World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian state television aired footage on Thursday of President Bashar al-Assad swearing in new defence minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, the first images of the president since a bomb attack on Wednesday killed three senior official at a security meeting.
State television did not say where or when the footage was filmed but it will allay suspicions that Assad was killed in the attack.
Iranians has begun voting on Friday in a second round of parliamentary elections with allies of President Hassan Rouhani seeking to wrest seats from hardliners.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim al-Thani proposes free trade agreement involving Turkey and Arab countries
'l could not in any way express how high the stakes are in the next hours and days,' head of UN humanitarian efforts says
'It's no secret that the Syrian army has prepared this decisive battle with its allies. It will not take long to begin, nor to finish,' a pro-regime daily says
The new amendments allow the king to choose his successor, the judiciary's chief and the head of the constitutional council
'The Syrian cessation of hostilities is in great danger and could collapse at any time,' says UN envoy on Syria
US Col. Warren hopes opposition will retake towns within weeks
Death toll is expected to rise further, civil defense official in Aleppo says
Among 76 people sentenced is deceased senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Farid Ismail who died in May 2015
Opposition High Negotiations Committee requests extraordinary meeting in light of mounting violations by Assad regime
Discussions between the two monarchs are expected to tackle recent regional developments and means of bolstering bilateral relations
Yemeni army faces losses as they advance in Mukalla province
'On paper they say that foreign banks can do business with Iran but, in practice, they are fomenting Iranophobia to prevent relations,' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says
Russia has submitted to the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee a request to add two organisations: Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham to the blacklist
Geneva-based Committee for Justice says 423 protesters detained during Monday’s rallies