French colonization of Algeria “brutal”: Hollande
President Francois Hollande acknowledged on Thursday that France’s colonization of Algeria had been “brutal and unfair” but stopped short of making an apology to the oil-rich North African state which Paris sees as a major trading partner.
24 U.S. experts call on Obama to adopt ‘diplomacy-centric approach’ toward Iran
In a letter to the White House, 24 U.S. experts on Iran have called on President Barack Obama to change its attitude toward the Iranian nuclear issue, emphasizing that diplomacy, and not further sanctions, will produce the best results.
Morsi supporters and opponents clash in Alexandria
Supporters of President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents hurled rocks at each other in Egypt’s second city on the eve of a final vote on a constitution that has divided the country.
EU, Russia condemn Israeli settlement expansion plans
The European Union and Russia on Friday denounced Israel’s plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and urged Israelis and Palestinians to take “bold and concrete steps towards peace”.
UN gives green light to Mali intervention force
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday voted to send in an Africa-led military force to help counter Al-Qaeda and other militants in northern Mali.
America: The Gospel according to guns
“The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters — and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown,” defensively states the NRA, the largest gun rights advocacy organization in the US and the foremost lobbyist against restrictions on private ownership of assault weapons.
Poor quality fuel, vehicles blamed for air pollution
The deputy director of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization has blamed poor quality fuel and vehicles for air pollution in the country’s metropolises.
Iran will not succumb to pressure: UN ambassador
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic will not submit to pressure, intimidation, and naming and shaming.
Iran, Egypt Discuss Syria Crisis
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr in a telephone conversation conferred on the latest developments in the region, Syria in particular.
UN: Global Economy At Risk
A United Nations report warned that the global economy is expected to remain subdued in the coming two years and is at a great risk of falling into a renewed recession as it has weakened considerably during the course of this year.
New Situation in Syria
It is well known that a regular army will never be able to defeat militias, however strong that army is. We witnessed this issue when US attacked Vietnam, or when the Israeli war machine attacked Lebanon. Nevertheless, the same thing happened to the so-called strongest army in the world in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the same issue is happening to the Syrian army.