Archive for September, 2014

Egypt moves to tackle last bastion of Brotherhood dissent

Friday, September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Egypt has moved to close down one of the last bastions of Muslim Brotherhood dissent with sweeping new rules to curtail violent protest at Al Azhar University, among the world’s most venerable centres of Islamic learning. Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and jailed thousands of its supporters since July 2013, when then-army chief Abdel […]

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ISIL seizes 21 Kurdish villages in northern Syria

Friday, September 19, 2014 Comments Off

Jihadists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) using heavy weapons have seized a string of villages around Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as they close in on Syria’s third largest Kurdish town, a monitor said Sept. 18. “ISIL fighters have seized at least 21 villages around Kobane,” said Syrian Observatory […]

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China, India negotiate border resolution

Friday, September 19, 2014 Comments Off

China has called for a negotiated resolution of the border issue with India, shifting the focus on the root cause of problem, following the latest incidents in Chumar and Demchok, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during his regular briefing on Thursday that the incident along the […]

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Russia warns to send more troops to Crimea amid NATO exercises

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Comments Off

Russia has threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine. Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia’s borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed from

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NATO does not recognize Crimea elections

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Comments Off

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Tuesday said NATO does not recognise the reported elections held on 14 September in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine.

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French, British FMs discuss ISIL, Ukraine

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met here Tuesday with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, to discuss a variety of issues topped by the need to combat Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) radicals, a necessity agreed by 24 countries at the Iraq conference held in Paris on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said.

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US carries out air strikes on ISIL near Baghdad for first time

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Comments Off

US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged Monday to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. The United States early last month began air strikes against ISIL positions in northern Iraq, but Monday’s announcement that the campaign had […]

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Turkey considers buffer zone to defend borders against Islamic State

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey could establish a buffer zone to defend its borders with Iraq and Syria from Islamic State (IS) militants, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. After a trip to Qatar Erdogan told journalists the Turkish army is now developing the plan which will have to be inspected by the government, according to the Daily Sabah.

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Ukraine passes Donbass self-determination bill

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Comments Off

Lawmakers in Ukraine have passed a bill introduced by President Petro Poroshenko envisaging limited self-determination for the country’s east. Ukraine’s government is now calling for local elections (both municipal and general) to be held on December 7 in self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics”.

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Egypt President, French Defence Minister discuss bilateral relations

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdulfatah Al-Sisi discussed with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian bilateral relations on several fields, namely combatting terrorism. The encounter was held in the attendance of Egypt’s Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi. The two sides discussed regional and international affairs of mutual significance, particularly m

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French Defence Minister visits Egypt

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Comments Off

Egypt Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi met with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Monday to discuss cooperation between the two countries in various fields, with terrorism given utmost priority. The two officials exchanged their visions on the latest developments in the regional and international arenas and their repercussions on security and stability in the Middle […]

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NATO to hold war games in northwestern Ukraine

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

US-led military exercises involving 1,300 troops from 15 countries started on Monday in northwestern Ukraine. The drill dubbed Rapid Trident-2014 will be conducted until 26 September near Yavoriv, some 60 kilometers from the city of Lviv, near the border with Poland, as Kiev government forces continue to fight pro- Russian rebels in the country’s restive eastern regions.

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French jets to start reconnaissance flights over Iraq

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq on Monday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

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Turkey says it has a clear position on terror groups

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey’s stance towards all terror groups, including those in its territory as well as foreign-based ones, has always been clear and such sensitivity will always continue, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared. Erdogan’s comments came at a press conference at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Sunday as he left for Qatar, two days after meeting […]

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Turkey’s EU Minister calls for normalizing ties with Armenia

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkır said that Turkey did its share to promote relations with Armenia and that everyone needs to live together by avoiding the mention of what happened in the past. While paying a visit to Lisbon, Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır touched upon normalizing ties between Turkey and Armenia […]

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United States creates global coalition to counter ISIL

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that will be served by military expert General John Allen.

