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No Clean Chit to ISI: Hillary Clinton

No Clean Chit to  ISI:  Hillary Clinton

May 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has not given clean chit to Pakistan's ISI over Osama bin Laden's presence in the country, her spokesman said on Saturday. "I don't think she (Clinton) gave them (ISI) a free chit," state department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference when asked if...

Nuclear Bomb Would Be “Strategic Mistake”: Iran

Nuclear Bomb Would Be “Strategic Mistake”: Iran

May 28, 2011

VIENNA – Iran's nuclear envoy said on Friday it would be a "strategic mistake" to build atom bombs, dismissing what a leading Western expert cited as evidence suggesting Tehran was seeking the means to do just that.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also insisted during a public debate that...

Japan PM Reassures G8 over Nuclear Clean-Up

Japan PM Reassures G8 over Nuclear Clean-Up

May 28, 2011

DEAUVILLE, France – Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan used a G8 summit in France to reassure Tokyo's most powerful allies Friday that his country would learn the lessons of its nuclear disaster and recover fully.
Kan, making his first foreign visit since his country's March 11 tsunami and nuclear meltdown, received a timely vote of confidence in...

Russia Offers to Mediate Gadhafi’s Exit

Russia Offers  to Mediate  Gadhafi’s Exit

May 28, 2011

DEAUVILLE, France – Russia offered Friday to mediate the exit of Libya's longtime leader, cranking up pressure on Moammar Gadhafi as France and Britain seek to intensify their bombing campaign.
"He should leave," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said of Gadhafi.
Frustration is mounting in Moscow and Western capitals that the NATO...

Obama, Sarkozy Highlight Consensus on N. Africa, Mideast Issue

Obama, Sarkozy Highlight Consensus on N. Africa, Mideast Issue

May 28, 2011

DEAUVILLE, France - U.S. President Barack Obama and the Group of Eight (G8) summit host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, said on Friday that they reached wide consensus on regional issues oncerning North Africa and the Middle East. In a brief press conference after their meeting on Friday morning, the two leaders dedicated their peaches mainly to the long-stalled Middle...

Serb court says Mladic fit for genocide trial

Serb court says Mladic fit for genocide trial

May 28, 2011

Ratko Mladic is fit enough to face genocide charges in The Hague, a Belgrade court ruled on Friday, after the Bosnian Serb wartime general's son said he appeared too frail after more than 15 years on the run.
The court said Mladic, arrested Thursday in a Serbian village, had until Monday to appeal against extradition to the international...

EU Economic Recovery Still Takes Time: Austrian Economist

EU Economic Recovery Still Takes Time: Austrian Economist

May 26, 2011

VIENNA - The overall economic recovery of the European Union will take time due to unbalanced performances among its member countries, an Austrian economist said Wednesday.
High unemployment and debt plagued many EU countries. Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have adopted restrictive budget policies and raised taxes, said Markus Marterbauer from the Austrian Institute...

G-8 Leaders to Marshal Support for Arab Nations

G-8 Leaders to Marshal Support for Arab Nations

May 26, 2011

PARIS – Arab uprisings are pushing aside deficits and austerity as the biggest worry of the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations this year.
President Barack Obama and the other leaders will seek to marshal their combined economic might behind the grass-roots democracy movements that have swept the Arab world — and driven away tourists...

Israel Ready for Painful Compromises: Netanyahu

Israel Ready for  Painful Compromises: Netanyahu

May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians but said he would not agree to any deal that threatens Israel's security or its identity as a Jewish state.
Speaking before a wildly receptive joint meeting of Congress that...

US Hits More Foreign Firms with Iran Sanctions

US Hits More Foreign Firms with Iran Sanctions

May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Tuesday hit seven foreign companies, including Venezuela' state-owned oil company and an Israeli shipping firm, with sanctions for doing business with Iran that helps fund its nuclear program. At the same time, the administration imposed separate sanctions on more than 15 people and companies in China,...

Ahmadinejad Not to Head Next OPEC Meeting in Vienna

Ahmadinejad Not  to Head Next OPEC Meeting in Vienna

May 24, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would not head the next meeting of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) slated for June 8 in Austria's Vienna, although Ahmadinejad is the caretaker of Iran's Oil Ministry, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on...

Libyan Opposition Authority Legitimate: Turkish FM

Libyan Opposition  Authority Legitimate: Turkish FM

May 24, 2011

ANKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday the Libyan opposition National Transitional Council (NTC) is legitimate but that a change of political system in the country must be peaceful.
Turkey saw the NTC as a legitimate and recognized representative of Libyan people; Davutoglu told a joint press conference with visiting...

