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ASEAN-China Youth Leaders to Form Association

ASEAN-China  Youth Leaders to Form Association

June 27, 2011

PHNOM PENH - The youth leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China (ASEAN-China) on said he will establish an ASEAN-China Youths' Association aimed at building closer relations and cooperation and sharing experience.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-day ASEAN-China youth leaders symposium on Sunday, Sok Theavuth, youth leader of Cambodia,...

Kadhafi to Stay Out of Libya Peace Talks: AU Panel

Kadhafi to  Stay Out of Libya Peace Talks: AU Panel

June 27, 2011

RETORIA – African leaders welcomed Sunday Moamer Kadhafi's decision to stay out of negotiations to end Libya's four-month conflict, as battles raged between the regime and rebels near Tripoli.
Multiple rocket and heavy machine gunfire was heard on the plains below the rebel enclave in the Nafusa Mountains, southwest of...

Egypt will Not Need IMF, World Bank Funds: FM

Egypt will Not Need IMF, World Bank Funds: FM

June 26, 2011

CAIRO – Egypt will not borrow from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund after revising its budget and cutting the forecast deficit, even though a loan had been agreed, Finance Minister Samir Radwan said Saturday. The 2011/12 deficit in the first draft budget was forecast at 11 percent of gross domestic product, but was revised to 8.6 percent...

Russian Billionaire Challenges Putin Party

Russian Billionaire  Challenges Putin Party

June 26, 2011

MOSCOW – Billionaire oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov Saturday won the leadership of a Russian pro-reform party, setting the goal of challenging the dominance of Vladimir Putin's ruling faction United Russia.
Delegates elected Prokhorov unopposed as the new leader of the Pravoe Delo (Just Cause) party at an extraordinary congress in Moscow marked by bold ambitions the businessman would turn it into a...

IAEA Seeks Enhanced Role in Nuclear Safety

IAEA Seeks Enhanced Role in Nuclear Safety

June 25, 2011

VIENNA - Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday highlighted the need to strengthen the agency's role in nuclear safety issues.
"The IAEA plays a central role and is the appropriate international focal point for strengthening the global nuclear safety framework," said a summary statement from an IAEA ministerial...

57 Al-Qaida Militants Escape Prison in South Yemen

57 Al-Qaida  Militants Escape Prison in South Yemen

June 23, 2011

SANAA, Yemen – Dozens of al-Qaida militants battled their way out of prison Wednesday in the latest sign that Yemen's political upheaval has emboldened them to challenge authorities in the countries nearly lawless south, security officials...

Clinton Backs Saudi Women’s Call for Right to Drive

Clinton Backs Saudi Women’s Call for Right to Drive

June 22, 2011

ASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind a campaign by Saudi women to lift a ban on female driving in the ultra conservative, oil-rich kingdom.
"What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right," Clinton said, ending what officials here had called ...

Iran Arrests 4 Members of Jundollah Group

Iran Arrests  4 Members of Jundollah Group

June 22, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian security forces have arrested four members of the "terrorist" Jundollah (God's soldiers) group along Iran's borders in the Southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday. "Four terrorists, who wanted to infiltrate into Iran, were arrested at Sistan...

Iran Invites UN Atom Chief to See Its Nuclear Sites

Iran Invites  UN Atom Chief to See Its Nuclear Sites

June 22, 2011

VIENNA – Iran's nuclear energy chief said on Tuesday he had held "very good" and "transparent" talks with the head of the U.N. atomic agency and had invited him to visit the Islamic state's nuclear facilities.
The rare meeting in Vienna between Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency...

Human Trafficking for Labor Exploitation is Modern-Day Slavery: OSCE

Human Trafficking  for Labor Exploitation is  Modern-Day Slavery: OSCE

June 21, 2011

VIENNA – Human trafficking for labor exploitation is a new form of slavery that occurs on a massive scale, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, said today at an OSCE-hosted conference that highlights how decent work and social justice can prevent...

Iran to Link Nuclear Plant to Grid ‘in August’

Iran to Link  Nuclear Plant to Grid ‘in August’

June 20, 2011

TEHRAN – Iran's first nuclear power plant, built by Russia, is to be connected to the national grid in early August, the Iranian ambassador to Moscow, Reza Sajjadi, said in media reports on Sunday.
"Russian officials announced that they are ready to inaugurate the (Bushehr) plant and connect its electricity to the national grid...

Pakistan Suffers US$ 67.93 Bln Losses Due to Operation against Terrorists

Pakistan Suffers US$ 67.93 Bln Losses Due to Operation against Terrorists

June 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD –Pakistan’s economy has suffered direct and indirect losses upto US $67.93 billion due its role as a frontline state in operations against terrorists, miscreants and militants since 2001 besides causing damage to its social fabric. According to Pakistan Economic Survey 2010-11, the events that transpired after 9/11...

Yemeni Clerics Call for Presidential Elections

Yemeni Clerics  Call for Presidential Elections

June 19, 2011

SANA - More than 100 influential religious clerics and tribal leaders are calling for presidential elections within 60 days in Yemen and the ouster of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh is undergoing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after being wounded in an attack on his palace earlier this month. A ruling party official said Friday that Saleh intends to return to Yemen within days, but the...

UN Meets to Mull Climate Change Quick-Fix Options

UN Meets to  Mull Climate Change Quick-Fix Options

June 19, 2011

ONN – On the heels of another halting round of talks on climate change, UN scientists this week will review quick-fix options for beating back the threat of global warming that rely on technology rather than political wrangling. Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), meeting for three days from Monday in the Peruvian capital Lima, will ponder "geo-engineering" solutions designed to cool the...

