Millions of children on the fringes of the Sahara desert are at risk from malnutrition even though a good end to the rainy season should help boost cereal production, the United Nations said on Monday.
Child mortality rates in West Africa's Sahel region, which stretches along the southern edge of the world's largest desert, are the highest anywhere, with over half of the deaths caused by malnutrition, according to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).
The head of the Egyptian Coptic church has called for the creation of an interreligious commission, comprising representatives of Cairo's al-Azhar University - the most authoritative institution in Sunni Islam - and the Coptic Church to confront problems related to religious intolerance.
Iranian authorities have slammed a video in which Danish right-wing militants satirise the Prophet Mohammed aired by Danish television. On Monday, Iran summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran to condemn the video and the foreign ministry issued a statement denouncing it, Iran's ISNA news agency reports. Iran "regrets the repeat of insults to the great prophet of Islam," the statement reportedly said.
There is growing anger in Turkey at a bill to be debated by the French Parliament on Thursday which will make denial of the mass killing of Armenians under the Turkish Ottoman empire a criminal offense. Turkish government officials have warned about the political and economic repercussions if the bill passes and becomes law. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting of his party on the weekend asked sarcastically whether French officials would put him in jail if he were to cast doubt on the Armenian genocide during a visit to France.
HARARE, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's main opposition is trying to bolster fearful supporters before confronting President Robert Mugabe with mass street protests, its leader said on Sunday.
U.S. and Iraqi troops killed 30 militants early on Sunday in fierce fighting in the flashpoint southern Shi'ite city of Diwaniya, the U.S. military said.
The military said an M1A2 Abrams tank was severely damaged in the battle that erupted after militants opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades on U.S. and Iraqi forces on a mission to detain a "high-value" target.