World Bulletin / News Desk
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a visit to Tunisia in early October, an aide said on Wednesday, with a German paper citing safety concerns over unrest in the region in protest against a U.S.-made anti-Islam video.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the visit was called off "by mutual agreement with the government of Tunisia". He declined to give a reason but the Financial Times Deutschland mentioned security worries in a preview of its Thursday edition.
The chancellor took a conciliatory tone with Germany's large Muslim community during a call-in event with her party followers late on Wednesday. With more than 3 million Muslims living in Germany, Islam had become a part of us, she said.
"The majority of Muslims in Germany have clearly distanced themselves from such actions," Merkel said of protests this month against the film "The Innocence of Muslims", during which Germany's embassy in Sudan was stormed.
The German government has criticised the film as a crude attack on Islam, with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle calling it an "anti-Islamic hate video".
German authorities say they will consider banning any attempt to screen it.
A spokesman for the prosecutors office confirmed weekend media reports that an investigation had been launched
Elections held Sunday in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory violate principles of international law, says spokesman of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
Togo court confirms President Gnassingbe won April 25 election with 58.77 percent of the vote
Kerry's visit followed the killing of 148 people by al Shabaab in an attack on the university at Garissa, nothern Kenya, on April 2.
On Saturday, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that Abbas would hold presidential and legislative elections once he receives a written request in this regard from Hamas.
Chancellor Werner Faymann described as "totally absurd" the current system in which refugees are supposed to be taken in by the country where they first arrive.
Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told a briefing that the separatists had used large-calibre artillery in their attacks
Italy says nearly 4,100 boat migrants rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and early Sunday
According to information from Iraqi security officials, the explosion damaged many houses, cars and businesses.
Israeli media outlets had said that the army planned to carry out wide-scale drills in the Jordan Valley that would last for several days.
Former US President Jimmy Carter said that Abbas asked him and the members of his delegation to bring this written request from Hamas.
University students, parents and well-wishers attended the event which was held at Fourah Bay College Mount Aureol in Freetown
The sacking of the security officials comes in the wake of the conclusion of a probe into the events, which took place in Liberian capital Monrovia.
On Wednesday, Libya's Tobruk-based government said five people had been arrested for suspected involvement in the murder of the two Tunisian journalists.
International humanitarian organizations say they are in capable of offering aid to around 18,000 residents of the camp as clashes rage on between the two armed groups.
The Palestinian faction went on to reiterate that Al-Aqsa Mosque was at the heart of the conflict between the Arabs and Israel.