Archive for September, 2013

Turkish PM announces reforms to strengthen democracy

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled a long-anticipated reform package on Monday to facilitate a settlement process aiming to end a three- decade Kurdish insurgency. Under the framework of political party amendments, parties will be able to make their election campaigns in languages other than Turkish, Erdogan said, a move

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Egypt recalls ambassador to Tunisia

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Tunisia, Ayman Mesharrafa, in response to the Tunisian president’s demand of releasing ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. The Egyptian interim government has recalled its ambassador from Tunisia.

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Egyptian court upholds one-year prison sentence for ex-PM

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

An Egyptian court upheld a one-year prison sentence against former Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, who was appointed by deposed President Mohamed Mursi, and the judge said he must now serve the jail term. Kandil was handed the sentence in April, when he still headed the government, for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalize […]

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Serbian President to address PACE

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić will address the regular session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which begins on Monday in Strasbourg.

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Turkish President welcomes Obama-Rouhani phone call

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has hailed the historic phone conversation between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iran’s newly-elected leader, Hassan Rouhani, on Sept. 27 – the highest-level contact between the two countries since 1979. “I am pleased to learn the phone call between President Obama and President Rohani,” Gül said, tweeting in English. “I have […]

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Turkish PM discusses Syria and Egypt with Qatari emir

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was scheduled to have a tête-à-tête meeting with new Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Friday in İstanbul to discuss the latest developments in the region, particularly

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Turkey hails UN resolution on Syria

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has welcomed a draft resolution of the U.N. Security Council to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. The resolution itself is important, Davutoğlu said Sept. 27, since the Security Council has considered the Syrian crisis as

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Pakistan rejects Indian allegations as “unnecessary”

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

The Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has rejected the allegations leveled by the Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid against the Pakistan Army that it was hindering the peace process between the two countries. In a statement issued by the Press Information Department, the Minister termed the Indian remarks against the Pakistan

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Pakistani, Indian Prime Ministers hold meeting to ease tensions

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Sunday his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in ground breaking talks aimed at reducing tensions and resuming the peace process. The two Prime Ministers shook hand and introduced members of their respective delegates and the flags of the two countries formed the background of the meeting held on the sidelines

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Iranian FM says his country is open for negotiations with US

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

Iran would open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors as part of broad negotiations with the United States that could eventually restore diplomatic relations between the adversaries and those talks have the backing of the nation’s supreme leader, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday.

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Obama holds historic phone call with Iranian President

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

U.S. President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call Friday, in the highest level conversation between the estranged nations in over three decades. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said both men had directed their teams to work

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Explosion rocks north town in Mali

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

An explosion went off Sunday afternoon in the northern Malian town of Kidal near a former storage facility for the United Nations World Food Program. No casualties were reported, and authorities said it may have been an accident.

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UNSC passes resolution ordering Syria to destroy chemical arms

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution Friday ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus. UN leader Ban Ki-moon, who called the resolution “the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time,” said he hopes to convene a peace conference in mid-November.

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Syrian rebels capture military post on border with Jordan

Monday, September 30, 2013 Comments Off

A Syrian activist group says rebels have captured a military post south of the country on the border with Jordan after four days of fighting. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 26 soldiers were killed in the battle as well as a number of rebels, including seven foreign fighters.

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Turkish FM says the Syrian regime causes spread of radicalism in the country

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

The cause of the spread of radicalism, intolerance and interfaith clashes in Syria is President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogu said. “The main reason for the spread of radicalism in Syria is President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as the spread of such ideas is in the interests of Syrian regime,” Davutoglu said.

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Egypt condemns Tunisian President statements at UN General Assembly

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected and condemned statements made by Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki during a speech delivered to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday night, the ministry alleged Marzouki had called on Egyptian authorities to release “what he described as political prisoners”. It added […]

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United States and Russia reach agreement on Syria U.N. chemical arms measure

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

Ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock, the United States and Russia reached an agreement on Thursday on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ridding Syria of its chemical weapons arsenal. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said a deal was struck with Russia

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John Kerry says Iran sanctions could be eased in months

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that if Iran takes rapid measures to cooperate with international monitoring of its nuclear program, Washington could begin lifting sanctions within months. Speaking to CBS News flagship 60 Minutes he said Iran should, for example, open up its Fordow underground

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NATO chief says KFOR “won’t grow into army”

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

NATO chief Fogh Rasmussen gave assurances to President Tomislav Nikolić on Thursday that Kosovo security forces would not grow into an army. “Serbia is a key factor of peace and stability in the region,” Rasmussen said during talks with Nikolić on the sidelines of the session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tanjug said learned […]

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UN Chemical experts to finish work in Syria by Monday

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

A team of UN experts investigating alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria expects to complete its in-country work by Monday, the United Nations said on Friday. In a statement issued from Damascus, the UN said the team would investigate seven alleged attacks and “expects to finalise its activities in the country by Monday, 30th September”.

