Thursday, November 14, 2013
Afghanistan's opium production surged this year to record levels, despite international efforts over the past decade to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.'s drug control agency.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in U.S.-brokered statehood talks clouded by Israeli settlement building.
Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Wednesday he was kidnapped by the Republican Guard the day before the army announced his removal and was later held at a naval base for four months.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A senior member of the Haqqani militant network which is seen as one of the biggest threats to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan has been shot dead in the Pakistani capital, the Taliban said Monday.
Iran agreed on Monday to allow expanded U.N. monitoring at the country's nuclear sites, including at a new reactor, state TV reported, in a deal that could boost wider negotiations over Tehran's atomic program.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around US$95 billion — a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation's current annual petroleum exports — a six-month Reuters investigation shows.
An unidentified attacker shot dead an Iranian deputy minister of industry in Tehran on Sunday, the state news agency IRNA reported, in what appeared the first reported killing of a senior central government official in years.
Monday, November 11, 2013
President Hassan Rouhani, architect of Iran's diplomatic opening to world powers, said on Sunday it had “red lines” and would not bow to threats in an apparent bid to keep hardliners on side as Tehran edges toward a deal on its nuclear program.
Government officials and rebels reached a deal to ease a weeks-long blockade on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital on Sunday, allowing food to reach civilians there for the first time in weeks, activists said.