Archive for January, 2015

Yemen crisis worsens as President resigns

Friday, January 23, 2015 Comments Off

Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi offered to resign amid a standoff with a powerful Shiite militia in control of the capital, throwing his country deeper into political turmoil. In his letter of resignation Hadi, a key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaida, said he could no longer stay in office as the country was in “total deadlock”. “I believe […]

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Ukraine accuses Russia of sending over 9,000 troops to back separatists

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that more than 9,000 Russian troops were backing Ukrainian separatist fighters that Moscow will be under pressure to reel in at high-stakes peace talks in Berlin. Poroshenko´s claims followed days of heavy fighting that has left an already shaky September truce in tatters and forced the pro-Western leader […]

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Ukraine military withdraws from Donetsk airport

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Ukraine’s Defence Ministry says it has withdrawn its troops from the main terminal of Donetsk airport The defence ministry has said that the military has kept control of some areas of the airport where harsh fighting has been underway for the last few weeks. Six soldiers are believed to be dead and sixteen have been […]

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NATO warns of stronger Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

NATO’s military leaders will re-establish contact with their Russian counterparts amid fighting in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels, according to NATO’s top military commander. NATO’s top military commander General Philip Breedlove told a news conference at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday: “We have talked an awful lot about how we re-establish [communication] and the […]

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Algerian FM welcomes reconciliation agreement in South Sudan

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Algeria has welcomed Thursday, through its Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, the signing of the reconciliation agreement between the parties to the conflict in South Sudan, and hoped that this agreement would help reach a final solution to their dispute. “We welcome the signing, on Wednesday 21 January, of the reconciliation agreement between the […]

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Malian FM hopes next round of talks to be decisive

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulay Diop expressed, Wednesday, the wish to see the next round of the inter-Malian negotiations enter a “decisive” phase and “not that of a debate” for the final settlement of the crisis in the country. “Today, it is no longer time for debate. Our wish is to enter a decisive […]

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Meeting focused on Mali peace held in Algiers

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

A consultation meeting, bringing together the representatives of the mediation team, the movements of North Mali, Malian government and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), opened Thursday in Algiers.

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Pakistan, Turkey to increase parliamentary cooperation

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil ?i?ek during a meeting on Thursday agreed to further enhance interaction between the parliamentarians of the two brotherly countries and to share legislation experience. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 10th session of the Parliamentary Union of […]

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Turkey aims to establish mutual understanding with Egypt

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey and Egypt should come together to understand each other instead of having a battle of words. Davutoğlu underlined that Egypt is the “backbone” of stability in the region. “If Egypt is strong, stability in the region will be strong too. If Egypt has a problem, it will […]

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Turkish PM says closing border with Syria is not easy to achieve

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey is unable to close its 510-mile-long border with Syria, which has been crossed by thousands of foreign terrorist volunteers. “We cannot put soldiers everywhere on the border. In any case, there isn’t any state on the other side [of the frontier],” Davutoğlu said on Wednesday during his visit to […]

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US, India extend nuclear talks

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Comments Off

India and the U.S. extended their talks in London by a day on Thursday to iron out the kinks in the way of operationalising the landmark civil nuclear deal with officials making all efforts to stitch a “concrete” outcome during President Barack Obama’s visit, starting in three days. The talks of the Indo-U.S. Contact Group […]

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Egypt to attend London summit on strategy to defeat IS

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt is to attend an international summit of nations participating in the coalition against the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS), in London on Thursday. The country is to take part in talks co-chaired between British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond and his US counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Badr Abdelatty said Egypt […]

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France condemns attack on Algerian Embassy in Libya

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

France condemned the attack Saturday against the Embassy of Algeria in Tripoli and expressed solidarity with Algeria in counterterrorism, spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Romain Nadal  stressed on Monday. “France condemns the attack against the Embassy of Algeria in Tripoli. We assure the Algerian authorities and people of our […]

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At least 14 killed by fighting in Eastern Ukraine

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

 At least 14 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded in eastern Ukraine in the past day as hostilities between government forces and pro-independence insurgents continued, reports showed Monday. The upsurge in clashes with rebels left at least three Ukrainian soldiers dead and 66 injured, said Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the government’s military […]

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EU to start security mission in Mali, CAR

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

The European Union has announced it is to launch a security mission to support internal security forces in Mali and armed forces in the Central African Republic. The Council of the European Union, composed of representatives of the 28 EU member states, made the decision on Monday, two days after gunmen attacked a UN camp in Mali, killing a UN […]

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Pak army pledges to intensify fight against terror

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan’s armed forces were going after terrorists ‘without any discrimination’, said a military spokesman in a statement to media on Tuesday. “There are no good terrorists. We are going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color,” spokesman General Asim Saleem Bajwa, director general of Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said. “I […]

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Airstrikes hit IS positions in Syria and Iraq

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

The US-led coalition continued to strike ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq, with a total of 19 airstrikes between 8am on January 19, and 8am on January 20, local time, the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement released Tuesday. In Syria, attack, bomber, fighter, and drone aircraft carried […]

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German FM invites Ukraine, Russia on new round of negotiations

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

Germany’s Foreign Minister has called for a four-side meeting, alongside Ukraine, Russia and France, to discuss upheaval in violence between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces over the past two days in eastern Ukraine. The meeting, scheduled on Wednesday, will be held at the request of both the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier […]

