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European Leaders Push for $163 Bln in Measures
June 23, 2012
ROME - The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to push for a growth package worth up to €130 billion ($163 billion) at a European Union summit next week that's intended to kick-start the economy and safeguard the currency bloc. President Francois Hollande of France, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish ...
Mubarak Health Drama Adds to Egypt Uncertainty
June 21, 2012
CAIRO - Hosni Mubarak's move out of jail to a Cairo military hospital where officials said he was slipping in and out of a coma on Wednesday has created a fresh sense of uncertainty for Egyptians as the wait for results of a presidential election drags ...
EU to Limit Impact of Bank Rescue on Spain’s Deficit
June 20, 2012
LOS CABOS, Mexico - The European Union is working on a formula to limit the impact on Spain's public deficit of a bank rescue worth up to 100 billion euros by issuing very long loans at very low rates, a senior EU official said on Tuesday.
With the results of an independent audit of Spanish lenders expected ...
Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Gilani
June 20, 2012
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office on Tuesday.
However, there seems to be no immediate threat to the stability of the government since the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has a ...
Russia to Send Marines to Syria
June 19, 2012
MOSCOW — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian ...
UN urged to send armed peacekeepers to Syria
June 18, 2012
Syria's opposition has urged the United Nations to send armed peacekeepers into the country after UN monitors suspended their operations because of raging violence.The exiled Syrian National Council, the country's main opposition group, in a statement issued ...
Egypt Votes to Choose Successor to Hosni Mubarak
June 17, 2012
CAIRO — Egyptians on Saturday voted to choose between a conservative Islamist and Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister in a presidential runoff once billed as the country's long-awaited shift to democracy but now clouded by pessimism over the ...
Germany Won’t Be Pressed Into Quick Fixes: Merkel
June 16, 2012
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Friday to resist pressure for quick fixes to the European crisis when she meets world leaders at the Group of 20 summit next week, saying Europe must tackle its problems "at the roots" by lowering debt and increasing ...
King of Ghazal Mehdi Hassan Passes Away
June 14, 2012
KARACHI - Legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer, Mehdi Hassan, passed away after a protracted illness in a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday.
Only last month, king of ghazal Mehdi Hassan, was discharged from hospital. However, just a day later, he was admitted back due to health problems. This time round though, he hasn't been put on ...
Food Supply Tenuous for 16 Million N. Koreans: UN
June 13, 2012
PYONGYANG, North Korea — Millions of North Korean children are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.
Nearly a third of North Korean children under age 5 show signs of ...
Syria Conflict Becomes ‘More Alarming’: Russian FM
June 10, 2012
MOSCOW — Russia has growing concerns about the conflict in Syria, but it will continue to oppose the outside use of force, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday.
"The situation in Syria is becoming more alarming," Lavrov told a news conference, during which he pushed Russia's proposal for an international conference on the crisis. "An impression is being ...
6 Powers, Iran, Remain Split on Nuclear Issues
June 09, 2012
VIENNA — Iran and six world powers seeking to coax Tehran into curbing its nuclear activities appear to be coming to talks later this month without resolving the differences that scuttled previous rounds, according to recent letters exchanged between the two ...
Iran Sanctions Counterproductive: Lavrov
June 07, 2012
MOSCOW - Further sanctions on Iran would be "counter-productive", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during an official visit to China on Wednesday.
"Additional sanctions are completely counter-productive, they are already adopted not only by ...
China, Russia Vow to Tighten UN Partnership
June 06, 2012
BEJING - China and Russia pledged Tuesday to increase their cooperation in the United Nations, as the giant neighbours try to resist mounting pressure for international action to stop the bloodshed in Syria.China's President Hu Jintao said closer cooperation would allow the two countries, whose stance has angered Western powers, to ...
IAEA Urges Iran to Sign Nuclear Deal
June 05, 2012
VIENNA - The head of the UN nuclear agency urged Iran on Monday to sign a deal allowing greater clarity on its disputed nuclear drive and announced that new talks with Tehran would be held this week.
At the start of a week-long meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors in Vienna, Yukiya Amano ...
Turkish PM Accuses Assad of ‘Autocratic’ Behavior
June 04, 2012
ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused his one-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of autocratic behavior, saying that such an approach would not serve peace.
"So far, I haven't seen him approach reforms with a democratic understanding. He is still approaching ...
IAEA Sees New “Activities” at Iran Site: Diplomats
May 31, 2012
VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog showed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that Iran may be cleaning a site where inspectors suspect it has carried out tests relevant to developing atomic bombs, participants at a closed-door briefing said. One person who attended ...
Peace Plan Depends on ‘End of Terrorism’: Assad to Annan
May 30, 2012
DAMASCUS - The success of Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan depends on "the end of terrorism," Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the UN-Arab League envoy on Tuesday, state television reported.
