Archive for February, 2014

Arrest warrant issued on Yanukovych for crimes on protesters

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine issued an arrest warrant Feb. 24 for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych over the “mass murder” of protesters after a week of bloodshed in the capital Kiev that claimed nearly 100 lives. The interim rulers also appealed for $35 billion in Western aid to pull the ex-Soviet country back from the brink of economic collapse.

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Russia recalls ambassador to Ukraine

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

Russia has recalled its ambassador to Ukraine, as it fails to recognize the parliament’s decision to remove President Viktor Yanukovych. Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov will travel back to Moscow for “consultations”.

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US show support for Ukrainian parliament

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday expressed “strong” U.S. support for actions taken by the Ukrainian parliament, hailing them the most “promising” path forward to restore peace in the country.

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Greece supports Albania’s EU road

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

Albania merits the EU candidate country status and Greece will continue its support and diplomatic efforts with European partners for Albania to achieve this goal in June. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece Evangelos Venizelos made the remarks in his meeting with President of Albania Bujar Nishani in Tirana on Friday.

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EU could dispatch 500 troops to CAR in March

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) is to dispatch at least 500 forces to the Central African Republic (CAR) in March to help contain the violence in the strife-torn country, a Greek minister says. Speaking after a two-day meeting of EU defense ministers on Friday, Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said the EU troops are

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Morsi trial adjoured to Thursday

Monday, February 24, 2014 Comments Off

An Egyptian court adjourned to Thursday the trial on conspiracy charges of deposed president Mohamed Morsy and 35 other Islamists after some defence lawyers asked the judges to recuse themselves.

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Ukraine’s deputy army chief resigns

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine’s deputy army chief has resigned in protest over government attempts to involve the army to put down unrest rocking the country, after Kiev erupted in unprecedented deadly violence. “Today the army is being involved in the civil conflict, which could lead to the mass deaths of civilians and soldiers,” General Yuri Dumanski, deputy head

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Ukraine opposition accepts agreement to end violence

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine’s opposition has agreed to a deal to end the protracted crisis rocking the country after marathon negotiations between President Viktor Yanukovych and EU envoys, leader Oleh Tyahnybok said. “It was decided to approve the decision to sign the agreement with the president on the condition that the (current) interior minister is not in the […]

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Yanukovych agrees early election

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday announced an early presidential election as one of a package of measures aimed at ending the country’s political crisis. “I am initiating an early presidential election. I am also initiating a return to the 2004 Constitution with the redistribution of powers toward a parliamentary republic,” Yanukovych was quoted by […]

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Klitschko considers signing deal with Yanukovich

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said on Friday that the opposition would sign an EU-brokered deal to end a deadly standoff with President Viktor Yanukovich, but first further talks were needed with protesters.

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Turkey considering support for EU in CAR

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey is considering participating in a European Union force planned to be sent to the violence-hit Central African Republic (CAR), Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Thursday. Davutoğlu, addressing an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the situation in the Central African Republic in Saudi Arabia, also said

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Serbian, Macedonian FMs discuss EU prospects

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Foreign Ministers of Serbia and Macedonia Ivan Mrkić and Nikola Poposki agreed on Friday in Belgrade that the two countries “share the same EU prospects.” They announced closer cooperation in the future.

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Cameron, Merkel discuss Ukraine

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

British Prime Minister David Cameron called German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday afternoon to discuss “the appalling situation” in Ukraine. “They are both extremely concerned by the spiralling violence,” a Downing Street spokesperson said following the phone conversation.

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Lebanon, Albania discuss bilateral ties

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

In a meeting with his Albanian counterpart Thursday, Speaker Nabih Berri spoke of improving ties with the Eastern European country in terms of trade and transport agreements.

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Musharraf won’t be judged by military court

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

The special court trying former President and General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for high treason on Friday dismissed an application seeking transfer of the complaint to a court martial under the Pakistan Army Act. Justice Faisal Arab asked Mr. Musharraf to be present in court on March 11 in the light of the previous order that […]

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Greek FM says Bosnia needs to strengthen European course

Friday, February 21, 2014 Comments Off

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos said that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) needs to strengthen the country’s European course stressing that the Balkan country needs more and not less Europe.

