Archive for August, 2014
Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif agreed Thursday on measures to resume the stalled negotiations, aimed at resolving the political crisis.
Egypt opened an investigation into deposed president Mohamed Morsi for delivering “documents relevant to national security” to Qatar. Morsi is already facing the death penalty in several trials and his supporters have been the target of a bloody crackdown by the authorities that has left more than 1 400 dead since he was removed in […]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday that the European Union will discuss further sanctions against Russia on its special summit in Brussels on Saturday, according to a statement of the German
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed Russia for the violence in eastern Ukraine, threatening “more costs” for Moscow. The president told reporters at the White House that he spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the phone about the situation in Ukraine, as Kiev and the West were accusing Moscow of launching a new […]
Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and canceled a foreign trip on Thursday, declaring that “Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. President Petro Poroshenko summoned the council as the strategic southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appeared firmly under […]
Egypt has decided to open its doors to train the Libyan police, army and all their subsidiary bodies, and will collaborate with neighbouring countries to collect illegal arms. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdel Aziz , head of the Libyan Parliament Saleh Okeila, and Military head Abdel Razek Al-Nazouri announced the collaborations following a meeting with […]
Turkey’s outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was today sworn in as president as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism after more than a decade in power walked out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a “new Turkey” by pushing […]
Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country today as Ukraine’s overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. The comments by Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, and other statements from NATO, the pro-Russian […]
A town in east Ukraine came under shellfire by pro-Russian rebels today, amid fears that they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region. In response to outgoing fire early today, rebel forces lobbed at least 10 shells at the government-held town of Novoazovsk.
Iraqi warplanes have begun targeting jihadists besieging the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli amid growing fears for the safety of thousands of residents short of food and water and facing a “massacre”. With some 12,000 Turkmen trapped in the northern town, US President Barack Obama is “nearing a decision” to authorise strikes and aid drops in the […]
Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-state armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians, according to a UN report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic released on Wednesday. The report stated that the continuous influx of foreign fighters and the success of extremist […]
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Wednesday issued Decree No. 273 endorsing the formation of the new government led, by Prime Minister Dr. Wael Nader al-Halaqi. The 34-member lineup includes 21 ministers who got their terms in office renewed including the sovereign portfolios, according to SANA news agency. Following is a list of the cabinet members: […]
Libya warned the UN Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed. The 15-nation council met to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an election in June, reconvened and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the […]
The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias. LANA, quoting TV network al-Nabaa, on Wednesday said the ministers of industry, labour, planning, education and water resources, and the state minister for the affairs of the wounded, have submitted their resignation.
The United States will give Tunisia $60m worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country’s nascent democracy, a senior American official said on Tuesday. Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, General David Rodriguez, the head of US Africa Command, said some of the money would go […]
Confrontation between Pakistan government and the opposition escalated on Wednesday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejecting demands for his resignation and Imran Khan calling off the dialogue with his regime until he quits.
Poroshenko dissolves parliament and points to October 26 for early parliamentary elections. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dissolved the parliament and announced snap parliamentary elections on October 26.
Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport halted most flights to and from Libya on Thursday for security reasons, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in
he Syrian government said Monday it was ready to work with United Nations-backed groups to fight Islamic State militants, after the Tabqa airbase on the Iraq-Syria border was seized. The statement by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem warned, though, that any airstrike against IS on Syrian territory “should be done in coordination with the Syrian government.”
The 55-year old Davutoglu has been Turkey’s Foreign Minsiter for the last 4-years, and has been one of Erdogan’s staunchest allies. He’s also been credited as being the architect of Turkey’s much more proactive foreign policy the past few years.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi denied on Sunday 24/8/2014 that the Egyptian Armed Forces had carried out any military operation inside the Libyan lands. At a meeting with editors-in-chief of Egyptian newspapers and the Middle East News Agency, Sisi refuted reports circulated by the Doha-based Aljazeera channel in this regard, saying “We did not […]
The U.S. military could move against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria once its militants are determined to have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe, but not before, U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey has said. Right now, the insurgent group is still more of a regional threat […]
India and Russia on Monday started their first joint air exercise in Russia to boost cooperation between their air forces, said the Indian Air Force ( IAF). “Ex Avia Indra-2014 commenced today at Astrakhan region, near the Caspian Sea in Russia. The exercises will continue for 10 days and would be concluded on Sept. 5,” […]
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the supporters of Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri to clear the Constitution Avenue within 24 hours so that the movement of judges and officials is not hampered.
Egypt held the fourth ministerial meeting for Libya’s neighbouring countries in which foreign ministers from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan and other countries met and discussed the ongoing turmoil in Libya on Monday. The meeting was held to “discuss the latest developments of the security and political situation in Libya”.
Lithuania says its honorary consul in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Luhansk has been murdered. Lithuanian foreign minister Linas Linkevicius said the consul, Mykola Zelenec, was kidnapped and brutally killed by terrorists.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Friday condemned the entry of a Russian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. “This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a […]
Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists erupted in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city on Wednesday, killing at least five people, medical and military sources said. Loud explosions and a war plane circling the port city could be heard in the evening in the Lithi district, where forces of renegade general Khalifa Haftar […]
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to combat Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country and his permission would not be needed for any military intervention, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday. Hammond also said Britain had no plans to arm moderate fighters in Syria’s civil war, and insisted that Western troops […]
About 700,000 Iraqis have gathered in the Kurdish north after being driven from their homes by jihadist fighters, the United Nations said Aug. 22 as it stepped up a massive aid operation to the region. “The Kurdistan region of Iraq is now hosting close to 700,000 displaced Iraqis, most having arrived in early June,” Adrian […]
Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev’s approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government’s stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a “direct invasion”.
Militants targeted a Sunni mosque in a province next to the Iraqi capital during Friday prayers, killing at least 46 people and wounding over 50 as members of the Islamic State group continue to push through the area, officials said.
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the opening of a border crossing between Sudan and Egypt will contribute to developing ties between the two countries.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso held talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, condemning the shelling of a refugee convoy in eastern Ukraine.
Government troops fought to gain control of the rebel-held city of Donetsk and a key highway in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday — battles that left 34 residents and nine troops dead in just 24 hours, authorities said. The Ukrainian troops are trying to encircle Donetsk, the largest city still in rebel hands, and also drive […]