World News Briefs -- June 12, 2013

Reports Of 'Massacre' In Eastern Syria -- Al Jazeera

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 60 Shia Muslims killed by rebels near Deir al-Zour.

Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country's east, killing dozens of Shias, activists said.

A Syrian government official on Wednesday denounced the attack that occurred a day earlier, saying it was a “massacre'' of civilians.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people were killed in the village of Hatla in the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour, bordering Iraq.

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Israel hasn’t given up on persuading Russia not to send air defense system to Syria.

Austria begins withdrawal from Golan Heights.

Turkish police fight protesters, clear square. Turkey: Erdoğan clears Taksim Square – live reaction.

Iran candidates on last campaign day for election.

Jordan passes Abu Qatada treaty.

UN envoy: 'Streets are heating up' in south Yemen.


Pakistani army makes key gains against Taliban militants.

No one's picking up in North Korea day after talks with South break down. SKorea blames North for cancelled talks.

Crackdown filling NKorean prisons with defectors.

Thai Muslims debate their future as peace talks raise hope.

Philippines vows to defend territory, sovereignty.

Australia row over PM Gillard 'small breasts' menu.


Egypt: 'all options open' in Nile dam row with Ethiopia.

Sudan officially notifies it will halt oil exports.

Artists clash with Islamists at Egyptian culture protest.

Vigilantes target extremists in northeast Nigeria.

South Africa disciplines 93 soldiers on UN mission.

Mandela responding to treatment, South Africa's Zuma says.


G8 summit protests: London police on standby .

Market jitters as Greece returns to brink of crisis.

Few fireworks as stumbling Croatia joins a troubled EU.

Spain arrests 5 Tunisians for promoting terrorism.

Thousands of anti-Putin protesters march in Moscow.

Russia 155th in 2013 Global Peace Index.

Greek journalists defy government order to close state broadcaster.

Flights to France cancelled as strike continues.


NSA surveillance prompts anger in Congress at 'spying on Americans'.

Venezuela audit confirms Nicolas Maduro electoral victory.

Nicaragua fast-tracks Chinese plan to build canal to rival Panama.

Effort to clean up Honduras police force stalls.

Fighting inflation: 'Army' of Kirchner supporters monitor prices in Argentina.

US jails Chinese man guilty of $100m software scam.

ACLU: Marijuana arrests are racist, cost billions.


United States scales back plans for Guantanamo prosecutions.

Does Al Qaeda have missiles?

Prosecutor files charges carrying life sentence for Iraqi prisoner held at Guantanamo.


Internet companies want permission to reveal details of NSA spy program.

Rosneft, ExxonMobil team up on Arctic.

60% chance of recession: Pimco.

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