EU Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Leader Assad

EU Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Leader Assad

May 24, 2011

BRUSSELS – The European Union imposed sanctions Monday on Syrian President Bashar Assad because of his government's continuing crackdown on anti-government protesters, in which more than 900 people have reportedly been killed.
The 27-nation bloc instituted an assets freeze and a visa ban on Assad and nine other members of his regime.
Earlier this month, the EU sanctioned 13 people with links to the...

Thousands Protest Ahead of G8 Summit

Thousands Protest Ahead of G8 Summit

May 23, 2011

HAVRE, France -Several thousand anti-globalization demonstrators protested in the northern French city of Le Havre Saturday, ahead of the G8 summit starting next week just a few kilometers down the coast.
Leaders of the Group of Eight nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States — will meet on...

British End Military Mission in Iraq

British End Military Mission in Iraq

May 23, 2011

BAGHDAD – The last of Britain's military forces in Iraq pulled up anchor Sunday, ending more than eight years of fighting militants and training security forces since invading in 2003.
Eighty-one Royal Navy sailors turned over the task of patrolling waters off the southern port city of Umm Qasr on the Persian Gulf to Iraq's fledgling navy. It was the last hands-on mission that British...

Iran Plans to Impose Sanction on 26 US Officials: Lawmaker

Iran Plans to Impose Sanction on 26 US Officials: Lawmaker

May 23, 2011

TEHRAN - A senior Iranian lawmaker said Sunday that the Iranian Majlis (parliament) is reviewing a plan to impose sanction on 26 U.S. officials for violations of human rights, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Kazem Jalali, rapporteur of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis, said that Majlis studied the records of...

Saudi, UAE Donors Help Radicals: US Cable

Saudi, UAE Donors  Help Radicals: US Cable

May 23, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Donors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are sending an estimated $100 million annually to radical Islamic schools in Pakistan that back militancy, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable published Sunday.
The donations come from Islamic charities and missionary organizations and are made “ostensibly with the direct...

US Would Repeat Unilateral Action in Pakistan: Obama

US Would Repeat  Unilateral Action in Pakistan: Obama

May 23, 2011

>KABUL - US President Barack Obama has said a raid similar to the one on Bin Laden compound would be carried out if a top Al-Qaeda or Taliban leader was found in Pakistan.
President Obama has told the BBC in an exclusive interview that the US was respectful of Pakistani au thority and sovereignty but added that no active plans would be allowed to come to fruition without the...

Netanyahu Lectures Obama in Oval Office

Netanyahu Lectures Obama in Oval Office

May 22, 2011

WASHINGTON – Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Barack Obama against chasing what he called a Middle East peace "based on illusions" as he lectured the US president amid a widening rift in US-Israeli ties.
In a dramatic Oval Office appearance, after 90 minutes of talks Friday, Prime Minister Netanyahu emphatically vowed Israel would never...

Russian FM Sees Russia-NATO Missile Project as “Test”

Russian FM Sees Russia-NATO Missile Project as “Test”

May 22, 2011

MOSCOW - The Russia-NATO project to build a joint missile defense system for Europe is a "practical test" of cooperation between the two sides, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
He called the project "an absolutely concrete practical test" for whether the two sides are capable of building a joint...

Iran Bans Ahmadinejad Ally from Office: Fars

Iran Bans Ahmadinejad Ally from Office: Fars

May 22, 2011

TEHRAN – An Iranian court has barred a vice president and ally of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from holding office for "violations" in a previous job, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Saturday, in a blow to the president.
Hamid Baqaie, one of eight vice presidents and seen as particularly close to Ahmadinejad, was banned from public office for four years by...

Turkey Plays Constructive Role Regarding all Issues on the U.N. Agenda

Turkey Plays Constructive Role Regarding all Issues on the U.N. Agenda

on May 21, 2011

ISTANBOLE - Turkey, a founding member of the United Nations (U.N.), is an ardent defender of the principles and goals enshrined in the U.N. Charter, supporting resolution of international disputes through multilateral cooperation.
Within this framework, Turkey plays a constructive role regarding all issues on the U.N. agenda and, therefore, attaches special importance to undertaking active duties and responsibilities within...

Syrian Troop’s Fire during Protests; 17 Killed

Syrian Troop’s Fire during Protests; 17 Killed

on May 21, 2011

BEIRUT – Syrian security forces opened fire on protests around the country Friday in the latest sign the conflict could be moving toward a long and bloody stalemate as President Bashar Assad shrugged off tighter sanctions and U.S. calls to step aside. Activists said at least 17 people were killed, including a 10-year-old boy.
The clashes...

