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UN Must Bolster Observer Mission to Syria: Erdogan
May 09, 2012
The UN should bolster its mission to Syria with up to 3,000 observers to give a full picture of the situation in the country, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday."We need 1,000, 2,000, maybe 3,000 observers, a major mission so they can visit the whole country and see what is happening," Erdogan said ...
French Leader Hollande Face Questions over EU Pact
May 08, 2012
PARIS - France's president-elect Francois Hollande was plunged straight into the European economic debate on Monday, as doubts over his plans and turmoil in Greece threatened to tip the eurozone back into crisis.
The 57-year-old Socialist won power on Sunday, ousting right-wing ...
Socialist Candidate Wins French Presidential Election
May 07, 2012
PARIS – French Socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, has won the French presidential election, according to a report by Agency France Press. AFP said that, based on exit polls, Hollande gained between 52 and 53.3 percent of the vote, putting an end to the political career of ...
9/11 ‘Mastermind’ Back Before Guantanamo Judge
May 06, 2012
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four alleged co-conspirators will appear in public for the first time in more than three years, when U.S. officials start a second attempt at what is likely to be a drawn out legal battle that could lead to the ...
Clinton Presses China to Help on Global Challenges
May 05, 2012
BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday urged China to play a responsible role in the world by respecting human rights and helping to deal with challenges posed by Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs and violence in Syria and Sudan and South ...
Japan, South Korea Urges No More North Korea “Provocations”
May 03, 2012
VIENNA - Japan and South Korea urged North Korea on Wednesday to refrain from any new "provocations", amid concern the secretive Asian state will soon conduct a new nuclear test. North Korea, which tested plutonium devices in 2006 and 2009, has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test; a senior source ...
Sarkozy Fighting for His Future, Likely to Lose
May 02, 2012
PARIS— President Nicolas Sarkozy is the underdog, and he knows it. Not a single poll has predicted he will win re-election on Sunday, and leading figures in his government are already lining up new jobs.In televised interviews, Sarkozy's on the defensive and paints himself as a victim. At campaign rallies, he's boxer-like, punching the air, torso ...
EU Wrangles Over Bank Rules in Crisis Aftermath
May 01, 2012
BRUSSELS — Disagreement between European states on new banking rules is highlighting a key weakness in the continent's effort to fight its crisis — whereas the financial sector is spread across national borders, it's still individual countries that have to pick up the bill when things turn sour.
At the heart of the dispute is not only the question of how to ensure ...
Iran Hopes for ‘Success’ in Next Nuclear Talks
April 30, 2012
TEHRAN - Iran hopes May 23 talks with world powers in Baghdad over its disputed nuclear program will result in "success," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday, according to ISNA news agency.
"The Istanbul talks were a success and we hope that the Baghdad meeting also will be a success, and if we took one step forward in ...
EU Treaty Likely Delayed: German Opposition
April 29, 2012
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refusal to amend a European treaty on fiscal discipline with measures to promote growth in struggling EU countries might delay the deal's ratification in Germany, an opposition leader ...
Ban Warns N. Korea to Refrain from Nuclear Test
April 28, 2012
THAILAND QUOTE - UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned North Korea on Friday against conducting a nuclear test, amid speculation Pyongyang may be planning such a move after a failed rocket launch earlier this month.
Labelling the rocket launch a "threat to international peace and ...
Sarkozy Rules out Deal with Far Right
Thursday April 26
PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ruled out any pact with Marine Le Pen's National Front after its electoral breakthrough but insisted far-right supporters should not be demonized.
As Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande accused Sarkozy of going too far to "seduce" the far right, European Union president ...
North Korea’s Nuclear Test Ready “Soon”
April 25, 2012
BEIJING - North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead.The isolated and impoverished state sacrificed the chance of closer ties with the United ...
Iraq PM in Iran for 2-Day Visit
April 23, 2012
TEHRAN - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived in Tehran on Sunday for two days of meetings with Iranian leaders and senior officials on various bilateral issues, Iran's IRNA state news agency reported.
The visit notably comes ahead of an important May 23 meeting to be hosted in Baghdad between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers on ...
US Take China ‘at Word’ on North Korea Sanctions
Saturday April 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - The United States said it believed China's assurances that it is abiding by sanctions on North Korea after charges that Beijing supplied technology for a missile launcher. IHS Jane's Defense Weekly said that UN officials are investigating allegations that China violated sanctions imposed by the Security Council after North Korea unveiled the 16-wheel launcher ...
Iran Urges Bahrain to End ‘Suppression’
Saturday April 21, 2012
Iran urged Bahrain on Friday to "end suppression and pay attention to its people's demands," ahead of the controversial Grand Prix race there, the official IRNA news agency reported. Clashes between security forces and protesters left several people wounded across Bahrain's Shiite villages ahead of the Formula 1 race, and authorities beefed up security ...
North Korea Vows Retaliation over Rocket
Thursday April 19, 2012
PYONGYANG - North Korea has warned of retaliation after the US scrapped food aid over its rocket launch, raising fears of a new nuclear test, as China reportedly suspended a refugee deal with its wayward ally. In a defiant statement late Tuesday, the nuclear-armed North said it was no longer bound by a bilateral agreement to halt testing ...
