Rioters armed with petrol bombs and sledgehammers clashed with police in Athens today as unions launched a two-day general strike against a fresh wave of austerity measures.
Scores of youths, in hoods and gas masks, smashed up marble paving stones in the Greek capital’s main… Continue reading
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has been sent to the UN to protest Britain’s ‘militarization’ of the disputed Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, Press TV reports.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who on Tuesday accused Britain of militarizing the South Atlantic archipelago, said that she would take the case to the UN and hence confirmed that Timerman will lodge a formal complaint with the UN Security Council.
The tension between the two countries over the Islands was fueled recently when British Prince William, a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, was assigned on a six-week military tour to the islands along with… Continue reading
The leader of Tunisia’s Islamic party of al-Nahda, Rashed Ghannouchi, has officially announced that his country will never recognize Israel.
Ghannouchi said that there is no dispute between Islamic movements in the African state over the issue of Palestine, Tunisia’s media reported.
He also rejected speculations that Tunisia might adopt a secular governing system like the one ruling Turkey.
Israel enjoyed close ties with Tunisia under the rule of the US-backed former dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled the country for 23 years.
However, anti-Israeli sentiments have been growing since the country’s popular revolution, which began in late… Continue reading
Hungary’s Central Bank is burning billions of forints, as the national currency is called, to offer the needy a hand with their heating bills.
Reduced to pulp and pressed together with bits of wood, 5 million forints make a nice handy one-kilo briquette. This can be thrown in the stove to keep a room warm for some time, or heat up water in a boiler.
The bank funnels some 200 billion Hungarian forints into the heating project annually. This accounts for about a quarter of all cash circulating in the country, or 40 to 50 tons of money.
The bills,… Continue reading
A picture showing a US Marine scout sniper team posing in front of what appears as a flag of the notorious Nazi organization SS, has surfaced online. The Marine Corps confirmed that the embarrassing photo taken in Afghanistan is real.
The use of the SS symbol in not acceptable and the Corps has addressed the issue, Lt. Col. Stewart Upton said in a statement Thursday.
He did not elaborate on what measures have been taken, but stressed that the Marines shown in the picture are no longer with the unit.
The picture circulating on the internet was taken in September… Continue reading
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants to sack the military-appointed government and replace the current PM with one of its own. The call days before a general strike sparks even more concern the Islamist group wants to monopolize the country’s politics.
Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan said the military should appoint a Brotherhood representative as prime minister, who would then form a new government.
“We call on the military council to sack this government that has failed to handle this big event and to form another government,” Associated Press quotes the Islamic fundamentalist group spokesman as saying.
The Islamist group lashes heavy criticism… Continue reading
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has accused NATO of killing eight children in an air strike on the country’s territory. The incident adds to the already strained relationship between Afghanistan and its Western allies.
“President Hamid Karzai strongly condemns the aerial bombing by foreign troops that killed a number of children in Nejrab district,” his office said in a statement on Thursday.
The Afghan leader has assigned a delegation to launch an all-out probe into the NATO bombing, which took place in the province of Kapisa on Wednesday.
NATO confirmed that “there has been a situation.”
“A joint assessment team went… Continue reading
The regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is expecting up to 15,000 Iranian troops to help maintain order in the country’s provinces, a Chinese newspaper reports.
According to the central Chinese daily Renmin Ribao, the Iranian special task troops are due to be deployed in Syria’s key provinces.
The Syrian opposition announced earlier that commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, advises the Syrian authorities on quashing the country’s opposition movement, the Telegraph newspaper reports.
According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the Quds Force includes 15,000 elite soldiers, who operated in Iraq and other wars on foreign soil. The… Continue reading