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Ban Calls for Strengthened Nuclear Safety

Ban Calls for  Strengthened Nuclear Safety

August 09, 2011

TOKYO - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthened nuclear safety after visiting Japan's disaster-hit zone in Fukushima on Monday. Ban said at a joint press conference with Japanese foreign minister Takeaki Matsumoto in Tokyo that the Fukushima nuclear power accident "has underscored the importance of strengthened ...

Europe Has ‘Thrown Away’ Recovery: Brown

Europe Has ‘Thrown Away’ Recovery: Brown

August 08, 2011

LONDON - Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel have used the wrong measures to resolve the eurozone debt crisis and thrown away the chances of recovery, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Sunday. Brown said the French president and the German chancellor were exacerbating the financial crisis, which he said was ...

Salehi Hopes for Release of 2 Americans

Salehi Hopes for  Release of 2 Americans

August 07, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister said Saturday he hoped that a final court verdict will lead to the release of two American men who have been held for two years in Tehran on espionage charges.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, have been held in Iran's Evin Prison since shortly after their July 2009 arrest after straying off a ...

Only Direct Talks Lead to Mideast Peace: W.H

Only Direct Talks Lead to Mideast Peace: W.H

August 06, 2011

WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday stressed direct negotiations as the path to Middle East peace as the Palestinians are pushing hard for their statehood through recognition by the UN General Assembly."We absolutely believe, and I don't think anybody can credibly suggest otherwise, that the path to Middle East peace lies ...

Trial of Mubarak Grips Arab World

Trial of Mubarak  Grips Arab World

August 04, 2011

Egypt - Egyptians and their fellow Arabs were enthralled on Wednesday by the unprecedented sight of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, a leader of the region for three decades and the Arab Spring's biggest scalp, being wheeled into court to face trial.Outside the courtroom in Cairo, they watched on a big screen as the octogenarian, who ruled ...

Iran, Russia Likely to Discuss Iran’s Nuclear Issue

Iran, Russia  Likely to Discuss Iran’s Nuclear Issue

August 03, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran and Russia will possibly discuss Iran's nuclear issue in the upcoming visit of a senior Russian official to Tehran, the local satellite Press TV reported. In the upcoming visit to Tehran by Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of Russian National Security Council, "Various...

EU Extends Sanctions against Syria

EU Extends  Sanctions against Syria

August 02, 2011

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) decided to extend sanctions against Syria on Monday, imposing asset freezes and travel bans on five more Syrian officials "in view of the gravity of the situation" in that country."The EU has decided to impose further restrictive measures, in the forms of an assets freeze and ...

Syria army kills 80 people in storming of Hama - activists

Syria army kills 80 people in storming of Hama - activists

August 01, 2011

Syrians began the Muslim Ramadan fast in somber mood on Monday after troops stormed into Hama, scene of a 1982 massacre, in one of the bloodiest days in a five-month-old uprising against President Bashar ...

US Military Trainer’s Presence Won’t Need Parliament Approval: Maliki

US Military Trainer’s  Presence Won’t Need  Parliament Approval: Maliki

July 31, 2011

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said on Saturday that presence of U.S. military trainers for the Iraqi forces will not need approval from the parliament, but any other U.S. mission must be agreed by the parliament."Clearly and accurately, I say the existence of trainers will not need approval from the parliament, but any soldier to ...

India, Pakistan Ministers Hail ‘New Era’ in Ties

India, Pakistan Ministers  Hail ‘New Era’ in Ties

July 28, 2011

NEW DELHI - India and Pakistan's foreign ministers insisted relations were back on track Wednesday after peace talks that highlighted a "new era" of cooperation over the ruptures of the past.
Although their meeting in New Delhi produced little in the way of substantive agreements, the tone was one of forward-looking optimism ...

Salehi to Visit Russia for Nuke Talks

Salehi to Visit Russia  for Nuke Talks

July 27, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi will visit Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss Tehran's controversial nuclear drive, an official said on Tuesday.
"Regarding Mr Lavrov's invitation to Mr Salehi ... the topics of discussion will be elevating bilateral relations, studying regional and ...

