Egypt's new constitution backed by majority votes

2012-12-23 13:09:28

With a low turnout, Egypt's newly-written draft constitution garnered about 64 percent of the votes in a two-round referendum, a TV channel run by the Muslim Brotherhood said Sunday.

Egyptians vote on disputed constitution

2012-12-23 10:59:59

Egyptians started Saturday morning casting their votes in the final round of a controversial constitutional referendum that had stirred up divisions between the liberals and Islamists.

Lebanese PM promises open border with Syria

2012-12-21 18:19:44

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Miqati vowed Friday that the Lebanese-Syrian border would not be closed, Assafir newspaper reported.

IAEA, Iran reach consensus on "structured approach"

2012-12-21 00:28:25

The UN nuclear watch dog and Iran reached a preliminary agreement on structured approach at the meeting in Tehran last Thursday over Iran's disputed nuclear activities, diplomats said on Thursday.

Russia urges Israel to suspend settlement plans

2012-12-20 12:46:00

Russia on Wednesday called upon Israel to end its plans for settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Egypt rejects Israeli settlement expansion

2012-12-20 10:45:06

Egypt formally informed Israel on Wednesday its rejection of Tel Aviv's decision to build about 2,600 new settlement units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Syrian crisis could push Mideast into chaos

2012-12-19 19:50:45

The Syrian Free Army, the main armed opposition in Syria, has launched consecutive attacks on the suburbs of Damascus and even plans to shell the presidential residence.

Top Iranian leader goes online with Facebook

2012-12-19 07:56:58

Facebook - banned in Iran due to its use by activists to rally government opponents in 2009 - has an unlikely new member: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Italian engineer, 2 others abducted in Syria

2012-12-18 13:27:09

An Italian engineer and two other people were abducted in Syria, a Foreign Ministry statement said on Monday.

UN slams deadly attacks in Iraq

2012-12-18 13:25:35

A senior UN official in Iraq on Monday voiced his condemnation of attacks that occurred in Iraq's Kirkuk on Sunday night, killing at least 47 people and wounding over 110 others.

Dubai's hotel acknowledged as world's tallest hotel

2012-12-18 13:19:16

The Guinness World Records association acknowledged Monday the recently opened 354.7-meter JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai as the world's tallest hotel.

NATO: Patriot missiles in Turkey 'purely defensive'

2012-12-18 10:18:41

The deployment of Patriot missiles by the NATO in Turkey is "purely defensive", the alliance's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.