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Britain Sends New Warship to Gulf amid Iran Tensions

Britain Sends New  Warship to Gulf amid Iran Tensions

January 08, 2012

LONDON — Britain's newest warship is heading to the Gulf for its first mission at a time of tensions over Iran's threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key transport route for oil. The Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring, which has a 'stealth' design to help avoid detection by radar, is to join other British ships in the ...

Biden, Erdogan Discuss Boosting Democracy in Mideast

Biden, Erdogan Discuss Boosting Democracy in Mideast

January 07, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan agreed late Thursday on boosting security and supporting democracy in the Middle East region.
A White House statement said that, in a phone call, Biden and Erodogan discussed regional issues, including political developments in Iraq as a ...

In Final Leg of Vote, Egypt’s Islamists Eye Majority

In Final Leg of  Vote, Egypt’s Islamists Eye Majority

January 05, 2012

CAIRO - The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood looks set for a dominant role in Egypt's first free parliament in decades and is promising rivals a role in writing a new constitution as military generals face growing pressure to hand power to civilians. Egyptians voted for a second day on Wednesday in the final stage of the lower-house ...

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Banks Dealing with Iran

U.S. Imposes  Sanctions on Banks  Dealing with Iran

January 02, 2012

HONOLULU – US President Barack Obama signed into law on Saturday a defense funding bill that imposes sanctions on financial institutions dealing with Iran's central bank, while allowing for exemptions to avoid upsetting energy markets.
The sanctions target both private and government-controlled banks - ...

Erdogan Pledges Full Probe into Deadly Raid

Erdogan Pledges  Full Probe into Deadly Raid

January 01, 2012

ANKARA - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday promised a full investigation into airstrikes on the Iraqi border that killed 35 villagers whom the military had mistaken for Kurdish militants - an attack that has infuriated minority Kurds in Turkey and Iraq. The strikes sparked clashes on Friday in Turkey's restive mainly ...

Turkey Offers Condolences to Families of “Unfortunate” Airstrike Victims

Turkey Offers Condolences to Families of “Unfortunate” Airstrike Victims

December 31, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish leaders Friday offered condolences to families of a military airstrike incident on the border with Iraq which killed 35 civilians, adding that investigation was going on, local media reports said.
Defining the incident as "unfortunate and saddening", Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "we will do what we have to do at the end of the ...

World Powers Urge Damascus to Give Observers Free Hand

World Powers  Urge Damascus to Give Observers Free Hand

December 29, 2011

DAMASCUS - Arab League observers headed on Wednesday to more key protests hubs in Syria as world powers urged Damascus to give them full access as they try to reveal the truth about a crackdown on dissent.
More bloodshed was also reported as army defectors killed at least four Syrian soldiers in the southern province of Daraa, and a civilian ...

Iran Threatens to Stop Gulf Oil If Sanctions Widened

Iran Threatens to Stop Gulf Oil If Sanctions Widened

December 28, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could trigger military conflict with economies dependent on Gulf oil ...

Medvedev Warns of Hard Economic Times Ahead

Medvedev Warns  of Hard Economic  Times Ahead

December 27, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia faces "serious challenges" ahead due to global economic recession, President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. Speaking at a State Council session, Medvedev said it was the government's obligation to tell Russian citizens honestly about ...

Syrian Opposition Calls for UN Role to End Crisis

Syrian Opposition  Calls for UN Role  to End Crisis

December 26, 2011

BEIRUT - The Arab League must bring the UN into the effort to stop Syria's bloody crackdown on protesters, the top opposition leader said on Sunday, as security forces pressed ahead with raids and arrests around the country.
Burhan Ghalioun, the Paris-based leader of the Syrian National Council, made the plea as Arab League officials were setting up ...

Medvedev Appoints Russia’s Envoy to NATO as Deputy PM

Medvedev Appoints Russia’s Envoy to NATO as Deputy PM

December 25, 2011

MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday appointed Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin as deputy prime minister responsible for the defense industry, according to local media reports. "I have appointed you to the position of coordinating the development of the military and industrial sector," Medvedev was ...

France Warns Syria Risks Civil War

France Warns Syria  Risks Civil War

December 24, 2011

PARIS - In the wake of two major explosions that killed 40 in security facilities in Damascus Friday, France warned that the ongoing repression by the Syrian regime could push the country towards civil war.
The French government also reiterated its attachment to "the peaceful character of the protests in Syria," all the while ...

