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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’
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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 ...
Ban Discusses Climate Change
September 25, 2011
NEW YORK - As the General Assembly continued its annual high-level debate, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met separately with several leaders to discuss issues ranging from regional cooperation in Central Asia and the situation in Lebanon to climate change and nuclear ...
G20 Pledges “All Necessary Actions” to Tackle Global Crisis
September 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Group of 20 (G20) major economies Thursday vowed to take strong actions to address the worsening global financial crisis that threatens world economy. "We commit to take all necessary actions to preserve the stability of banking systems and financial markets as required," the G20 officials said in a communique after ...
China Calls for Int’l Cooperation on Countering Terrorism
September 22, 2011
YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Terrorism was a common scourge to the international community and China would continue to step up its cooperation with other countries to fight it, China's top police officer said here Wednesday. Meng Jianzhu, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, made ...
Clinton, Davutoglu Discuss PKK, Israel, Arab Issues
September 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed US solidarity with Turkey on the issue of PKK attacks during a meeting in New York as UN General Assembly attendees gathered there on Monday. At a backgrond briefing on the meeting, by two high-level State Department officials, one official said the US cooperates with Turkey ...
US, Turkey Hold Talks on Turkey-Israel Row
September 20, 2011
WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began talks here Monday with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as Turkey spurns US offers to mediate in its showdown with Israel. Washington has expressed concern about the bitter row between its top regional allies ...
Merkel Party Suffers Fresh Election Setback in Berlin
September 19, 2011
BERLIN - Germany's center-left Social Democrats beat Angela Merkel's conservatives in a regional election in the city-state of Berlin on Sunday, handing the chancellor her sixth defeat in seven elections this year. The SPD won 29.5 percent of the vote in Berlin, down from 30.8 percent in 2006 in Germany's largest city with 3.4 million inhabitants ...
Turkey Refuses US Mediation in Crisis with Israel
September 18, 2011
ANKARA - Turkey does not need United States' mediation to solve a long-lasting crisis with Israel over a deadly 2010 flotilla raid, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday.
"We do not need mediation ... for Israel in any way," Davutoglu said during a televised press conference in the central ...
AQAP Most Dangerous in “Global Jihad”: Petraeus
September 14, 2011
WASHINGTON - Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has emerged as "the most dangerous regional node in the global jihad," Retired Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday during his first Capitol Hill appearance as CIA Director.
Petraeus made the remarks when testifying along with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper before a joint hearing of the House ...
Flotilla Raid Was ‘Cause for War’: Turkey
September 13, 2011
ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's prime minister said Monday that Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year was "cause for war" but added that his country showed "patience" and refrained from taking any action.
Erdogan made the comments before departing for a visit to Egypt later ...
Americans Mark September 11
September 12, 2011
NEW YORK - Americans on Sunday remembered the horror of September 11, 2001, and the nearly 3,000 people who died in the hijacked plane attacks as authorities worked to ensure the emotional 10th anniversary was peaceful.
"God is our refuge and strength," President Barack Obama said, reading from Psalm 46, during the ceremony at Ground Zero, the ...
Ban Uses 9/11 to Call for Global Anti-Terror Treaty
September 10, 2011
CANBERRA - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has used the approaching 10th anniversary of September 11 attacks on the United States to renew his call for a global counter-terrorism treaty, which has been thwarted for a decade amid arguments over what constitutes ...
Turkey Suspends Commercial, Military, and Defense Industry Relations with Israel: Erdogan
September 07, 2011
ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey has suspended its commercial, military and defense industry relations with Israel.
"We have already taken some steps.
And we are determined to maintain ...
Europe, U.S. Need More Economic Stimulus: IMF
September 06, 2011
BERLIN - The United States and European countries should mull new stimulus measures to shore up their economies, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christina Lagarde said Sunday.
In an interview with the Spiegel magazine, she said there are fears about another financial crisis, but the gloom can be averted if ...
