Hizbullah slams Rifi as a ‘burden on justice’

BEIRUT, The Daily Star: Hezbollah’s MP Nawwaf Musawi Sunday slammed Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi’s comments that called for raiding Hezbollah’s warehouses, accusing him of becoming a burden rather than a minister for justice.

“Who envisages justice should be a minister of it, and not a burden on it,” Musawi said in a clear message to Rifi. “Such attempts to compare the weapons of the takfiri with the weapons of the resistance are wrongful attempts that have no link to justice.” Continue reading Hizbullah slams Rifi as a ‘burden on justice’

DPRK launches upgraded Soviet-era ballistic missile submarine – report

Pyongyang is modernizing once obtained decommissioned Soviet diesel submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles either for active service or as a test bench for constructing a similar sub of its own, South Korean government sources say.

North Korea “imported a Soviet-era Golf-class diesel submarine and modified it,” Yonhap news agency has reported, citing a government source. Continue reading DPRK launches upgraded Soviet-era ballistic missile submarine – report

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: Syria must remain unified

Moscow, SANA – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all of Russia stressed the support of the Russian Orthodox Church and the entire people of Russia for Syria in its battle against the international terrorism forces.

The Patriarch’s stress of solidarity was voiced during his meeting with Syria’s Mufti Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun who is on a visit to Moscow. Continue reading Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: Syria must remain unified

Far-right Israeli Knesset member storms into al-Aqsa

A far-right Israeli member of the Knesset entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, witnesses said, as Israeli forces continue to restrict the entry of Palestinians into the holy site.

An AFP photographer said MK Moshe Feiglin visited the compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, only a couple of days after Israeli mayor Nir Barkat forced his way into al-Aqsa under heavy police protection. Continue reading Far-right Israeli Knesset member storms into al-Aqsa

Bombings targeting pilgrims heading to Karbala leave 36 dead

Weekend bombings in the Baghdad area killed at least 36 people, just days ahead of major Shia religious commemorations that face significant danger from militants, security and medical officials said.

A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims killed 12 people in Baghdad on Sunday, police and hospital sources said. Continue reading Bombings targeting pilgrims heading to Karbala leave 36 dead

Over 1.7m Gazan Palestinians isolated from the world after Israel, Egypt close crossings

Gaza has become an open-air prison after Israel decided to close two border crossings with Gaza, after a rocket allegedly fired from the Palestinian enclave struck its territory.

The Israeli blockade comes a week after Egypt closed its border with Gaza. With all borders closed, more than one and a half million people in Gaza are now isolated from the outside world. They are prisoners inside the 360 square kilometers that make up the coastal Strip. Continue reading Over 1.7m Gazan Palestinians isolated from the world after Israel, Egypt close crossings

Bolivia’s Economy Under Evo in 10 Graphs

by Jake Johnston and Stephan Lefebvre, Center For Economic and Policy Research

On October 12, Bolivians will go to the polls to choose their next president for a five-year term. Recent polling suggests that the incumbent, Evo Morales, will obtain a decisive first-round victory over his closest opponent, Samuel Doria Medina. Below are ten graphs on economic and social developments since Evo’s election in 2005 that help explain the strong support for his re-election. Continue reading Bolivia’s Economy Under Evo in 10 Graphs

Al-Baath Arab Socialist Party: Palestine will remain Syria’s central issue

Damascus, SANA – Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party reiterated Syria’s permanent and principled stance in support for the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and maintain the right to return Homeland.

In a statement on the 97th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Declaration, the Party’s leadership stressed that Palestine will remain the essence of the pan-Arab cause and the central issue of the Syrian people. Continue reading Al-Baath Arab Socialist Party: Palestine will remain Syria’s central issue

West media blitz to blame for Jabbari execution: Iran official

The secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights says the propaganda campaign launched by Western media is to blame for the recent execution of a convicted Iranian woman. Continue reading West media blitz to blame for Jabbari execution: Iran official

Argentina warns US against slandering Buenos Aires over debts

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has warned the United States against the serious consequences of what she called US officials’ slandering Buenos Aires over its debts.

In a harsh five-page letter on Friday, the Argentina president criticized US President Barack Obama’s choice of hire for a high-level advisory position in his administration. Continue reading Argentina warns US against slandering Buenos Aires over debts

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