Prominent Sudanese politician Hassan al-Turabi dies at 84

By Khalid Abdel Aziz KHARTOUM, March 5 : Hassan al-Turabi, a prominent Sudanese politician considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the country’s Islamists, has died at the age of 84, medical sources said today. A powerful establishment figure in the 1990s, Turabi became an influential opposition leader later in life, breaking ranks […]

Brazil top judges back graft probe despite concern over Lula’s detention

By Reese Ewing SAO PAULO, March 5 : Senior judges in Brazil voiced concern today over the detention of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, even as they threw their support behind the sweeping corruption investigation that threatens to topple his embattled successor. Lula’s three hours of questioning in police custody yesterday was the […]

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protest service cuts

Beirut, March 6 : Palestinian refugees in north Lebanon Tripoli held a sit-in on Saturday to protest the continuing reduction in medical and educational services. The services are supplied to the refugee camp of al-Beddawi by the United Nations Relief and Work Agency’s (UNRWA), which shrank due to lack of funds, Xinhua news agency reported. […]

Belgian military to patrol nuclear power stations

Brussels, March 6 : At least 140 Belgian soldiers will soon be deployed in a special operation to patrol the country’s nuclear sites, the Belgian cabinet announced on Friday. According to TV news channel RTL Info, these additional security measures were initiated by the Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon and follow the attacks in Paris […]

Rivals Turkey and Iran seek to ‘manage differences’

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin ISTANBUL/DUBAI, March 5 : Turkey and Iran, two countries on opposite sides of Syria’s civil war, agreed they must cooperate to end sectarian strife, including support for a fragile ceasefire, in the region after their leaders met in Tehran today. Iran, along with Russia, has stood by Syrian […]

‘Ghostlike’ octopus found in Pacific may belong to new species

By Frank McGurty NEW YORK, Mar 5 : An underwater research craft has spotted a “ghostlike” octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species at a depth of more than (3 km) on the floor of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, US scientists say. The milky white creature, nicknamed “Casper the Friendly Ghost” […]