Palestinian local elections ‘postponed indefinitely’
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - (AFP) - The Palestinian Authority has indefinitely postponed local elections which had been expected to take place in October in the West Bank, a minister told AFP on Monday.
"President (Mahmud) Abbas issued a decree postponing the local elections indefinitely to pave the way for internal Palestinian reconciliation," local government minister Khaled al- [...]
Turkey, Israel wrangle over Gaza flotilla report
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - (AFP) - The United Nations on Monday again delayed the release of a report on Israel's raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla to Gaza because the two sides had not agreed on the document, a UN spokesman said.
The report into the May 31, 2010 raid in which nine Turkish activists were killed was to have been handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday.
But UN dep [...]
Libya rebels to vote on whether to send Kadhafi son to ICC
PARIS (AFP) - (AFP) - Libya's revolutionary council will vote to decide whether or not to send beleaguered strongman Moamer Kadhafi's captured son to face international justice, its envoy to Paris told AFP on Monday.
Mansur Seif al-Nasr, the official representative of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) in France, told AFP the movement makes all important decisions by a vote of it [...]
Kadhafi in hiding as power base caves in
TRIPOLI (AFP) - (AFP) - Libya's veteran leader Moamer Kadhafi, a former revolutionary whose capital has been overrun by rebels and who has had two sons captured, has gone underground after having vowed to go down fighting.
With his exact whereabouts unknown, he clung to power in Tripoli for months in defiance of NATO air strikes and a revolt that turned into civil war.
Libyan rebels have ackno [...]
Tripoli residents jubilant after loyalists reign of fear
TRIPOLI (AFP) - (AFP) - Tripoli residents spent Monday jubilant yet fearful, asking for weapons to join rebels in their cat-and-mouse war with loyalists who have besieged the city with snipers and drive-by shootings.
The capital's battle-scarred streets were all but empty, the day after rebels made a lightning advance on the capital to drive out defiant leader Moamer Kadhafi.
But rebel checkpo [...]
World revels in imminent Kadhafi demise
PARIS (AFP) - (AFP) - World leaders on Monday hailed the rebel takeover of Tripoli, urging Moamer Kadhafi to admit defeat, as Libyans around the globe celebrated the veteran strongman's imminent demise.
The dramatic push to wrest full control of the Libyan capital from Kadhafi loyalists was seen as the end-game in the six-month uprising against his 42-year rule.
While the leaders who supported [...]
UN rights body to pressure Syria on brutal crackdown
GENEVA (AFP) - (AFP) - The UN Human Rights Council called on the Syrian regime on Monday to halt its brutal crackdown on anti-government protests which has already left 2,200 people dead.
Opening the emergency session, UN rights chief Navi Pillay told the council: "The gravity of on-going violations and the brutal attacks against the peaceful protesters in that country demand your continued att [...]
Kadhafi era ‘over’ as rebels stream to Tripoli
TRIPOLI (AFP) - (AFP) - Libyan rebels Monday declared the "Kadhafi era" over after taking control of most of Tripoli, as jubilant fighters streamed into the capital to join battles near the strongman's compound.
World leaders hailed the rebels' dramatic rout on Sunday of loyalist forces in Tripoli, urging Moamer Kadhafi to admit defeat, as Libyans around the world celebrated the veteran leader' [...]
Ramadan has Iraqi locals playing decades-old game
BAGHDAD (AFP) - (AFP) - Ramadan may be best known for the daily dawn-to-dusk Muslim fast, but for some in Iraq the holy month is a time to enjoy a decades-old game that men play in courtyards across the country.
As security has improved nationwide, local communities have resumed organising city-wide matches of Mheibes, a fiery game where rival teams must find a ring hidden by their opponents.
Turkey says it hit 85 Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq
ANKARA (AFP) - (AFP) - Turkish planes carried out two raids in Iraq on Friday and bombarded 85 Kurdish rebel targets, the army announced Saturday, without giving any possible casualty figures.
Turkey resumed its bombing of positions held by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Iraq mountains after a break of more than a year following an attack on Wednesday in southeast Turkey in which nine [...]