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Pakistani Court Gives PM more Time to Obey Order
August 28, 2012
ISLAMABAD-Pakistan’s top court has given the country’s prime minister three more weeks to decide whether to obey its order to reopen an old corruption case against the ...
Merkel’s Party Keeps Lead, Coalition Ally Down: Poll
August 27, 2012
BERLIN - Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has nudged higher, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, but the weakness of two smaller parties highlights the ...
Iran Envoy Expects 'Progress' in IAEA Talks
August 25, 2012
BRUSSELS - Iran's envoy to the UN atomic watchdog said that he expected "progress" in talks Friday in which the agency ...
18 UN observers leave Syria
August 23, 2012
DAMASCUS- A total of 18 UN observers left Syria on Wednesday, with the rest of them expected to leave by next ...
UN calls on nations to adopt drought policies
August 22, 2012
GENEVA (AP) — The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather ...
Cameron urges world to unite against hunger
August 13, 2012
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron was to call on world powers on Sunday to boost their efforts to tackle malnutrition across the globe. Taking advantage of the large number of foreign officials gathered in London for the Olympic Games, Cameron was to urge international action to save 25 million children from stunted ...
Arabs to Meet Sunday to Discuss Annan Replacement
August 12, 2012
CAIRO - Arab ministers are to meet in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to mull their next moves on the Syrian conflict after the resignation of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and who might succeed him, a top League official said.
The foreign ministers' meeting in the Red Sea city of Jeddah will ...
Syrian Prime Minister Defects, Flees to Jordan
August 07, 2012
BEIRUT — Syria's prime minister defected and fled to neighboring Jordan, a Jordanian official and a rebel spokesman said Monday, evidence that the cracks in President Bashar's Assad's regime have ...
Saudi Invites Iran for Extraordinary Muslim Summit
August 06, 2012
RIYADH - Saudi King Abdullah invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held this month in the holy city of Mecca, state news agency SPA reported Sunday.
The Saudi monarch "sent a written letter to President Mahmoud ...
Ahmadinejad Dismisses Western Oil Sanctions as ‘Ridiculous’
August 01, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday slammed Western sanctions on Iran's oil sector as a "ridiculous" move that seeks to deprive the world of energy resources at a time when demand is swelling. "It's very ...
Romney Discusses Iran Threat on Israel Visit
July 30, 2012
White House hopeful Mitt Romney held top-level talks in Israel over Iran's nuclear ambitions but quickly drew fire from the Palestinians for endorsing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish ...
UN Arms Talks End without Deal
July 29, 2012
United Nations—UN negotiations to establish the first international treaty on the multibillion-dollar arms trade ended without a deal on Friday, with some diplomats blaming the United States for the deadlock. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "disappointed" that member states failed to clinch an agreement ...
Assad Regime Could Crumble Soon: UN Official
July 28, 2012
OSLO, Norway — Norwegian media are quoting the outgoing U.N. chief observer in Syria as saying it's just a matter of time before Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime crumbles.
But Maj. Gen. Robert Mood also told a news conference in Oslo on Friday that Syria's government still has great military muscle left to apply in ...
Russia Accuses US of ‘Justifying Terror’ in Syria
July 26, 2012
MOSCOW - Russia on Wednesday lashed out at the United States for backing the armed opposition to the Syrian regime, saying Washington's failure to condemn the July 18 blast that killed top security officials ...
Syria will use Chemical Weapons If Attacked: FM
July 24, 2012
BEIRUT — The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi stressed, however, that ...
Mukherjee Wins Indian Presidential Election
July 23, 2012
NEW DELHI - Pranab Mukherjee, a former finance minister of India and senior leader of the ruling Congress party, has been elected as the new president, a government official said on Sunday.
On Thursday, India's 4,896 lawmakers in state assemblies and parliament ...
Morsi Urges Egyptians to Work during Ramadan
July 19, 2012
CAIRO - President Mohamed Morsi on Friday urged Egyptians to overcome the usual lethargy associated with the fasting month of Ramadan and keep up "work and production."
Morsi, who was sworn in last month as Egypt's first elected civilian president, attended Friday prayer at a mosque in his hometown of ...
Iran Top Leader One to Decide on Strait of Hormuz
July 16, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — The chairman of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the decision over whether Tehran would block the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway through which a fifth of the world's oil flows, rests in the hands of the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali ...
Clinton, Morsi Hold Key Talks in Cairo
July 15, 2012
CAIRO - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday held talks with new President Mohamed Morsi soon after arriving in Cairo at the start of a visit aimed at lending US support to Egypt's transition to democracy.
