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Ban Welcomes Arab League “Courageous” Stance on Syria

Ban Welcomes Arab League “Courageous” Stance on Syria

November, 14 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Saturday welcomed the resolution adopted earlier in the day by the Council of Ministers of the League of Arab States which took the "strong and courageous" decision to suspend Syria from participating in its meetings and activities starting next Wednesday, unless Damascus stops ...

IAEA, Iran Spar over Bomb Work Allegations

IAEA, Iran Spar over Bomb Work Allegations

November, 13 2011

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog showed letters and satellite images on Friday as part of evidence pointing to military dimensions to Iran's atomic activities, diplomats said, but Tehran's envoy dismissed it as "lousy" intelligence work. Herman Nackaerts, head of nuclear inspections worldwide at the International Atomic Energy Agency, made an hour-long technical ...

Yukiya Defies Pressure, Takes on Iran

Yukiya Defies Pressure, Takes on Iran

November, 10 2011

VIENNA - U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano is showing steely determination to confront Iran over suspected atomic bomb research that belies his diffident public persona, even if it angers powerful member states such as Russia. In doing so, Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is likely to please the Western states which helped secure his job two ...

IAEA Should Become More Than “Nuclear Watchdog”: Pakistan

IAEA Should Become More Than “Nuclear Watchdog”: Pakistan

November, 03 2011

UNITED NATIONS- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should strengthen the nuclear safety regime in its way towards an impartial, efficient and professional body -- not just a "nuclear watchdog," a senior Pakistani diplomat said here Tuesday. The remarks came as Raza Bashir Tarar, the acting permanent ...

Obama to Host European Leaders’’ Summit in Washington

Obama to Host European Leaders’’ Summit in Washington

November, 02 2011

WASHIINGTON - The White House announced late on Monday that President Barack Obama will host on Nov 28th a summit in Washington for European Union leaders.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement that Obama "looks forward to meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jos {Manuel Barroso, and High ...

Cameron Aide Accuses China, Russia of Cyber Attacks

Cameron Aide Accuses China, Russia of Cyber Attacks

November, 01 2011

LONDON - A British government advisor accused China and Russia on Monday of being behind cyber-attacks on other states, ahead of a major London conference designed to agree some global rules on cyberspace.
Pauline Neville-Jones, Prime Minister David Cameron's special representative to business on cyber security, told BBC radio there was ...

Ban Calls for Immediate End to Violence in Syria

Ban Calls for Immediate End to Violence in Syria

October 31, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Saturday called for an immediate end to violence in Syria, which he said should answer "the calls of the Syrian people for change" with "far-reaching reforms."
Ban, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, said he condemned the reported killing on Friday of dozens of civilian in Syria's Homs ...

Common Wealth Nations Agree to Develop Charter

Common Wealth Nations Agree to Develop Charter

October, 30 2011

PERTH, Australia - Commonwealth nations on Saturday agreed to develop a charter outlining the 54-nation bloc's common values, but failed to establish a human rights watchdog. World leaders attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting agreed there should be a charter of values for the group, Australian ...

London ‘Under Constant Attack’ from EU: Cameron

London ‘Under Constant Attack’ from EU: Cameron

October, 29 2011

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron has said London's financial district is under "constant attack" from European Union directives, the BBC reported on Friday.
During a flight from the EU leaders' summit in Brussels to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Western Australia, Cameron told a BBC reporter that Britain's finance industry should be ...

US will Boost Presence against N. Korea: Panetta

US will Boost Presence against N. Korea: Panetta

October, 27 2011

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday called North Korea a "serious threat" and told U.S. troops that the Pentagon will strengthen its presence in this region to guard against North Korean provocations. Panetta met with top U.S. commanders here. In an opinion piece ...

29 Iranian Lawmakers Retract Signatures to Question President

29 Iranian Lawmakers Retract Signatures to Question President

October, 26 2011

TEHRAN - Twenty-nine Iranian lawmakers have retracted their signatures from a motion calling for the country's president to be questioned by the Majlis (Parliament), local media reported on Monday.
Mohammad Dehghan, a member of the Majlis presiding board, said the ...

Clinton Warns Iran Not to Miscalculate U.S. Pullout from Iraq

Clinton Warns Iran Not to Miscalculate U.S. Pullout from Iraq

October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Sunday warned Iran that it must not miscalculate the U. S. troop pullout from Iraq, vowing to maintain a strong U.S. presence in the region.
"No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward," she ...

