Brahimi meets Assad in Damascus

15 Sep 2012

UN-Arab League envoy has first meeting with Syrian president since accepting envoy's role amid reports of new killings.
Syrian state television says UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has met President Bashar al-Assad to discuss efforts to end the country's 18-month-old conflict that activists say has killed more than 27,000 people.
Saturday's meeting was Brahimi's first with Assad since he replaced Kofi Annan as peace envoy two weeks ago, taking on a mission which the veteran Algerian diplomat described as "nearly impossible".

Political, religious leaders meet Pope at Lebanon presidential palace

15 Sep 2012
Now Lebanon

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday visited the Baabda Presidential Palace and met with Lebanon’s top political and religious leaders during the second day of his thre-day visit to the country.
The pontiff was greeted by President Michel Suleiman and his wife at the entrance of the palace.
Following the meeting with Suleiman, the pope also held talks with Prime Minister Najib Miqati and Speaker Nabih Berri.
He later met with Lebanon’s religious leaders representing the different sects that constitute Lebanon’s religious makeup.

Turkish PM slams anti-Muslim film, violent reactions

14 Sep 2012
Hurriyet Daily NEws

Insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad cannot be considered freedom of speech, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today in relation to protests that are sweeping the world in response to an anti-Islam film. At the same time, however, such insults do not provide people with the right to attack others, Erdoğan said in the Ukrainian city of Yalta. “Those who made this movie should be condemned in the harshest terms. But insulting religion cannot be an excuse to attack people,” Erdoğan said, according to daily Hürriyet.

Yemenis protest 'Saleh terrorism'

13 Sep 2012
Gulf Times

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Yemen’s capital yesterday to denounce violence a day after a failed attempt to assassinate the defence minister killed 12 people.
Protesters answering a call to demonstrate “against terrorism and assassinations” also slammed ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh whom they accuse of fuelling violence, and called for an end to his immunity from prosecution.
“Terrorism and Al Qaeda are Ali Saleh and his sons,” chanted demonstrators in the protest called by a group of activists from the Committee of Youth of the Peaceful Revolution.

Siria convoca elecciones municipales en medio de las protestas contra el régimen de Asad

05 Sep 2011
El presidente sirio, Bachar Asad, convocó este miércoles la celebración de elecciones municipales para el próximo 12 de diciembre, en medio de la cruenta represión de las protestas contra su régimen.
El dictador del país árabe emitió un decreto, difundido por la agencia oficial de noticias Sana, en el que llama a los ciudadanos a las urnas para elegir a los Consejos Locales. La celebración de elecciones municipales fue anunciada en agosto pasado, cuando las autoridades aprobaron la Ley de Administración Local que regirá esos comicios.