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IAEA Urges Iran, Syria to Resolve Outstanding Nuke Issues

IAEA Urges Iran, Syria to Resolve Outstanding Nuke Issues

June 07, 2011

VIENNA - Chief of the UN nuclear watchdog Monday urged Iran and Syria to fulfil their obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in order to dispel suspicions about their nuclear intentions. Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), presented his latest reports on the two countries'...

Ban Launches Official Re-Election Campaign

Ban Launches  Official Re-Election Campaign

June 07, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday announced his official bid for a second term as the UN chief, saying "with the support of the (UN) member states, I will be deeply honored to serve once more."
The secretary-general made the announcement at a press conference here at the UN Headquarters in New York following his meeting with the Asian...

Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty to sex charges

Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty to sex charges

June 06, 2011

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty on Monday to charges he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid in a case that cost him his job and a chance at the French presidency.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on charges including attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act...

Terrorism, Extremism Can Be Defeated: Firdous

Terrorism, Extremism Can Be Defeated: Firdous

June 06, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday said "we can defeat terrorism and extremism by promoting and projecting of our magnificent heritage". This she said while formally inaugurating the artisans-at-work festival "Lok Mela" organized by Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional...

Ahmadinejad Travels to Armenia for Talks

Ahmadinejad  Travels to Armenia for Talks

June 06, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to Armenia on Monday as the head of a high-ranking political-economic delegation for talks, the local English language satellite Press TV reported Sunday.
Ahmadinejad's official visit to Armenia is in line with the developing and deepening of relations between the two countries, said the...

Yemen Celebrates President’s Departure

Yemen Celebrates President’s Departure

June 06, 2011

SANAA, Yemen – Protesters danced, sang and slaughtered cows in the central square of Yemen's capital Sunday to celebrate the departure of the country's authoritarian leader for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after he was wounded in a rocket attack on his compound.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was taken to a military hospital in...

Dead of Al-Qaeda’s Leader is Very Likely

Dead of  Al-Qaeda’s Leader is Very Likely

June 06, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's interior minister said on Sunday that he was "98 percent sure" senior Al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in a U.S. drone strike near the Afghan border.
Pakistan's interior minister said on Sunday that he was "98 percent sure" senior al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri was killed...

Iran Marks 22nd Anniversary of Death of Islamic Republic Founder

Iran Marks 22nd Anniversary of Death of Islamic  Republic Founder

June 05, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran marked Saturday the 22nd anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini, the local satellite Press TV reported.
A large number of mourners and Iranian officials attended a ceremony at Imam Khomeini's mausoleum in the south of Tehran. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in the ceremony...

Putin Views Railroads as Key to Common Economic Space

Putin Views Railroads as Key to Common Economic Space

June 05, 2011

ASTANA - Modernization of railroad infrastructure in Russia will be bound to integration within the Customs Union and Common Economic Space of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has stated. ­“Russia intends to link modernization of railroad infrastructure to integration processes such as the Customs Union and...

British, French Helicopters Strike Gadhafi Troops

British, French Helicopters Strike Gadhafi Troops

June 05, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya – British Apache and French attack helicopters struck targets for the first time in NATO's campaign in Libya, hitting Moammar Gadhafi's troops early Saturday near a key coastal oil city, the alliance said. The action was a significant step-up in NATO's operations and a major boost to Libyan rebels, just a day after rebel fighters forced...

Gates Pledges Wider US Military Presence in Asia

Gates Pledges Wider US Military Presence in Asia

June 05, 2011

SINGAPORE – In a parting pitch to Asian allies, retiring U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon is considering steps to widen its military presence across the Pacific Rim. He said budget woes won't interfere. "America is, as the expression goes, putting `our money where our mouth is' with respect to this part of...

China Calls US Culprit in Global ‘Internet War’

China Calls US Culprit  in Global ‘Internet War’

June 04, 2011

BEIJING – The Chinese military accused the U.S. on Friday of launching a global "Internet war" to bring down Arab and other governments, redirecting the spotlight away from allegations of major online attacks on Western targets originating in China.
The accusations Friday by Chinese military academy scholars, and...

Russia Opposes Additional Sanctions on Iran

Russia Opposes Additional Sanctions on Iran

June 04, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia does see any reason to impose additional international sanctions on Iran, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
In an interview with the Bloomberg news agency, Lavrov said world powers should consider easing sanctions against Iran so as to push the country to cooperate in resolving the dispute over its...

