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.
Clashes erupted Monday between the military troops and Ansar al-Sharia militiamen in Bouatni district when the latter attacked an army base in the area.
Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Jamal al-Choubaki said medical patients, foreign passport holders and Gazans injured by Israel's ongoing onslaught will be allowed to cross the border.
Russian Foreign Ministry condemned ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza.
British PM Cameron questioned France's plan to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, saying fulfilling such an order would be unthinkable after the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane
In relief agency feeding centres, mothers seeking medical help for skeletal children tell harrowing tales of life in the bush, where they could only scavenge for fruit or roots.
In its statement, the Palestinian Journalists Union asserted that Israel had carried out 37 intentional attacks on journalists and media institutions since July 7, when it began its onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip.
During the nine months ending June 30, more than 57,000 children were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, most of them from Central America, and double last year's count
Video footage shows Israeli snipers shooting at civilians and aid workers in the Gaza Strip.
The Malaysian leader said he had reached an agreement with the separatists for recovered bodies to be handed over to the authorities in the Netherlands
Public outrage at sex crimes is a test for Modi's new coalition, which trounced an electoral alliance led by Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi in a general election last May.
Rebel officials are due to hold talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who openly said in January his forces were supporting South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down, airlines began to avoid the airspace above where the Ukrainian military has been fighting Russian-backed rebels.
The State Department warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
President said Ukraine was open to any investigation about its planes and that the Russians should provide evidence for such a statement.
Abdulkair Ibrahim, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno, said the agency had records of 15,204 people who had fled Damboa and the six villages
A tribal leader and former army officer said the dead were all civilians, and also included an elderly couple