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Abbas calls Jesus a Palestinian messenger

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 06:09  |  Published in WORLD

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Israel accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to rewrite history by calling Jesus Christ a "Palestinian messenger."

"He should have read the Gospels before uttering such offensive nonsense, but we will forgive him because he doesn't know what he is doing," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

Bride has tongue bitten off by jilted lover Featured

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 12:29  |  Published in WORLD

MUMBAI, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- An Indian woman had her tongue bitten off by a jilted lover moments before she was to marry another man, police said.

Palestinian Israeli killed in Gaza violence

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 12:39  |  Published in WORLD

JERUSALEM, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A 3-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in Israeli air raids in Gaza shortly after an Israeli was killed by sniper fire near the Gaza border, officials said.

A Gaza health ministry spokesman told the Ma'an news agency the girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured in one of the Israeli air force strikes. Three other Palestinians were injured when Israeli tanks shelled sites east of Gaza city, the news agency said.

Israel said its forces undertook a series of strikes against terror targets in Gaza in response to the killing of Israeli civilian worker Salah Abu Latyef, 22, by a Palestinian sniper near the border with Gaza in the afternoon.

Kofi Annan calls for calm in Egypt

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:03  |  Published in WORLD

LONDON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Egyptian leaders are called on to return the country to a state of constitutional order peacefully, former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said.

Interim Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said the Aug. 14 crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi was "necessary" because of their interference with political progress, Ahram Online reported Wednesday.

93 in Congress urge Obama to consult on Syria military strike

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:49  |  Published in WORLD

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- At least 93 members of Congress signed a letter urging U.S. President Barack Obama to consult with Congress before taking any military action against Syria.

The letter, written by Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., and sent to the White House Wednesday, had been signed by 77 Republicans and 16 Democrats by midday Wednesday, Roll Call reported.

US mulls meeting with Nigerian president

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:34  |  Published in WORLD

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will "likely" meet with President Obama soon, a U.S. diplomat said during a state visit Thursday to Abuja.

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met in Abuja with Jonathan. She said the U.S. government has a sound working relationship with Nigeria and both leaders are expected to meet in the near future.

Egypt death toll tops 600

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:43  |  Published in WORLD

CAIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Violent new protests erupted Thursday in Egypt as international concern grew over a crackdown on demonstrators in which at least 600 people have been killed.

In a strongly worded statement, U.S. President Barack Obama canceled planned joint military exercises with Egyptian forces, saying the Egyptian people deserve better. In Europe, some officials called for a cutoff of foreign aid.

The Egyptian Health Ministry said late in the day more than 600 people had died when security forces Wednesday razed two protest camps in Cairo and routed demonstrators calling for the reinstatement of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted July 3.

Pakistani government prepares to hang Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:24  |  Published in WORLD

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The government of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is preparing to hang a trio of convicted Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has been struggling to establish its credentials since its election in May 2013.

The three LeJ members are Attaullah, Mohammad Azam and Jalal, who received death sentences in 2004 for murder, with the executions scheduled to take place Aug. 20 and 22, respectively, in Sindh's Sukkur jail.

Sharif has made his government's commitment to combating terrorism explicit, saying during a special message on Pakistan's Independence Day Aug. 14: "The shadows of terrorism are haunting us today but with commitment and resolve we will overcome this scourge. We are in high spirits, and will absolutely defeat the terrorists with the full cooperation of the army and other national security institutions," The News International newspaper reported Thursday.

Pakistan's government has pledged to carry out the scheduled executions of the convicted terrorists next week. A five-year moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan ended in June, The News International said, as Pakistan's new government attempts to display its resolve in fighting crime and militancy. The decision to overturn the death penalty was strongly condemned by international rights groups including Amnesty International. Pakistan Human Rights Commission head I.A. Rehman said: "We are opposed to capital punishment. We demand that the death penalty should not be awarded to anyone."

Mugabe delivers first speech after Zimbabwes disputed election

Written by  |  Monday, 12 August 2013 07:17  |  Published in WORLD

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe delivered his first speech since the recent disputed presidential election, addressing a national event his rival boycotted.

In the capital of Harare, Mugabe spoke at Heroes' Day, an annual celebration when Zimbabwe honors those who were killed during the country's fight for independence in the 1970s, the BBC reported.

Pro-Morsi protesters refuse to move from sit-in

Written by  |  Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:10  |  Published in WORLD

CAIRO, July 28 (UPI) -- Loyalists of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi Sunday refused to obey orders to disperse from their sit-in protest in Cairo, officials said.

Protesters said they will not back down from their demands that Morsi, who was removed from power by Egypt's army on July 3, is reinstated, the BBC reported.

"Regardless of what happens to the president, we will continue our protest. Our numbers are increasing every day. Citizens are recognizing the tyranny and the long-term danger of the military coup," said Gehad el-Haddad, a spokesman for the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood. "It may take weeks, months, more than a year -- we will still hold our ground."

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