Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Full Transcript: Kerry offers 6 principles as a basis for negotiations for two-state solution

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly defended the Obama administration’s policy toward Israel in a speech delivered Wednesday at the State Department in Washington, saying “This is a time to stand up for what is right. We have long known what two-states, living side by side and peace and security looks like. We should […]

George Michael, Pop Superstar, Dies at 53

George Michael, the creamy-voiced English songwriter who sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the duo Wham! and on his own, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. He was 53. A police statement said: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly […]

Obama did muster the courage to push for a Palestinian state and made it his ME legacy

The Obama administration on Friday mustered the courage to allow the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, Israel and some U.S. lawmakers who urged Washington to wield its veto. An abstention by the United States paved the way for the 15-member international […]

UN vote: Will Obama muster the courage to push for the establishment of a Palestinian state?

President-elect Donald Trump warned the Obama administration Thursday against a possible abstention in a key U.N. Security Council vote that would declare illegal all Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory in the West Bank and the mostly Arab East Jerusalem. The resolution, initially scheduled for a 3 p.m. vote, urges Israelis and Palestinians to commit to […]

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead in Ankara, Update

A gunman attacked Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, in the capital of Ankara on Monday. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. She added that the ministry would soon comment on “the attack on the Russian ambassador in Turkey” Private NTV news channel reports […]

Assad compares “liberation of Aleppo” to the birth of Jesus Christ, Muhammad’s revelations

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday the world would be different after what he called the “liberation of Aleppo”, describing it as a historic moment. “What is happening today is the writing of a history written by every Syrian citizen. The writing did not start today, it started six years ago when the crisis […]

Campaign repeals Lebanon’s rape law but there’s a long way to go

By: Yara al-Wazir Sometimes people need to die in the process of their protest in order to make change happen, other times, strong research and simple silent protests over a prolonged period of time are what it takes for action to happen. The Lebanese government’s response to the protests against Article 522, which absolves rapists […]

Videos Show Airstrikes Hitting Aleppo Hospitals

Footage obtained by The Associated Press shows the moment a children’s hospital in northern Syria was hit by an airstrike. The exclusive CCTV video shows the interior and exterior of the pediatric facility in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, as it was hit by the bomb on Friday. The Syrian government has stepped up its bombardment of […]