Daniel Ostendorff

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Lebanon gets coalition cabinet after 10 months

<b>A new government has been formed in Lebanon after 10 months of talks.</b><p>Prime Minister Tammam Salam, is to head a cabinet split equally between two opposing factions - the Hezbollah-led pro-Syria group and the Western-leaning March 14th movement led by Saad Hariri.<p>A further eight ministers have been …

Middle East

Palestinian Official Says 'Armed Resistance' an Option If Peace Talks Fail

The Palestinian official who headed Yasser Arafat’s security force at the start of the Second Intifada is warning that armed conflict may well follow …

Middle East

Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations

Iran on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, a day when the country's religious conservatives and military hard-liners take center stage, and calls of "Death to America" echo across the country.<p>In Tehran's Azadi Square, one man waving an orange "Down with the USA" flag …

Algeria military plane crash leaves dozens dead

CAIRO — An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said.<p>The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous …

Iranian warships heading to USA to show reach

Iranian vessels sail for U.S. coast to protest U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf.<p>Iranian warships headed to the U.S. coast pose little danger to the United States but could be a dry run for the future, according to former U.S. military and security officials.<p>The mission shows the danger …

Kabul records first polio case since 2001

Concern over case that is the first in the capital since the Taliban's fall in 2001<p>A three-year-old has been diagnosed with the first case of polio in the Afghan capital Kabul since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.<p>Officials have responded with …

Syria and rebels agree to extend rescue effort in city of Homs

DAMASCUS, Syria — A plan to provide humanitarian aid to besieged residents in the Syrian city of Homs was extended Monday for three days, the<p>United Nationsannounced, as a new round of Syrian peace talks began.<p>The U.N. said the fresh cease-fire was reached to allow for the delivery of aid and the …

Suicide bombings in Pakistan raise questions about peace talks

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – As the Pakistani government attempts to hold peace talks with banned Islamist militants, a suicide bomber blew himself up on the outskirts of Peshawar on Monday, killing four women and wounding four others, officials said.<p>Residents said the victims were on their way to a …

Photographer: Central African Republic "Falling Apart" in "Horrific Violence"

Marcus Bleasdale reports from the front lines of chaos.<p>Widespread violence has erupted again in the Central African Republic, where thousands of people have been killed and nearly a million—20 percent of the population—have been displaced over the past few months.<p>The conflict began in December 2012 …

Israel removes Palestinians' Jordan Valley protest camp

<b>The Israeli military has removed Palestinian activists protesting at a deserted village in the West Bank.</b><p>Dozens of demonstrators had spent a week camping at Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley.<p>The final status of the area is a key point of contention in US-brokered peace talks with Israel.<p>The raid took …

Israel

Facebook gets into nerd feud with Princeton, hilarity ensues

In the tech industry, barely a week goes by without one entity saying that another one is doomed. Mostly, however, we just ignore them, but when Princeton claimed that Facebook would collapse in 2017, the social network decided to get its own back. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, data …

US and UN express horror at Syria torture report

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1045000/1045811_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522371959_26dcc91c057b04c7ae36593b3fec0a74<p><b>The US and UN have reacted with "horror" to allegations in a new report that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees</b> …

Middle East

South Sudan conflict: UN says atrocities on both sides

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1044000/1044748_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522259678_cadaa6789fef760ad0fe1014faec450f<p><b>Both sides in South Sudan's conflict have carried out atrocities, a UN human rights chief has said.</b><p>In a BBC interview, Ivan Simonovic said the towns …

Africa

Lebanon May Become ‘Center’ of Arab World’s Sectarian Wars

The billboards are popping up all over Beirut: The 3M company is offering to “protect your loved ones” with its line of polyvinyl films designed to …

The Political Struggle in South Sudan

<i>Beijing.</i><p>In every society there are political struggles. However, when there are large reserves of petroleum and other resources these political …

Turkey 'lady in red' tear gas policeman faces up to 3 years jail

It became one of the most iconic images of last year’s anti-government protests in Turkey’s Gezi Park. Now the police officer responsible for tear gassing the ‘lady in red’ faces up to three years in jail.<p>Fatih Zengin faces charges of using excessive force when spraying Ceyda Sungur from less than …

'Five hurt' in Israeli Gaza Strip air raids

<b>Five people including four children have been injured in a series of Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics have told the BBC.</b><p>The raids took place on Thursday shortly after militants fired five rockets towards Ashkelon in southern Israel, the military said.<p>An army spokesman said …

Israel