Archive for July, 2014

Russian FM visits Sofia

Friday, July 11, 2014 Comments Off on Russian FM visits Sofia

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is meeting his counterpart Kristian Vigenin on July 7, during his official visit to Bulgaria. He is to mark the 135th anniversary since diplomatic relations were established between Bulgaria and Russia, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said in a statement to the media.

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Ukrainian president blames Russia, separatists for rejecting ceasefire efforts

Friday, July 11, 2014 Comments Off on Ukrainian president blames Russia, separatists for rejecting ceasefire efforts

Amid growing calls for a fresh ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the country’s president told U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden on Thursday that both Russia and the separatists were rejecting his efforts in this regard. In a phone conversation with Biden, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he had suggested a number of venues, including in Ukraine […]

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Syrian rebels attack defense minister’s village

Friday, July 11, 2014 Comments Off on Syrian rebels attack defense minister’s village

Syrian activists say rebels have attacked the village of the country’s defense minister and captured parts of it. Activists say the attack began Friday with a suicide bombing that targeted a checkpoint in the village of Rahjan in the central province of Hama.

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Turkey blasts ban on Crimean Tatar Leader

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Turkey blasts ban on Crimean Tatar Leader

Turkey condemned the five year entrance ban to Crimea which was made to the head of the National Assembly of the Crimean Tatar People. Refat Chubarov was slapped with a five-year entrance ban by the peninsula’s pro-Russian administration.

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French Defence Minister visits CAR due to rise of violence

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on French Defence Minister visits CAR due to rise of violence

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian headed to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday for a two-day visit to take stock of the situation after a rise in violence involving the French deployment in that country. Defence Ministry sources said that Le Drian will be visiting troops serving in CAR as a back-up to […]

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US reiterates support for Afghan elections

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on US reiterates support for Afghan elections

Amid requests from both Afghan presidential candidates to broaden the investigation of suspected ballot fraud, the US reaffirmed its support for a “sovereign, unified, and democratic Afghanistan.” State Department

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Pakistan Army chief pledges to eliminate terrorists across country

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Pakistan Army chief pledges to eliminate terrorists across country

Pakistanآ’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif visited troops on the front line in North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan and vowed that terrorists will be chased and hunted down across the country till their final elimination, said military.

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Iraq parliament delayed, general killed near Baghdad

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Iraq parliament delayed, general killed near Baghdad

Iraq’s new parliament postponed its next session for five weeks on Monday, extending the country’s political paralysis in the face of a Sunni Islamist insurgency which claimed the life of an army general on the northwestern outskirts of Baghdad. Citing the inability of political camps to reach “understanding and agreement” on nominations for the top […]

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Security meeting to be held in Tunisia for Libya’s neighbours

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Security meeting to be held in Tunisia for Libya’s neighbours

Tunisia said Monday it will host a meeting of foreign ministers from the six countries neighbouring Libya, to discuss ways of helping it deal with political turmoil and rising lawlessness. A meeting of Maghreb countries on the situation in Libya had been scheduled for early June but it was delayed indefinitely because of the lack of “visibility” on the crisis […]

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ISIS Declares ‘Caliphate’ in Its Iraq, Syria Territories

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on ISIS Declares ‘Caliphate’ in Its Iraq, Syria Territories

ISIS-led insurgents are creating an Islamic state out of the vast strips of land they control in Iraq and Syria, the militants have announced. Its territory will extend from Syria’s Aleppo, once the economic heart of the country, to the Diyala province in the east of Iraq. The Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which from now is to call itself simply “Islamic State”, will strictly adhere to Sharia law […]

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Erdogan to run for President

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Erdogan to run for President

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be his party’s presidential candidate at the vote this August, ruling AKP officials say. The widely expected announcement comes briefly after President Abdullah Gul declared he was not intending to stand for a second term in office, amid speculations he might try to do so and could put Erdogan’s ambitions in

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Over 150 dead after Raid on East Ukraine

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Over 150 dead after Raid on East Ukraine

Ukrainain forces say at least 150 rebels have been killed during heavy fighting in the east of the country. According to Kiev officials, the army virtually sealed off the town of Mykolayivka after attacking six posts of separatists.