Merkel’s Coalition Faces Rough Ride in Regional Election
September 05, 2011
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right coalition could face a further drubbing at the polls Sunday in a regional election in Germany's poorest state, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have been junior coalition partners to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the sparsely ...
Turkey will Challenge Gaza Blockade: Davutoglu
September 04, 2011
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is preparing to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice, the foreign minister said Saturday, racheting up tensions between the once close allies.
Ahmet Davutoglu's comments came a day after Turkey expelled the Israel's ambassador and severed military ties with the country, angered
Turkey Expels Israeli Ambassador
September 03, 2011
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and said Friday it is cutting military ties with Jerusalem over last year's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people.
Turkey's move came before the anticipated publication Friday of a U.N. report on violence aboard a Gaza-bound protest flotilla. The ...
Iran Warns Against “Change in Syria’s Government”: Salehi
August 29, 2011
TEHRAN - Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi warned against "dire consequences of change in Syria's government," the English language satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.
Syria has highly-sensitive neighbors and therefore (any) change in ...
Russia, China Resists U.N. Syria Sanctions Push: Envoys
August 28, 2011
UNITED NATIONS - A U.S. and European push to impose U.N. Security Council sanctions on Syria for its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators is meeting fierce resistance from Russia and China, U.N. diplomats said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Portugal have circulated a draft resolution that calls for sanctions against Syrian ...
No Place for Israel in Region: Ahmadinejad
August 27, 2011
TEHRAN, Iran— The Iranian president said on Friday there will be no room for Israel in the region after the formation of a Palestinian state, and that once the state is established, the liberation of all Palestinian lands should follow. The comments by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reflected his typical ...
Gaddafi Still Has Influence, Military Potential: Medvedev
August 25, 2011
MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi still has influence and military potential despite some successes by the rebels.
He said there were still two powers in Libya, where Gaddafi and his supporters still had a certain influence.
The Russian president made ...
IAEA Seeks Safety Checks in All Atomic Energy States
August 24, 2011
VIENNA - The UN atomic agency wants to carry out at least one safety check mission in each country with nuclear power in the coming three years under proposals aimed at preventing any repeat of Japan's nuclear crisis. The draft document from the International Atomic Energy Agency, a revised version of a plan presented to IAEA member states this month, ...
Gaddafi Forces Must End Fighting in Libya: Ban
August 23, 2011
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to stop fighting and allow a peaceful transition of power in the oil-producing North African state."It is crucial now for the conflict to end with no further loss of life and retribution," he said. "I welcome the ...
Biden Tells China: US will Never Default on Debt
August 22, 2011
US Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that the world's biggest economy would never default on its debts, during a visit aimed at boosting Chinese confidence in America's beleaguered finances.
In a speech to hundreds of university students in the vast southwestern city of Chengdu, Biden also urged China to 'cherish' a ...
Kyrgyz President Promised to Step Down Peacefully
August 21, 2011
BISHKEK - Kyrgyz President for the interim period RozaOtunbayeva said on Friday that she will step down after the upcoming presidential election."As soon as the presidential election is over, I will hand power over peacefully. I am not clinging to power," she said during ...
Turkish PM on Humanitarian Visit to Somalia
August 20, 2011
MOGADISHU - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family on Friday arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu to assess the humanitarian crisis brought about by the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa nation. The Turkish prime minister, accompanied by a large high level delegation, visited the refugee camps in the Somali capital Mogadishu ...
Tehran Ready to Resume Nuclear Talks: Iranian FM
August 18, 2011
MOSCOW — Iran is ready to resume negotiations on its nuclear program and a Russian proposal will aid the process, Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday. Ali Akbar Salehi spoke at a news conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, but neither side gave new details ...
US, S. Korea Begin War Drills Aimed at N. Korea
August 17, 2011
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea on Tuesday began joint war games that North Korea has warned would choke off budding diplomacy and drive the Korean peninsula to war.
After months of hostility and threats, diplomats from the United States and the two Koreas have held talks meant to restart long-stalled ...