"The success of the Annan plan depends on the end of terrorist ...
Hague Warns of ‘All-Out Civil War’ in Syria
May 29, 2012
LONDON - Britain warned on Monday that failure by the two sides in Syria to implement UN envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan could lead to "all-out civil war and collapse" in the violence-torn country.
"It is not as if the alternatives in Syria are the Annan plan or ...
Merkel’s Lead over German Opposition Slumps: Poll
May 28, 2012
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives saw their lead over the main centre-left opposition party crumble in the sharpest one-week shift in German voter sentiment in seven years, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. An eight percentage point lead by Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) over the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) fell to just two points during a week that saw the chancellor face pressure over the ...
Enriched Uranium Traces A ‘Technical Issue’: Iran
May 27, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — A top Iranian nuclear negotiator said traces of enriched uranium discovered at an underground bunker came from a "routine technical issue," the country's official IRNA news ...
Working to Get U.N. Missions Bank Accounts: U.S.
May 26, 2012
UNITED NATIONS - Responding to a complaint by Syria's U.N. envoy, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said on Friday it was working to ensure that foreign diplomatic missions whose accounts have been closed by U.S. banks are able to get new ...
Egyptians Vote in First Free Presidential Election
May 24, 2012
CAIRO — More than 15 months after autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Egyptians streamed to polling stations Wednesday to freely choose a president for the first time in generations. Waiting hours in line, some debated to the last minute over their vote in a historic election pitting old regime figures against ascending ...
IMF Calls on UK to Do More to Boost Economy
May 23, 2012
LONDON — The International Monetary Fund has issued a tough assessment of U.K. economic policy, urging the coalition government and Bank of England to do more to boost demand in the economy.The IMF's report of its latest consultation with British authorities released Tuesday called for more stimulus, either through further rounds of ...
IAEA Chief in Iran to Press for Nuclear Cooperation
May 22, 2012
TEHRAN - The head of the UN nuclear surveillance agency pressed Iran over inspections during a visit to Tehran on Monday that was being closely watched ahead of wider nuclear talks between Iran and world powers later this week. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano kicked off his ...
Turkish PM Visits Pakistan for Three-Day Visit
May 20, 2012
ISLAMABAD - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive on Sunday for a three-day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani for wide-ranging talks. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will be leading a high-powered delegation, will also hold talks with the top leadership of Pakistan on the entire gamut of ...
Monitors Alone Cannot End Syria Bloodshed: UN
May 19, 2012
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The head of a U.N. observer team in Syria cautioned Friday that the mission cannot achieve a permanent end to the violence without genuine talks between the two sides that have been locked in a violent conflict for more than a year.Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the Norwegian head of the 200-strong observer team, spoke as ...
Syrians Support His Reform Efforts: Assad
May 17, 2012
BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad has told a Russian state news channel that his country supports his reform agenda. He says recent parliamentary elections in the country show that Syrians "up to this time support the course ...
Hollande Names Ayrault New French Prime Minister
May 16, 2012
PARIS— Francois Hollande was sworn in Tuesday as France's new president — the first Socialist to lead the country since 1995 — and within hours named lawmaker Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new prime ...
German Opposition Wins Major State Election
May 15, 2012
BERLIN — Voters in Germany's most populous state inflicted an embarrassingly heavy defeat on Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives Sunday and strengthened a regional government that the German leader's party had portrayed as irresponsibly spendthrift. The outcome boosted Germany's center-left opposition, and was a bitter pill to swallow for ...
Iran Warns West Ahead of IAEA, Baghdad Talks
May 14, 2012
TEHRAN - Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Sunday that Tehran will not yield to pressure ahead of talks with the UN atomic watchdog and the world powers over its controversial nuclear drive.
"The time for pressure strategy has come to an end," Jalili ...
India Agrees $560m US Artillery Deal
May 13, 2012
NEW DEHLI- India agreed a $560 million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the US as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware, an official said Saturday.
India is updating its military capabilities with hardware worth tens of billions of dollars in the face of long-standing tensions with regional rivals China and ...
EU Sees Hope of Recovery from Recession
May 12, 2012
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that a recession brought on by a crippling debt crisis could give way to a modest recovery later this year — provided governments persevere on the tough austerity track.It suggested that more growth-enhancing measures can be pursued alongside strict budgetary controls, but only as long as they do not ...
UN Chides Blast as ‘Violence Syrians Do Not Need’
May 10, 2012
DARAA - A blast that hit troops escorting UN observers in Syria's south on Wednesday was "a graphic example of violence that the Syrian people do not need," said UN observer chief Major General Robert Mood.
The incident in the southern city of Daraa came a day after UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan warned that his peace plan could be the last ...
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 ...