Israeli vehicle comes under Syria fire in disputed Golan Heights.
An Israeli military vehicle has come under fire from the Syrian side of the occupied Golan Heights near the demarcation line, according to the Israeli army. Earlier the chief of the army, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz warned that Israel might be drawn into the Syrian conflict after Syrian tanks entered the buffer zone on Sunday. Syria and Israel have never officially ended the 1967 Middle East War in which Tel Aviv captured part of the Golan Heights and annexed it in 1981. Since a 1974 disengagement agreement between the two countries, UN forces have patrolled a buffer zone on the Heights.
Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — Instead of remaining silent, President Obama should have immediately denounced the failure of Libya and Egypt to protect the American embassies there, Richard Grenell, the former U.S.
The computer voting machines are produced, maintained, run and even tallied up by the private companies that make them, not by elected or civil servant officials of municipal or county or state elections departments as in years past.
Some of the companies that make the machines and do this counting are directly linked to Republican candidates.
For example, Hart InterCivic, one company that has supplied computer voting machines to the state of Ohio -- seen as the crucial “swing” state in the current presidential election -- is run by executives who have made $195,000 in financial contributions to the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
That this kind of thing can be allowed to happen makes a joke out of the whole election process.
Video footage has emerged from Syria allegedly showing rebel fighters beating and kicking surrendered soldiers before shooting them dead. The UN says that if the killings are confirmed, the acts constitute a war crime.
Evgeny Lebedev, son of Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev, has gained a rare interview with the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, a man who been described as the last dictator of Europe.
Americans want to democratise us. OK, but why not go and democratise Saudi Arabia. Are we anything like Saudi Arabia? No we are far from that. So why aren't they democratising Saudi Arabia? Because they are bastards but they are their bastards,"
Armed clashes have broken out between rival military groups in Tripoli after Libya’s intelligence headquarters was targeted by rocket propelled grenades, says al Arabiya. Injuries have been reported, although it is not yet clear how many.
Between October 1994 and October 1995, the number of birth defects per 1,000 live births in Al Basrah Maternity Hospital was 1.37. In 2003, the number of birth defects in Al Basrah Maternity Hospital was 23 per 1,000 live births.
Within less than a decade, the occurrence of congenital birth defects increased by an astonishing 17-fold in the same hospital. A yearly account of the occurrence and types of birth defects, between 2003 and 2011, in Al Basrah Maternity Hospital, was reported. Metal levels in hair, toenail, and tooth samples of residents of Al Basrah were also provided.
The enamel portion of the deciduous tooth from a child with birth defects from Al Basrah (4.19 μg/g) had nearly three times higher lead than the whole teeth of children living in unimpacted areas.
“The Doha meeting and making decisions about Syria [by its participants] are against the West’s human rights claims,” member of Iran Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mehdi Davatgari said on Monday.
The Free Army militia has committed a new massacre in the blockaded Harem town of Edlib countryside, what claimed 30 deaths upon citizens, including women and children.
Our correspondent stated that after the militias of Free Army fired RPG shells on al-Tarma and al-Kalaa neighborhoods, 30 civilians got killed, including 10 women and 10 children, as other houses were destroyed.
7:48 PM Damascus Countryside: two mortar shells have been fired near the shrine of al-Sayyeda Zainab, as no injuries have been recorded 6:57 PM The Syrian Youth soccer team wins against the Saudi team for a score of 5-1 6:14 PM Damascus Countryside: the initial toll of bombardments on al-Yarmouk camp is 6 martyrs 6:12 PM Damascus Countryside: armed rebels fire mortar shells on al-Yarmouk Camp, where deaths have been recorded 5:50 PM A car bomb blasts in the Southeast Turkey, targeting a police vehicle, what resulted in injuries
The German court of auditors (Bundesrechnungshof) has demanded that the Bundesbank undertake an audit of its gold reserves. In an 'audit-the-fed' style effort, the court wants to ensure that the nearly 3400 tons of gold is in fact in existence - 'because stocks have never been checked for authenticity and weight'. Furthermore, the Bundesbank's gold is stored in three other vaults around the world: The Bank of England, The Bank of France, and the US Federal Reserve. The court questions the practice of relying on a written confirmation from the custodians (foreign central banks). The decision means negotiating with the three foreign central banks for physical verification but in anticipation, the Bundesbank has begun the process of shipping 50 tons per year from the Fed back to Germany for the next three years.
Bahraini police fired tear gas at peaceful demonstrators as a few hundred people marched across the country on Friday protesting a government ban on public gatherings. Police also reportedly arrested prominent activist Said Yousif al-Muhafdah.
It is said you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If so, Alexander Lukashenko – President of Belarus for the last 18 years – is sending out worrying signals.
"American envoys came to see me before the crisis in Iraq and asked me to say that there were nuclear weapons in Iraq. I refused. They even told me that things would go well for Belarus in terms of investments, etc. All I had to do was to support them.
"I told them that I couldn't do it because I knew that there were no nuclear weapons there. And, after talking to Hussein back then, I told them that Hussein was ready to come to an agreement with them regarding oil, if that's what they were after, and other things. Just don't bomb; don't destroy the country! He was ready to show – and showed – all these [alleged WMD] sites.
"Their answer was: 'We believe you, but the war machine's engine is already running too fast.' I swear to you that this conversation took place and that a man came to see me and we were discussing this matter in this very room."
Kuwaiti authorities are considering bringing troops into the capital Kuwait City, to bring calm amidst protests against the regime. It's thought the army may be involved in the security opposition to contain a march, set to take place on Sunday.