6 Mid Eastern Guantanamo prisoners sent to Uruguay as refugees

Six men who were held for more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement Sunday. The six — four Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian — were detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda but were […]

Venezuela’s Chavez to return to Cuba for cancer surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba on Sunday for more cancer surgery. The Venezuelan leader only returned on Friday from his last course of treatment there. “It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days,” he said in a TV address, adding that more malignant cells […]

Syria’s Assad may flee to Venezuela, Cuba via Lebanon

Syrian president Bashar al Assad’s hold on power is looking more tenuous. “There is no doubt that the regime’s capacity is declining and that the FSA (Free Syrian Army) continues to become ever stronger and better armed,” said a European diplomat with regime and opposition contacts in Damascus. It is not even clear if Assad […]

Israel bars entry of 4 NAM ministers to Ramallah

Israel on Sunday barred the foreign ministers of several Non-Aligned Movement countries from entering the West Bank for a top-level meeting in Ramallah , sources on both sides said on Sunday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Palestinian official said Israel refused to allow entry to the foreign ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Cuba.