US sanctions target Syrian president

2011-05-19 06:35:41

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his deputy, the prime minister and several other senior government officials.

Pakistan has 4 bin Laden probes

2011-05-18 21:52:46

Pakistan has launched four separate probes into Osama bin Laden's life and death on Pakistani soil, US Senator John Kerry said on Tuesday.

Al Qaeda names Adel as interim chief

2011-05-18 21:14:48

Al Qaeda has appointed an Egyptian militant as temporary leader and named a new head of operations following the killing of Osama bin Laden by US commandos, al Jazeera reported on Wednesday, citing its own correspondent.

Tunisian foreign minister to visit China

2011-05-18 20:31:27

Mouldi Kefi, foreign minister of Tunisia's interim government, will pay an official visit to China from May 19 to 21.

Egypt's army says has no plans to pardon Mubarak

2011-05-18 16:43:02

Egypt's ruling military council on Wednesday dismissed speculation it would pardon former President Hosni Mubarak, who is under investigation for graft and abuse of power, and said it does not interfere in judicial affairs.

Could al-Qaida launch attacks on US from Yemen?

2011-05-18 15:28:04

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)could gain a foothold in Yemen that would allow the terror group to stage a "spectacular attack" against the United States or US interests, according to a think tank report released on Tuesday.

Politicking steps up to replace IMF's Strauss-Kahn

2011-05-18 13:21:01

The race to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund stepped up Tuesday along with pressure on him to resign and avoid undermining the IMF, a key force of global economic stability.

Jailed IMF chief faces growing pressure to quit

2011-05-18 10:57:17

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced growing pressure on Tuesday to quit as head of the IMF after his arrest on attempted rape charges, as some French politicians expressed outrage over his treatment by US authorities.

Brazil wants IMF chief from emerging nation-source

2011-05-18 10:33:14

Brazil believes the next head of the International Monetary Fund should come from a large emerging market country, but does not plan to pressure actively on the issue because Europe is likely to keep its "stranglehold" on the job, a senior government official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Clash in NW Pakistan kills 2 police, 15 militants

2011-05-18 10:02:36

Around 100 militants attacked an important security checkpoint near the Pakistani city of Peshawar early Wednesday, sparking a three-hour clash that killed two police officers and 15 insurgents, police said.

Protesters close govt buildings in Yemen's four provinces

2011-05-18 09:38:22

Yemeni anti-government protesters, who are demanding an immediate ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, closed a number of government buildings by force in southern provinces of Taiz, Ibb, Aden and western province of al-Hodayda on Tuesday.

NATO denies Libya hit warship

2011-05-18 08:55:58

A NATO official denied a report on Libyan state television on Tuesday that Libyan forces hit one of its warships off the coast near Misrata.