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Obama, Hollande discuss Mideast peace

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

French and US Presidents, Francois Hollande and Barack Obama respectively, discussed over the phone Tuesday developments in the Middle East and the fight against terrorism. Hollande thanked Obama for the US support following the “terrorist attacks” that took place in Paris recently, the president’s office said in a statement and noted the two leaders also […]

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Turkey calls for new era in relation with Armenia

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has called on all Armenians to jointly seek ways to resolve their historical differences with Turkey, stressing that it is a must for Turks and Armenians to “engage in humane relations and to recognize each other in light of 800 years of common history.” “It’s possible for two ancient people […]

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Egypt court sentences 75 Brotherhood supporters

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

The Mansoura Criminal Court issued verdicts Monday on 75 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters in 11 cases of violence, “terrorism” and joining a banned group. The defendants were given sentences ranging from three years to life imprisonment. Three were sentenced to seven years, 33 to five years, two were sentenced to three years, eight to 10 […]

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Egyptian closes Yemen embassy after violence erupts

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt closed its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, as some of the worst violence to flare up in months engulfed the city. The fighting began on Monday, as gun battles between Houthi militias and the national army erupted in the proximity of the presidential palace the same day. The Houthis are a […]

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Heavy fighting breaks out in eastern Ukraine

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

Fighting raged on Saturday at the main airport of Ukraine’s city of Donetsk as separatists resumed attempts to break the tenuous grip of government forces on the complex and Kiev’s military said three more Ukrainian soldiers had been killed. With attempts to restart peace talks stalled, pro-Russian rebels have stepped up shelling attacks to break […]

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France blasts attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

France on Monday strongly condemned the latest attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and also praised the support role of Chad in moving forces to combat the militants in the region. Deadly attacks and kidnappings were reported in north-east Cameroon on January 17-18, which coincided with more bomb attacks in […]

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EU welcomes first results in Libya talks

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

The European Union’s top diplomat on Saturday welcomed the “initial progress” made in UN-brokered talks to end Libya’s civil war, conducted this week in Geneva. “Some steps in the right direction have been taken,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement, adding however that there is “still a long way to go.” […]

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Libya army announces ceasefire after UN meeting

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

Libya’s army announced a ceasefire on Sunday, joining an Islamist-backed militia alliance in declaring a truce that the UN hailed as a “significant” step towards ending months of violence. “We declare a ceasefire from midnight [22:00 GMT] Sunday,” the army said, stressing however that it would continue to pursue “terrorists”, as UN-brokered peace talks resume […]

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Kurds battling IS manage to control strategic Kobane hilltop

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State ıf Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria’s Kobane have captured a strategic hilltop, giving them line of fire over the town, a monitor said Jan. 19. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) had seized the Mishtenur hilltop after fierce clashes […]

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Egyptian officials meet with Libyan tribe

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

The foreign minister assistant for neighbouring countries Osama Al-Magdoub, and the Egyptian ambassador in Libya Mohamed Abu Bakr, met representatives from the Libyan tribe Awlad Solieman in Cairo on Sunday. “The meeting aims at keeping track of the security situation in Libya, especially in the southern part,” the foreign ministry announced in an Sunday statement. […]

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UNSC urges Libya factions to support peace

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

The UN Security Council has welcomed a ceasefire announced by an Islamist-backed militia in Libya and threatened to impose sanctions on those who obstruct peace efforts. The 15-member council voiced support for a second round of UN-brokered talks to be held in Geneva next week and strongly urged all warring sides to attend. A first […]

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Afghan soldiers attacked in eastern province

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

A local official says the Taliban have attacked Afghan troops in eastern Laghman province, triggering a gunbattle that killed two soldiers and wounded a third. The provincial governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the attack began around today in Alishing district.

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EU FMs holds talks on fight against terror

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

EU foreign ministers met today on building an alliance — including with Muslim countries — against a growing Islamist militant threat, with Europe on high alert after deadly Paris attacks and anti-terrorism raids in Belgium. The immediate focus for the 28-nation European Union is how to prevent citizens known as “foreign fighters” returning home from the battlefields […]

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Ukraine talks postoned for end of January

Friday, January 16, 2015 Comments Off

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed on Thursday that the delayed talks on the Ukraine conflict with leaders of Russia, France and Germany will take place at the end of the month. In a telephone call, the two leaders “noted that the meeting of leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and […]

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US, UK to maintain sanctions on Russia over Ukraine conflict

Friday, January 16, 2015 Comments Off

The United States and Britain agree to maintain tough sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said today. “We agree on the need to maintain strong sanctions against Russia until it ends its aggression in Ukraine and on the need to support Ukraine as it implements important economic and democratic reforms,” […]

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Turkey to increase cooperation with EU to stop IS

Friday, January 16, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is visiting Brussels this week, offered to cooperate more with Europe in the fight against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Davutoğlu is currently visiting Brussels and trying to highlight common grounds with the EU and expressing Turkey’s readiness to work with them in every field. […]

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France calls on intl community to have clear stance in fight against terror

Friday, January 16, 2015 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande called on the international community Friday to adopt a clear and collective position against terrorism, saying recent attacks in Paris would not undermine freedom of expression as one of Republic’s major pillars. France is working closely with its neighbors, particularly Belgium, to fighting “terrorism,” said Hollande at the annual conference of […]

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