IAEA Chief Visits Japan’s Stricken Nuclear Plant

IAEA Chief  Visits Japan’s Stricken  Nuclear Plant

July 26, 2011

The head of the UN atomic watchdog agency visited Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant on Monday to survey efforts to contain the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), wore a radiation protection suit on his visit to study...

N. Korean Official to Visit New York for Nuclear Talks: Clinton

N. Korean Official to Visit New York for Nuclear Talks: Clinton

July 25, 2011

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Sunday that North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kae-gwan will travel to New York later this week to continue denuclearization talks with the US and South Korea."I had a very productive trilateral meeting yesterday with Foreign Minister Kim of the Republic of Korea and Foreign Minister ...

6-Party Talks Only If North-South Ties Improve: Clinton

6-Party Talks  Only If North-South Ties Improve: Clinton

July 24, 2011

NUSA DUA, Indonesia - North Korea must take steps to improve relations with South Korea before any resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. Clinton said the United States was encouraged by a preliminary meeting between North and South Korean officials on the sidelines of an Asia ...

Seventeen dead in Norway bomb and gun attack

Seventeen dead in Norway bomb and gun attack

Saturday July 23

A gunman dressed in police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway's ruling political party Friday, killing at least 10 people, hours after a bomb killed seven in the government district in the capital Oslo. Witnesses said the gunman, identified by police as a 32-year-old Norwegian, moved across the small, wooded Utoeya holiday island firing ...

Ban Calls Climate Change “Threat” to Global Peace and Security

Ban Calls Climate  Change “Threat” to  Global Peace and Security

July 21, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon said here on Wednesday that climate change comprises a very credible threat to peace and security around the world.
"We must make no mistake," said Ban. "The facts are clear: climate change is real; it is accelerating in a dangerous ...

ASEAN Should Be Nuclear Free: Yudhoyono

ASEAN Should Be Nuclear Free: Yudhoyono

July 20, 2011

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) must agree to make the region nuclear free, bisnis. Com online news provider reported here on ...

Abbas to Visit Europe for Support ofUN Vote

Abbas to Visit Europe for Support ofUN Vote

July 17 2011

RAMALLAH - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit several European countries to gather support for a UN vote on an independent Palestinian state, a Palestinian official said Saturday. Abbas' tour, which will start on Sunday, will include visits to Norway, Spain and Turkey, said Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian peace...

Gul Vows to Continue Fighting Terrorism with Determination

Gul Vows to Continue Fighting Terrorism with Determination

July 16, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Thursday that the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK)'s attacks would never be able to pull down Turkey and its people, adding Turkey would continue to fight terrorism with determination. "Terrorist organization is worried about well-intentioned efforts exerted to overcome problems on ...

Ban “Extremely Worried” About Horn of Africa Drought Crisis

Ban “Extremely  Worried” About Horn of Africa Drought Crisis

July 14, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon told reporters here Tuesday that the humanitarian crisis caused by drought in the Horn of Africa requires urgent action."I am extremely worried by the situation in Horn of Africa," he said. "More than 11 million people need urgent assistance to stay alive, as they face their worst ...

Ban Stresses Commitment to Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

Ban Stresses Commitment to Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

July 13, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon told the Security Council here Tuesday that the UN system remains "fully committed" to the protection of children in armed conflict.
"Let us keep working together to ensure that children everywhere can grow up safe, healthy and educated so they can help to build a ...

G8 “Neglecting Hunger Fight Pledge”

G8 “Neglecting  Hunger Fight Pledge”

July 12, 2011

LONDON - G8 leaders have been accused of neglecting a pledge to fight hunger in poor countries, Anti-poverty group "ONE" said Monday. In a statement, the group said the drought crisis in east Africa is a "wake-up call" to Governments who pledged to help feed the hungry in Africa two years ago. A spokeswoman from the group ...

Syria Opens ‘National Dialogue’ with Opposition Absent

Syria Opens  ‘National Dialogue’ with Opposition Absent

July 11, 2011

PMDAMASCUS - Syria opened a 'national dialogue' on Sunday that it hailed as a step towards multi-party democracy after five decades of Baath party rule, but its credibility was undermined by an opposition boycott. Some 200 delegates, including independent MPs and members of the ...