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Turkish President, Obama discuss Syria

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish President Abdullah Gül said he discussed the ongoing Syria conflict in depth with the United States President Barack Obama while having lunch in New York. Gül told reporters afterwards that Obama was at the same lunch table as he was, which gave the two the opportunity

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Mali rebels suspend peace talks

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

Tuareg and Arab rebels, who control northern Mali, announced on Thursday the suspension of negotiations with the Bamako government, dealing a blow to hopes of a durable peace. The central issue is the future status of northern Mali, which the Tuareg movements call “Azawad.” The rebels are seeking autonomy, something the central government is unwilling […]

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Kenya buries its victims of mall tragedy

Friday, September 27, 2013 Comments Off

Kenya on Thursday buried victims of a four-day mall massacre by Islamist gunmen as international forensic and security experts scanned the rubble for bodies and clues. Weeping mourners from multiple religions gathered for the latest funerals of the 67 victims whose bodies have so far been recovered from the wreckage of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall.

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China and India to discuss border affairs

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

China and India will hold a two-day meeting in Beijing to discuss border affairs, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The fourth Meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination over China-India Border Affairs

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Indian PM to meet US President Barack Obama

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington tomorrow to discuss a wide range of issues and their shared objectives, the White House has said. “He (Obama) very much looks forward to the meeting,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters ahead of Dr Singh’s arrival.

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Assad says he will respect chemical weapons convention

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Damascus Syria is committed to the convention against chemical weapons it signed under a US-Russian deal and sees “no obstacles” to its implementation, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday. Speaking to Venezuela’s Telesur, the Syrian leader insisted that his regime was complying with a deal under which Damascus will turn over its […]

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Serbia is against Kosovo’s accession in UN

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday to say that Serbia has neither de jure nor de facto “recognized Kosovo.” The EU-mediated agreement reached with Priština in April “in no way means that Belgrade intends to accept Kosovo’s accession to the UN and other international organization,” he added.

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Serbian, Russian FMs meet in New York

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in New York, where they are attending the UN Nations General Assembly. Mrkić said that he and Lavrov spoke about progress in the preparations for the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Serbia.

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Tunisian President confident in the success of the transition process in his country

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Tunisian Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki expressed confidence in the success of the transition process in Tunisia despite the stumbling blocks and the difficulties met, quoting, among other things, a minority that “does not believe in democracy and tries to disrupt the process.”

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Obama urges UN to agree resolution on accountability for Syrian President if he doesn’t give up chemical weapons

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama said yesterday that the UN Security Council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for President Bashar Assad if he doesn’t meet demands to dismantle his stockpile.

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Turkish President meets Obama in New York

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has had conversation with his U.S. counterpart Barrack Obama in private during a lunch hosted by the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on Sept.24 for the honorary of delegation

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Mortar shell hits Iraq consulate in Syrian capital Damascus

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

An Iraqi woman was killed on Thursday when a mortar round slammed into Iraq’s consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus. There was no immediate confirmation of the nationality of the three wounded in the attack that came at around noon in the northwest of the city. Syrian rebels battling against the regime have established several […]

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Egypt’s relations with US are “unsettled”, says minister

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Egypt’s relations with the United States are “unsettled” as the country struggles to redefine its national interests vis-à-vis other countries, the foreign minister said. The U.S. was a close ally of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s longtime authoritarian ruler who was ousted in an uprising in early 2011. America counted on him to keep the peace with Israel and […]

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Western countries help Kenya in mall attack investigation

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

U.S., British and Israeli agencies are helping Kenya investigate an attack by Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people and destroyed part of the complex. After a four-day siege, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday troops had defeated the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group that targeted the shopping center popular with prosperous Kenyans and foreigners.

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Militant attack kills 8 in Indian Kashmir

Thursday, September 26, 2013 Comments Off

Militants dressed in Indian army uniforms killed eight people in attacks on an Indian police station and army base near the Pakistan border on Thursday, triggering calls to cancel talks between the rival nations’ leaders at the weekend. The group of about three militants killed six people in the attack on the police station in the disputed […]

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