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NATO Strikes Gaddafi Compound: Witnesses

NATO Strikes Gaddafi  Compound: Witnesses

May 11, 2011

TRIPOLI– NATO carried out missile strikes on targets in the Tripoli area on Tuesday that appeared to include Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's compound, witnesses said.
Gaddafi has not appeared publicly since April 30 when a NATO air strike on a house in the capital killed his youngest son and three of his grandchildren, raising questions among some Arab diplomats anxious...

NATO Planes Pound Libyan Govt. Weapons Depot

NATO Planes Pound Libyan Govt. Weapons Depot

May 10, 2011

RIPOLI– NATO planes pounded Libyan government weapons depots southeast of the town of Zintan on Monday, in a sign of widening conflict in the Western Mountains region as rebel’s battle to unseat Muammar Gaddafi.
"The air strikes occurred around 1100 (5 a.m. EDT). We saw big plumes of smoke and heard explosions," said a rebel spokesman...

Osama Died Long Ago: Moslehi

Osama Died Long Ago: Moslehi

May 10, 2011

KABUL - Iran's Intelligence Chief has claimed to have concrete evidence to prove that Osama Bin Laden died of natural causes quite long before the US special force raid in Pakistan.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Haider Moslehi has said the Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not killed in a military operation conducted by a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city in...

Pakistan Not the Birthplace of Al-Qaeda, Did not Invent Osama : Pakistani Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani

Pakistan Not the  Birthplace of Al-Qaeda, Did not Invent Osama : Pakistani Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani

May 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In a much-awaited speech on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister defended country's spy agency, Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), and questioned the making of Osama Bin Laden and his terror network.
The Prime Minister in his speech to the parliament, which came after...

G8 Interior Ministers to Seek Ways to Fight Drug Trafficking

G8 Interior Ministers  to Seek Ways to Fight Drug Trafficking

May 09, 2011

PARIS - Interior ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) will meet in Paris Monday to discuss ways to combat cocaine trafficking, the French presidency office said Sunday.
"The President of the Republic will receive on Monday ... the ministers attending the meeting on the fight against cocaine trafficking across the Atlantic, held on May 9 and 10 in Paris under the French...

Pak-China Friendship Anchor of Peace, Stability: Gilani

Pak-China Friendship Anchor of Peace,  Stability: Gilani

May 09, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pak Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that friendship of Pakistan and China was an anchor of peace and stability and both the countries would strengthen their ties to promote regional prosperity. Speaking at an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic relations at the...

Turkey Hosts Forum on Poorest Nations

Turkey Hosts Forum  on Poorest Nations

May 09, 2011

ISTANBUL – The acute problems of the world's poorest countries form the agenda of a U.N.-backed conference this week in Turkey, which has sought to balance its traditional Western alliances with growing ties to Africa, the Middle East and other developing regions. The conference of "least-developed countries" lists 48 members, including Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led coalition is fighting Taliban ...

ASEAN to Provide Funds to Enhance Regional Investments

ASEAN to Provide  Funds to Enhance  Regional Investments

May 08, 2011

JAKARTA - The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will team up with Japan, China, South Korea and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide some 700 million U.S. dollars of funds to enhance the investments in the region, ASEAN Chair Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Saturday.Soon we will fully implement credit guarantee and investment facility an amount of 700 million U.S. dollars," Indonesian...

Iran, Pakistan Determined to Fight Terrorism, Expand Relations

Iran, Pakistan  Determined to Fight  Terrorism, Expand Relations

May 08, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said the Islamic Republic and Pakistan are determined to fight terrorism in the region and to expand their bilateral relations, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Saturday. Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Farooq Hamid Naek in Tehran on...

China, Central Asian States Hold Anti-Terror Drill

China, Central Asian States Hold Anti-Terror Drill

May 08, 2011

BEIJING – Security forces from China and two Central Asian neighbors practiced hunting down violent separatists in a counterterrorism drill along a border area where ethnic Muslim rebels have staged attacks against Beijing's rule, the government said Saturday.
Friday's one-day exercise involved forces from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as China and took place along their borders in the...

Thousands Rally in Japan against Nuclear Power

Thousands Rally in Japan against Nuclear Power

May 08, 2011

OKYO – Thousands of people rallied in Japan Saturday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.
Braving spring drizzle, thousands of demonstrators gathered at a park in Tokyo's Shibuya district, many holding hand-made banners reading: "Nuclear is old!" and "We want a shift in...

Russia, US Agree on Counter-Terror Measures

Russia, US Agree on Counter-Terror Measures

May 07, 2011

MOSCOW - The head of the Russian General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, and the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, on Friday signed a memorandum on anti-terror cooperation, according to local media.

