World Bulletin / News Desk
Tuareg-led Mali rebels who seized the north of the West African country in April declared on Sunday they had dropped claims for a separate state after the rebellion was hijacked by fighters now holding sway in the north.
"We are seeking cultural, political and economic independence but not secession," Ibrahim Ag Assaleh, a senior member of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), told Reuters by telephone.
Azawad is the name which the MNLA gives to the northern territory of Mali in which it declared an independence.
A second MNLA official, Hama Ag Mahmoud, told Reuters in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott: "Independence has been our line since the start of the conflict but we are taking on board the view of the international community to resolve this crisis."
Contacted by telephone in Timbuktu, Ansar Dine spokesman Sanda Ould Boumana said he was not aware of any change in the MNLA position but added: "What I can tell you is that it is us who control the three regions of the north."
Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system.
Ban Ki-moon named Danish diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj as his new special envoy to South Sudan and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission
Hamas has killed 32 Israeli soldiers -- almost three times as many as in the last major ground clashes in a 2008-9 conflict
In the petition, the soldiers pointed to the army's structure and fundamental role in Israeli society as reasons for being unable to decouple any form of service from the fighting.
His resignation paves the way for an interim government to take over in August and a general election in October
Hoping to control the information, the army has confiscated the cellphones of troops sent into combat.
Khaled Meshaal asked for the international community to help bring medicine, fuel and other supplies into the territory, but he said that any more permanent ceasefire could only come about after Israel ended its siege
The opposition Labour Party has questioned Cameron's credibility to talk tough on the issue at the same time as his party is taking donations from people with links to the Russian government
The United States has "up to" 775 troops in Iraq, of whom 475 are deployed to assure the security of U.S. personnel and facilities and 300 to monitor
The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks." The U.N. aid agency OCHA said at least five entire families, with 36 people, had been killed in the past few days.
"The international community and the Security Council should demand, in no uncertain terms, that ISIL cease all hostilities and atrocities," U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov said
They were charged with involvement in a cybercrime ring that used stolen credit card numbers to purchase thousands of tickets to events
The bombs was reportedly targeting thousands of Muslims under the leadership of Sheik Dahiru Usman Bauchi, another one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari
Kosovo is locked in a battle between political parties over who should form the next government following an election six weeks ago.
The delegation will discuss providing humanitarian assistance.
Berlin urges Israel to do everything to avoid civilian casualties, after the death of 7 German-Palestinians in an air strike in Gaza.