Turkey Supports Palestinian Cause: Davutoglu

Turkey Supports  Palestinian Cause: Davutoglu

December 21, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that his country has been supporting Palestinians' cause and struggle, Turkey's semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. The establishment of a Palestinian state on 1967 borders is not only a necessity but also an obligation of humanity; Davutoglu told a joint press conference with ...

Arab Deal on Syria “Acceptable”: Iran

Arab Deal on Syria  “Acceptable”: Iran

December, 20 2011

TEHRAN - Iran welcomed as "acceptable" an Arab peace deal signed by Syria on Monday that aims to end nine months of unrest against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior official told an Iranian Arabic language news channel.
"Whatever is accepted by President Assad is an acceptable act in Iran's view," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahi told ...

Iraqis Celebrate US Exit, But Worry for Future

Iraqis Celebrate US Exit, But Worry for Future

December 19, 2011

BAGHDAD - Even as Iraqis celebrated the departure of the last American troops Sunday, the dangers left behind after nearly nine years of war were on full display. Politicians feuded along the country's potentially explosive sectarian lines and the drumbeat of deadly violence went on.
The last U.S. convoy rumbled out of Iraq across the border into ...

Iran ‘Prepared for Worst’ on Sanctions

Iran ‘Prepared for  Worst’ on Sanctions

December 18, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran has prepared for "the worst case scenario" to circumvent toughened new Western sanctions targeting its central bank and oil exports, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview published on Saturday.
"We are not really worried," Salehi told the official IRNA news agency. "Appropriate responses have been prepared for the ...

President Obama Visits Troops to Mark End of Iraq War

President Obama Visits  Troops to Mark End of Iraq War

December 15, 2011

WASHINTON - President Obama will hail the end of the Iraq war today with a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he will speak to troops about the year-end withdrawal.
In his first visit to the fort as president, Obama will "speak about the enormous sacrifices and achievements of the brave Americans ...

New Member Palestine Raises Flag at UNESCO

New Member Palestine Raises Flag at UNESCO

December 14, 2011

PARIS - Palestinians raised their flag at the headquarters of the U.N. cultural agency in Paris on Tuesday as the agency's 195th member, a historic move and symbolic boost for their push for an independent state.
Cheers rose as the red, black, white and green flag went up in pouring rain under the gaze of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and ...

Assad Denies Ordering Deadly Crackdown

Assad Denies Ordering Deadly Crackdown

December, 08 2011

BEIRUT — Syria's president denied he ordered the deadly crackdown on a nearly 9-month-old uprising in his country, claiming he is not in charge of the troops behind the assault.
Speaking to ABC's Barbara Walters in a rare interview that aired Wednesday, President Bashar Assad maintained he did not give any commands "to kill or be ...

UN Urges Central Africa to Unite Against Security Challenges

UN Urges Central  Africa to Unite Against Security Challenges

December, 07 2011

BANGUI - The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) chief has urged all member states to get involved in efforts to restore security in the region.
Head of the UNOCA Abou Moussa was speaking during the opening of the 33rd edition of the UN's permanent consultative ministerial committee ...

Highest Regard for Pakistan’s Sovereignty: Clinton

Highest Regard for Pakistan’s Sovereignty: Clinton

December, 05 2011

LAHORE - Pak Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani received a phone call from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday evening. The Secretary of State conveyed her personal condolences on the deaths of Pakistani soldiers. She added that the attack was not intentional and that we must wait for the outcome of the investigation. She said ...

USA, Turkey Running Out of Patience with Syrian Regime: Biden

USA, Turkey Running Out of Patience with  Syrian Regime: Biden

December, 04 2011

ISTANBUL - The US and Turkey are running out of patience with President Bashar Al-Assad's behavior toward the pro-democracy protesters, US Vice-President Joe Biden said Saturday.
"(The United States stands with Turkey) in growing out of patience and calling for President Assad to step aside," said ...

U.N. Urges Action in Syria, Russia and China Object

U.N. Urges Action  in Syria, Russia and China Object

December, 03 2011

GENEVA - The United Nations' human rights chief on Friday urged world powers to take action to protect civilians in Syria from "ruthless repression," but her call was criticised by envoys from China and Russia. More than 4,000 people have been killed during a military crackdown on protesters that started in March and more than 14,000 people are ...

