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N. Korea, Iran Trade Missile Technology: U.N

N. Korea, Iran Trade Missile Technology: U.N

May 15, 2011

NEW YORK– North Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of U.N. sanctions, according to a confidential United Nations report obtained by Reuters on Saturday.
The report said that the illicit technology transfers had "trans-shipment through a neighboring third country." That country was China, several diplomats told Reuters on condition of...

Libya Buries 11 Imams ‘Killed in NATO Strike’

Libya Buries 11  Imams ‘Killed in NATO Strike’

May 15, 2011

TRIPOLI - Libyans on Saturday buried 11 Muslim clerics killed in what Moamer Kadhafi's regime said was a NATO air strike on the oil city of Brega that the alliance said had targeted a military site.
In Paris, meanwhile, senior Libyan rebel leader Mahmud Jibril met President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss the three-month-old conflict and the prospects for a...

Iran’s Package of Proposals Benefits the World: MP

Iran’s Package  of Proposals Benefits the World: MP

May 15, 2011

TEHRAN — Top Iranian legislator Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Wednesday that Iran's package of proposals for negotiations with the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) is in the interests of the entire world.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's package of political proposals presented to the European Union includes all current issues facing the...

Japan Approves TEPCO Nuclear Claims Plan, Reactor Leaks

Japan  Approves TEPCO Nuclear Claims Plan,  Reactor Leaks

May 14, 2011

TOKYO– Japan on Friday announced a plan to help Tokyo Electric Power compensate victims of the crisis at its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant without going broke while it struggles to resolve the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
The plan, agreed after weeks of wrangling between government officials, bankers and Tokyo Electric executives over who should pay...

Bush Tells Obama on Bin Laden: “Good Call”

Bush Tells Obama on Bin Laden: “Good Call”

May 14, 2011

WASHINGTON– Former President George W. Bush, who spent years searching for Osama bin Laden, had two words for President Barack Obama when Obama told him of the al Qaeda leader's death: "Good call."
Bush, who has shied away from the public eye since leaving office in January 2009, spoke about the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden in...

Syria to Pursue “National Dialogue” over Protests

Syria to Pursue “National Dialogue” over Protests

May 14, 2011

AMMAN– Syria said Friday it would hold a "national dialogue" after two months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad and a military crackdown which has killed hundreds of people.
Thousands demonstrated in towns and cities across Syria after the weekly Muslim prayers, activists and witnesses said, but unlike previous Fridays there were few reports of clashes and some protests...

Pakistan Under Pressure After Osama Death: Gilani

Pakistan Under  Pressure After Osama Death: Gilani

May 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said his government was under immense domestic and international pressure after the killing of the Al Qaeda leader in the country.
"We are under huge pressure at home and abroad since the Abbottabad operation on May 2," Gilani told upper house of the...

Laden’s Demise Beneficial for Russia: Medvedev

Laden’s Demise Beneficial  for Russia: Medvedev

May 12, 2011

MOSCOW - President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that the killing of Osama bin Laden is beneficial to Russian security, state-run news agencies reported.
“The liquidation of terrorists, even on the level of ... bin Laden, has a direct relationship to the level of security on the territory of our state,” Itar-Tass quoted Medvedev as saying in...

Obama Speech on Arab World in Coming Days: Report

Obama Speech  on Arab World in  Coming Days: Report

May 12, 2011

WASHINGTON– President Barack Obama's long-expected speech on turmoil in the Arab world could take place as soon as next week, in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden, a report said Wednesday.
Obama's address will focus on the popular uprisings, violence and political change sweeping the region, and also come at a time of deep...

Iran Offers Nothing New in Nuclear Letter: EU

Iran Offers  Nothing New in Nuclear Letter: EU

May 12, 2011

BRUSSELS - Iran offers nothing new in a letter in which it agrees to resume international talks on its nuclear programmer and it does not seem to justify a new meeting, the European Union said Wednesday.
"We are surprised to hear the Iranians talking about meetings.
They have not been in touch with us with any proposals," said...

Zardari Visits Russia after Bin Laden Death

Zardari Visits Russia after Bin Laden Death

May 12, 2011

>MOSCOW– President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to strengthen Pakistan's relationship with Russia on his first major foreign visit since the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday will host Zardari at the Kremlin where officials were also expected to sign agreements on...

Moon Warns of Big Gaps in World Nuclear Safety

Moon Warns of Big Gaps in World Nuclear Safety

May 11, 2011

GENEVA– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant suggested that there were large gaps in international systems to deal with safety breaches.
Ban also announced a high-level international meeting on the issue in New York on September 22 during the UN General Assembly session.
"Men and women...