Turkey Calls for Facilitating Trade among OIC Members

Turkey Calls for  Facilitating Trade among OIC Members

June 02, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday urged member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to facilitate the establishment of a preferential trade deal among OIC members, local media reported.
In a message sent to the 27th meeting of the OIC's Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) in Ankara,...

NATO Extends Operation in Libya for another 90 Days

NATO Extends  Operation in Libya for another 90 Days

June 02, 2011

BRUSSELS - NATO has decided to extend its mission in Libya for another 90 days, the alliance's chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced on Wednesday. This decision sends "a clear message" to the Gaddafi regime that the alliance is determined to continue operation to "protect the people of Libya," Rasmussen said in a...

I Will Not Leave My Country: Gaddafi

I Will Not Leave  My Country: Gaddafi

June 01, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi is emphatic he will not leave Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday after talks with the Libyan leader that left prospects for a negotiated end. But new questions emerged over how long Gaddafi could hold on after a senior United Nations aid official said shortages of food and medicine in areas of Libya controlled by Gaddafi amounted to a “time bomb.”
Within hours of Zuma’s departure from Tripoli late on Monday,...

Military Intervention Complicates Situation in Persian Gulf: Iran

Military Intervention  Complicates Situation in Persian Gulf: Iran

June 01, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Tuesday that military intervention in the Persian Gulf further complicates the situation, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Salehi rejected military solutions to the regional problems, and accused certain regional countries of deploying their military troops in...

EU Draft U.N. Resolution on Syria Could Hurt Stability: China

EU Draft U.N.  Resolution on Syria Could Hurt Stability: China

June 01, 2011

BEIJING – China warned on Tuesday that a European draft resolution asking the U.N. Security Council to condemn Syria would not defuse tension in the region, suggesting Beijing could block it if it is submitted for a vote.
Britain, France, Germany and Portugal circulated the draft resolution, which is supported by the United States, to the 15-nation...

Germany Furious After Iran Delays Merkel’s Plane

Germany Furious  After Iran Delays Merkel’s Plane

June 01, 2011

NEW DELHI – Iran briefly closed its airspace to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane as she flew to India for a visit on Tuesday, delaying her arrival and sparking a diplomatic row.
Merkel was held up as she flew overnight on Monday-Tuesday for a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi.
"Hindering the German chancellor's passage over Iran is ...

Turkey Supports Iraq’s Efforts for Democracy: Parliament Speaker

Turkey Supports Iraq’s Efforts for Democracy: Parliament Speaker

May 31, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said Monday Turkey attaches great importance to Iraq's efforts for democracy, noting that Turkish parliament is ready to extend all kinds of support to Iraqi parliament.
Iraq's efforts for democracy will be model for other countries in the region which were undergoing transformation, Sahin said before meeting visiting Iraqi Parliament Speaker...

Zuma in Libya as NATO Eyes Endgame amid Defections

Zuma in Libya as NATO Eyes Endgame amid Defections

May 31, 2011

PMTRIPOLI — South African President Jacob Zuma arrived on Monday in Libya for talks on ending the conflict as NATO said Muammar Gaddafi’s “reign of terror” was nearing its end and rebels reported military defections. A rebel leader told AFP that eight senior officers of Gaddafi’s military — including four generals — have defected and would address the media in Rome later...

Iranian Military Helicopter Crashes, Two Killed

Iranian Military  Helicopter Crashes, Two Killed

May 31, 2011

TEHRAN - An Iranian military helicopter crashed in Iran's central city of Isfahan on Monday, killing the pilot and the co-pilot of the helicopter, the state IRIB website reported.
Deputy Governor for political and security affairs of Isfahan province, Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaili, said that the Cobra 209 helicopter belonging...

EU, AU to Discuss African-European Strategic Partnership

EU, AU to Discuss African-European Strategic Partnership

May 31, 2011

BRUSSELS - About twenty senior representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim religions as well as from the Buddhist communities met in Brussels Monday at the invitation of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and co-chaired by Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the EU. They...

G8 Summit, a Platform with Declining Sway: Global Review

G8 Summit, a Platform with Declining Sway: Global Review

May 30, 2011

BEIJING - The Group of Eight (G8) summit, which has been the bellwether on the international scene for years, seemed a little "reserved" this year.
The summit in the French resort of Deauville devoted much to the unrest in the Arab world and the Middle East peace process and deliberately less to the global economy as its members, most of which...

