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Spain rejects Catalonia’s independence

MADRID - Spanish parliament agreed on a motion against the Catalan parliament's independence. The Spanish Parliament has rejected plans for the northeastern Catalonia region to hold...

Russia will support Ukraine but urges legitimacy

MOSCOW - Russia's Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev pledged the country's support to Ukraine, but warns Ukrainian officials to stay legitimate. Speaking in the government's meeting on Thursday, Medvedev said: "It is...

Central African Republic: No courts, no jails, no justice

BANGUI - The violence-torn Central African Republic (CAR) lacks a functioning judicial system, a prominent judicial official has said, citing lack of security for courts...

France and Germany demand sanctions against Ukraine

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded European Union's sanctions against Ukraine, following recent acts of violence in Kiev. 25 people, including nine police officers...

Hamas denies ‘confidential’ correspondence with Israel

GAZA CITY  - These claims are completely fabricated, Gaza Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad told Anadolu Agency. Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Tuesday denied reports that group leader and Gaza Prime...

FIFA urges Brazil on World Cup protests

SAO PAULO - FIFA's secretary general says he hopes Brazil will ensure protests at the World Cup do not turn violent or stop fans from...

UN envoy: we won’t be deterred by Homs aid convoy attack

United Nations - The events in Homs reminder of danger civilians and aid workers face every day in Syria, says UN humanitarian chief. UN and...

French parliament approves abortion bill

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Israel to build 261 settlement units in Al-Quds, W. Bank

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Egypt’s pro-democracy bloc calls for 18-day ‘revolutionary wave’ starting Jan. 24

CAIRO – In a statement, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said the upcoming "wave," set to start Friday, would have eight objectives. A...

Syrian regime, opposition cast blame at one another at peace conference

MONTREUX, Switzerland - Syria peace conference opens under cloud of tens of thousands of photos that appear to show systematic torture by regime. Representatives of the...

US-Africa leaders summit scheduled for August

WASHINGTON- The first summit is scheduled to be held in Washington D.C. on August 5 and 6. The United States will host the first "US-Africa...

UAE jails 30 Emirati and Egyptian Islamists

ABU DHABI - A court on Tuesday jailed a group of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians to terms ranging from three months to five years...

Pro-Morsi prisoners tortured in Alex jail: Families

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Syrian opposition suspends Geneva 2 attendance

ISTANBUL - Opposition coalition suspends its decision to attend peace talks on January 22 as UN's Ban invites Iran to the conference. Syrian opposition suspends its decision to...

Chinese economy grows 7.7 percent in 2013

SHANGHAI - The GDP of China reaches 9.4 trillion dollars in 2013, states National Bureau of Statistics of China The gross domestic product (GDP) of China...

24 killed in clashes between Libyan police, Gaddafi loyalists

TRIPOLI - Clashes erupted between the security forces and pro-Gaddafi militants, leaving four troops and 20 militants dead, the source said. At least 24 people were...

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