Australia to Boost Foreign Aids by $520 mln

Australia to Boost Foreign Aids by $520 mln

May 11, 2011

CANBERRA— Australian federal government on Tuesday announced to boost foreign aids by 520 million U.S. dollars next year, in a bid to tackle extremism and reduce the numbers of refugees fleeing violence and poverty in the world trouble spots.

Treasurer Wayne Swan on Tuesday night revealed the 2011/12 federal budget, which mainly focuses to return budget to surplus in...

NATO Strikes Gaddafi Compound: Witnesses

NATO Strikes Gaddafi  Compound: Witnesses

May 11, 2011

TRIPOLI– NATO carried out missile strikes on targets in the Tripoli area on Tuesday that appeared to include Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's compound, witnesses said.
Gaddafi has not appeared publicly since April 30 when a NATO air strike on a house in the capital killed his youngest son and three of his grandchildren, raising questions among some Arab diplomats anxious...

NATO Planes Pound Libyan Govt. Weapons Depot

NATO Planes Pound Libyan Govt. Weapons Depot

May 10, 2011

RIPOLI– NATO planes pounded Libyan government weapons depots southeast of the town of Zintan on Monday, in a sign of widening conflict in the Western Mountains region as rebel’s battle to unseat Muammar Gaddafi.
"The air strikes occurred around 1100 (5 a.m. EDT). We saw big plumes of smoke and heard explosions," said a rebel spokesman...

Osama Died Long Ago: Moslehi

Osama Died Long Ago: Moslehi

May 10, 2011

KABUL - Iran's Intelligence Chief has claimed to have concrete evidence to prove that Osama Bin Laden died of natural causes quite long before the US special force raid in Pakistan.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Haider Moslehi has said the Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not killed in a military operation conducted by a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city in...

Pakistan Not the Birthplace of Al-Qaeda, Did not Invent Osama : Pakistani Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani

Pakistan Not the  Birthplace of Al-Qaeda, Did not Invent Osama : Pakistani Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani

May 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In a much-awaited speech on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister defended country's spy agency, Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), and questioned the making of Osama Bin Laden and his terror network.
The Prime Minister in his speech to the parliament, which came after...

G8 Interior Ministers to Seek Ways to Fight Drug Trafficking

G8 Interior Ministers  to Seek Ways to Fight Drug Trafficking

May 09, 2011

PARIS - Interior ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) will meet in Paris Monday to discuss ways to combat cocaine trafficking, the French presidency office said Sunday.
"The President of the Republic will receive on Monday ... the ministers attending the meeting on the fight against cocaine trafficking across the Atlantic, held on May 9 and 10 in Paris under the French...

Pak-China Friendship Anchor of Peace, Stability: Gilani

Pak-China Friendship Anchor of Peace,  Stability: Gilani

May 09, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pak Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that friendship of Pakistan and China was an anchor of peace and stability and both the countries would strengthen their ties to promote regional prosperity. Speaking at an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic relations at the...

Turkey Hosts Forum on Poorest Nations

Turkey Hosts Forum  on Poorest Nations

May 09, 2011

ISTANBUL – The acute problems of the world's poorest countries form the agenda of a U.N.-backed conference this week in Turkey, which has sought to balance its traditional Western alliances with growing ties to Africa, the Middle East and other developing regions. The conference of "least-developed countries" lists 48 members, including Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led coalition is fighting Taliban ...

ASEAN to Provide Funds to Enhance Regional Investments

ASEAN to Provide  Funds to Enhance  Regional Investments

May 08, 2011

JAKARTA - The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will team up with Japan, China, South Korea and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide some 700 million U.S. dollars of funds to enhance the investments in the region, ASEAN Chair Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here on Saturday.Soon we will fully implement credit guarantee and investment facility an amount of 700 million U.S. dollars," Indonesian...

Iran, Pakistan Determined to Fight Terrorism, Expand Relations

Iran, Pakistan  Determined to Fight  Terrorism, Expand Relations

May 08, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said the Islamic Republic and Pakistan are determined to fight terrorism in the region and to expand their bilateral relations, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Saturday. Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Farooq Hamid Naek in Tehran on...

China, Central Asian States Hold Anti-Terror Drill

China, Central Asian States Hold Anti-Terror Drill

May 08, 2011

BEIJING – Security forces from China and two Central Asian neighbors practiced hunting down violent separatists in a counterterrorism drill along a border area where ethnic Muslim rebels have staged attacks against Beijing's rule, the government said Saturday.
Friday's one-day exercise involved forces from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as China and took place along their borders in the...