During their meeting in St. Petersburg, the two military officials discussed the situations in Northern Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Korean...

EU Welcomes New Aid Project to Libyan Opposition: Ashton

EU Welcomes New  Aid Project to Libyan Opposition: Ashton

May 07, 2011

>BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday the EU welcomed the new aid project to Libyan opposition.
An international meeting on Libya agreed on Thursday in Rome to set up a new fund to aid Libyan opposition. The aid was expected to be founded by tapping frozen assets of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's ...

EU Agrees Sanctions against Syrian Officials

EU Agrees Sanctions against Syrian Officials

May 07, 2011

BRUSSELS – The European Union agreed on Friday to impose sanctions on 14 Syrian officials for their part in a violent government crackdown against protesters, but President Bashar al-Assad was not among those targeted.
After a meeting of EU ambassadors, the 27 country bloc said it would impose travel restrictions and asset freezes on the 14 individuals,...

Pak Suffered More Than Others in Fight against Terrorism: Zardari

Pak Suffered More Than Others in Fight against Terrorism: Zardari

May 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan has suffered more than any other country in the ongoing fight militancy and terrorism and reiterated commitment of the government to continue fighting the militants. He said Pakistan will cooperate with the world community till the complete eradication of the menace of...

NATO Favors Financing Libyan Rebels: Rasmussen

NATO Favors  Financing Libyan Rebels: Rasmussen

May 05, 2011

ROME – European powers appeared to be losing patience Wednesday with the stalemate in Libya as the foreign ministers of both France and Italy called for an end to the international military action there as soon as possible.
In addition, support for giving money to the Libyan rebels — presumably to buy arms, equipment and munitions with which to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi — seemed to be growing as the taste for a ...

EU Proposes Partnerships with Non-EU Countries on Migration

EU Proposes Partnerships with Non-EU Countries on Migration

May 05, 2011

BRUSSELS - The European Commission presented Wednesday proposals for a tighter border control in Europe following an influx of refugees from North Africa.
"It is clear that the EU needs strong common asylum and migration policy. This has only become more evident in recent months, in view of the historic events taking place in North Africa," EU Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, told a...

Ban Strongly Appeals to Palestinian Parties to Commit to Peace

Ban Strongly Appeals  to Palestinian Parties to Commit to Peace

May 05, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - On the eve of marking the Palestinian Unity Government in Cairo, Egypt, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon late Tuesday strongly appealed to the Palestinian parties - Fatah and Hamas - to strictly commit to peace, his press office said in a ...

Turkey to Host UN Conference on Least Developed Countries

Turkey to Host   UN Conference on Least Developed Countries

May 04, 2011

ANKARA - Turkey will host the 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) next week to seek ways to help LDCs, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon to attend the meetings.
The conference will take place at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center in the Turkish city of Istanbul from May 9 to 13, 10 years after last conference held in 2001,...

G20, IMF, ADB to Discuss Reforming International Monetary System

G20, IMF, ADB to   Discuss Reforming International Monetary System

May 04, 2011

HANOI - G20 finance ministers, top officials from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other key Asian policymakers will attend a high- level seminar here Wednesday to discuss reforming the international monetary system to promote greater global monetary and financial stability.
The seminar, organized by ADB, France, as the chair of the G20 group...

Canada’s Conservatives Win Coveted Majority

Canada’s Conservatives   Win Coveted Majority

May 04, 2011

TORONTO – Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper won his coveted majority government in elections that changed Canada's political landscape, with the opposition Liberals and Quebec separatists suffering a shattering defeat.
Harper, who took office in 2006, has won two elections but until Monday's vote had never held a majority of Parliament's 308 seats, forcing him to rely on the...

WB Committed to Backing Indonesia’s Climate Change

WB Committed  to Backing Indonesia’s  Climate Change

May 03, 2011

JAKARTA - The World Bank has been committed to supporting Indonesia's climate change agenda as the country's success will inspire other countries to follow, a press statement said on Monday. "On both the regional and global stage, Indonesia is increasingly becoming a key player in the pursuit of environmentally sustainable...

Canadians Vote Monday as Harper Asks for Majority

Canadians Vote  Monday as Harper Asks for Majority

May 03, 2011

TORONTO – Canadians began voting Monday, a day after Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a final appeal for a "strong, stable, Conservative majority government" and warned he could be toppled by a leftist coalition if he doesn't get it.
Harper, in power since 2006, has won two elections but never with a...

