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Russia must Choose Between Assad and the US: Tillerson

Russia must Choose Between Assad and the US: Tillerson

April 12, 2017

LUCCA - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and...

G7 FMs, Middle East Allies Discuss Syria in Extraordinary Meeting

G7 FMs, Middle East Allies Discuss Syria in Extraordinary Meeting

April 12, 2017

ROME - Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries and key allies from the Middle East discussed the Syria issue in an extraordinary meeting held...

G7 to Send ‘Clear Message’ to Russia on Syria

G7 to Send ‘Clear Message’ to Russia on Syria

April 11, 2017

LUCCA, Italy - G7 foreign ministers were on Monday to send a "clear and coordinated message" to Russia over its stance on Syria as Washington ratcheted up the pressure following...

IMF, WB, WTO Urge Nations to Advance Open Trade

IMF, WB, WTO Urge Nations to  Advance Open Trade

April 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - Several global financial institutions on Monday urged economies all over the world to advance open trade in an inclusive way. The role of trade in the global economy is at a critical...

Trump Tells Congress Syria Attack Ordered to Protect U.S. Interest

Trump Tells Congress Syria Attack Ordered to Protect U.S. Interest

April 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump told Congress that his decision to attack Syria was in the interest of the United States, adding that further actions are being considered...

Russia Responsible ‘By Proxy’ for Suspected Syrian Chemical Attack: UK Minister

Russia Responsible ‘By Proxy’ for Suspected Syrian Chemical Attack: UK Minister

April 10, 2017

LONDON - British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon on Sunday accused Russia of being responsible "by proxy" for the death of 87 civilians killed last week in a suspected chemical...

Xi, Trump Set Constructive Tone for China-U.S. Relationship: FM

Xi, Trump Set Constructive Tone for China-U.S. Relationship: FM

April 09, 2017

PALM BEACH, United States - Chinese President Xi Jinping held meetings with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort in the U.S. state of Florida on Thursday and Friday...

U.S. Congress Divided over Syria Strike

U.S. Congress Divided over Syria Strike

April 09, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress is divided over Thursday's missile strike at Syria ordered by President Donald Trump, with some lawmakers voicing strong support while others questioning...

Trump Says Missile Strikes Against Syria in U.S. “Vital Interest”

Trump Says Missile Strikes Against  Syria in U.S. “Vital Interest”

April 08, 2017

PALM BEACH, United States - U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he had ordered targeted missile strikes at a Syrian military airfield and called the strikes in the nation's...

May, Tusk Meet on Brexit, Talks Positive on Both Sides

May, Tusk Meet on Brexit, Talks  Positive on Both Sides

April 08, 2017

LONDON - European Council President Donald Tusk met British Prime Minister Theresa May for Brexit talks on Thursday in London, with 10 Downing Street saying later that both leaders...

European Parliament Lays out Conditions for Approval of Brexit Agreement

European Parliament Lays out Conditions for Approval of Brexit Agreement

April 06, 2017

STRASBOURG - Members of European Parliament (MEPs), meeting here for a plenary session, voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to adopt a resolution outlining major conditions for the approval of...

ASEAN Members Seek Cooperation in Natural Disaster Assistance

ASEAN Members Seek Cooperation in Natural Disaster Assistance

April 06, 2017

VIENTIANE - As many as 57 delegates from national disaster management offices of member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered here Wednesday to seek...

First “Brexit Summit” to Demonstrate EU Unity: EU’s Tusk

First “Brexit Summit” to  Demonstrate EU Unity: EU’s Tusk

April 05, 2017

LJUBLJANA - There is no doubt that the first "Brexit summit," during which European Union (EU) leaders are expected to adopt their "Brexit guidelines," on April...

Trump Offers Full Support to Putin in Responding to St. Petersburg Attack

Trump Offers Full Support to Putin in Responding to St. Petersburg Attack

April 05, 2017

WASHINGTON - In a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump offered his full support to Russia in responding to an attack in St. Petersburg...

UN Chief Calls for Equal Rights for People with Autism

UN Chief Calls for Equal Rights  for People with Autism

April 04, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called on international community to recognize the equal rights for persons with autism and give them equal opportunities...

Ukrainian, French, German Leaders Urge Truce Consolidation in Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian, French, German Leaders Urge Truce Consolidation in Eastern Ukraine

April 04, 2017

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for more efforts to consolidate a newly-declared ceasefire...

136th IPU Assembly Focuses on Means to End Inequalities Worldwide

136th IPU Assembly Focuses on Means  to End Inequalities Worldwide

April 03, 2017

DHAKA - With more focus on ways to end economic, political and social inequalities worldwide, the 136th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) kicked off here on Saturday night...

