Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki assured Iraqis on Tuesday that his security forces are capable of taking over responsibility of security control in the country as the U.S. troops formally ended its combat mission in Iraq.
"I assure you (Iraqi people) that Iraqi forces are qualified and capable of taking over responsibility of the security in the country," Maliki said in a televised address to mark the U.S. combat troops withdrawal from Iraq.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday called on the Muslim nations in the world to isolate Israel.
Talking to reporters in his weekly press briefing, Mehmanparast said that all the Islamic countries should isolate Israel politically and economically.
He said people around the world will participate in the International Quds Day rallies, slated for Sept. 3, for announcing their support for the Palestinian people and their hatred towards Israeli atrocities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to offer Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas several "goodwill gestures" in exchange for the Palestinian leader's approval of an Israeli renewal of construction activity in the West Bank, political sources said.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Tuesday that China hopes to work with Spain to promote sustained and balanced growth of trade and investment.
China and Spain have achieved positive results in coping with the international financial crisis through improved communication and cooperation, Wen said during a meeting with visiting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
China and Spain should take more measures to promote trade and investment and jointly maintain the stability of the EU and the world financial markets, Wen said.
Police in the town of Mary in south-eastern Turkmenistan arrested Protestant pastor Ilmurad Nurliev on 27 August, his wife Maya and other church members told Forum 18 News Service. Investigators have accused him of swindling money from two women who attended church meetings and from a man he had never heard of before. He faces up to five years' imprisonment if convicted. Church members vigorously refute the accusations. Another church member has been summoned and threatened that if she does not testify against Pastor Nurliev, her husband will be sacked from his job in the military.
On 1 September, Uzbekistan’s Independence Day, two women from Kashkadarya Region intend to commit self-immolation to protest against corrupt local officials who cover up a police officer because of whom one woman’s husband died and the other’s became disabled.
Yulduz Isomova and Jamilya Jovliyeva from Kashkadarya Region’s Chirokchi District notified regional Governor Nuriddin Zayniyev that they would carry out their deadly act at 1000 on 1 September in front of the regional administration building.
Sherali Saydrahmanov, 60, a resident of Osh, received summons to Osh Region’s Kara-Suu District police department on 6 August, cut his veins and hanged himself. Before committing suicide he spent two days in detention and could not put up with the idea of facing custody again.
Ravshan Gapirov, director of the Pravosudiye-Istina (Justice-Truth) human rights centre, visited his home on 7 August and found it in morning for him.
The activist said that Saydrahmanov was taken to the police department 10 days before he killed himself and spent there two days.
Uzbekistan has again started blockading cargo train cars bound for Tajikistan. It has not yet let a single train car to transit to Tajikistan’s Khatlon Region in August.
The deputy head of the Tajik railway company, Vladimir Sobkalov, said that 78 railway cars with fuel and lubricants were now held at Uzbekistan’s Termez railway station.
No train car has been allowed to cross into Tajikistan in August so far. Sobkalov said that these delays had no grounds and were a violation of international obligations on freight transit and shipment.
Kyrgyzstan’s Kylym Shamy (Torch of Century) human rights centre has reported about arrests and torture of only citizens of ethnic Uzbek origin in southern Kyrgyzstan and has pointed that ethnic Kyrgyz involved in attacks and killings of ethnic Uzbeks in June have avoided any charges.
Southern Kyrgyzstan’s law-enforcement agencies are on the brink of physical and psychological exhaustion and are infected with a virus of nationalism, Kylym Shamy Coordinator Aysulu Alym-kyzy believes.
China's Ministry of Health said Thursday the spread of disease is a major public health concern in mudslide-hit Zhouqu County in northwest China, after local health facilities and water resources were damaged in the disaster.
"Only a small part of the township area was left after the mudslides. A large number of rescue and relief workers and survivors are now living there, increasing the risk of intestinal and respiratory infectious diseases," an unnamed official from the ministry said Thursday.