Syrian Army Conducts Widespread Raids, Arrests

Syrian Army  Conducts Widespread Raids, Arrests

May 03, 2011

BEIRUT – Syrian troops went door-to-door in cities and towns across the nation Monday, arresting scores of people in a campaign of intimidation aimed at crushing an uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, activists said.
Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,...

Iranian Carries Report of Israeli Build-Up

Iranian Carries Report  of Israeli Build-Up

May 03, 2011

TEHRAN – Iranian state television ran a report Monday saying Israeli military aircraft were massing at a U.S. air base in Iraq for a strike on Iran.
The report appeared on the website of Press TV. Israel said it had no knowledge of such a strike plan and Iraq's air force commander denied the Iranian...

Gadhafi’s Son Killed in NATO Strike

Gadhafi’s Son Killed in NATO Strike

May 02, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli that killed one of his sons and three young grandchildren, a government spokesman said early Sunday. Hours later, Gadhafi's forces shelled a besieged rebel port in a sign that the airstrike had not forced a change in regime tactics.
NATO's attack on a Gadhafi family compound in a residential area of Tripoli ...

Iran to Equip Submarines with Missiles: Commander

Iran to Equip   Submarines with   Missiles: Commander

May 02, 2011

TEHRAN - Deputy Commander of Iran's naval forces Admiral Farhad Amiri said Sunday Iran's navy submarines will be outfitted with missiles in the near future, the English language satellite Press TV reported.
"Using torpedoes has its own associated limitations ...We are moving toward equipping our submarines with missile launching systems," Amiri was quoted as ...

Obama Talks with King of Bahrain on “Ongoing Situation”

Obama Talks   with King of Bahrain on “Ongoing Situation”

May 02, 2011

>WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday spoke over phone with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to discuss the "ongoing situation" in the Gulf state, White House said in a statement. Obama said that the United States believes that Bahrain's stability depends upon "respect for the universal rights" of its people, according to the statement. He also called for a process of "meaningful reform" that is responsive to the

Egypt’s Brotherhood Contests Half of Parliament Seats

Egypt’s Brotherhood   Contests Half of   Parliament Seats

May 02, 2011

CAIRO – Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday its newly formed party will contest up to half the parliamentary seats in an election scheduled for September but would not field a candidate for the presidency.
The group is regarded as the most organized political force in Egypt following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in February ...

NATO Powers Reject Gadhafi’s Truce Offer

NATO Powers Reject Gadhafi’s Truce Offer

May 01, 2011

RIPOLI, Libya – NATO powers rejected Moammar Gadhafi's call for a cease-fire and negotiations on Saturday, saying they need "actions not words," and aid ships were prevented from docking in a besieged coastal city while the alliance swept the port for mines.
Human Rights Watch said two mines had been destroyed by NATO forces combing the Misrata port while a third was...

Mubarak Could Face Death Penalty: El-Guindi

Mubarak Could Face Death Penalty: El-Guindi

May 01, 2011

>CAIRO – Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak would face the death penalty if convicted of ordering the shooting of protesters during the uprisings that brought him down, the country's new justice minister said Saturday.
Mohammed el-Guindi told the daily Al-Ahram Saturday that Mubarak, his two sons and wife are also facing allegations of...

William and Kate Seal Wedding with Balcony Kisses

William and Kate Seal Wedding with Balcony Kisses

april 03, 2011

LONDON- Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbey on Friday in a sumptuous show of British pageantry that attracted a huge world audience and breathed new life into the monarchy.
Hundreds of thousands of people waving flags and banners poured down London's Mall Boulevard to cheer the newlyweds as they kissed ...

Turkey Supports Syria’s Reforms: Davutoglu

Turkey Supports Syria’s Reforms: Davutoglu

April 30, 2011

NKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday Turkey expects reforms to be carried out in Syria and supports the government's efforts to meet its people's demands, local media reported. Turkey expects the Syrian administration to implement political, social, economic and security-related reforms and to take ...

Obama, Turkish PM Discuss Developments in Middle East

Obama, Turkish PM  Discuss Developments in Middle East

04/27/2011

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama spoke to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "to continue the two leaders consultations on developments in the Middle East," the White House said late Monday.
Obama expressed "appreciation for Turkey's ongoing humanitarian efforts in Libya and its participation...

Italy, France Ask EU to Revise Border Treaty

Italy, France Ask EU to Revise Border Treaty

04/27/2011

OME – Italy and France asked the European Union on Tuesday to revise the Schengen border treaty that permits passport-free travel through Europe to take into account "exceptional" situations like the recent massive flood of Tunisian immigrants.
France has harshly criticized Italy for granting temporary residency permits to some 20,000 Tunisian migrants...