Syria frees more than 500 people arrested during uprising

DAMASCUS (BNO NEWS) -- The Syrian government on Saturday announced it has released more than 500 detainees on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. The 553 detainees were all [...]

21 North Koreans defect to South after crossing sea border

SEOUL (BNO NEWS) -- A small boat carrying 21 North Koreans was found drifting off South Korea's western coast this week, officials who requested anonymity told the Yonhap news agency on Saturday. The five-ton (10,000 pounds) wooden boat was [...]

U.S. commander fires Army general for criticizing Afghan leaders

KABUL (BNO NEWS) -- U.S. Marine Corps General John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, fired a senior U.S. Army general on Friday after he criticized Afghan leaders during an interview. Major General Peter Fuller, [...]

Ireland to close embassies in Vatican City and Iran

DUBLIN (BNO NEWS) -- The Irish government on Friday announced it will close its embassies in Vatican City and the Iranian capital of Tehran to meet its cost-cutting targets under the European Union (EU)-International Monetary Fund (IMF) program. A [...]

Thousands of far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis mark Russia’s National Unity Day

MOSCOW (BNO NEWS) -- Tens of thousands of far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis participated in public celebrations of Russia's National Unity Day on Friday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. More than 32,000 people took part in the public [...]