Archive for July, 2014
The India visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry later this week would lay the groundwork for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in September to meet President Barack Obama, an American official
The UN Security Council on Monday welcomed the start of the inter-Malian negotiation peace process in Algiers on July 16, meant to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement and end the crisis in Mali. “The Security Council commends the facilitation role played by Algeria, at the request of the Malian authorities, in the launching of these […]
Libya has officially asked France for assistance in getting control of fires burning at one of its oil reservoirs near the capital, Tripoli, the French Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said that Libyan authorities had directly asked for help in putting out the fire on one main reservoir. The first is
An Egyptian military spokesman says troops have killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula where the military has been trying to quell a spreading
The USA and the European Union have reached a consensus on slapping tougher sanctions on Russia, including economic and financial penalties for Kremlin’s continued support to the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. The decision came ahead of a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels today to finalise the details of the plan.
Local authorities in eastern Ukraine say at least 22 civilians have been killed in one day by shelling. City hall in Luhansk, which is under the control of separatist rebels, said today that five people were killed when an old people’s home was struck by artillery fire. Russian television showed images of bodies in wheelchairs
France was evacuating its nationals from Libya on Tuesday amid increasing lawlessness and unrest, a government source said, after similar moves by other European nations.
At least 38 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between the Libyan army and Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said on Sunday. A military source said the clashes broke out on Saturday when Islamist groups launched an assault on the headquarters of a special unit near the […]
A British embassy convoy was hit by gunfire during an attempted hijacking outside the capital Tripoli on the way to the Tunisian border, but no-one was injured in the incident, an embassy official said on Sunday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced hope on Monday of finding common cause with India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailing the nations’ ties as “indispensable” despite recent friction. Mr Kerry, who heads Tuesday to New Delhi in the highest-level US contact yet with the right-leaning government that took office in May, said he […]
Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to stop the flow of heavy weapons and rocket and artillery fire from Russia into Ukraine.
Ukraine said its troops had taken more territory from pro-Russian rebels near the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, as international investigators said fighting was preventing them reaching the crash location. Ukrainian officials said two rebel-held towns had been recaptured and attempts were being made to take a village Kiev says was near the launch site […]
Despite criticism from Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated on Monday his desire for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Gaza in order for the two sides to begin a process of negotiation. Before leaving for home, Kerry submitted to Israel on Friday a ceasefire proposal that the country did not accept; […]
The United States evacuated its diplomats from the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday. Deputy spokesperson for the US State Department Marie Harf said the decision came “due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias” and that ” the location of our embassy
Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned “in the strongest words” on Sunday the shelling of a Tripoli home housing Egyptian workers, which led to the death of 23 Egyptians. The shelling comes amid intensified fighting between Libya’s rival militias, which has thus far left at least 97 killed in the capital, according to the Libyan […]
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he and newly appointed Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and deputy Ramzy Ezzedin Ramzy will work with the Syrian parties, regional and international stakeholders to identify “new elements” for a political process that will end the violence in Syria and facilitate a peaceful political solution. “A political solution is […]
Turkish President Abdullah Gül paid a two-day visit to Cyprus last weekend to mark the Peace and Freedom Festival and the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s peace operation on the island.
Turkey is working with international partners to negotiate both a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict and access for humanitarian aid, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday.
Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed here on Thursday the significance of creating a new Iraqi government as a gateway to rebuilding Iraq. Speaking at a short news conference following a just-one-hour meeting with top Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Al-Sistani in Najaf for the first time, Ban said the formation of a new Iraqi government could […]
At least 11 people, including three children and a woman, were killed and eight others wounded when a mortar shell fell on a district of Aleppo city, north Syria, on Thursday. The area is controlled by the regular forces, according to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The US welcomed the decision by all parties to end the violence in the Central African Republic after they signed a “Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.”
Turkey has considered closing its embassy in Tripoli because of growing security concerns in the country, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said, adding that efforts to evacuate Turkish citizens in Libya were underway.
Pro-Russian rebels in the east of Ukraine reportedly shot down two fighter jets of Kiev’s military forces, agencies from the country said. Two Su-25 aircraft were shot near the Savur-Mogila memorial, in the Shakhtarsk region near Russia’s border.
Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation’s new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country’s leaders as they struggle to form a new government.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned on Thursday after his governing coalition collapsed, plunging the former Soviet State into political limbo. The news came hours after the coalition that had supported Mr. Yatsenyuk’s Fatherland party dissolved, a move that all coalition members had sought.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels Tuesday decided to add three additional Syrian persons and nine entities to its blacklist in view of the gravity of the situation in Syria. The Council in a statement said Syrian regime officials are involved “in the violent repression of the civilian population or their support to […]
Ukrainian troops on Tuesday wrested back control of the strategically-important town of Severodonetsk from pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the interior ministry said. Ukraine’s security forces were in control of “all the vital facilities” in the city of around 110,000, located roughly 120 kilometres (75 miles) to the north of the key rebel stronghold of […]
Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Tuesday, arrived in Algeria as head of a government delegation to discuss border security and counterterrorism cooperation with the Algerian officials. Jomaa was accompanied by Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalam and Defence Minister Ghazi Jribi ahead of a high level meeting with top Algerian officials.
The United States on Monday condemned a weekend attack on an Egyptian border checkpoint which left 21 soldiers dead, and vowed to keep up support for Egypt’s security.
The European Union (EU) has extended the suspension of restrictive measures on Iran over its nuclear programme until November 24, the Council of EU Monday said in a statement. Under the sanction relief specified in the Joint Plan of Action, the Islamic republic could continue parts of its international oil trade, which is the pillar of the country’s economy.
Iraqi security forces killed about 117 insurgents in a series of battles with the Sunni militant groups across Iraq on Tuesday as the government is trying to take back the lands seized by rebel fighters recently, security sources said. In Salahudin province, the army forces seized four villages after clashes with Sunni militants, including those […]
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will visit Belgium, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said on July 21.
Secretary of State of Kazakhstan, Adilbek Dzhaksybekov has met with France’s Ambassador to this country, Francis Etienne at Acorda (residence of Kazakhstan’s president). “The two sides had discussions on preparations for the official visit of French President Francois Hollande to Kazakhstan, scheduled for the second half of 2014,” Kazakh presidency said on July 22. During […]
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called today for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to end violence in Gaza which has left nearly 600 Palestinians dead.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced support for the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in talks in Cairo.