The Muslim World
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the first time in Syria’s 12-year war, people in every district are experiencing some degree of “humanitarian stress,” and a staggering 15.3 million — nearly 70% of the population — need humanitarian aid, the United Nations said Tuesday.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A blast early Wednesday at a military base controlled by a Syria-backed Palestinian faction in eastern Lebanon killed five Palestinian militants and wounded 10 others, according to two Palestinian officials with the group.
The supreme leader of the Taliban met in Afghanistan with Qatar’s prime minister this month. The meeting May 12 is the first-such publicly known meeting between the Taliban’s reclusive leader and a foreign official. Al Jazeera English reported on the meeting Wednesday. It said Haibatullah Akhunzada met Qatar’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on May 12 in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban. Qatari government officials declined to discuss the meeting, which Reuters first reported. The Taliban did not respond to requests for comment, and the U.S. State Department declined to comment.
Voters in the strategic Nato country opted for a seasoned autocrat - rather than an untested democrat.
International efforts to defuse a crisis in Kosovo intensified as ethnic Serbs held more protests in a northern town where clashes with NATO-led peacekeepers left dozens injured. The tension has sparked fears of renewed conflict in the troubled region. Hundreds of Serbs reiterated at a rally Wednesday that they want the Kosovo special police and ethnic Albanian officials who were recently elected to mayor's offices to withdraw from northern Kosovo. Meanwhile, European Union officials met with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. The leaders of France and Germany announced plans to meet Thursday with top Serbia and Kosovo officials.
Pakistan's ex-leader says he will wait and see what happens as his party colleagues are arrested and he may be, too.