
Nine Russian soldiers who were in Canada for preplanned military exercises will be deported from the country, officials said on Thursday.
The report shows that not only do freedom of navigation operations occur with adversary countries such as Iran, but also allied countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia
The most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War escalated on Thursday when Crimea's parliament, dominated by ethnic Russians, voted to join Russia. The region's government set a referendum for March 16 - in just nine days' time.
On Thursday, South Korea's defence ministry said a Chinese civilian plane had "passed as the ballistic missile (from North Korea) was in the course of descending".
The Free Syrian Army is split over ouster of former commander Salim Idriss.
67 Kashmiri students who cheered for Pakistan's cricket team were charged with sedition after cheering for Pakistan in a cricket match.
Earlier today, Libya officially received Saadi from neighboring Niger where he had been hiding since the collapse of his father's regime in 2011.
The government said it had referred the bill to interim president Adly Mansour for endorsement.
The Arab diplomatic source attributed the Saudi plan to a recent diplomatic standoff with Qatar.