Archive for August, 2013

Pakistan’s Supreme Court looks to forbid Zardari from leaving country

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistan’s Supreme Court Friday issued a notice to the government to comment on a petition, seeking a ban on President Asif Ali Zardari from leaving the country, court officials said. President Zardari’s tenure will complete on September 8.

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Turkish PM calls for Kosovo-like intervention

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the U.S. statement on a “limited” military action against Syria will not be enough to satisfy Ankara, pleading for an intervention similar to the one in Kosovo in 1999.

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Serbian FM says Pristina is not respecting deals

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić called on Priština on Thursday to respect the agreements reached so far and asked the UN to stay in Kosovo and Metohija. The UN is an “honest broker and a guarantor that the other side will not undermine the

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Turkey is certain that Assad’s is responsible for chemical attack

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday intelligence gathered by Ankara left no doubt that the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a poison gas attack near Damascus last week.

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United States still seeking international coalition after British vote

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is still seeking an international coalition for possible military action against the Syrian regime, despite the British Parliament’s vote against participating. Hagel outlined the U.S. position at a news conference in Manila on August 30.

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Georgia and Armenia to discuss bilateral relations

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan met with Deputy Prime Minister and Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Armenia Today reported with the reference to the Armenian

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Armenian President to visit Russia

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan will pay a working visit to Moscow. President of Russia Vladimir Putin will meet with Armenian President

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Egypt arrests important Muslim Brotherhood politician

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Egyptian police captured senior Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed El-Beltagi yesterday, security sources said, as they pressed on with a crackdown that has put most of the Islamist group’s top leaders behind bars.

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France says Syria strike could come by Wednesday

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande said a military strike on Syria could come by Wednesday and that Britain’s surprise rejection of armed intervention would not affect his government’s stand.

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Germany won’t participate in Syrian war

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

German FM Guido Westerwelle has been quoted as saying that his country was “neither asked to, nor is considering” taking part in a possible attack on Syria. “We are in favor of the UN Security Council finding

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Next meeting of Azerbaijan-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council in November

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

The next meeting of Azerbaijan-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council will be held in the second half of November, Turkey’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coskun said.

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Britain will not participate on military action in Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat on Thursday of a government motion on the issue, dealing a setback to US-led efforts to punish Damascus over the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

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Putin and Merkel discuss situation in Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013 Comments Off

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use the UN Security Council to get a quick international reaction to Syria’s conflict. This is according to a statement made by her spokesman

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Turkish FM discussed Syria with British counterpart

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation with his British counterpart William Hague on Wednesday night.

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India and Pakistan officials to meet in Dubai to ease tensions

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

Former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Shahryar Khan and ex-Indian diplomat S K Lambah, the point men for India- Pakistan back-channel diplomacy, are to meet in Dubai on Thursday to ease tensions and draw a planned meeting between the premiers of the two countries.

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Russia to send two warships to the east Mediterranean

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

Russia is sending two warships to the east Mediterranean, but Moscow denied this meant it was beefing up its naval force there as Western powers prepare for military action against Syria. Any strengthening of the navy’s presence could fuel tension, especially as the United States has said it is

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Britain sends fighter jets to Cyprus

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

Britain has sent six RAF Typhoon jets to its Akrotiri base in Greek Cyprus in a move to protect British interests as tensions grow over Syria, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday.

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US President has not decided yet on Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

President Barack Obama said he had not yet made his decision regarding a U.S. strike on Syria during an interview with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill for PBS on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Mr. Obama reflects on the challenges Americans still face over jobs, health care, education and voting rights.

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EP President Martin Schulz says political solution for Syria still possible

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

President of the European Parliament (EP), Martin Schulz, commented that in the current situation around Syria, there was still an opportunity to find a political solution to the conflict, which to satisfied all members of the UN

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Turkey PM to hold critical meeting on Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to hold a critical and urgent meeting to evaluate the most recent situation in Syria and the possible international military operation in the country.

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Croatia to give up controvensial law after EU pressure

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

“Croatia will undertake the necessary measures to harmonise its law on judicial cooperation with European acquis communautaire,” Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said in a letter to the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barrosso.

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Bulgaria president took part in presentation within Bulgarian-Serbian training

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

President of the Republic of Bulgaria and Commander-in-chief of the Bulgarian Army, Rosen Plevneliev, and Minister of Defence, Angel Naydenov, took part in the presentation of the purposes and tasks of the military training

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Serbian ends visit to China

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić is in Shanghai on Thursday, where he is wrapping up his four-day visit to the People’s Republic of China. On Wednesday, he conferred with the governor and other officials of the Zhejiang province, who, according to reports, voiced strong friendly ties with Serbs and expressed the willingness to cooperate with Serbia.

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Russia evacuated over 100 of its citizens from Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Russia evacuated 116 Russian citizens and nationals of other ex-Soviet states on two planes belonging to the emergencies ministry which flew them from the Syrian port city of Latakia, the ministry said on Wednesday. The first plane, an Ilyushin-76 cargo plane, brought back 89 people wanting to leave the conflict-torn country and landed at Moscow’s […]

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Turkey expects a method of action against Syria to clarify the situation

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey expects a method of action against Syria that will help clarify the picture in the Arab republic rather than measures that will further lead to uncertainty amid the county’s two-year-old civil war, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Aug. 28.

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Britain’s National Security Council backs PM on Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Officials say Britain’s National Security Council has backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

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UNSC to discuss Kosovo on Thursday

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold a debate on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija in New York on Thursday. The council will look at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s latest report, in which he

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Sharif says Pakistan and Afghanistan have to work closely to bring peace to the region

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistan and Afghanistan have to work closely to bring peace to the region, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today after extended talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr Karzai prolonged his visit to Pakistan by a day at Mr Sharif’s request and the two leaders discussed regional

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Afghan President ends visit to Pakistan

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Afghan President Hamid Karzai concluded a two-day trip to Pakistan on Tuesday by inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Kabul. Karzai came to Islamabad to meet Sharif for the first time since his election in May in a bid to overcome a series of public rows that have hampered efforts to end 12 years […]

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Romania and Moldova start construction of joint pipeline

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Romania will produce enough natural gas by 2018, to meet its domestic consumption and that of the Republic of Moldova, visiting Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said

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Russia warns that strikes on Syria could destabilize the Middle East

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Russia on Wednesday warned the West that military strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could destabilize the entire Middle East, as it again denied his government was behind a chemical weapons attack.

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EC could put Croatia under monitoring over law on communist crimes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Croatia refused to abolish a law exempting crimes committed during the Communist era and war crimes. Therefore, the European Commission (EC) may put EU’s newest member state

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Bulgaria’s Security Council to discuss Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

“Over the next few days the Security Council with the Prime Minister will hold a sitting over the situation in Syria,” Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Vigenin said after a meeting with Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Secretary General of the Council on Regional Cooperation Goran Svilanovic. “We will continue discussing the issue at […]

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Greece rejects speculation of a role in military intervention in Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

Greece’s political leadership on Tuesday dismissed speculation of a Greek role in a possible military intervention in Syria. Greece is a “bastion of stability and security in a region set ablaze,” Greek Prime Minister

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Next talks on Kosovo to be held on September 8

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Comments Off

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after the 15th round of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue that a new round of talks would be held on September 8. Ashton stated late on Tuesday in Brussels said that both Ivica Dačić

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