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Syria presidential vote on June 3: parliament speaker DAMASCUS: Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, despite a raging civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people, the country's parliamentary speaker said on Monday."Elections for the president of the Syrian Arab Republic for Syrians resident in the country will be held on June 3 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm," Mohammad al-Lahham said during a special session of parliament.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Female Saudi pilot flies high ISLAMABAD: A Thirty-five-year-old Saudi women Hanadi Al-Hindi has become the first licensed female pilot in the Kingdom, who had battled kidney problems, acquired licensing from the Jeddah-based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to fly planes in Saudi Arabia.Al-Hindi, who wears a headscarf, has begun flying small and wide-bodied luxury planes belonging to a fleet from the Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), Arab News reported.Khaled Al-Khaibary, a GACA spokesman, neither confirmed nor denied awarding the license ...
Two injured in Turkey by Syrian shelling: media ANKARA: Two people were injured in southern Turkey on Sunday when a shell fired in Syria landed on the other side of the border, a Turkish news agency reported.The incident happened in a rural area near the village of Yayladadi, according to a report by the Dogan agency.The two villagers were injured when the shell fell near a tractor, it said.Turkey normally responds when shrapnel or shells fired by government forces or rebel groups in ...
Drone strike in Yemen kills 5 'Qaeda' militants: source ADEN: A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least five Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday, the latest in an intensified aerial campaign in the impoverished country, a tribal chief said. The unmanned plane targeted a gathering of militants in the town of al-Mahfad, in the Abyan province, where Al-Qaeda remains active despite being driven out from main cities in a 2012 army offensive, the source said.The United States is the only country that operates drones ...
Violence kills 29 as Iraqi forces hit militants RAMADI: Violence in Iraq killed 29 people on Saturday, most of them militants who died in a security forces assault that pushed them out of an area west of Baghdad, officials said.Anti-government fighters have held shifting parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi and all of the city of Fallujah, both west of Baghdad, for more than three months, with security forces still struggling to bring parts of the province back under government control.Early on Saturday, ...
Kidnapped Uzbek doctor freed in northern Yemen: official SANAA: An Uzbek doctor kidnapped in northern Yemen last week has been freed, a provincial official said on Saturday.The official told Reuters tribal mediators had succeeded in convincing armed tribesmen to release the doctor, who had been abducted last Sunday from the hospital he worked at in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa."He was handed to the mediators who took him to Marib and then he was handed to local officials," the local official, ...
Egyptian court jails Muslim Brotherhood leader CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy, to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the judiciary, the first sentence handed to a leader of the organisation since it was outlawed last year, security and judicial sources said.Beltagy is standing trial along with former president Mohamed Mursi and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace during unrest ...


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