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Syria’s Assad ‘issues decree forming new govt’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on Saturday forming a new government, state television said, less than two months after controversial parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition. “President Bashar al-Assad has issued Decree 210 forming a new government under Prime Minister Dr Riad Hijab,” the television said. Foreign Minister…

Mexico elections: failure of drug war leaves nation at the crossroads

On 1 July, Mexicans will vote in vital presidential elections. But the issue no candidate dares to address is the cartel violence tearing the nation apart. One after another, Mexico’s presidential candidates sat in silence amid the grand setting of Chapúltepec Castle while, across the room, the leader of the…

U.S. denies ‘safe passage’ scheme for Assad

The United States said Thursday there was no truth to reports it was ready, along with Britain, to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad safe passage to travel to Geneva to meet opposition leaders. Washington said it was not its role to decide Assad’s fate, but outside pressure nevertheless built on…

Egypt to announce presidential poll result on Sunday

Egypt’s electoral commission will announce the results of a presidential poll pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq on Sunday, it said on Saturday. “Faruk Sultan, the head of the presidential election commission, will announce the results of the presidential election run-off on Sunday at 3:00pm (1300…

Rio: UN summit approves strategy on poverty, environment

The biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a decade approved a strategy to haul more than a billion people out poverty and cure the sickness of the biosphere. But critics branded the plan a cruel failure, saying it had been gutted of ambition by national interests. “It’s a demonstration…

U.S. warns of imminent attack in Mombasa, Kenya

The US embassy in Kenya on Saturday warned of the threat of an imminent attack on Mombasa and urged nationals to shun the country’s second city. “This is to alert all US citizens in Kenya, or planning to travel to Kenya in the near future, that the US Embassy in…

Looting in Bolivia as police strike over low pay

Looting broke out near Bolivia’s presidential palace Friday as junior members of the police force angry over low wages joined a nationwide mutiny. A crowd of some 200 officers, wearing civilian clothes and covering their faces, attacked the National Intelligence Directorate, smashing windows and pulling out furniture, documents, computers and…

Ecuador calls its UK ambassador home to discuss Assange

QUITO — Ecuador recalled its ambassador to Britain to discuss what to do about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought refuge in their diplomatic mission in London. “We are calling our ambassador back for consultations because this is a very serious matter,” President Rafael Correa said on Friday. Assange…

CIA allegedly ordered ‘torture cage’ at secret black site prison

A Polish official claims that prosecutors in Krakow have proof the CIA wanted a special “torture cage” to be constructed at one of its secret “black site” prisons. According to ABC News, the proof consists of a document showing that “a local contractor was asked to build a cage at…

Turkey accuses Syria of shooting down missing fighter jet

Turkey said Friday that Syria had shot down a Turkish fighter jet which was reported missing near their border over the eastern Mediterranean earlier in the day. After a joint search and rescue operation with Syria, “it has been understood that our plane has been struck down by Syria,” Prime…

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