Syria's Assad says West wants to weaken Russia

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country.

Western powers pledge unity in Iran nuclear talks

Western powers on Saturday played down reports of discord in their ranks and affirmed their "unity of purpose" in the Iran nuclear talks, urging the Islamic Republic to take "difficult decisions".

Western powers say Libya risks bankruptcy as oil price falls

 The United States and five of its European allies on Saturday warned that Libya could face bankruptcy if oil prices continue to fall.

Ukraine seeks help as clashes kill 12 despite truce

Ukraine appealed to Western powers for support as its truce with pro-Russian rebels seemed increasingly in tatters with 12 deaths reported on Tuesday in the separatist east.

Western leaders gather in bid to isolate Russia

Seeking to intensify pressure on Moscow, western powers sought today to isolate Russia over its actions in Ukraine, insisting that a planned summit of leading economic powers to be hosted by Vladimir Putin would not go forward.

New `Death to America` songs unveiled in Iran

Hard-liners in Iran have unveiled two new "Death to America" songs at the former US Embassy in Tehran, hoping to keep anger high ahead of nuclear talks with Western powers.

Khamenei warns Arab revolts against trusting West

Iran`s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei on Saturday warned those involved in popular Arab uprisings
against trusting Western powers.

Don`t meddle with Syria, Assad tells West

On Friday, Assad`s forces killed 34 people, including four children, in Homs and Deraa.

West cannot win: Gaddafi’s son

Saif al-Islam said the Libyan authorities were prepared to make concessions to some western demands.

Western powers step up pressure for UN condemnation of Syria

Syria is Russia`s closest ally in the Middle East. It has a naval base at Tartus in Syria.

Western powers strike Libya for second night

Arab League secretary-general questions the need for a heavy bombardment.