Closer Ties with Russia to Help Regional Stability

Closer Ties  with Russia to Help Regional Stability

December, 01 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian lawmaker Mehdi Sanaei said that closer cooperation between Tehran and Moscow will help improve peace and stability of the region, the local Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday. Sanaei, head of the Iran-Russia parliamentary friendship group, made the remarks during a meeting with his visiting Russian counterpart Hafiz Salehov here ...

Iran Should Not Issue Threats: US Official

Iran Should Not Issue Threats: US Official

November, 30 2011

ANKARA, Turkey - A senior U.S. official has dismissed Iran's threats against NATO missile defense installations in Turkey ahead of a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to the key U.S. ally and linchpin of NATO's southern flank. An Iranian general said Saturday that Tehran would target NATO's early warning radar in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic ...

Iran Downplays EU Threat to Boycott Its Oil

Iran Downplays EU Threat to Boycott Its Oil

November, 29 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi Sunday downplayed Europe's threat to boycott Iran's crude oil, saying significant buyers of its oil are from East Asia, rather than Europe.
Iran sells oil to East Asian countries and has no extra oil for ...

Yemen Presidential Election Set for February 21

Yemen Presidential Election Set for  February 21

November, 28 2011

SANAA - Yemen's vice president called presidential elections for February 21 on Saturday under a deal aimed at ending months of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh that have brought the country to the edge of civil war. If the agreement goes according to plan, Saleh will become the fourth ...

Ban Calls for Inclusive, Orderly and Peaceful Transition in Egypt

Ban Calls for Inclusive, Orderly and Peaceful Transition in Egypt

November, 27 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remained deeply concerned about violence in Egypt, and called for an inclusive, orderly and peaceful transition in the Arab country, his spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters late Friday.
"The secretary-general remains deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt over the last few ...

Syria Needs Dialogue, Not Sanctions: Russia

Syria Needs Dialogue, Not Sanctions: Russia

November 26, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia expressed opposition on Friday to sanctions against Syria's government and said it needs more information about a French proposal for "humanitarian corridors" in the violence-torn country before taking a position. "At the current stage, what is needed is not resolutions, not sanctions, not pressure, but internal ...

Russia May Target US Missile Shield: Medvedev

Russia May Target US  Missile Shield: Medvedev

November, 24 2011

MOSCOW — If Washington continues to ignore Russia's demands about a proposed U.S. missile shield in Europe, Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at it and put arms control on hold, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday. The tough statement reflected a growing strain in U.S.-Russian ties, despite President Barack Obama's campaign to "reset" American ...

Russia Slams New U.S. Sanctions on Iran

Russia Slams New U.S. Sanctions on Iran

November, 23 2011

MOSCOW - Russia's Foreign Ministry denounced the tightening of U.S. unilateral sanctions against Iran as "unacceptable and contradictory to international law," Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.
"Such a practice seriously complicates the constructive dialogue with Tehran," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova ...

Erdogan Calls for Boosting Consultation among Muslim Nations

Erdogan Calls for  Boosting Consultation among Muslim Nations

November 22, 2011

ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for boosting consultation among Muslim nations.
Problems which Muslim nations faced stemmed from the lack of consultation, Erdogan said at the 2nd Summit Meeting for Religious Leaders of Muslim Countries & Communities of African Continent held ...

EU Calls for Global Efforts to Improve Condition of Children

EU Calls for Global  Efforts to Improve  Condition of Children

November 21, 2011

BRUSSELS - The European Union Sunday urged the international community to redouble efforts to improve condition of thousands of suffering children all over the world.
"For so many children there is no childhood. Too many live in ...

IAEA to Send High-Level Team to Iran over Nuclear Concerns

IAEA to Send  High-Level Team to Iran over Nuclear Concerns

November, 19 2011

VIENNA - Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday said the UN nuclear watchdog would send a high-level team to Tehran to talk with the Iranian government over its controversial nuclear program. The IAEA mission will be headed by the Deputy Director of the IAEA Herman Nackaerts, Amano told the press after opening an IAEA board ...

Ban Urges Leaders to Finalize Climate Fund

Ban Urges Leaders to Finalize Climate Fund

November, 15 2011

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders Monday to finalize the financing for a multibillion-dollar fund to fight the effects of climate ...