Thousands Rally in Japan against Nuclear Power

Thousands Rally in Japan against Nuclear Power

May 08, 2011

OKYO – Thousands of people rallied in Japan Saturday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.
Braving spring drizzle, thousands of demonstrators gathered at a park in Tokyo's Shibuya district, many holding hand-made banners reading: "Nuclear is old!" and "We want a shift in...

Russia, US Agree on Counter-Terror Measures

Russia, US Agree on Counter-Terror Measures

May 07, 2011

MOSCOW - The head of the Russian General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, and the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, on Friday signed a memorandum on anti-terror cooperation, according to local media.

During their meeting in St. Petersburg, the two military officials discussed the situations in Northern Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Korean...

EU Welcomes New Aid Project to Libyan Opposition: Ashton

EU Welcomes New  Aid Project to Libyan Opposition: Ashton

May 07, 2011

>BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday the EU welcomed the new aid project to Libyan opposition.
An international meeting on Libya agreed on Thursday in Rome to set up a new fund to aid Libyan opposition. The aid was expected to be founded by tapping frozen assets of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's ...

EU Agrees Sanctions against Syrian Officials

EU Agrees Sanctions against Syrian Officials

May 07, 2011

BRUSSELS – The European Union agreed on Friday to impose sanctions on 14 Syrian officials for their part in a violent government crackdown against protesters, but President Bashar al-Assad was not among those targeted.
After a meeting of EU ambassadors, the 27 country bloc said it would impose travel restrictions and asset freezes on the 14 individuals,...

Pak Suffered More Than Others in Fight against Terrorism: Zardari

Pak Suffered More Than Others in Fight against Terrorism: Zardari

May 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan has suffered more than any other country in the ongoing fight militancy and terrorism and reiterated commitment of the government to continue fighting the militants. He said Pakistan will cooperate with the world community till the complete eradication of the menace of...

NATO Favors Financing Libyan Rebels: Rasmussen

NATO Favors  Financing Libyan Rebels: Rasmussen

May 05, 2011

ROME – European powers appeared to be losing patience Wednesday with the stalemate in Libya as the foreign ministers of both France and Italy called for an end to the international military action there as soon as possible.
In addition, support for giving money to the Libyan rebels — presumably to buy arms, equipment and munitions with which to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi — seemed to be growing as the taste for a ...

EU Proposes Partnerships with Non-EU Countries on Migration

EU Proposes Partnerships with Non-EU Countries on Migration

May 05, 2011

BRUSSELS - The European Commission presented Wednesday proposals for a tighter border control in Europe following an influx of refugees from North Africa.
"It is clear that the EU needs strong common asylum and migration policy. This has only become more evident in recent months, in view of the historic events taking place in North Africa," EU Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, told a...

Ban Strongly Appeals to Palestinian Parties to Commit to Peace

Ban Strongly Appeals  to Palestinian Parties to Commit to Peace

May 05, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - On the eve of marking the Palestinian Unity Government in Cairo, Egypt, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon late Tuesday strongly appealed to the Palestinian parties - Fatah and Hamas - to strictly commit to peace, his press office said in a ...

Turkey to Host UN Conference on Least Developed Countries

Turkey to Host   UN Conference on Least Developed Countries

May 04, 2011

ANKARA - Turkey will host the 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) next week to seek ways to help LDCs, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon to attend the meetings.
The conference will take place at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center in the Turkish city of Istanbul from May 9 to 13, 10 years after last conference held in 2001,...

G20, IMF, ADB to Discuss Reforming International Monetary System

G20, IMF, ADB to   Discuss Reforming International Monetary System

May 04, 2011

HANOI - G20 finance ministers, top officials from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other key Asian policymakers will attend a high- level seminar here Wednesday to discuss reforming the international monetary system to promote greater global monetary and financial stability.
The seminar, organized by ADB, France, as the chair of the G20 group...

Canada’s Conservatives Win Coveted Majority

Canada’s Conservatives   Win Coveted Majority

May 04, 2011

TORONTO – Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper won his coveted majority government in elections that changed Canada's political landscape, with the opposition Liberals and Quebec separatists suffering a shattering defeat.
Harper, who took office in 2006, has won two elections but until Monday's vote had never held a majority of Parliament's 308 seats, forcing him to rely on the...

WB Committed to Backing Indonesia’s Climate Change

WB Committed  to Backing Indonesia’s  Climate Change

May 03, 2011

JAKARTA - The World Bank has been committed to supporting Indonesia's climate change agenda as the country's success will inspire other countries to follow, a press statement said on Monday. "On both the regional and global stage, Indonesia is increasingly becoming a key player in the pursuit of environmentally sustainable...