Archive for November, 2013

Iran agrees to temporary freeze nuclear program

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

Iran struck a historic deal with six world powers yesterday, agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most significant agreement in more than three decades of estrangement.

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Clashes between Libyan troops and Islamist militants in Benghazi

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

Clashes between Libyan troops and militants in the eastern city of Benghazi Nov. 25 killed at least three people and wounded a dozen more during a military operation, security and medical officials said. The army ordered residents to stay off the city streets.

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EU disapproves Russian pressure on Ukraine

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

The EU on Monday sharply criticized Russian pressure on Ukraine to drop a landmark cooperation accord with the bloc, due to have been signed this week, and said the deal was still “on the table.”

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Pakistani PM calls for resuming dialogue with India

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India, while addressing an international literary and cultural conference. Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with its neighbours including China‚ Iran

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EU to ease some of sanctions against Iran in December

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union will likely ease some of its sanctions against Iran in December, revealed the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

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Fule says door remains open for Ukraine

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union continues to be committed to reach further integration with Ukraine, stated EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule Sunday.

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UK, US to continue support Libya on achieving stability

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday their countries would continue efforts to support Libya.

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Chinese PM arrives in Romania

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here Monday for an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). During the visit, Li will hold talks with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, and meet Romanian President Traian Basescu, President

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Syria conference to be held in January

Monday, November 25, 2013 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday that a conference on Syria, known as Geneva II, would be convened on January 22. The conference will bring the Syrian government and opposition to the negotiating table for the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict.

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US, Russian FMs join Iran nuclear talks in Geneva

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of other major powers joined Iran nuclear talks on Saturday, throwing their weight behind a diplomatic push to complete a deal after envoys reported progress on key issues blocking an interim agreement to curb the Iranian program in return for limited sanctions relief.

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Pakistani PM willing to resolve all outstanding issues with India

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed desire to resolve all outstanding issues with India. Addressing the fourth Literary and Cultural Conference, Prime Minister Sharif hoped that visa restrictions between Pakistan and India would be eliminated. The prime minister

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US to discuss with Tunisia on boosting security

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

The head of the US military’s Africa Command held talks with Tunisia’s Prime Minister Ali Larayedh on security cooperation, notably to stem arms trafficking, the government said Wednesday. The meeting with General David Rodriguez “was an opportunity to discuss the security issue, ways of cooperating and how the United States

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Turkish President says relations with Egypt “will be restored soon”

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

Relations between Turkey and Egypt “will be restored soon,” Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Saturday, shortly after Egypt expelled the Turkish ambassador in Cairo. On Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the Egyptian interim government and condemned the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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Syrian Kurdish leader ready for new round of talks with Turkey

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

The co-leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which declared the establishment of a constituent assembly in the northern parts of Syria locally denominated as Rojava, said they have not held talks with Turkish officials in the recent period. 

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Syria: 29 killed after air raids near Aleppo

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

At least 29 people were killed on Nov. 23 in Syrian regime air strikes on the northern city of Aleppo and surrounding areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Syrian opposition sends delegation to Geneva for peace talks

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group says it has sent a delegation to Geneva for consultations ahead of proposed peace talks.

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Turkey declares Egypt’s ambassador “persona non grata”

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey declared Egypt’s ambassador in Ankara as “persona non grata” in a reciprocal step after Cairo expelled its envoy, according to a statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday. The move comes few hours after Egypt expelled Turkey’s ambassador in Cairo Huseyin Avni Botsali, declaring him “persona non grata.”

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Pakistan closes border with Afghanistan ahead of drones protest

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistan closed border with Afghanistan in the country’s northwest on Saturday ahead of protest against the American drone strikes, official sources said.

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Egypt expels Turkish ambassador

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

Egypt has told the Turkish ambassador to leave the country and downgraded relations between the two countries. Egypt’s foreign ministry blamed Turkey’s continued “interference” in its country’s internal affairs. Turkey’s diplomatic representation has been lowered to the level of charge d’affaires, the ministry said in a statement. Egypt has already recalled its ambassador from Turkey.