Gilani Seeks US Assistance to Overcome Energy Crisis

Gilani Seeks US  Assistance to Overcome Energy Crisis

May 30, 2011

LAHORE – Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Sunday said that the government has sought US assistance to overcome load-shedding in the country for providing immediate relief to the masses. During a meeting with senior journalists at his residence here, he said that US leadership has assured of assistance to the Pakistani government in...

Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Secretly Meet to Resume Peace Talks

Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Secretly Meet to Resume Peace Talks

May 30, 2011

JERUSALEM - Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas allegedly held secret talks meant to reach a formula that would enable the stalled peace process to resume, and the Palestinians to abort efforts to unilaterally seek United Nations recognition of statehood in...

Egypt Permanently Opens Gaza Border Crossing

Egypt Permanently Opens Gaza Border Crossing

May 29, 2011

RAFAH, Gaza Strip – Egypt lifted a four-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip's main link to the outside world Saturday, bringing relief to the crowded territory's 1.5 million Palestinians but deepening a rift with Israel since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.
The Egyptian move will allow thousands of Gazans to move freely in...

EU, Japan Agree to Work towards Mega Free Trade Deal

EU, Japan Agree  to Work towards Mega Free Trade Deal

May 29, 2011

BRUSSELS – Leaders of the European Union and Japan on Saturday agreed to start talks towards a multi-billion-euro free trade deal linking the world's third biggest economy to the globe's largest market.
Long demanded by Tokyo, the decision to launch preliminary talks on a trade deal and explore a new binding political accord, was announced at...

No Clean Chit to ISI: Hillary Clinton

No Clean Chit to  ISI:  Hillary Clinton

May 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has not given clean chit to Pakistan's ISI over Osama bin Laden's presence in the country, her spokesman said on Saturday. "I don't think she (Clinton) gave them (ISI) a free chit," state department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference when asked if...

Nuclear Bomb Would Be “Strategic Mistake”: Iran

Nuclear Bomb Would Be “Strategic Mistake”: Iran

May 28, 2011

VIENNA – Iran's nuclear envoy said on Friday it would be a "strategic mistake" to build atom bombs, dismissing what a leading Western expert cited as evidence suggesting Tehran was seeking the means to do just that.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also insisted during a public debate that...

Japan PM Reassures G8 over Nuclear Clean-Up

Japan PM Reassures G8 over Nuclear Clean-Up

May 28, 2011

DEAUVILLE, France – Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan used a G8 summit in France to reassure Tokyo's most powerful allies Friday that his country would learn the lessons of its nuclear disaster and recover fully.
Kan, making his first foreign visit since his country's March 11 tsunami and nuclear meltdown, received a timely vote of confidence in...

Russia Offers to Mediate Gadhafi’s Exit

Russia Offers  to Mediate  Gadhafi’s Exit

May 28, 2011

DEAUVILLE, France – Russia offered Friday to mediate the exit of Libya's longtime leader, cranking up pressure on Moammar Gadhafi as France and Britain seek to intensify their bombing campaign.
"He should leave," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said of Gadhafi.
Frustration is mounting in Moscow and Western capitals that the NATO...

Obama, Sarkozy Highlight Consensus on N. Africa, Mideast Issue

Obama, Sarkozy Highlight Consensus on N. Africa, Mideast Issue

May 28, 2011

DEAUVILLE, France - U.S. President Barack Obama and the Group of Eight (G8) summit host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, said on Friday that they reached wide consensus on regional issues oncerning North Africa and the Middle East. In a brief press conference after their meeting on Friday morning, the two leaders dedicated their peaches mainly to the long-stalled Middle...

Serb court says Mladic fit for genocide trial

Serb court says Mladic fit for genocide trial

May 28, 2011

Ratko Mladic is fit enough to face genocide charges in The Hague, a Belgrade court ruled on Friday, after the Bosnian Serb wartime general's son said he appeared too frail after more than 15 years on the run.
The court said Mladic, arrested Thursday in a Serbian village, had until Monday to appeal against extradition to the international...

EU Economic Recovery Still Takes Time: Austrian Economist

EU Economic Recovery Still Takes Time: Austrian Economist

May 26, 2011

VIENNA - The overall economic recovery of the European Union will take time due to unbalanced performances among its member countries, an Austrian economist said Wednesday.
High unemployment and debt plagued many EU countries. Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have adopted restrictive budget policies and raised taxes, said Markus Marterbauer from the Austrian Institute...