Iraq Still Seeking U.S. Trainers: Maliki

Iraq Still Seeking U.S. Trainers: Maliki

October 24, 2011

BAGHDAD - Iraq will continue talks with Washington on how U.S. trainers can work with Iraqi forces after a complete withdrawal of American troops at the end of the year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday. U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq as scheduled by the end of this year after the two ...

Saudi Crown Prince Dies

Saudi Crown Prince Dies

October 23, 2011

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— the heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, died undergoing treatment for illness in New York. The death of the prince, who was in his 80s, opens questions about the succession in the critical, oil-rich U.S. ally. Sultan was the younger half-brother of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who is has ...

Gaddafi Shot Dead By Libyan Rebels

Gaddafi Shot Dead By Libyan Rebels

October 22, 2011

KABUL - Former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the oil-rich African country with an iron fist for 42 years, was killed during a gunbattle in his stronghold of Sirte city on Thursday, media reports said.
"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moamar Gaddafi has been killed," Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril was

Gul Urges Cooperation among Islamic Countries before Financial Crisis

Gul Urges Cooperation among Islamic Countries before Financial Crisis

October, 20 2011

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Abdullah Gul Wednesday called on Islamic nations to enhance cooperation in fending off the fallout of a financial crisis that has hit some developed economies.
"Although COMCEC (Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation) member countries are not afflicted with the debt problems of the developed markets, the current instability in capital and ...

Trade Protectionism No Longer Protects Countries: WTO Chief

Trade Protectionism  No Longer Protects Countries: WTO Chief

October 19, 2011

GENEVA - Due to globalized supply chains, trade protectionism no longer protects countries, the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Pascal Lamy told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. Lamy said he believed protectionism is neither a remedy for unemployment nor an effective way of boosting demand during an economic ...

Ban Urges G20 Leaders to Look Beyond National Interests

Ban Urges G20  Leaders to Look Beyond National Interests

October 18, 2011

BERN, Switzerland - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged G20 leaders to look beyond domestic and regional interests and come up with actionable plans to save the world from yet another crisis. Ban made the appeal in a joint press conference with Swiss President and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey in Bern, Switzerland, just two ...

US ‘Pressing IAEA to Release Iran Nuclear Data’

US ‘Pressing  IAEA to Release Iran Nuclear Data’

October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama is calling on UN nuclear inspectors to release data showing Iran is designing nuclear weapons technology in a bid to further isolate Tehran, a report said on Sunday. The White House push for the release of International Atomic Energy Agency data comes after the United States accused Iran of sponsoring a ...

Arab League to Hold Extraordinary Meeting on Syria

Arab League  to Hold Extraordinary Meeting on Syria

October 16, 2011

CAIRO - The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to discuss the latest situation in Syria, official news agency MENA said Friday.
AL deputy chief Ahmed Bin Helli said the meeting will be held upon the ...

Turkey Vows to Tackle Threats from Iraqi Territories

Turkey Vows to  Tackle Threats from Iraqi Territories

October 15, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that Ankara's patience has run out on threats against Turkey posed from terrorist activities in northern Iraq, vowing to take the most effective measures. "We no longer have any patience with terrorist activities emanating from the Iraqi territory and threatening ...

Europe Must ‘Urgently’ Recapitalize Banks: Barroso

Europe Must ‘Urgently’ Recapitalize Banks: Barroso

October 13, 2011

BRUSSELS - European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso called Wednesday for an urgent recapitalization of European banks, warning that those refusing to comply could lose bonuses and dividends. Barroso said banks "urgently" need to increase their core tier one capital ratios.
He did not give a figure but a European source said the commission ...

Energy Access for Poor Leads to Improvement of Human Rights: Ban

Energy Access for Poor Leads to Improvement of Human Rights: Ban

October 12, 2011

OSLO - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that providing sustainable energy to billions of poor people in the world is a precondition for improving the human rights situation developing countries.
At a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim, Ban called ...

“No Health without Mental Health” on International Day: Ban

“No Health without  Mental Health” on  International Day: Ban

October 11, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Ensuring mental health of people worldwide, which is essential to guaranteeing overall health, requires increased investment, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said in a statement released here Monday to commemorate World Mental Health ...