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Kerry says US and world won’t permit ISIS to spread its evil

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that neither the United States nor the rest of the world will stand by and watch the Islamic State militant group spread its evil. “This is a fight that the Iraqi people must win, but it’s also a fight that the rest of the world needs them […]

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French, Iraqi Presidents start Iraq conference with call to fight ISIL

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Massoum on Monday kicked off a major international conference here with a call to help Iraq and to fight against the extremist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In his opening remarks, the French leader recalled the brutality of the extremists operating […]

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Libyan PM rejects negotiation with armed groups

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al- Thinni has ruled out any negotiations with the Islamist armed alliance Libya Dawn, saying the government will launch new assaults to wipe it out. Sky News Arabia TV reported on Monday that al-Thinni accused Libya Dawn of committing crimes against humanity, adding the armed group does not represent the Libyan […]

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Egypt pledges to join US in fight against ISIS

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

US secretary of State John Kerry met with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Saturday to discuss regional issues -notably the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) and methods to rally countries to join the broad coalition against the jihadist group. In addition to Egypt, Kerry is touring the region, visiting […]

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Egypt, France to discuss fight against international terrorism

Monday, September 15, 2014 Comments Off

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is to meet Egyptian Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi on Monday, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Tuesday, to discuss terrorism and the situation in the Middle East. The meetings follow on from Saturday’s meetings between Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Al-Sisi and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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France expresses will to organise new Putin-Poroshenko meeting

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

France is ready to organise a new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, the Elysee Palace said on Thursday. 

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EU to provide financial aid to Ukraine

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

The European Commission announced Thursday that it is to provide funding of 22 million euro to assist the population of Ukrainian regions suffering from the consequences of the conflict. This funding consists of two parts: 5

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Kerry to visit Turkey, Egypt for regional issues

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

After the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he will travel to Ankara to hold meetings with Turkish leaders, the State Department announced on Thursday. While in Turkey, Kerry will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including how to promote security and stability in Syria and Iraq, said the announcement from […]

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Turkey still to decide on best missile defense choice

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

The U.S. government is continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system offered by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official has said.

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Over 250 thousand refugees displaced by Libya’s violence

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

A United Nations report on Thursday said four months of fighting by militias in Libya’s two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, has forced some 250 000 people to flee, including 100 000 who have been internally displaced.

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NATO says Russia continues to have troops in Ukraine

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

Russia still has about 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, backed up by another 20,000 on the border, NATO said Thursday, despite Kiev reporting that Moscow had withdrawn the bulk of its forces. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday that Moscow had withdrawn 70 percent of its forces following a ceasefire he had agreed with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last […]

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Obama outlines strategy to destroy Islamic State

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

On the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks U.S. President Obama announced a raft of measures upping the ante against Islamic State, the militant outfit that now controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria, including airstrikes in Syria and 475 additional personnel to arrive soon in Iraq to serve as “military […]

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Syria’s opposition backs US plan to tackle Islamic State

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

Syria’s opposition National Coalition welcomed a US plan to tackle the jihadist Islamic State group, but also urged action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In a statement, the group said it backed a US plan for air strikes in Syria and training of rebel forces, but that a “stable and extremist-free region” required “degrading and

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Shoukry, Bassole discuss region situation

Friday, September 12, 2014 Comments Off

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Burkina Faso counterpart Djibrill Yipene Bassole to discuss the situation in African countries, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement issued Wednesday.

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Turkish PM to visit Iraq

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu discussed bilateral relations between Baghdad and Ankara, while Oglo confirmed his intent to visit Baghdad soon.

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6 militants killed in N. Pakistan during military operation

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off

At least six suspected militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Detta Khael area of North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday, said military.

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Chinese President to visit India for first time

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off

China’s President Xi Jinping will make his first official visit to India next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. According to a press release from the ministry, Xi will pay state visits to Tajikistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and India from September 12 to 19. Ahead of the trip, Xi met in Beijing on Tuesday […]

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US President Obama to reveal strategy to fight Islamic State

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off

The White House announced on Tuesday that the address to the nation on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that President Barack Obama will deliver tomorrow will take place in prime time, at

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Over 28 Syrian rebel leaders killed by powerful blast

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off

At least 28 Syrian rebel leaders of a same group were killed on Tuesday when a powerful blast targeted their gathering place in the northwestern province of Idlib, the oppositional Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

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