"We are very, very keen to meet you and happy you are ...
Egypt Won’t Stay Silent in Next Gaza War: Hamas Chief
July 14, 2012
GAZA - Egypt will not stand by in a future conflict with Israel and is exploring options for lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-controlled enclave's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday, according to Army Radio. "The new Egypt will not be silent if war
Iran Much Stronger Today Despite Sanctions: Khamenei
July 12, 2012
TEHRAN - Iran is "100 times stronger" today than 30 years ago despite the multitude of Western sanctions imposed since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.
"Westerners are making much hype about sanctions against Iran ...
Morsi Decree Creates ‘Political Earthquake’ in Egypt
July 11, 2012
CAIRO — A decision by Egypt's new president to reinstate parliament was a bold challenge to the military that dissolved the house, but some politicians slammed it as a constitutional coup that shows no regard for the judiciary or democracy. President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday issued a decree ordering the Islamist-led lower house ...
Khar, Clinton Meet in Tokyo
July 10, 2012
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had a detailed bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Monday at the sidelines of the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan. Khar said that Pakistan wants to have a cooperative relationship with the United States, based on mutual respect and mutual interests ...
Agreement Reached with Assad: Annan
July 10, 2012
DAMASCUS, Syria — International envoy Kofi Annan tried to breathe new life Monday into his moribund peace efforts in Syria, saying he has reached a new framework with President Bashar Assad and would discuss it soon with rebel leaders. Opposition activists raised the death toll in the conflict to more than 17,000. Annan, the architect ...
Syrian State Risks Collapse, Clinton Warns
July 09, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says time's running out on Syrian peace hopes and warns that the Syrian state could collapse. Speaking in Japan, Clinton said Sunday that U.N. mediator Kofi Annan's acknowledgement that his peace plan is failing "should be a wake-up call for everyone." She says last month was the ...
Assad Should Leave Power: France, Germany
July 04, 2012
PARIS — The top diplomats of France and Germany say Syrian President Bashar Assad should leave power, even though a U.N.-brokered political transition plan leaves his future role open. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday, "Bashar Assad is a slaughterer and the ...
800 Killed in Past Week: Syrian Opposition
July 02, 2012
BEIRUT — Syria's main opposition group says nearly 800 people have been killed in escalating violence across the country in the past week.
The Syrian National Council says in a statement released Sunday that ...
Morsi Vows to Be ‘Servant of the People’
July 01, 2012
CAIRO - Mohamed Morsi took the oath of office on Saturday to become Egypt's first Islamist president and its first elected head of state since the revolt that overthrew Hosni Mubarak overthrow last year.The ceremony took place in the constitutional court rather than parliament, the result of an ongoing tussle with the military that took charge ...
Europe Summit Surprises with Bold Moves
June 30, 2012
BRUSSELS — After 18 disappointing summits since the start of the debt crisis, Europe's leaders appeared Friday to have finally come up with quick fixes and long-term plans that show they are serious about restoring confidence in their currency union.Global markets sighed with ...
No Quick Solution to Crisis: Merkel
June 28, 2012
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday brushed aside the latest push to pool European debt, arguing that it would be "economically wrong and counterproductive" to make such a move before governments have shown they can comply with budget ...
Turkey Threatens Syria with Retaliation over Jet
June 27, 2012
ANKARA - Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane ...
OSCE Security Days Tackles Challenges of Security Community
June 26, 2012
VIENNA, 25 June 2012 – New approaches to arms control, resolving protracted conflicts and promoting reconciliation as foundations for strengthening security in the OSCE area are the focus of OSCE Security Days 2012 in Vienna ...
Islamist Morsi Wins Egypt Presidential Vote
June 25, 2012
CAIRO — Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt's first Islamist president on Sunday after the freest elections in the country's history, narrowly defeating Hosni Mubarak's last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in a race that raised political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch.
The country's last four presidents over the past six decades have all ...
Syrian Govt. Accuses Rebels of Mass Killing
June 24, 2012
BEIRUT — An online video showed more than a dozen bloodied corpses, some of them piled atop each other and in military uniforms, dumped beside a road in northern Syria in what the government Friday called a mass killing by rebel forces.
The circumstances of the deaths were not immediately clear, with the ...
European Leaders Push for $163 Bln in Measures
June 23, 2012
ROME - The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to push for a growth package worth up to €130 billion ($163 billion) at a European Union summit next week that's intended to kick-start the economy and safeguard the currency bloc. President Francois Hollande of France, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish ...