|U.N. expert says torture in Iraq is "out of hand"
GENEVA, (Reuters) - Torture is rampant in Iraqi prisons and police detention centres, and may be worse than under Saddam Hussein's rule, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Thursday.
"The situation as far as torture is concerned in Iraq is now ... more
|Failed suicide bomber sentenced to death in Jordan
AMMAN, (Reuters) - A Jordanian military court sentenced to death on Thursday an Iraqi woman who tried to carry out a suicide bombing and six other people for planning attacks which killed 60 people in Amman last year.
Sajida al-Rishawi, the only defendant ... more
|Opinion polls show approval ratings for Israel's Olmert plummet after Lebanon war
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, under fire for his performance during the Lebanon war, on Thursday dismissed his critics as inexperienced and embittered, but polls showed the public is dissatisfied with him and would vote him out of office ... more
|Israel kills 5 Palestinians in Gaza raids
GAZA,(Reuters) - Israeli forces killed five Palestinians, including three teenagers, in raids across the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Palestinian medics said.
An Israeli shell killed three Palestinians near a rocket launcher in northern Gaza shortly after ... more
|Iran's Ahmadinejad: Nuclear talks on right path
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that talks with the European Union on Tehran's nuclear program were "on the right path" and he hoped no one would disrupt them.
"We believe those negotiations are moving ... more
|Yemeni opposition accuses incumbent of violations in presidential elections
SAN`A, Yemen (AP) - Yemen's opposition accused President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling party on Thursday of violations in the presidential elections, saying his supporters disrupted vote-counting at polling stations where the opposition appeared to be ... more
|Hamas welcomes Quartet statement as sign of progress
GAZA, (Reuters) - The ruling Hamas militant group said on Thursday a statement by the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators was a sign of progress that could lead to the easing of a Western aid embargo.
Israel said the statement "maintains the principle" ... more
|UN says Iraq deadlier, Italians go home
BAGHDAD,(Reuters) - The United Nations, citing evidence of severe torture, said Iraq had become deadlier than ever, as local Iraqi forces took charge of a southern province from departing Italian soldiers on Thursday.
A U.N. report released overnight ... more
|Israel plans more new homes in W.Bank settlements
JERUSALEM,(Reuters) - Israel plans to build 164 new homes in three Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, despite an obligation under a U.S.-backed peace "road map" to halt such construction on land Palestinians seek for a state.
The Israel Lands ... more
|CIA to Participate in Somali Bombing Investigation
Mogadishu, Asharq Al-Awsat- Somali President Abdullah Yusuf Ahmed has stated that the bombing attempt on his life the day before yesterday bared the hallmarks of al-Qaeda.
President Abdullah Yusuf Ahmed survived an attempt on his life, when two ... more
|Blaze at Saudi oil refinery kills one
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A fire erupted at an oil refinery in Eastern Saudi Arabia Wednesday killing one employee before it was extinguished, Saudi Aramco, the company that owns the complex said in a statement.
The blaze at Ras Tanura complex, north ... more
|Bush and Ahmadinejad clash at U.N.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed over Iran's nuclear ambitions in addresses to the United Nations on Tuesday, but Washington agreed to allow more time for talks with Tehran.
Bush ... more
|New judge expels defiant Saddam from genocide trial
BAGHDAD,(Reuters) - A new judge expelled a defiant Saddam Hussein from his genocide trial on Wednesday and defence lawyers stormed off in protest after the government sacked the chief judge, throwing the month-old case into turmoil.
The government removed ... more
|Yemenis head to polls in presidential election
SANAA,(Reuters) - Yemenis began voting on Wednesday in elections that long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh is expected to win, despite facing a genuine challenge from a former minister.
Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) as over nine ... more
|Pope says anti-Islam quotes not his own views
VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Wednesday that his use of medieval quotes portraying a violent Islam did not reflect his views and were misunderstood, but he did not give the clear apology still demanded by many Muslims.
The leader of ... more
|Israeli air strike kills Palestinian in Gaza
GAZA, (Reuters) - A missile from an Israeli aircraft killed a Palestinian militant in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after he was spotted near a rocket launcher, local residents and the Israeli military said.
Gaza residents said the man was a member of ... more
|Saudi Arabia: Interior Ministers of Iraq’s Neighboring Countries Discuss the Need for Security and Solidarity in Iraq
Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- Interior ministers of Iraq’s neighboring countries convened for their third meeting in Jeddah yesterday, chaired by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz. Ministers of Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, ... more
|Muslims Want Further Apology from Pope
ANKARA, Turkey, (AP) - Muslims in Turkey, Iraq and the Palestinian territories demanded Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI make a clear apology for his remarks on Islam, instead of saying only that he was "deeply sorry" that Muslims had taken offense.
In ... more
|Bush, Iran president to face off at U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will face off at a distance over Middle East democracy and nuclear weapons when both address the United Nations on Tuesday.
Bush faces growing international ... more
|Israel says it wants permanent channel of dialogue with Abbas
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel wants to reopen a serious dialogue with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and work with him to establish a Palestinian state, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Tuesday.
Livni spoke after a meeting Monday with Abbas ... more