Israel Never Ruled Out Attacking Iran: Barak
April 18, 2012
ERUSALEM — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday his country has never promised the United States it would hold off from attacking Iran while nuclear talks were taking place.The comments, in which Barak said that a diplomatic push to reach a compromise with Iran ...
Syria Must Allow Observers Full Access: Ban
April 17, 2012
BEIRUT — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the Syrian government is responsible for guaranteeing U.N. observers full freedom of movement to monitor the country's tenuous cease-fire, which appeared to be unraveling as regime forces pounded the opposition stronghold of ...
Nuclear Talks Gave Iran ‘Gift’: Netanyahu
April 16, 2012
JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister says Iran got" gift" from the world's big powers at nuclear talks this weekend.
Officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany met with Iran in Istanbul to discuss the country's nuclear ...
Clinton Asks China to Voice Concern to N. Korea
April 15, 2012
BEJING - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked her Chinese counterpart to convey US concern to Beijing's ally North Korea after its defiant but unsuccessful rocket launch.
Clinton, who was heading Friday to a summit in Colombia, spoke by telephone with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as she sought a ...
Iran, 6 Powers May Make Progress at Nuclear Talks
April 14, 2012
ISTANBUL — After years of failure, Iran and the six world powers may finally make some progress on nuclear negotiations when they meet again Saturday if each side shows willingness to offer concessions the other seeks.But even if the two sides find enough common ground, they ...
No ‘New Cold War’ In Asia: Clinton
April 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the United States was not seeking conflict with a rising China but urged emerging powers to act more "constructively" in the world.As academics in China and elsewhere increasingly speak of US decline, Clinton offered a robust defense of the United States and said ...
Iran Can Stand 2-3 Year Oil Blockade: Ahmadinejad
April 11, 2012
DUBAI - Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for two to three years, Iranian media quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying days before the resumption of talks with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.
The European Union is set to impose a total embargo on Iranian crude oil from July following similar measures imposed by the United States ...
Iran Rules Out Conditions to Talks: Salehi
April 10, 2012
DUBAI - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would not agree to world powers imposing pre-conditions ahead of the resumption of nuclear talks later this week, Iranian media reported on Monday.
"Setting conditions before the meeting means drawing conclusions, which is completely meaningless and none of the parties ...
Zardari and Manmohan Singh Agree to Promote Bilateral Relations
April 09, 2012
NEW DELHI - President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday discussed all bilateral issues and agreed to further improve and promote these ties. The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh accepting the invitation of President Zardari to visit Pakistan and said that the dates for his visit will be finalized later ...
Country Can Produce Nuclear Weapons: Iran Lawmaker
April 08, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has the knowledge and scientific capability to produce nuclear weapons but will never do so, a prominent lawmaker has said.
Gholamreza Mesbahi Moghadam is a parliamentarian not a government official and his views do not represent the Iranian government's ...
Sarkozy Seen Losing Runoff despite Gains
April 04, 2012
PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy may top the first round of a presidential election this month but still lose a runoff on May 6 as most fringe voters say they will back Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, opinion polls ...
Iran Vows to Stick to Nuclear ‘Path’
April 03, 2012
TEHRAN - Iran declared on Monday it will not be swayed from its nuclear "path" by sanctions, a week before talks with world powers that are increasingly seen as a last chance for diplomacy in its showdown with the West.
"The sanctions may have caused us small problems but we will continue our path," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi vowed in an ...
Coalition Moves to Fund Rebels: Syria Conference
April 02, 2012
ISTANBUL — A coalition of at least 70 countries pledged several million dollars a month Sunday and communications equipment for Syrian rebels and opposition activists, signaling deeper involvement in the conflict amid a growing belief that diplomacy and sanctions alone can't end the regime's repression.
The shift by the U.S. and its Western and Arab allies toward seeking ...
Assad Must Match Words with Deeds: Clinton
March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reported acceptance of a peace plan by envoy Kofi Annan must be matched by “immediate actions.”
Clinton’s comments came after aides to Annan said the Assad government has accepted a six-point proposal by the UN-Arab League ...
World Leaders Vow to Act on Nuclear Terror Threat
March 28, 2012
SEOUL - World leaders including US President Barack Obama called Tuesday for strong steps to combat nuclear terrorism, wrapping up a 53-nation summit overshadowed by North Korea's planned rocket launch. "Today we have set a new milestone in making the world a safer and more peaceful place," South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, who ...
Germany Opens to Raise Crisis Firewall to $930 Bn
March 27, 2012
BERLIN — Germany has backed down from its resistance to boosting Europe's financial firewalls, after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was open to temporarily boosting the eurozone's bailout funds to €700 billion ($930 billion). But the move still falls short of what may be needed to protect Italy and Spain from collapse. ...
US, Turkey Agree ‘Non-Lethal’ Aid for Syria Rebels
March 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Sunday on the need to send "non-lethal" aid to Syrian rebels, including communications equipment, a US official said.
The two men agreed that a "Friends of Syria" group meeting ...
Annan Takes Syria Peace Plan to Russia
March 25, 2012
Moscow - Syrian peace envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Moscow on Saturday to gauge how far Russia was willing to push its Arab ally after joining a UN call on regime forces to pull back from protest cities.
Annan will meet President Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday and then hold talks starting Tuesday in China -- the other Security Council member resisting ...