Archive for October, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday’s planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.
Turkey cannot agree to de facto borders in Syria or Iraq, and the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will not be able to realize such an aim, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. “Turkey cannot say ‘yes’ to any de facto borders in the Middle East. Steps to be taken in that regard are of […]
NATO Thursday said it detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace, said the Alliance in a statement. […]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took aim at Western leaders in Paris on Oct. 31 for focusing “too much” on the battle over the Syrian border town of Kobane, drawing nods from his host, President François Hollande, who highlighted Aleppo. “Why are coalition forces continually bombing this town of Kobane?” Erdoğan asked while speaking to reporters after a meeting […]
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Thursday said the conditions had not yet been met to deliver the first of two controversial Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, rejecting reports that Moscow would receive the first of them on Nov. 14. Speaking about the conditions that need to be met, Sapin said, “In Ukraine we are […]
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community. Speaking at a conference on Afghan peace and reconstruction in Beijing, Mr. Ghani made no specific proposals and indicated government forces wouldn’t back away from the fight. However, his mention of the Taliban by name […]
The Egyptian, Cypriot and Greek foreign ministers met in the Cypriot capital Nicosia Wednesday to discuss shared interests and issues relating to energy, security, and tourism. The meeting took place in preparation for a new round of talks in Cairo on 8 November. A statement released by the Cypriot foreign ministry said that the main […]
Russia has agreed to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered deal reached by the three parties in Brussels, an EU source said. The details will be outlined by European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso as well as the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers during a press conference announced for 2045 GMT, […]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would recognize elections organized by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine on Nov. 2 despite opposition from Kiev. Ukraine held parliamentary elections on Sunday, which handed a clear victory to parties seeking closer ties with the West but voting did not take place in the rebel strongholds of Donetsk […]
Lebanon Prime Minister Tammam Salam hoped on Tuesday that the international community is aware of Lebanon’s huge financial needs to confront the burden of refugees. “The refugees are affecting our economy and security … We call for more funding to confront the repercussions of the refugee crisis,” Salam said at the opening of the Berlin conference […]
Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stabile, united and prosperous Afghanistan has been acknowledged by the United Nations when on Tuesday. Jan Kubis, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, acknowledged country’s important contribution towards peace and stability and deeper engagement on issues of trade, reconstruction, rehabilitation, regional and economic cooperation with Afghanistan.
Turkish army has said its surveillance aircraft have conducted reconnaissance flight in northern Iraq to gather intelligence from camps of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The army said in a statement on Tuesday that four RF-4E surveillance planes flew in northern Iraq to survey “separatist terrorist organization targets,” a phrase the army uses to […]
The Egyptian government has decided not to extend a comprehensive free trade agreement signed with Turkey during the rule of the ousted ex-President Mohamed Morsi. Ties between the two countries have been strained since Morsi’s ouster last year, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan repeatedly condemning the “coup” and describing the military government as illegitimate.
Sudan said on Tuesday that Libya’s internationally recognised premier has accepted its proposal to bring together different groups in his strife-torn North African nation for talks on ending the conflict. Mounting unrest across Libya has virtually confined the internationally recognised government to the eastern city of Tobruk, and last month it accused Sudan of arming […]
France expressed full support to Georgia’s aspiration to join NATO, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, according to Georgian Defense Ministry. He made the remarks during a meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania in Paris.