SAARC Nations Face Common Challenges: Singh

SAARC Nations  Face Common  Challenges: Singh

July 10, 2011

NEW DELHI - Countries in South Asia face common challenges of mass poverty, unemployment, lack of adequate health care, illiteracy and environmental degradation, said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. In the opening session of the Fifth Conference of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Speakers and ...

US, Iraq Negotiating Possible Post-2011 US Force

US, Iraq Negotiating  Possible Post-2011  US Force

July 09, 2011

WASHINGTON — The United States and Iraq are negotiating the possibility of keeping some US forces in the country beyond a December 31 deadline for withdrawal, the US military's top officer said Thursday. "The negotiations are ongoing and it's hard," Admiral Mike Mullen told reporters at a Pentagon Press Association ...

Russia Concerned About Militants’ Use of Internet

Russia Concerned About Militants’ Use of Internet

July 07, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia's top security official warned on Wednesday that Islamist militants were increasingly using the Internet to fight for the "minds and hearts" of disillusioned youths, Russian media reported.
Federal Security Service (FSB) director Alexander Bortnikov emphasized the importance of countering the use of the Internet to lure ...

Libya denies Russia report Gaddafi seeking way out

Libya denies Russia report Gaddafi seeking way out

July 06, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi is sounding out the possibility of handing over power, a Russian newspaper said on Tuesday, but the Libyan government denied it was in talks about the veteran leader stepping....

Libya, Missile Defense Hinder NATO Ties: Russia

Libya, Missile Defense Hinder NATO Ties: Russia

July 05, 2011

SOCHI, Russia— Differences over the war in Libya and missile defense plans are hindering efforts to build a strategic partnership between NATO and Russia, Russia's foreign minister said Monday.
"The dialogue is not proceeding as easily as we expected after the Lisbon summit," Sergey Lavrov said, referring to the meeting ...

Turkish Airlines has been Named “Best Airline in Europe”

Turkish Airlines has been Named “Best Airline  in Europe”

July 05, 2011

KABUL - Turkish Airlines has been also named as the winner of the categories, "Best Premium Economy Seats" and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" by Skytrax. According to the results of the evaluation 2011, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of the 3 categories by Skytrax which is a ...

Iran Exports $2 Bln Worth of Petrochemicals

Iran Exports $2 Bln Worth of Petrochemicals

July 04, 2011

TEHRAN - The Director of National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) Abdolhossein Bayat said that Iran exported 2 billion U.S. dollars worth of petrochemical products in two-month period from March 21 to May 20, the local Press TV reported Sunday. Bayat said 2.8 million tons of petrochemical products were exported in that period, said the...

Arab Uprisings are Opportunity for Democracy: Clinton

Arab Uprisings  are Opportunity for  Democracy: Clinton

July 03, 2011

MADRID - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Arab Spring Uprisings represent a true opportunity for democracy in the Arab region, noting the need for international support of these changes.
The remark was made during a meeting on Saturday between Clinton and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who both, ...

Islamic Terrorism Still A Threat: Germany

Islamic Terrorism  Still A Threat: Germany

July 02, 2011

BERLIN — Germany's top security official said Friday that the terrorist threat to the country hasn't decreased and the number of radicals continues to grow, even with the death of Osama bin Laden. Security officials saw no reason to lower Germany's threat level following the death of the al-Qaida leader, said Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, presenting the annual report by Germany's domestic intelligence...

Gul Designates Erdogan to Form New Government

Gul Designates  Erdogan to Form New Government

June 30, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday designated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), to form the new government, said a presidential statement. The statement issued by the Presidential Press Office said that Gul ...

Cameron to Urge Rethinks on Strikes

Cameron to Urge  Rethinks on Strikes

June 29, 2011

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron was calling Tuesday on public sector unions to halt planned industrial action and accept that their pension packages are unsustainable and must be reformed. The Prime Minister was insisting the present arrangements are "not fair to the taxpayer" two days before a mass walkout of ...

Military Action Won’t Solve Libyan Crisis: China

Military Action  Won’t Solve Libyan  Crisis: China

June 28, 2011

LONDON – Military action alone won't resolve the Libyan crisis, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday in a warning to nations conducting the NATO-led air campaign in Libya. Following talks in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Chinese leader said his nation backed attempts to reach a political solution over ...