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.
Fierce fighting in the vicinity of the airliner crash site prevented international monitors from reaching it to investigate the downing of the plane with the loss of all 298 people on board.
Two demonstrators were killed when security forces used live ammunition to disperse a pro-Morsi rally following the Eid prayers in the Abu Zaabal neighborhood
The teenagers were giving testimony at the trial of 15 crew members, who face charges ranging from homicide to negligence for abandoning the sinking ship.
An international arbitration panel in the Netherlands ordered Moscow to pay $51.57 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct oil giant Yukos, saying officials under President Vladimir Putin had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt the company.
The clashes erupted Saturday in Benghazi's Bouatni district between army troops and members of Benghazi Revolutionaries militias backed by Ansar al-Sharia militiamen after the latter attacked an army base in the area.
The interception and detention of the group has spotlighted Australia's controversial and secretive policies to turn back boats carrying potential refugees.
In his message, Morsi lauded “the Egyptians’ continued revolution” and voiced support for the Palestinians “resistance.”
Qatari judge Thaqil al-Shemmari said “We need to pay attention to Muslims’ causes and show support for our brothers”
The Palestinians - men, women and children - chanted slogans in favor of resistance movements in the Gaza Strip.
Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades said that its fighters had killed 91 Israeli officers and soldiers in battles in the Gaza Strip
Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip - which has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006 - from air, ground and sea since July 7, causing massive destruction across the seaside enclave.
With Israeli warplanes flying overhead and the sounds of explosions and shelling echoing through the night, the streets of Gaza appeared gloomy and quiet during the early hours of the Eid day
Roadside bomb kills 1, injures 2 other girls and 2 army rangers the night before Eid holiday in Pattani province
Victims were apparently in the water or very close to it when the lightning struck
Security agencies are yet to comment on these attacks in Adamawa, one of the three northeastern states under emergency rule
The union called for ending a blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006