Syria Warns Not to Recognize Opposition, Vows Reform

Syria Warns Not to  Recognize Opposition, Vows Reform

October 10, 2011

SANA - President Bashar al-Assad renewed a pledge of reforms on Sunday, as Syria threatened retaliation if countries recognize an opposition bloc increasingly active on the international scene.
"Syria is taking steps focused on two main fronts -- political reform and the dismantling of armed groups," who seek to ...

Turkey, France Sign Domestic Security Cooperation Agreement

Turkey, France  Sign Domestic Security Cooperation Agreement

October 08, 2011

ANKARA - Visiting French Interior Minister Claude Gueant and Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin on Friday signed here an agreement on cooperation in domestic security.
"Turkey and France are two allies and friendly countries, and our bilateral relations are improving in every area, particularly security, economy and culture," said Sahin at a joint press ...

U.S. Unable to Cover Shortfalls within NATO: Panetta

U.S. Unable to  Cover Shortfalls within NATO: Panetta

October 06, 2011

BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday his country under budgetary pressure was no longer able to make up shortfalls in capabilities of NATO European members.
"Many might assume that the United States defense budget is so large it can absorb and cover alliance shortcomings, but make no ...

Turkish Parliament to Debate Motion on Cross-Border Operations

Turkish Parliament  to Debate Motion on Cross-Border Operations

October 03, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish parliament will debate a motion extending government's mandate to stage cross-border operations for another year this week. Lawmakers will convene on Wednesday to debate the motion.
The Turkish government on Tuesday submitted to the parliament the motion for extending its authorization to stage cross-border military ...

Germany ‘Won’t Give More to EU Bail-Out Fund’

Germany  ‘Won’t Give More to EU  Bail-Out Fund’

October 02, 2011

BERLIN - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble ruled out Germany contributing any more money to the beefed-up EU bail-out fund than the 211 billion euros approved by parliament, in an interview published Saturday.
"The European Financial Stability Facility has a ceiling of 440 billion euros ($590 billion), 211 billion of which is down to ...

Russia Dissatisfied with EU Softened Syria Draft Text

Russia Dissatisfied  with EU Softened Syria Draft Text

October 01, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Even though the European members in the Security Council softened the language of their proposed draft resolution strongly condemning Damascus for the seven-month bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Russia is still dissatisfied.
According to the revised draft resolution co-sponsored by UK, France ...

US Threatens Sanctions on China Banks over Iran

US Threatens  Sanctions on China Banks over Iran

September 29, 2011

BEIJING — A top US envoy said Wednesday that Washington could penalize China's four biggest state banks if they were found doing business with an Iranian insurance firm in violation of US nuclear sanctions.
David Cohen, US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial ...

Russia Blasts European, Arab Countries for Arms Delivery in Libya

Russia Blasts European, Arab Countries for Arms Delivery in Libya

September 28, 2011

MOSCOW - Several European and Arab countries have violated the UN Security Council's arms embargo on Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
"We believe the UN Security Council's authority has been damaged because its decisions have never been violated so roughly and openly ...

UN Sets Up Nuclear Safety ‘Action Team’

UN Sets Up Nuclear Safety ‘Action Team’

September 27, 2011

VIENNA — the UN atomic agency said Monday it would set up a "action team" to help prevent nuclear accidents around the world following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. The "compact, dedicated team" will oversee "prompt implementation" of a series of safety measures agreed this month by members of the ...

‘Broken’ Ties with Israel May Become Norm for Turkey: PM

‘Broken’ Ties  with Israel May Become Norm for Turkey: PM

September 26, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Sunday that his country's "broken" relations with Israel can only be mended if the Jewish state stops blocking aid flotillas and ends the embargo of Gaza. Erdogan said Turkey had been exceedingly patient with Israel — formerly viewed as an ally — despite relations strained after Israeli ...

Turkey to Host D-8 Industry Ministers’ Summit

Turkey to Host  D-8 Industry Ministers’ Summit

September 25, 2011

ANKARA - Turkey's largest city, will host the 2nd Industry Ministers' Summit of D-8 (Developing Eight) countries on Oct. 4-6, the semi-official Anatolia news agency said on Saturday.
Participants will discuss topics including joint research and development projects on automobile and electricity, sharing experiences ...