As the US Congress inches closer to a decision on a military strike on Syria, citing allegations that Assad forces used chemical weapons against the civilian population, activists in Damascus are stepping up their protest against possible attacks.
The UN Refugee Agency has announced the number of Syrians, who have fled the country since civil war began in March 2011, has exceeded 2 million. Those who stay have to deal with fears of US strikes and violent attacks by rebel extremists.
Israel says it carried out a “joint” US missile launch in the Mediterranean, having earlier claimed ignorance. Russian radars detected two ballistic rockets fired in the region on Tuesday, sparking widespread speculation over who was behind the launch.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that a 'regime of secrecy' by the West is unacceptable with regard to Syria and evidence of the use of chemical weapons there. Information sharing is a must.
Mali has lifted the state of emergency to allow for campaigning ahead of presidential election in several weeks. The situation in the war-ravaged country however remains tense, with a third of the population starving, mostly in the still-dangerous north.
Latin American leaders are meeting to discuss the “hijack” of Bolivian president Evo Morales’ plane in Austria. Regional leaders presented a united front, defending Latin American sovereignty in the face of what they see as post-colonial imperialism.
The stern portion of the first Russian Mistral-class helicopter carrier has been launched in St. Petersburg and will sail to France, where its body is to be assembled. It is due to be completed in October, and its twin will be delivered in 2014.
Sixty thousand polling stations have closed across Iran as the nation cast ballots to choose its new president. The election comes as the country is torn by the severe financial crisis and pressured by the international community over its nuclear program.
There are six candidates to choose from for Iran’s first new president in eight years. While critics say the ballot won’t be free and fair, the very manner in which Iranian people vote differs significantly from what Westerners are used to.
War-worn Mali has tripled its gold exports over the last decade, though the rising profits are being funneled outside what is one of the world's poorest countries: Foreign corporations appear to be taking over one of Mali’s few thriving industries.
The southern Indian Kudankulam nuclear plant had the fuel loaded in reactors, and will soon start supplying the energy-poor country. The Russian-designed mega plant’s opening had been delayed by environmental protests, allegedly funded by foreign NGOs.