Voters sought security and stability with familiar faces from Tunisia’s more authoritarian past, but the Islamist Ennahada’s weight in parliament will make them a player in any future government. Tunisia’s well-organised Islamists have been defeated in parliamentary elections, paying the price for the turbulent years they ruled after the Arab Spring that saw the rise […]
Additional troops from the armed forces and police have been deployed to the Sinai Peninsula, to assist forces already present in the “war on terror”. Soldiers from the Second and Third Field Armies, and Rapid Intervention Units, were transported by air to the volatile peninsula. The movement comes in the wake of last Friday’s deadly bombing in […]
UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at Downing Street on Monday to discuss the threat of international terrorism and the Egyptian economy. Cameron expressed his condolences to the Egyptian people and government for the deadly attacks in North Sinai, which claimed the lives of 30 soldiers. Shoukry stressed to Cameron […]
French President Francois Hollande held talks with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in a fresh push to end the festering conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh. The summit in Paris enabled “the resumption of a direct dialogue” between the presidents of the two countries, though no accord was reached, the French presidency […]
The EU Monday welcomed the holding of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine as a victory of the people of Ukraine and of democracy. “They marked an important step in Ukraine’s aspirations to consolidate democratic elections in line with its international commitments,” said the outgoing President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the outgoing […]
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has invited all Turkish people to act together in unity against terrorism. Davutoglu made the remarks following the shooting attack on Saturday in which three soldiers were killed while on duty by three masked terrorists in Turkey’s Yuksekova district of southeastern Hakkari province.
Tunisia’s main secular opposition party is claiming a big victory in the country’s historic election over the once dominant Islamists. Partial results from the official election commission are expected to be released throughout the day Oct. 27, but the Nida Tunis (Tunis Calls) party has cited exit polls to say it has won around 80 […]
French President Francois Hollande is meeting with Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan, who arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris Oct. 27. A trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, France and Armenia is planned to be held in Paris later to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Earlier, President Hollande voiced this initiative. A trilateral meeting […]
Pakistan’s army says military jets and helicopters have destroyed nine hideouts of militants in two separate airstrikes killing 33 militants in an ongoing offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region. An army statement on Monday says early morning airstrikes near the Datta Khel area destroyed five such hideouts killing 18 militants during the offensive. Later […]
Egyptian Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi announced on Monday that all troops in the western region must be ready to counter possible terrorist threats on the Egyptian border with Libya. The head of the armed forces, who took over command after former commander Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was elected president, urged the armed forces to increase […]
Two alleged perpetrators of last Friday’s deadly bombing in Sheikh Zuweid,North Sinai, were killed in an armed forces operation in the same area. The armed forces confirmed Sunday an Apache helicopter “carried out a number of airstrikes targeting hideouts and terrorist outposts in the Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai”.
Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif will visit the US next month for crucial security talks with American defence officials, his first such trip since taking over as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) last year. His week-long visit is likely to start from mid-November and preparations for trip are underway, defence sources said.
Ukraine’s pro-Western and moderately nationalist parties were on course today to score a crushing election win that boosted President Petro Poroshenko’s bid to merge his ex-Soviet country with Europe and end a pro-Russian revolt. A partial vote count and exit polls showed overwhelming support for Poroshenko’s drive to break his nation of 45 million out […]
The Kurdish regional government in Iraq plans to send some 150 peshmerga fighters to Kobani through Turkey over the next few days to support Syrian Kurds there defending against ISIL militants. Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff for Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani, said the fighters would take light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, and would […]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday discussed the situation in Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation, the German government said. Merkel underlined the necessity to fully implement the Minsk deal reached between Ukraine’s government and insurgents, saying elections in the east of the country must be held in accordance with Ukrainian […]
Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO’s military commander said on Friday. “We’ve seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine,” US Air Force Gen. Philip […]
Unfazed by China’s objections to development of border areas, Government today announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. The announcement was made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh even as he made it clear that India wanted […]
Washington is seeking more information on reports that militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Oct. 24. The top U.S. diplomat told reporters he could not confirm the reports, but said the United States took […]
Tunisia has come through the Arab Spring better than other Arab countries, but now elections with an uncertain outcome lie ahead as the country seeks to find a path between chaos and dictatorship. Numbered grid patterns are painted on walls all over Tunisia, inviting political parties contesting Sunday’s parliamentary elections to stick up their posters.
The death toll of the car bomb that targeted a security checkpoint on Friday in Egypt’s North Sinai province has increased to 17 soldiers, while 25 others were injured, a security source said, suggesting the toll is likely to increase. “The blast targeted a military checkpoint of Karm al-Qawadis in Sheikh Zuweid, and it was […]