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NATO Signals No New Members for The Present

NATO Signals No New  Members for The Present

July 06, 2014

BRUSSELS - Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion. Four would-be members, including the former ...

Rebels Attack from Both Sides of Border: Ukraine

Rebels Attack from Both  Sides of Border: Ukraine

July 05, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops have recaptured more than a dozen eastern villages from pro-Russia separatists but Russia is allowing the rebels to attack Ukrainian border posts from its ...

Merkel Warns Russia on Sanctions Ahead of Berlin Talks on Ukraine

Merkel Warns Russia on Sanctions  Ahead of Berlin Talks on Ukraine

July 03, 2014

BERLIN/KIEV - Germany's Angela Merkel warned Moscow ahead of talks on Ukraine on Wednesday that economic sanctions remained an option unless it backed peace efforts, as Ukrainian ...

Turkey’s Erdogan Positions Himself for More Powerful Presidential Role

Turkey’s Erdogan Positions Himself for More Powerful Presidential Role

July 02, 2014

ANKARA - Tayyip Erdogan declared his candidacy on Tuesday for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule and supporters, especially conservative ...

Iran Urges World Powers “Realistic” in Clinching Final Deal

Iran Urges World  Powers “Realistic” in Clinching Final Deal

July 01, 2014

TEHRAN - The world powers should be “realistic" in nuclear talks with Iran so that results could be achieved, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi was quoted as ...

Israel PM Says Ready to Expand Operation Against Hamas

Israel PM Says Ready to Expand Operation Against Hamas

June 30, 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel is ready to expand its operation against Islamic Hamas movement, according to a ...

Kerry in Syria Opposition Talks As US Moves to Arm Rebels

Kerry in Syria Opposition  Talks As US Moves to Arm Rebels

June 28, 2014

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The US top diplomat headed for talks with the Syrian opposition and its key backer Saudi Arabia Friday after the White House asked lawmakers for $500 million to train ...

China, Russia Boost Regional Cooperation with More Deals

China, Russia Boost  Regional Cooperation with More Deals

June 26, 2014

MOSCOW - Economic and cultural agreements have been signed at a forum on cooperation between regions along the Yangtze river in China and the Volga river in ...

Sanctions if Russia Won’t Cooperate: EU Ministers

Sanctions if Russia Won’t  Cooperate: EU Ministers

June 24, 2014

BRUSSELS - Several European foreign ministers on Monday threatened to impose further sanctions against Russia if it fails to cooperate with Ukraine's proposed peace plan and doesn't stop ...

Dialogue to Start Only on Basis of Ceasefire in Ukraine: Putin

Dialogue to Start Only on Basis  of Ceasefire in Ukraine: Putin

June 23, 2014

MOSCOW - It is vital that dialogue involving all parties in Ukraine should begin on the basis of ceasefire, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. Dialogue should begin on the basis of ceasefire ...

Iraqi PM Under Pressure from Shiite Cleric, US

Iraqi PM Under Pressure  from Shiite Cleric, US

June 22, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces mounting pressure to form an inclusive government or step aside following the loss of large swaths of territory to Sunni ...

Global Refugee Figure Tops 50 Million for First Time: UNHCR

Global Refugee Figure Tops 50  Million for First Time: UNHCR

June 21, 2014

GENEVA - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday reported the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 ...

Hundreds Killed, Detained in Ukraine Breakdown: UN

Hundreds Killed, Detained  in Ukraine Breakdown: UN

June 19, 2014

GENEVA - A steady rise in killings, torture and abductions by pro-Russia armed groups in eastern Ukraine has claimed hundreds of lives since last month, U.N. monitors in the region said Wednesday ...

Syria, Iraq Edging into Regional War: UN Panel

Syria, Iraq Edging into  Regional War: UN Panel

June 18, 2014

GENEVA - A U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes is sounding the alarm that the entire region is on the brink of war. In its latest report Tuesday to the U.N. Human Rights Council ...

Russia Cuts Gas to Ukraine, Flows to EU Threatened

Russia Cuts Gas to  Ukraine, Flows to EU Threatened

June 17, 2014

KIEV/GORKI Russia - Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet ...

NATO is Preparing Measures to Help Ukraine

NATO is Preparing Measures to Help Ukraine

June 16, 2014

MADRID - NATO is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, and must adapt to the fact that Moscow now views it as an adversary, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ...

