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Iran claims U.S. Congress not ‘authorized’ to authorize Syria strikes

The US Congress is not authorised to green-light American military strikes against Syria as any such action would be in violation of international law, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday. Iran’s reaction came a day after US President Barack Obama said he was seeking congressional approval for punitive…

U.S. transport ship with hundreds of Marines on board deployed to the Mediterranean

The US Navy has deployed an amphibious transport ship to the Mediterranean, where five destroyers are already in place for possible missile strikes on Syria, a defense official said on Sunday. The USS San Antonio, with several helicopters and hundreds of Marines on board, is “on station in the Eastern…

George H.W. Bush spokesman apologizes for mistakenly announcing death of Nelson Mandela

A spokesman for former US president George H.W. Bush apologized on Sunday after erroneously issuing a statement of condolence stating that South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela had died. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath later explained that he circulated a prepared statement expressing Bush’s sorrow at the “death” of the former…

Iran: U.S. interests will be threatened if they attack Syria

A senior Iranian official warned in Damascus on Sunday that US interests in the region would be at risk if Washington launched a military strike against his country’s ally Syria. Iranian officials have issued stern warnings against US-led military action targeting Syria and the latest came from the chairman of…

Study: Wine consumption linked to lower depression risk

A glass of wine a day may keep the blues at bay, according to a Spanish study of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. The research, part of the broader Predimed report on the Mediterranean diet, followed 5,500 light to moderate drinkers of both sexes over a period of seven…

British broadcaster David Frost dies aged 74

British TV giant David Frost, who interviewed the world’s great and good in a half-century broadcasting career, has died aged 74 of a heart attack on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, his family said Sunday. Frost, celebrated for his 1977 talks with Richard Nixon that extracted an unexpected apology…

Syria opposition ‘disappointed’ but thinks Congress will OK strike

Syria’s main opposition bloc said Sunday it was disappointed with US President Barack Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress for action against the regime, but said it believed lawmakers would OK a strike. “We had a feeling of disappointment. We were expecting things to be quicker, that a strike…

Outrage in India after New Delhi rapist gets meager 3 year sentence

India’s opposition said Sunday it would seek tougher punishments for juveniles after the first verdict in the New Delhi gang-rape case saw a teenager sentenced to three years’ detention, sparking widespread anger. The rape and murder of a 23-year-old student by six attackers on a moving bus last December sparked…

Pope Francis: War leads to more war

Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said “God and history” would judge anyone using chemical weapons. “May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons,”…

New leak: NSA spied on French diplomats and Al Jazeera

The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the internal communications of France’s foreign ministry and diplomats and those of Qatar-based television station Al-Jazeera, a German magazine said Sunday. Der Spiegel reported that in 2010 the NSA monitored the internal computer network of France’s diplomats and that of the ministry…

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