Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope, hires a global law firm to protect its property rights

God’s love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to “protect” the image of Pope Francis and “stop situations of illegality that may be discovered.” It also […]

Over 150 lawmakers call on France to recognize the State of Palestine

More than 150 French lawmakers signed an open letter on Sunday urging outgoing President Francois Hollande to officially recognise the Palestinian Territories as a state. The move comes during a period of renewed international determination to revive the two-state solution, after the last talks brokered by then US secretary of state John Kerry collapsed back […]

Iran’s Ahmadinejad tells Trump in an open letter ” U.S. belongs to all nations”

Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter Sunday to President Donald Trump, striking a somewhat conciliatory tone while applauding immigration to America and saying it shows “the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations.” It isn’t the first dispatch sent by Ahmadinejad, who has counted U.S. Presidents George W. Bush […]

Saudi FM visits Baghdad to bolster Sunni-Shi’ite reconciliation post Islamic State

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Saturday in a new attempt to heal the Sunni kingdom’s troubled relations with Shi’ite-majority Iraq. Improving relations between Riyadh and Baghdad would help foster reconciliation between Iraq’s Shi’ite and Sunni communities in the period after Islamic State’s defeat. A U.S.-backed campaign has forced […]

Twin attacks on Syrian security kill at least 32

BEIRUT — In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria’s central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported. The swift, high-profile attacks against the Military Intelligence and State Security offices, among Syria’s most powerful, […]