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.
Presidential council has asked the Tobruk-based parliament to grant it an extra week to form unity govt under UN deal
'As we have seen in the tumult across the Middle East and North Africa, when governments do not lift up their citizens, it's a recipe for instability and strife,' US president says
'The passengers were intended for another airline, Turkish Airlines,' Daallo Airlines CEO says
Premier David Cameron's office fears that 'thousands of people' could be crossing into UK if the country leaves EU
According to an army source, Iraq is deploying thousands of troops hoping to retake the key northern city
'The idea is to send a message to migrants that there is a double fence so give up crossing illegally,' a senior army official says
A group of seven suspects have planned to stage attacks in the Russian capital, Saint Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region, Russian FSB security service claims
A picture of Malcolm X with his travel companion and teacher of Islam - Shaykh Ahmed Hassoun
Riyadh has announced discussions between Saudi and Venezuelan oil minister over ways to boost oil prices
Fighting breaks out between Rwandan rebels and a local Mai Mai militia
Vienna is considering deploying troops and police to the Balkans to reduce the flow of refugees on the route between Turkey and Austria
The country's PM Trudeau is set to pull out Canada's six F18s from bombing Syria
The legislation giving the government control over Poland's public broadcasters and top court prompted a series of demonstrations and harsh criticisms both at home and across Europe
Thousands have protested in Sarajevo against a ban on wearing the hijab in courts and other legal institutions
Hamas in a short Twitter statement that Mahmoud Eshtewi, a local member of the group’s military wing, was killed after he confessed to spying for Israel.