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 [...]

Activists: At least 17 killed in latest Syrian clashes

DAMASCUS (BNO NEWS) -- At least seventeen Syrian civilians were killed on Friday when forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad allegedly carried out a series of attacks, activists said, two days after the government accepted an [...]

Tibetan refugee sets himself on fire outside Chinese Embassy in New Delhi

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) -- A Tibetan refugee set himself on fire outside the Chinese Embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Friday, police said. It follows a series of self-immolation incidents in southwest China. Twenty-five-year-old [...]

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 9 percent, a six-month low

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- The unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 9 percent in October, its lowest level in six months, according to a report released by the U.S. Labor Department (DOL) on Friday. The DOL's October 2011 Employment [...]

Israeli Navy boards Gaza-bound flotilla, directs it to Ashdod

GAZA (BNO NEWS) -- The Israeli Navy boarded two boats on Friday afternoon which were heading toward the Gaza Strip with the intention of breaking the Israeli blockade of the region, officials said. The vessel is now being directed to Ashdod. [...]

Second Tibetan nun sets herself on fire in southwestern China

BEIJING (BNO NEWS) -- A Tibetan nun died on Thursday after setting herself on fire in southwest China, a rights group reported on Friday. She is the 11th Tibetan to have self-immolated so far this year. Free Tibet, a group campaigning for [...]