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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 ...
Global Economy on Recovery Path, Risks Remain
March 19, 2012
BEIJING - The global economy has stepped back from the brink of danger and signs of stabilization are emerging from the euro zone and the United States, but high debt levels in developed markets and rising oil prices are key risks ahead, the IMF said on Sunday.
"The global economy may be on a path to recovery, but there is ...
Egypt’s Islamists to Play Key Role in Constitution
March 18, 2012
CAIRO— Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament has overwhelmingly voted in favor of ensuring that its own lawmakers will comprise the bulk of a panel that will write the country's constitution.
Lawmakers Saturday voted on the criteria for the makeup of a 100-member panel drafting the document. The Islamists, who dominate ...
US Denies Sending Warning to Iran via Russia
March 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - The United States denied on Thursday a Russian media report that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had asked Russia to warn Iran that it was facing its "last chance" to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program diplomatically.
"The secretary did not send a warning to the Iranians through ...
US, Russia to Talk Syria at Key UN Mideast Meeting
March 13, 2012
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Syria's president on Monday to take swift action to end his regime's bloody crackdown and appealed to the divided U.N. Security Council to speak with one voice and help Syria "pull back from the brink of a ...
Iran Nuclear Talks will Fail Under Pressure: Larijani
March 08, 2012
TEHRAN - Talks on Iran's controversial nuclear program will fail if world powers use "pressure" during the negotiations, Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday.
"They (world powers) should pay attention that if they want to continue pressure in the talks, it will achieve nothing," Larijani ...
IAEA Has “Serious Concerns” as Iran Boosts Nuclear Work
March 06, 2012
Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has "serious concerns" about possible military dimensions to Tehran's atomic activities, the agency's chief said on Monday. As International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano voiced his concerns at an IAEA ...
Putin Wins Russian Presidential Election
March 06, 2012
KABUL - Vladimir Putin has won his third term as Russia's president, securing nearly 64% of the vote, election officials said according to the BBC.
He has spent the past four years as Russia's prime minister because the constitution would not allow him three consecutive terms as ...
Iran Increasing ‘Secret Aid’ to Syria
March 05, 2012
Iran is stepping up its military and intelligence support for Syrian government troops in their crackdown against opposition strongholds, The Washington Post reported late Saturday. Citing three unnamed US officials with access to intelligence reports from the region, the newspaper said Tehran had increased supplies of arms and other aid ...
Russia, China Joins UN Council in Syria Rebuke
March 04, 2012
Russia and China joined other U.N. Security Council members on Thursday in expressing "deep disappointment" at Syria's failure to allow the U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos to visit the country and urged that she be allowed in immediately.The 15 nations on the council also said in a unanimously agreed statement ...
European states sign new fiscal treaty
March 03, 2012
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The leaders of 25 European countries on Friday signed a new treaty designed to prevent the 17 members of the eurozone from living beyond their means and avoid a repeat of the region's crippling debt ...
North Korea to Suspend Nuclear Activities: US
March 01, 2012
WASHINGTON - the United States said Wednesday North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear activities and accept a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, in a breakthrough in negotiations with the secretive communist nation.
The announcement comes little more than two months after the death of longtime ruler Kim Jong Il, and suggests North Korea has met the key ...
Situation in Syria Deteriorating: UN Rights Chief
February 29, 2012
GENEVA — there needs to be an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Syria, the U.N. human rights chief declared Tuesday, saying the situation has deteriorated rapidly as the Assad regime steps up its onslaught against the opposition. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the world has to take action to ...
Syrian Regime Must Agree to Cease-Fire: Clinton
February 25, 2012
TUNIS, Tunisia — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Syrian regime will have "more blood on its hands" if it doesn't immediately comply with cease-fire demands being issued by a group of 70 Western and Arab nations. In opening remarks to an international conference of the Friends of Syria group, Clinton said the regime of ...
Russia Warns against ‘Catastrophic’ Attack on Iran
February 23, 2012
MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday warned a strike against Iran could have "catastrophic" consequences and urged nations not to draw early conclusions from this week's failed mission by UN nuclear experts.
"The scenario of military action against Iran would be ...
Iran Sets Conditions for Oil to European Nations
Febraury 22, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has laid out conditions for future oil exports to other European countries after halting sales to Britain and France earlier this week, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
The remarks by the spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, came a day after oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel following ...
Ban Calls on All Countries to Ratify CTBT
Febraury 19, 2012
VIENNA - UN Secretary General has called on the remaining countries that have not yet ratified the comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to come forward and sign it so that it can become global law.
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the ...
UN Tells Assad to Step Down
Febraury 18, 2012
NEW YORK — The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a resolution backing an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and strongly condemning human rights violations by his regime.
The vote in the 193-member world body on the Arab-sponsored ...
Iran Claims Two Steps to Nuclear Self-Sufficiency
Febraury 16, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran claimed Wednesday that it has taken two major steps toward mastering the production of nuclear fuel, a defiant move in response to increasingly tough Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad oversaw the insertion of the first ...
