Wednesday, August 21, 2013


* Syria conflict: 'Chemical attacks kill hundreds' Rockets with toxic agents were launched at the suburbs of the Ghouta region early on Wednesday.

* Assad Denies Attacking Civilians While Syrian rebels accuse the regime of Bashar al-Assad of killing hundreds of men, women and children with chemical weapons last night, the Assad regime's official broadcast network has a different account of the night's events.

* Palestinian and Israeli negotiators hold clandestine talks in Jerusalem Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's chief envoy to peace talks, met clandestinely Tuesday morning with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.

* EU ministers look to send 'strong signal' to Egypt European Union foreign ministers are seeking to forge a joint response to the crisis in Egypt.

* Rights groups: Gaza justice system broken Hani Abu Aliyan, 28, has been convicted of two separate murders in the Gaza Strip.

* Jordan set to plunge into billion-dollar Red-Dead Canal Jordan announced Monday it is planning to move forward with the first phase of a large-scale water project linking the Dead Sea to the Red Sea.

* Egypt court orders Hosni Mubarak freed Reports from Cairo suggest he may be freed from prison on Thursday.

* Japan nuclear agency upgrades Fukushima alert level Highly radioactive water was found to be leaking from a storage tank into the ground at the plant on Monday.

* Tamar field partners find new gas reservoir nearby Even more gas that previously thought is likely lurking in the Levant basin.

* Ex-pope Benedict says God told him to resign during 'mystical experience' The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God.