Syrian Opposition Rejects UN Transition Deal

DAMASCUS | Syrian opposition groups have rejected a United Nations-backed plan for a political transition in Syria, calling it "ambiguous" and "a farce" while ruling out any possibility of sharing power with President Bashar al-Assad. A Paris-based Syrian National Council spokeswoman, Bassma Kodmani, said Sunday that Syrians "will not accept engaging in any political track while the killing continues."

Iran Says Ballistic Missile Tests 'Response to Threats'

TEHERAN | Iran says it has successfully tested medium-range ballistic missiles which experts say are capable of hitting Israel. Official Iranian media quoted a leading officer in the Revolutionary Guards Corps Tuesday as saying the exercises included the Shahab 3 missile, which flew up to 1,300 kilometers. Shorter-range Shahab 1 and 2 and other missile classes were also tested during the last two days.

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World Heritage Committee condemns destruction of Mali sites

NEW YORK |  The World Heritage Committee has condemned the destruction of sites in Mali – including in the fabled city of Timbuktu – and decided on measures to help the West African country protect its heritage, including the creation of a special fund to help it conserve its cultural heritage.

 

Egypt President Mursi 'to visit Iran'

CAIRO | The Egyptian president is to visit Iran to attend meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement at the end of August, Egyptian media report. If the visit to Tehran goes ahead, Mohammed Mursi's trip will be the first visit by an Egyptian head of state since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

 

Syrians Work to Restore Services Amid War

Residents in northern Syria are trying to carry on with their lives despite a conflict that has killed thousands of people nationwide since March, 2011. Helping them are rebels from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), who are organizing ad hoc local governments in areas under their control and offering services and supplies. Paige Kollock reports for VOA from Azaz in northern Syria.  

S. Korea Rejects Int’l Mediation in Island Dispute with Japan

SOUTH KOREA |South Korea has dismissed a proposal by Japan to take a long-running dispute over a group of islands to the International Court of Justice.Seoul's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said Tuesday the offer was “not worth considering,” and urged Japan to drop its claim to the islands.Earlier, Japan's Cabinet said it would formally ask South Korea to jointly seek a resolution at the Hague-based ICJ. Unless both sides agree, the ICJ cannot open a case on the matter.


 


Bodies of Turkish jet crew shot down by Syria found

ANKARA | The bodies of the crew members of a Turkish jet shot down by Syria last month have been found.Turkey's TRT television said the two airmen were found on the Eastern Mediterranean seabed by a US deep-sea exploration vessel, according to AP.The F-4 Phantom jet was shot down on 22 June after Syrian authorities claimed it had violated their airspace, a claim disputed by Turkey.

Libya holds 32 'Gaddafi loyalists' over Tripoli attack

TRIPOLI | The Libyan authorities say they have arrested 32 members of a network loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi in connection with Sunday's twin car bombing in the capital, Tripoli. Two people were killed by the two blasts near the former military academy for women and the interior ministry. An official of Libya's top security body said the network had been linked to the bombs. It was the first deadly bomb attack since Gaddafi's overthrow last year.

Bomb Blast Kills 7 in Southeastern Turkey

ANKARA | At least seven people have been killed in a car bomb explosion in southeastern Turkey.  Police say the bomb occurred Monday night in the town of Gaziantep, near the country's border with Syria. Dozens were wounded in the blast, which set several vehicles on fire. Rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are active in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast.

Afghan Rockets Damage US Military Chief's Plane

KABUL | NATO officials say Afghan militants fired rockets on a U.S. airbase in Afghanistan, damaging a plane used by America's top military officer. A spokeswoman tells VOA U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey was in his room and "nowhere near" the aircraft when two rockets landed near it early Tuesday at Bagram Airbase.  He later left the base in another plane.


Arafat's Body May be Exhumed for Tests

RAMALLAH | Traces of the radioactive poisonous element polonium have been found in the belongings of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, according to the Swiss-based Institute of Radiophysics. 

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Houston Workshop Marks Key Step in Planning Future Mars Missions

WASHIGTON | A recent workshop conducted for NASA by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, marked a key step in the agency's effort to forge a new Mars strategy in the coming decades. A report that summarizes the wide range of cutting-edge science, technology and mission concepts discussed is available online. 

French, Turkish Foreign Ministers Discuss Syria

ISTANBULl | French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has met with his Turkish counterpart to discuss the deepening crisis in Syria. France and Turkey are among the staunchest supporters of the Syrian opposition. 

Millions of Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr

AMMAN JORDAN | Millions of Muslims are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival that ends the fasting month of Ramadan, by participating in feasts, family reunions and other festivities. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, worshippers packed into mosques before dawn Sunday, the first day of the festival. Thousands attended prayers at Jakarta's Al Azhar mosque.

 

 

Istanbul Earthquake Reconstruction Feared Unsafe

ISTANBUL | Istanbul's 15 million people are facing an 80 percent chance of a major earthquake in the next 30 years.  In preparation for the predicted quake, the government and local authorities have started to rebuild more than one-third of Istanbul's structures.  But, controversy surrounds the reconstruction policy and experts worry the preparations are inadequate. Turkey's main earthquake monitoring center hums to the sound of powerful computers.  It was here at the Kandili Observatory the first news broke of the powerful quake that hit the Istanbul region in 1999, killing up to 30,000 people.  Observatory Director Mustafa Erdik warns a far more devastating quake could occur. 

 

Arctic sea ice set to hit record low

LONDON | Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data. Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said data showed that the sea ice extent was tracking below the previous record low, set in 2007. Latest figures show that on 13 August ice extent was 483,000 sq km (186,000 sq miles) below the previous record low for the same date five years ago. The ice is expected to continue melting until mid- to late September."A new daily record... would be likely by the end of August," the centre's lead scientist, Ted Scambos, told Reuters.

 

Michael J Fox to make full-time TV return

LOS ANGELES | Twelve years after giving up full-time acting to focus on fightingParkinson's disease, Michael J Fox will star in a new TV comedy based on his illness. The Back to the Future star will play a father of three dealing with the degenerative nervous system disorder. NBC television called Fox "utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself". In recent years, Fox gradually returned to TV with recurring roles in the likes of Boston Legal and The Good Wife. However, the new 22-episode sitcom marks his first long-term commitment to a show since he left political comedy Spin City in 2000.

 

Ecuador's defends asylum grant for Assange

QUITO | Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says the main reason his country has granted asylum toWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is that no one could guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a "third country." Assange has been sheltered in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June. The Australian took refuge there after losing a legal battle to fight extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him in connection with sexual assault allegations, which he denies. The Organization of American States said Friday that it will hold a meeting of foreign ministers in one week to discuss the standoff.   

 


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