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."
While a total of 11 people – including eight Morsi supporters – were killed in the clashes outside the palace in late 2012, the trial only addresses the death of one reporter and two anti-Morsi protesters
Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.
The bomb attack left five security guards dead as militants managed to take dozens of students and professors hostage after raiding the premises
U.S.-based Arab Daily News website reported that Jordanian special forces, with U.S. intelligence assistance, have deployed troops in Libya by helicopters as part of an operation to free the diplomat.
A number of militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camps in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Sunday, the defence ministry said.
The restaurant, on the highway connecting Baghdad and Basra, was badly damaged by the twin blasts
Militants have killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush during a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers
Russia's state-run Rossiya 24 news station said three of the dead were with the pro-Russian separatists who control Slaviansk, and the other two were from the group which attacked their checkpoint.
Turkey's Honorary Consul General to Bangladesh is a Bengali man inspired by Turkey's liberation war
The ill-fated bus was carrying some 55 to 60 passengers when it collided with a cargo truck apparently due to overspeeding
While overall support for the ANC remained largely unaffected by the Nkandla scandal, the poll said Zuma's personal approval ratings had slipped to 62 percent from 65 percent
Israeli policemen assaulted Palestinian worshippers and religious students at some of the gates as they were lining up to enter the holy site
Search and rescue intensifies amid families’ anger; parents accuse officials leading the operation of dishonesty and inaction
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launch air and ground assaults in a number of opposition-held areas
Security forces are currently combing the surrounding desert area around the checkpoint in search of the assailants who have fled the scene following the shootout
Israel dismisses Robert Serry's accusation of blocking him from ceremony in Jerusalem church as "micro-incident".