Ban Nominated to Top UN Post for Second Term

Ban Nominated to Top UN Post for Second Term

June 18, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Friday "adopted by acclamation" a resolution to nominate incumbent UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term, the Council president told reporters here. Noel Nelson Messone, Gabon's UN ambassador whose country holds the rotating Council presidency for the month of June, made the...

SCO Pledges Cooperation in Trade, Counter-Terrorism, Touches on Libya

SCO Pledges Cooperation  in Trade, Counter-Terrorism, Touches on Libya

June 16, 2011

ASTANA - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Wednesday said its member states will focus on cooperation in trade and counter-terrorism, calling for an end to the Libyan crisis.
The SCO heads of state made the remarks in a declaration signed in the Kazakh capital of Astana on the organization's 10th...

S. Korea, NATO to Discuss Security Challenges

S. Korea, NATO to  Discuss Security Challenges

June 15, 2011

SEOUL - South Korea and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday over security cooperation, the foreign ministry here said Tuesday.
The fourth annual consultations at NATO Headquarters in Brussels will address a range of security issues of mutual concern, including South...

Africa Must Abandon Gadhafi: Clinton

Africa Must Abandon Gadhafi: Clinton

June 14, 2011

>ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The nations of Africa should sever all links with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi despite his long support and patronage for many African leaders, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday as she warned that without broad social, economic and political reforms Africa will face the same kind of...

Erdogan Vows to Seek Compromise on Constitution

Erdogan Vows  to Seek Compromise on Constitution

June 14, 2011

ANKARA – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to seek compromise with the opposition after his party won a thumping election victory but fell short of the majority needed to overhaul the constitution.
The Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 49.9 percent of the vote in Sunday's polls, according to unofficial ...

Turkey ruling party wins election with reduced majority

Turkey ruling party wins election with reduced majority

June 13, 2011

Near-complete results from Turkey's election show the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a third term. With 99% of ballots counted the AKP had 50% of the vote, which local media said translated to 326 seats in parliament. But that would be 41 seats short of the two-thirds majority needed to amend the...

Nuclear Disarmament Conference, Calls for “Practical Mechanisms”

Nuclear Disarmament Conference, Calls for “Practical Mechanisms”

June 13, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran kicked off the second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference in Tehran on Sunday, calling for practical mechanisms to the issue of nuclear disarmament.
Addressing the opening ceremony of an international nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said the conference is aimed at developing some...

Turkey Concerned Over Developments in Syria: Erdogan

Turkey Concerned Over Developments in Syria: Erdogan

June 12, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was concerned over the escalating violence against civilians in Syria amid anti-government protests.
In an interview with Turkish NTV channel late Friday, Erdogan said: "Developments in Syria is very much...

Gates Blasts NATO, Questions Future of Alliance

Gates Blasts  NATO, Questions Future of Alliance

June 11, 2011

BRUSSELS – America's military alliance with Europe — the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades — faces a "dim, if not dismal" future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in a blunt valedictory address. In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of...

Pakistan Needs Political Stability: Gilani

Pakistan Needs  Political Stability: Gilani

June 09, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pak Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the country needs political stability in order to ensure socio-economic development of the masses. He said that the external challenges facing the country also require that political forces across party divide craft consensus and put up a united front against these...

Ban Calls for Efforts to Protect World’s Oceans for Future Generations

Ban Calls for Efforts to Protect World’s Oceans for Future Generations

June 09, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on all governments and peoples to play their part to ensure that the world's oceans are protected for future generations, warning that they face major threats in the years ahead.
Ban, in a statement issued to mark World Oceans Day, outlined what he...

NATO Gets “Necessary Assets” for Libya Operation: Rasmussen

NATO Gets  “Necessary Assets” for Libya Operation: Rasmussen

June 09, 2011

BRUSSELS - The head of NATO said Wednesday that the alliance had the "necessary assets" to continue its military campaign in Libya "as long as it takes."
"We have the necessary assets available for continuing our operation and all 28 allies have just agreed to extend our operation beyond the current 90 days mandate. And they are also ready to provide...

Bin Laden will “Haunt” America: Al-Zawahri

Bin Laden will “Haunt” America:  Al-Zawahri

June 09, 2011

CAIRO- Osama bin Laden's longtime lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahri, said the United States faces rebellion throughout the Muslim world after killing the al Qaeda leader, according to a YouTube recording posted on Wednesday. In what appeared to be his first public response to bin Laden's death in a U.S. commando raid in Pakistan last month,...

Gadhafi Vows to Fight to the Death

Gadhafi Vows  to Fight to the Death

June 08, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of some daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.
In a phone call to Libyan state television station, Gadhafi angrily denounced the rebels who rose up against him in mid-February, inspired...

Obama, Merkel Agree on More Potential Sanctions against Iran

Obama, Merkel Agree on More  Potential Sanctions against Iran

June 08, 2011

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, appearing at the White House on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the two agreed that if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week determines again that Iran is continuing to ignore its international obligations, "then we will have no choice but to consider ...

US Plans to Sabotage Pakistan Nuke Facilities: Ahmadinejad

US Plans to Sabotage Pakistan Nuke Facilities: Ahmadinejad

June 08, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday accused Washington of planning to sabotage Pakistan's nuclear facilities, during a media conference in Tehran. "We have precise information that America wants to sabotage the Pakistani nuclear facilities in order to control Pakistan and to weaken the government and people of...

Closer Co-Operation Needed to Tackle New Threats, NATO to OSCE

Closer Co-Operation Needed to Tackle New Threats, NATO to OSCE

June 07, 2011

VIENNA – Fighting new threats such as terrorism, proliferation, cybercrime and piracy requires closer co-operation among countries, institutions and organizations such as NATO and the OSCE, NATO Deputy Secretary General Claudio Bisogniero said today. Such co-operation is particularly important in issues related to Afghanistan and countries that are undergoing rapid changes, he said in...

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...