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TITO’S THIRD WAY: TRYING TO BRIDGE THE FAULTLINES

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

1. The Western Balkans area is situated along the main fault line of the Huntington-type “clash of civilizations” in Europe: a) Between Christianity and Islam – resulted in the main Muslim enclave in Europe (Albania + Kosovo) b) Between Western Christianity (Catholic/Protestant) and Orthodoxy – resulting in splitting the Slavic people

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SHIFTING SPHERES OF INFLUENCE: GEOPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE BALKANS – Synopsis

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

In the Balkan region, new geopolitical forces are playing an increasingly role and old actors seem to be losing their influence. The gradual decline of U.S. leadership coincides with the Eurozone recession that makes the EU to be perceived as less disposed to offer to the Balkan states a form of pan-European integration. The process […]

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Serbia, Bosnia seek improvement of military cooperation

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodić and his Bosnian counterpart Zekerijah Osmić say there is “room for improvement of military-economic cooperation.”

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Serbia to start construction on South Stream

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

The start of the South Stream pipeline section through Serbia, one of the largest investments in the country in several decades, will formally begin on Sunday. The start of the work will be marked by welding the first two pipes in Šajkaš, northern Serbia, but the work on the ground will begin in February next […]

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Turkish, Georgian Presidents discuss bilateral relations

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

The presidents of Georgia and Turkey had a telephone conversation. Turkish President, Abdullah Gul congratulated his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Margvelashvili on his victory in the presidential election. The Georgian presidential administration said on Nov. 22 that the sides discussed the Georgian-Turkish relations and the prospects for their development. Abdullah Gul invited Giorgi Margvelashvili to visit […]

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EU disappointed after Ukraine’s decision to suspend Association Agreement

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union has expressed disappointment over the decision by the Government of Ukraine on Thursday to suspend the process of preparation for signature of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between the EU and Ukraine.

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Bulgaria PM to Meet with UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski is to meet with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Friday in Sofia.

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EU to help Bulgaria on refugee crisis

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgaria is to receive next week technical and financial assistance from the EU for coping with the refugee situation. The information about the upcoming assistance was provided after a Thursday meeting between EU Humanitarian

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Libya moves main armed militia group outside Tripoli

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

A main armed militia group in Libya has pulled out of Tripoli in accordance with a parliament decision to dissolve all armed formations in the capital, security sources said Wednesday. The armed group, Nawasi, handed over its military bases and airports on the outskirts of the capital Tuesday.

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Ukraine gives up plan for EU membership

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

The Ukrainian government decided Thursday to suspend preparations for striking historic political and trade agreements with the European Union (EU) due for signature next week. Ukraine halted the process in the interests of “national security” and would fully analyze the impact of the deals on Ukraine’s

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54 rebels killed after clashes with Syrian troops

Friday, November 22, 2013 Comments Off

The Syrian troops on Friday killed 54 rebel fighters of al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in southern and northern parts of the country, when another al-Qaida-affiliated group captured a border town, reports said. The army killed 20 fighters, including some leaders, of the Nusra Front by shelling rebel-held Hraitan town in the northern province of Aleppo, the […]

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Ankara makes efforts for normalisation of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

Ankara’s desire is to normalise relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted by the Turkish news agency Ikhlas as saying.

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18th anniversary since Bosnian peace deal

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the initialing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, at a U.S. Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. The deal ended three and a half years of war in that republic of the former Yugoslavia.

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Obama to visit Asia in April for closer ties

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

United States President Barack Obama will visit Asia in April to push closer ties, an aide said Wednesday, after his earlier cancellation of a trip raised questions about US staying power. Susan Rice, Obama’s adviser for national security, acknowledged disappointment after Obama called off a trip in October to negotiate with Republican lawmakers

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Georgia, OSCE discuss cooperation

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has met with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier in Tbilisi. During the meeting, Zannier congratulated Margvelashvili on his victory in the presidential election and wished

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Belgrade pledges to continue dialogue with Pristina on all levels

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić on Tuesday in New York urged Priština and international factors “to secure conditions for holding the second round of local elections.” This should be done in Serb municipalities in northern Kosovo “in order to avoid the brutal breach of election procedure registered on November 3,” the Serbian prime minister told […]

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