- Arts & Culture
- January 14, 2018
The decision could imperil advances in the country’s media industry
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed with a call from the country's conservative religious council for a crackdown on television stations, calling some of their programmes “immoral and un-Islamic”, officials said on Tuesday.
The decision by Karzai may alarm some of Afghanistan's international backers, who have invested heavily through 12 years of war in promoting liberal values and freedom of expression in Afghanistan's deeply conservative society.
2 guards injured in first such attack in Libyan capital since 2011 war
The French embassy in Libya was hit by a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the 2011 war that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
The explosives-laden car was detonated just outside the embassy building in Tripoli's the smart resdiential area of al-Andalus, officials said.
Deal with Israeli authorities expected to be signed today
A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for months is expected to end his hunger strike today after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said.
Samer Issawi began refusing food in August to protest his re-arrest. His strike became a rallying cry for Palestinians who protested, sometimes violently, on his behalf, seeing the 33-year-old from Jerusalem as a symbol of their struggle. Israel was worried there would be wide unrest if anything happened to Issawi.
Officials confirm after civilian transport helicopter is forced to land in Taliban-controlled area
A civilian transport helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all nine people who were on board hostage, officials said today.
The aircraft landed in strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday in a village in the Azra district of Logar province, southeast of Kabul and about 30 kilometers from the Pakistan border, said district governor Hamidullah Hamid.
Hagel emphasises Israel’s right to self-defence, stresses military force as last resort
U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States and Israel see “exactly the same” threat from Iran, but differ on when it may reach the point of requiring U.S. or Israeli military action.
Hagel used his first visit to Israel as Pentagon chief to highlight his view that Israel must decide for itself whether and when to pre-emptively attack its neighbour.
Polls open amid tight security; vote an important test of Iraq’s stability
Polls opened amid tight security in Iraq on Saturday for regional elections in the country’s first vote since the US military withdrawal, marking an important test of the country’s stability.
The results will not directly affect Iraq's national government. But the vote is an important measure of support for Iraq’s various political blocs heading into parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.
A suicide bomber blew himself inside a Baghdad cafe popular with young people using the internet, killing at least 27 and wounding dozens more in one of the worst single attacks in the Iraqi capital this year.
The late evening blast in west Baghdad came just two days before provincial elections that will be a major test of Iraq's political stability more than a year after the last American troops left the country.
'The West paid heavily for funding al Qaeda in its early stages in Afghanistan. Today it is supporting it in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price later in the heart of Europe and the United States'
President Bashar al-Assad accused the West on Wednesday of supporting al Qaeda militants in Syria's civil war and warned they would turn against their backers and strike "in the heart of Europe and the United States".
Assad also launched his strongest criticism yet of neighboring Jordan for allowing thousands of fighters to cross the border to join a conflict he insisted his forces would win and save Syria from destruction.
Rebel faction aligned itself with al Qaeda, International community meets up to address the issue
International powers will search for a peaceful settlement to Syria's civil war with fresh urgency at an Istanbul meeting after a rebel faction aligned itself with al Qaeda, diplomats and opposition sources said on Sunday.
Saturday's meeting of 11 countries from the Friends of Syria alliance will come after the al-Nusra Front, among the strongest formations seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad, pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on April 10.