CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack -sources

By Tom Perry, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Walcott BEIRUT/AMMAN/WASHINGTON, Feb 21 : CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that no official explanation […]

As he turns 93, Mugabe dismisses corruption allegations

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE, Feb 21 : As he celebrated his 93rd birthday today, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe brushed aside persistent allegations of corruption against senior officials, saying rumour-mongers were merely targeting “big fish” in his administration. In comments to be aired on state media today, the world’s oldest leader said he would act if […]

Heterosexual couple in UK loses battle for civil partnership

London, Feb 21 : A heterosexual couple in Britain has lost its court battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership, an alternative to marriage that is reserved for same-sex couples in Britain. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who objected to the “patriarchal baggage” of marriage, wanted to secure legal recognition of their […]

US urged to contribute to South China Sea peace

Beijing, Feb 21 : China on Tuesday said it hoped the US will contribute to peace and stability in the South China Sea as an American aircraft carrier strike group began patrolling the region. “China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight of all countries in the South China Sea in accordance with international […]

‘Muslim nations have responsibility to support Palestinian resistance’

Tehran, Feb 21 : Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said all Muslim countries have a responsibility to support Palestinian resistance, which should be a source of unity in the Islamic world. Khamenei made the remarks at the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) in Tehran on Tuesday, Press […]

Israeli soldier jailed for killing Palestinian attacker

Jerusalem, Feb 21 : An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in jail for killing an injured Palestinian attacker in March 2015. As part of the sentencing, Elor Azaria was also demoted from the military rank of Sergeant to Private, The Jerusalem Post reported. The defence has vowed to appeal […]