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Venezuelan Prisoners Suffer Inhumane Treatment, Forced to Eat Pasta Mixed With Excrement

The headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service is a vast pyramid-shaped edifice known as the Helicoide, a former shopping mall which now functions as an interrogation pen for political prisoners and protesters. The 30-year-old economics student had heard enough about... Continue Reading →

Britain’s Parliament Hit by ‘Sustained and Determined’ Cyber Attack

Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country's health service. The House of Commons said it... Continue Reading →

Saudis Foil Suicide Attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca

Saudi security forces on Friday prevented an imminent attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the country's Interior Ministry said on state-run TV. A suspect in the planned attack on the mosque blew himself up in a nearby neighborhood when... Continue Reading →

Syrian Government Releases Hundreds of Detainees Ahead of Muslim Holiday of Eid

The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday. Hours after the release, a car bomb exploded in a rebel-held northern town near... Continue Reading →

Hundreds March in Warsaw to Protest Logging in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest

Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that... Continue Reading →

2 Giant Pandas Receive Celebrity Welcome in Berlin

Two giant pandas - Meng Meng and Jiao Qing - received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing... Continue Reading →

Iran Detains Members of ISIS-Linked Terrorist Group

Iran's Intelligence Ministry is saying that its forces have detained members of a group linked to the Islamic State group it says intended to carry out terrorist acts in holy cities across the country. The ministry says its forces confiscated... Continue Reading →

UAE Says Arab States Who Cut Ties With Qatar Do Not Seek Leadership Change

A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree... Continue Reading →

Venezuelan Dad Whose Son Was Killed in Protest Makes Personal Appeal to President Maduro

A man whose son was killed during an opposition protest in Venezuela's capital Caracas has made a personal plea to President Nicol├ís Maduro. David Vallenilla's 22-year-old son, also called David, was shot by military police on Thursday. Mr Vallenilla says... Continue Reading →

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