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Two gunmen opened fire at an exhibition and cartoon contest in Texas have themselves been shot dead

Two gunmen who opened fire at an exhibition and cartoon contest in Texas featuring depictions of the Prophet Mohammed have themselves been shot dead at the scene. The two armed suspects drove up to the front of the building in a car as the Mohammed Art Exhibit in Garland was coming to an end and began shooting at a security ...

US says no Syrian civilians killed in coalition air strike

The US military denied Sunday a report that strikes led by Washington had killed at least 52 civilians in northern Syria earlier this week, saying those killed were actually fighters. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor director Rami Abdel Rahman had told AFP that seven children were among the dead from US-led coalition strikes overnight Thursday into Friday on the ...

Nasrallah backs Aoun on Army, police chiefs

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has thrown his weight behind MP Michel Aoun’s demand for the appointment of new security and military chiefs, implicitly rejecting attempts to renew the mandate of the Army and police commanders, sources close to the Free Patriotic Movement head said Sunday. The agreement over Aoun’s demand was reached during a five-hour meeting between the FPM ...

Australia says Europeans seek advice on stopping migrants

Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia’s controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday. Refugee advocates and human rights groups have criticized Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s conservative government over drastic tactics it has used under its Operation Sovereign Borders policy to stop the flow of people-smuggling ...

Relationship between Australia and Indonesia has suffered as a result of executions

Eight prisoners, including Bali nine organisers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, have been executed in Indonesia. The ninth condemned prisoner, Filipina maid Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was given a last-minute reprieve from the firing squad. The executions were carried out at 12.35am local time (3.35am AEST) on Nusakambangan prison island. But it took up to 27 minutes for all the prisoners to die, ...

New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was closer to forming a new coalition Sunday after the head of the far-right Jewish Home party relinquished his demand for the foreign ministry, political sources said. Netanyahu, whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election, has until May 6 to piece together a new government, after receiving a 14-day extension ...

Egyptians should stand behind their president, says Hosni Mubarak

In a rare talk, Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak said on Sunday that there are “fateful decisions” that need to be taken by current president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and that Egyptians should stand behind him. Mubarak, who was ousted on 11 Feburary 2011 following an 18-day uprising, spoke briefly on the phone with TV host Ahmed Moussa on Sada El-Balad private ...

Underground metro goes off rail, crashes in wall in Egypt

An underground train came off the rails on Sunday and crashed into a wall, seriously injuring the driver. The metro line, which links El-Ataba square near downtown Cairo to the upscale district of Heliopolis, had no passengers at the time of the crash, the company running the metro said. The train was coming out of maintenance on a branch line ...

Yemen foreign minister snubs Saleh’s call for peace talks

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. Yaseen was speaking after air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen in some of the most widespread combat the country has seen ...

Aoun looks to be impermeable to finding alternatives to break the deadlock

Although it has become common knowledge by now that neither of Lebanon’s two main candidates to the presidential election – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea – is, at this point, capable of garnering an absolute majority of votes in Parliament to be elected as the new head of state, Aoun looks to be ...

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