Iran Urges Hamas to Continue Fight against Israel
Febraury 13, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's leaders urged the Hamas prime minister of Gaza to continue the Islamic militant group's resistance against Israel and promised support, state TV reported on Sunday.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh that Iran would always stand by the Palestinian "resistance" against Israel and warned him ...
Iran to Reveal New Nuke Achievements: Ahmadinejad
Febraury 12, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will soon unveil "big new" nuclear achievements, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday while reiterating Tehran's readiness to revive talks with the West over the country's controversial nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad spoke at a rally in Tehran as tens of thousands of ...
Russia will Keep Shielding Assad at UN: Diplomat
Febraury 11, 2012
MOSCOW — A senior Russian diplomat signaled Friday that Moscow will again use its veto power at the United Nations to block any resolution aimed at ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.
Last weekend, Russia voted "no" at the U.N. Security Council for a second time in four months to block a resolution urging ...
Turkey Plans International Conference on Syria
Febraury 09, 2012
ANKARA — Turkey plans an international conference "as soon as possible" with regional players and world powers in a fresh attempt to resolve the Syrian crisis, its foreign minister said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would speak on the phone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, whose country voted down a UN ...
Iran Calls New US Sanctions ‘Psychological War’
Febraury 08, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday dismissed the new U.S. sanctions, saying they are part of a "psychological war" meant to sow discontent among Iranians and insisting the measures would not halt the country's nuclear program.
Washington ordered the new penalties on Monday, giving U.S. banks additional powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government and ...
Syria Bombards Homs; West Scrambles for New Strategy
Febraury 07, 2012
BEIRUT - Syrian forces bombarded Homs on Monday, killing 50 people in a sustained assault on several districts of the city which has become a center of armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian National Council opposition group said.
Western countries seeking Assad's downfall were scrambling to find a ...
World Lacks Enough Food, Fuel as Population Soars: UN
January 31, 2012
LONDON - The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a U.N. report warned on Monday.
As the world's population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by ...
UN Nuclear Inspection Gets Under Way in Iran
January 30, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran— U.N. nuclear inspectors began a critical mission to Iran on Sunday to probe allegations of a secret atomic weapons program amid escalating Western economic pressures and warnings about safeguarding Gulf oil shipments from possible Iranian blockades.
The findings from the three-day visit could ...
Arab League Suspends Syria Mission as Violence Rages
January 29, 2012
BEIRUT - The Arab League said on Saturday it had suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of "the critical deterioration of the situation" as state security forces battled rebels holding three suburbs just outside Damascus.
The Arab League called last week for President Bashar al-Assad to ...
Onus is on Iran in Nuclear Dispute: Ban
January 28, 2012
DAVOS, Switzerland — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged a resumption of dialogue between Western powers and Iran on their nuclear dispute Friday, and said Tehran must comply with Security Council resolutions and prove conclusively that its nuclear development program is not directed to making arms.
"The onus is on Iran," said Ban, speaking here at a press ...
Russia ‘to Deploy Missiles on EU Border This Year’
January 26, 2012
MOSCOW - Russia plans to deploy Iskander missiles on the European Union's border later this year, a source in its western Baltic Fleet told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday.
A source told the news agency that senior naval staff had confirmed plans to assign personnel for a naval unit set to service the missile ...
750,000 Yemeni Children are Malnourished: UNICEF
January 25, 2012
SANAA, Yemen — A year of Yemen's turmoil has exacerbated the number of malnourished children under the age of five to around 750,000, UNICEF said Tuesday, appealing to the government and the international community to help develop the country's infrastructure to tackle the problem.
In some parts of this country of 20 million people, the number of ...
EU Bans Iranian Oil, Tehran Responds with Threats
January 24, 2012
BRUSSELS/TEHRAN - The European Union banned imports of oil from Iran on Monday and imposed a number of other economic sanctions, joining the United States in a new round of measures aimed at deflecting Tehran's nuclear development program.
In Iran, one politician responded by renewing a threat to blockade ...
Yemen grants Saleh immunity to try to end crisis
January 22, 2012
(SANAA)Yemen's parliament approved a law on Saturday granting outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution, part of a deal for him to step down after nearly a year of unrest.Protesters and the opposition have accused the security forces, controlled by the president and aides, of using troops and snipers to kill hundreds of ...
Pressure Mounts for UN to Intervene in Syria
January 21, 2012
DAMASCUS — Pressure mounted on the Arab League on Friday to seek UN intervention in the face of growing exasperation that the bloc's hard-won observer mission in Syria has failed to staunch 10 months of killing.
Meanwhile, thousands of people poured out of mosques after Friday ...
Obama Raises Pressure for Syria Regime Change
January 19, 2012
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama vowed to redouble efforts to force a change of regime in Syria as the UN Security Council struggled to agree on a resolution on Damascus's crackdown on dissent.
Obama said concerns about the crackdown on demonstrators by President Bashar al-Assad's forces had been "uppermost" in talks with ...