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Only those who are in power can stop Ukraine violence, says Ashton

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

The responsibility to stop violence in Ukraine rests squarely with those in power and EU urges them to so as quicly as possible, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said  upon arrival at the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council

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Ukrainian police to use firearms in limits of the law

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine’s interior ministry announced that anti-government protesters had taken 67 security officials hostage on Thursday. Following several days of relative calm, violence broke out on Tuesday when police stormed the main protester’s camp in Kiev’s Independence

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US condemns Kiev violence

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

US officials are “outraged” by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday. “We urge President (Viktor) Yanukovych to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kiev and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge

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EU to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

European Union has taken a decision to impose restrictions on the issuance of travel visas to the Ukrainian officials, whom it deems responsible for the use of violence in Ukraine, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said. 

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Russia sends envoy to Ukraine

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending an envoy to Ukraine at the request of President Viktor Yanukovich, to try to mediate talks between the government and opposition, Russian news agencies said on Thursday.

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Kiev mayor quits Yanukovich party

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

The head of Kiev’s city administration quit the party of President Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday in protest at the bloodshed on the streets of the Ukrainian capital – a sign the head of state may be losing support.

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Over 65 killed in Kiev clashes

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Comments Off

At least 67 people have been killed in two waves of violence between protesters and riot police that first broke out on Tuesday, Kiev city authorities said.

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Azerbaijan, Serbia sign defense cooperation agreement

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

Serbia is open “to all modes of cooperation with friendly countries,” Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić said in Belgrade on Monday during talks with Azerbaijan’s defense minister, Lieutenant-General Zakir Hasanov.

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Azerbaijani, Turkish, Georgian FMs hold trilateral meeting

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

Azerbaijani, Turkish and Georgian foreign ministers are holding one-on-one meetings in Ganja, said spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev.

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EU foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton is calling an emergency meeting of foreign ministers over the rapid deterioration of the situation in Kiev. The information about the emergency sitting was confirmed by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

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Barroso says EU to urgently agree sanctions against Ukraine

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

The European Union is expected to urgently agree sanctions against those responsible for the violence in Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed.

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France considers asking EU to discuss Ukraine sanctions

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

In the wake of severe violence in several parts of Ukraine on Tuesday, when at least 25 people died, France is gearing up to ask for European Union sanctions against authorities in Ukraine, probably the President and security-

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Biden condemns Kiev violence

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has expressed “grave concern” over escalation in violence in Kiev and called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pull back security forces and exercise maximum restraint.

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Ukraine president blames opposition for violence escalation

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

The Ukrainian president is blaming opposition leaders for the deadly violence that has erupted in central Kiev. In a statement published online early Wednesday, President Viktor Yanukovych said that he had already made

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Bloodiest day since Ukraine protests started

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Comments Off

Anti-government protesters and riot police have clashed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The stand-off in the city’s central Independence Square has left at least 21 people, including policemen and protesters, dead in the bloodiest day since Ukraine won its independence more than 22 years ago. Hundreds more have been injured, with dozens of them in […]

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Bosnian leaders keep their initial decisions

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Comments Off

Leaders of the seven most influential parties in Bosnia-Herzegovina have remained at their previous positions, said reports from Sarajevo. The Bosnian politicians on Monday held a meeting with visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule.

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Greek FM says Serbia’s EU entry is crucial for Western Balkans

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Comments Off

Serbia will do everything so that elections do not interfere in EU integrations, PM Ivica Dačić has said after meeting with Greek FM Evangelos Venizelos. “Serbia will do everything so that elections do not interfere with the process of EU integrations, in

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John Kerry visits Tunisia

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Tunisia to offer continued American assistance to the North African nation where uprisings that toppled authoritarian leaders around the Arab world first ignited in 2011.

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Ukraine police clashes with protesters demanding constitutional changes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Comments Off

A crowd of protesters seeking constitutional change clashed violently with police in central Kiev Tuesday morning. The protesters attacked police with Molotov cocktails outside the parliament building. 

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