- U.S. says has indications toxic chemical used in Syria this month
WASHINGTON: The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
- French hostages tell of Syria basement ordeal
French journalists released from captivity in Syria have been speaking about their ordeal at the hands of suspected Islamist rebels.
- Iran condemns US seizure of Alavi Foundation building
Iran has condemned a US decision to seize a Manhattan skyscraper belonging to a non-profit organisation with alleged links to the Tehran government.
- Search continues with nothing found by Bluefin 21: JACC
PERTH, Australia, April 22 (Xinhua) — A total of 10 aircraft and 10 ships will assist in Tuesday’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and Bluefin 21 has completed its mission nine with nothing found, the Joint Agency Coordination Center ( JACC) confirmed on Tuesday.
- US troop numbers in Afghanistan may drop below 10,000
United States presence in Afghanistan could fall as low as 5,000 – well below number military believe necessary
- Organized persecution of Shiites launched
More than 1,000 people attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung, in what appeared to be the first organized attempt to persecute Shiites in Indonesia.
- 33 Killed in Insurgent Attacks Across Iraq
Separate attacks across Iraq have killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens more.
- 55 al-Qaida militants killed in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen: Yemen’s interior ministry says 55 al-Qaida militants were killed in an hours-long series of strikes on a training camp operated by the group in the country’s south.
- Syria to hold presidential election on June 3
DAMASCUS, Syria: Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country’s parliament speaker announced on Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war.
- FIR lodged against VHP leader Praveen Togadia for anti-Muslim remarks
Rajkot: An FIR has been lodged against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia on Monday for his controversial anti-Muslim remarks wherein he had said that Muslims should be stopped from buying property in Hindu-dominated areas.