Syria’s Assad pays Easter visit to Christian town of Maaloula

Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to Christian town of Maaloula

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. Assad’s Easter visit to Maaloula – a rare appearance outside central Damascus – also highlighted More...

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Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

Protesters burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the “resurrection” of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though More...

Two days Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants

Two days Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants

Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country. On Saturday an air strike killed More...

Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa

Top Palestinian cleric: Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa

The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the More...

Iran's Rouhani urges women's rights

Iran’s Rouhani urges women’s rights

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged equal opportunities and rights for men and women, and condemned sexual discrimination. In a speech marking Women’s Day, Mr Rouhani criticised “those who consider More...

Australia sees 'regroup' on Malaysian plane search in a few days

Australia to alter the search for missing Flight 370

Australia will decide in a few days whether to alter or scale back the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but will consult all countries involved on any changes, Australia’s ambassador to the More...

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine

At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert More...

14 Algerian soldiers killed in Al Qaeda's ambush

14 Algerian soldiers killed in Al Qaeda’s ambush

Islamist militants killed at least 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush in mountains east of the capital Algiers at the weekend in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years. The troops were in the Tizi More...

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