Ahmadinejad Oil Ministry Move Illegal: Iran Watchdog

Ahmadinejad Oil  Ministry Move Illegal: Iran Watchdog

May 21, 2011

TEHRAN – Iran's constitutional watchdog has said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to appoint himself caretaker oil minister is illegal, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Friday.
Ahmadinejad, who has been embroiled in a power struggle with other members of the conservative ruling elite in recent months, was reported...

EU to Impose More Sanctions on Iranian, Libyan, Syrian Regimes

EU to Impose More Sanctions on Iranian, Libyan, Syrian  Regimes

on May 21, 2011

>BRUSSELS - Foreign Ministers of the 27-member European Union during their regular meeting in Brussels on Monday are expected to decide on a new round of sanctions on the regimes in Iran, Libya and Syria, EU sources told journalists here Friday.
The EU is expected to add more Syrian officials on the blacklist that includes a ban on visa for the EU and freezing of...

Saleh Calls for Early Election as Yemenis Protest

Saleh Calls for Early  Election as Yemenis Protest

on May 21, 2011

SANAA – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has agreed to sign a Gulf-brokered power transition, called on Friday for early elections to prevent bloodshed as three months of protests raged on in the fractious country. Saleh has twice backed out of the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) transition deal, most recently on Wednesday, despite diplomatic...

India, Uzbekistan Ink More Than 30 Pacts

India, Uzbekistan Ink More Than 30 Pacts

May 19, 2011

NEW DELHI— India and Uzbekistan on Wednesday signed more than 30 bilateral agreements in varied business entities in areas like information technology, pharmaceuticals, standardization, small and medium enterprises, coal gasification, oil and gas, science and technology, textiles, banking and...

Obama to Visit CIA over Bin Laden Killing

Obama to Visit CIA over Bin Laden Killing

May 19, 2011

WASHINGTON— U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the Central Intelligence Agency on Friday to thank officers for bring down al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, the White House confirmed Wednesday. Obama will head to CIA's Langley, Virginia headquarters to thank officers "for the work they do every day to keep America safe and...

Pakistan, China Premiers Meet Amid Tension with US

Pakistan, China  Premiers Meet Amid Tension with US

May 19, 2011

BEIJING — Pakistan’s prime minister sealed a series of agreements with China on Wednesday, highlighting Islamabad’s warm ties with Beijing amid heightened tensions with Washington over the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The signing ceremony followed talks between Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People at the...

Tanks Shell Syrian Town as West Increases Pressure

Tanks Shell Syrian Town as West  Increases Pressure

May 19, 2011

AMMAN– Tanks shelled a Syrian border town for the fourth day on Wednesday in a military campaign to crush demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad, under mounting Western pressure to stop repression of protest.
Troops went into Tel Kelakh on Saturday, a day after a demonstration there demanded "the overthrow of the regime," the slogan of...

Iranian Lawmakers File Lawsuit against President: Report

Iranian Lawmakers File Lawsuit against President: Report

May 18, 2011

TEHRAN -- A senior member of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) said a number of lawmakers have filed a lawsuit against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration for violating the constitution, the English language satellite Press TV reported Tuesday.
On February 28, a number of legislators filed suit against the...

U.S. Sanctions not to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Work: Iran

U.S. Sanctions  not to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Work: Iran

May 18, 2011

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the U.S. sanctions against Iran will not stop Iranians from pursuing their rights over their nuclear program, the local English language satellite Press TV reported.
"This (using sanctions) is a wrong path that has been taken several times and it has no effect on our nation's will and...

Pakistan PM Hails China Ties Amid Strains with US

Pakistan PM  Hails China Ties Amid Strains with US

May 18, 2011

BEIJING– Pakistan's prime minister declared China his country's best friend in an apparent dig at Washington as he began a visit to China on Tuesday with US ties tested over Osama bin Laden's killing.
Yousuf Raza Gilani's trip follows the killing of the Al-Qaeda leader by US special forces on Pakistani soil this month in a raid that has...

Russia Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Libya

Russia Calls for  Immediate Ceasefire in Libya

May 17, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia insisted on the immediate ceasefire in Libya and opening talks for settlements to end violence in the Northern African country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.
After his talks with visiting Namibian Foreign Minister Utoni Nujoma, Lavrov stressed in a press conference that the ceasefire in Libya and the return of the country to political tracks were in interests of...

Iran Hardliners Sail for Bahrain

Iran Hardliners Sail for Bahrain

May 17, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran – Two ships carrying 120 Iranian hardline activists have left for Bahrain, part of an effort to show solidarity with the Shiite majority population of the tiny island nation.
The leader of the group, Mahdi Eghrarian, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying that the two ships left the...