World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukraine's parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn tendered his resignation on Wednesday after deputies of the majority Regions Party rushed a contentious language bill through a second and final reading the day before.
"Colleagues, I ask you to consider my resignation and take a decision on it," Lytvyn told an opening session of parliament.
The bill, which can not become law until first Lytvyn and then President Viktor Yanukovich have signed it, would upgrade the status of the Russian language in the former Soviet republic where the official statelanguage is Ukrainian.
Lytvyn's move followed a night of protest in Kiev with the opposition - which sees the bill as a potential threat to Ukrainian sovereignty - organising demonstrations outside a building where Yanukovich was due to speak on Wednesday.
The raid on the home of former Rwandan army chief General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who was not there at the time, has sparked a diplomatic row between South Africa and Rwanda
Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using "starvation of civilians as a weapon of war," said a report by the the human rights group Amnesty International.
Sudanese embassy in Amman denied media reports that al-Bashir had been denied entry into Jordan for medical treatment.
The government of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has offered the Taliban a "political" office in Peshawar
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The head of a United Nations commission of inquiry into violence in Central African Republic said he hoped to head off the prospect of a campaign of genocide
The Second Thomas Shoal, a strategic gateway to Reed Bank, believed to be rich in oil and natural gas, is one of several possible flashpoints in the South China Sea
Under New Zealand's German-style proportional voting system, brought in 1996, the biggest party has always needed the support of minor parties to govern
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian at a crossing point between Jordan and the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian security officials said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said it was too early to know what may have caused the plane to vanish but that family of the passengers deserved an explanation as soon as possible.
Mohammed Mafarja, 19, pleaded guilty in December to charges that included attempted murder
The ministry said in a statement masked men had opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in the eastern city of Kharkiv on March 8, wounding some
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Al-Shabaab continues to control several towns in the southeast and south of war-torn Somalia.
Known as "El Mas Loco," or "The Craziest One," Nazario Moreno led a violent drug cartel that has ravaged the western state of Michoacan
Online accounts describe growing intolerance toward Uighurs across China, ranging from evictions from apartments to taxi drivers refusing to pick them up