French Polling Watchdog Warns over Russian News Agency’s Election Report

French Polling Watchdog Warns over Russian News Agency’s Election Report

April 03, 2017

PARIS - France's polling commission has issued a warning over a Russian news report suggesting conservative candidate Francois Fillon leads the race for the presidency - something which...

NATO Allies must Keep up Momentum on Defense Spending: NATO Chief

NATO Allies must Keep up Momentum on Defense Spending: NATO Chief

April 02, 2017

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday called on NATO allies to "keep up momentum on defense spending" at a press conference following a meeting of NATO...

UN, Partners Warn 108 Mln People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

UN, Partners Warn 108 Mln People  Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

April 02, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Some 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a UN-backed report on food crises...

Russia Seeks Good Partnership with US: Putin

Russia Seeks Good  Partnership with US: Putin

April 01, 2017

ARKHANGELSK, Russia - Russia hopes to build good relations with the United States, and attempts to damage bilateral diplomatic relations are a mistake, Russian President Vladimir...

EU Won’t Pursue Punitive Approach in Brexit Talks: Tusk

EU Won’t Pursue Punitive  Approach in Brexit Talks: Tusk

April 01, 2017

BRUSSELS - European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that the remaining 27 members of the European Union (EU) will not pursue a punitive approach over the forthcoming Brexit talks...

Central European Leaders Discuss Brexit, Migration Policy in Warsaw

Central European Leaders Discuss Brexit, Migration Policy in Warsaw

March 30, 2017

WARSAW - Prime ministers from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries on Tuesday said they are against an obligatory refugee quota and linking migration with European funds. Officials also...

British PM Makes Farewell Phone Calls to EU Leaders, Merkel

British PM Makes Farewell Phone Calls to EU Leaders, Merkel

March 30, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May made telephone calls Tuesday night to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President...

Migration, Security Global Challenges: EU Commissioner

Migration, Security Global  Challenges: EU Commissioner

March 29, 2017

BUDAPEST - The issues of migration and security are global challenges, no country can deal with them on their own, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship...

NATO, Russia to Hold Council Meeting This Week

NATO, Russia to Hold Council Meeting This Week

March 29, 2017

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday announced in a statement that NATO would hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council this week. The meeting will take...

Merkel’s Party CDU Remains Largest in German State Election: Exit Polls

Merkel’s Party CDU Remains Largest in German State Election: Exit Polls

March 28, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party CDU was ahead with a clear lead over rival SPD in the Saarland state elections, exit polls showed on Sunday. The vote was the first in a series...

UN Invigorates Political Momentum Against Climate Change

UN Invigorates Political Momentum Against Climate Change

March 28, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations dimmed the lights at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world to mark the 10th annual "Earth Hour," a global event to...

Escalating Violence in Syria Undermining Political Process: UN Envoy

Escalating Violence in Syria Undermining Political Process: UN Envoy

March 27, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Syria envoy warned Saturday that an upsurge in fighting in Syria is not only endangering a fragile truce in place since last year, but also jeopardising ongoing peace talks...

Brexit Sparks Race to Host European Banking Authority

Brexit Sparks Race to Host  European Banking Authority

March 27, 2017

LONDON - Along with banks that have signaled they will be moving jobs abroad, Brexit will probably see the European Banking Authority leave London -- and rival cities are jockeying to be...

Putin Discusses Anti-Terrorism with France’s Le Pen

Putin Discusses Anti-Terrorism with France’s Le Pen

March 26, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged joint international efforts to fight terrorism on Friday at a meeting in Moscow with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. We all live...

EU Boosts Support for OSCE Mission in Ukraine

EU Boosts Support for OSCE  Mission in Ukraine

March 26, 2017

KIEV - The European Union (EU) said on Friday it has allocated an additional 3 million euros (about 3.2 million U.S. dollars) for the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation...

Top UN Officials Call on Member States to Remain Committed to Paris Climate Accord

Top UN Officials Call on Member States to Remain Committed to Paris Climate Accord

March 25, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for governments...

French DM Says Offensive to Retake Syria’s Raqqa to Start Soon

French DM Says Offensive to Retake Syria’s Raqqa to Start Soon

March 25, 2017

PARIS - French Defense Minister (DM) Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday that an international military offensive to retake Syrian city of Raqqa from the IS is likely to start “in the coming...

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim it Owes NATO

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim  it Owes NATO

March 20, 2017

BERLIN - German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money...