World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi has canceled a meeting of four regional powers on the Syria crisis because of the absence of Turkey's prime minister from this week's U.N. General Assembly, according to Egypt's presidential spokesman.
Erdogan cancelled his trip to New York due to preparations for the Justice and Development (AK) Party's upcoming Fourth Great Congress and a very busy schedule.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will represent Turkey at the UN General Assembly.
The quartet of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia arose from an initiative by Egypt, whose new president is looking to make his mark with what he has described as a balanced foreign policy.
"There was supposed to be (a) meeting this week, but due to the absence of the Turkish prime minister it's now canceled," presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters late on Tuesday, referring to Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan.
Saudi Arabia stayed away from the quartet's last meeting, which Cairo hosted on Sept. 17.
"We believe that through negotiations and not military intervention the situation in Syria can be resolved. The president (Mursi) believes that progress can made through the quartet committee," Ali added.
Activists say that 27,000 people have been killed in Syria's uprising, which began as peaceful demonstrations for reform 18 months ago but turned into an armed insurgency fighting to topple Assad, with sectarian overtones that could drag in regional powers.
Tahir Qadri says Thursday will be 'revolution day' for Pakistan, hinting at nation-wide protests.
Boat accidents are rampant in Nigeria, largely because most operators use wooden boats with little safety measures.
"We will take further measures against Egypt and the United Arab Emirates over their violation of Libyan sovereignty," Omar Humaidan, spokesman for the outgoing General National Congress said.
Morsi faces charges of leaking Egyptian national security documents to Qatar when he was president, according to a source.
Netanyahu said that it was premature to talk about a durable cease-fire in Gaza.
Denmark will send a Hercules C-130J transport aircraft and 55 personnel to Erbil on Thursday.
But Italy has repeatedly called for Frontex to take over Mare Nostrum and for other member states to share the burden.
Libya's government has called for a peacekeeping force to be deployed to help disarm militant groups and restore stability. But council diplomats say the situation is too volatile.
Federal prosecutor Anthony Asuncion recounted the testimony of relatives who had given emotional accounts of their loved ones' gory deaths.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE fell out with Qatar over the role of Islamic groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in the region
Seventeen people, including the wives of several senior politicians, were arrested in June by police investigating allegations they acquired new-born babies from "baby factories" in neighbouring Nigeria
Nine prisoners were sent to Pakistan last week from the Parwan detention center, located on a military base near Kabul, another two prisoners were sent to Yemen this week
One of the main problems with the original investigations into the killings was that the authorities failed to view them as racist crimes
Experts say Scottish independence will not affect producing and marketing of oil and gas reserves found in North Sea.
Thousands of families displaced from areas of northern and eastern Gaza returned to their districts, only to find their homes partially or completely destroyed.
It will be al-Sisi's first visit to the United States since he was declared the winner of a presidential poll conducted in May.