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Egypt’s foreign minister meets Libyan counterpart

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Egypt’s foreign minister meets Libyan counterpart

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Abdulaziz on Sunday, when they addressed the latest developments in the neighbouring country. Abdulaziz arrived in Cairo on Friday to discuss his country’s security challenges with his Egyptian counterpart. During the meeting, Abdelaziz discussed Libya’s parliamentary elections, which were held earlier in June and whose results are […]

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Egyptian FM to start Arab tour

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Egyptian FM to start Arab tour

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Jordan on Tuesday as the first stop of an upcoming Arab tour which will include visits to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 8 to 11 July. Shoukry will visit the Arab nations to discuss current events of regional importance. A statement released by the foreign ministry noted that […]

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Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India Modi

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Comments Off on Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India Modi

Drawn by prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals NEW DELHI, June 29, (RTRS): Western governments are rushing to visit India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment. Senior politicians from France, the United States and Britain arrive over the […]

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Iraq presses Tikrit campaign

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on Iraq presses Tikrit campaign

BAGHDAD, June 28, (RTRS): Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began an offensive on Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants while party leaders pursued talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s divisive rule. Politicians in Baghdad and world powers warn that unless security forces recover cities lost […]

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Rebels in Somalia kill 3 as Ramadan starts

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on Rebels in Somalia kill 3 as Ramadan starts

Al-Shabaab warned of attacks during fasting month MOGADISHU, June 29, (RTRS): Islamist rebels shot dead three members of Somalia’s security forces in the capital on Sunday, police and witnesses said on the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month when insurgents had warned they would stage attacks. The government and African Union peacekeepers have […]

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Suspected rebels attack villages, churches near Nigeria’s Chibok

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on Suspected rebels attack villages, churches near Nigeria’s Chibok

Dozens of worshippers killed MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 29, (AFP): Suspected Boko Haram Islamists attacked a series of churches on Sunday near Chibok, the northeast Nigeria town where more than 200 teenage girls were kidnapped in April, with dozens feared dead, witnesses said. Residents said the gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on worshippers and pursued […]

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Saudi monarch slams religious extremists in Ramadan speech

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on Saudi monarch slams religious extremists in Ramadan speech

‘Islam is religion of unity’ RIYADH, June 29, (Agencies): Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday sharply criticised religious extremists, vowing not to let “a handful of terrorists… terrify Muslims”, in a speech marking the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Islam is “religion of unity, fraternity and mutual support” but some people “lured […]

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ISIL crucifies 8 rebels – Jihadists declare caliphate

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on ISIL crucifies 8 rebels – Jihadists declare caliphate

KUWAIT AID RUSH TO DISPLACED IRAQIS BEIRUT, June 29, (Agencies): A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the jihadists, a monitor said on Sunday. The report comes amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between the Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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Attacks on Nigeria churches claim 54 ahead of Cup game

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on Attacks on Nigeria churches claim 54 ahead of Cup game

Military accused of ignoring distress calls KANO, Nigeria, June 30, (AFP): An attack on churches in northeast Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram killed more than 50 people, an official said on Monday, overshadowing festivities ahead of a last-16 World Cup match against France. Gunmen stormed Sunday services in four villages near Chibok in Borno state […]

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Pak begins ground offensive against militants

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on Pak begins ground offensive against militants

Troops recover underground tunnels, IED making factories BANNU, Pakistan, June 30, (AFP): Pakistan’s military launched a ground assault in the North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taleban militants, after nearly half a million civilians fled the fighting. Troops moved on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, […]

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IS CLAIMS UNIVERSAL AUTHORITY, DECLARES BAGHDADI CALIPH

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Comments Off on IS CLAIMS UNIVERSAL AUTHORITY, DECLARES BAGHDADI CALIPH

BAGHDAD, June 30, (Agencies): Ruthless jihadists spearheading a Sunni militant offensive in Iraq have declared an “Islamic caliphate” and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their chief, in a spectacular bid to extend their authority. Iraqi forces meanwhile pressed a counter-offensive Monday against executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, one of a string […]

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