Iran Says Envisages Iraq Role with U.S. if Washington Tackles Regional Militants

Iran Says Envisages Iraq Role with U.S. if Washington Tackles Regional Militants

June 15, 2014

ANKARA - Iran could contemplate cooperating with its old adversary the United States on restoring security to Iraq if it saw Washington confronting "terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere" ...

Iraqi PM Declares Highest Alert Against Terrorist Groups

Iraqi PM Declares Highest  Alert Against Terrorist Groups

June 11, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki Tuesday declared highest alert in the country and called for emergency session for the parliament to declare state of emergency to confront the ...

Russia Would React to NATO Build-Up Near Borders: Minister

Russia Would React to NATO  Build-Up Near Borders: Minister

June 10, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia would consider any further expansion of NATO forces near its borders a "demonstration of hostile intentions" and would take political and military measures to ensure ...

Syria Slams EU over Presidential Elections’ Remarks

Syria Slams EU over  Presidential Elections’ Remarks

June 08, 2014

DAMASCUS - Syria's Foreign Ministry on Saturday slammed as "flagrant violation" the European Union's statement on the Syrian presidential elections, in which the EU described the ...

Putin, Ukraine Leader Break Crisis Ice At D-Day Event

Putin, Ukraine Leader Break  Crisis Ice At D-Day Event

June 07, 2014

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France - The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held their first talks on Friday since Moscow annexed Crimea, discussing ways to end their four-month conflict in a brief encounter ...

Merkel Urges Putin to Cooperate Ahead of Russia-Less G7

Merkel Urges Putin to Cooperate Ahead of Russia-Less G7

June 05, 2014

BRUSSELS - Germany's Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to help stem violence in eastern Ukraine and said the West would not hesitate to impose stricter economic ...

US to Boost Military Presence in Europe: Obama

US to Boost Military Presence in Europe: Obama

June 04, 2014

WARSAW, Poland - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer ...

Syria Conflict Costs Lebanon $7.5 Bn: WB

Syria Conflict Costs Lebanon $7.5 Bn: WB

June 03, 2014

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The conflict in Syria has cost Lebanon $7.5 billion as it struggles to cope with hosting more than a million refugees from the neighbouring country, according to World ...

Obama Gets Second Chance to Explain His Russia Policy in Europe

Obama Gets Second Chance to Explain His Russia Policy in Europe

June 02, 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama heads to Warsaw, Brussels, Paris and Normandy this week where he is expected to elaborate on the U.S. commitment to counter Russian moves against ...

Japan to Enhance Role in Asia

Japan to Enhance Role in Asia

June 01, 2014

TOKYO - Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, has offered the country's help to "ensure the security of the seas and the ...

Russia, Ukraine Quarrel Over Humanitarian Issue

Russia, Ukraine Quarrel Over Humanitarian Issue

May 31, 2014

MOSCOW - Moscow and Kiev have traded fire over the former's proposal to deliver humanitarian aid to the latter's restive eastern regions. "Demand for humanitarian aid ...

Syrian Opposition Needs More Support: Obama

Syrian Opposition Needs More Support: Obama

May 29, 2014

WEST POINT, New York - President Barack Obama says he'll work with Congress to increase support for members of the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and to Syrian ...

Global Unemployment Expected to Rise By 3.2 Mln in 2014: ILO

Global Unemployment Expected  to Rise By 3.2 Mln in 2014: ILO

May 28, 2014

GENEVA - The International Labor Organization (ILO) on Tuesday said in an annual report that global unemployment stood at just under 200 million in 2013 and is expected to rise ...

New Ukraine Leader Says No Talks with “Terrorists”

New Ukraine Leader Says  No Talks with “Terrorists”

May 27, 2014

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine launched air strikes and a paratrooper assault against pro-Russian rebels who seized an airport on Monday, as its newly elected leader rejected any talks with ...

Ukraine Voters Seek Leader to Save Nation

Ukraine Voters Seek Leader to Save Nation

May 26, 2014

KIEV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine - Ukrainians voted on Sunday for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns ...

West Ignores Russia’s Interests in Ukraine: Putin

West Ignores Russia’s  Interests in Ukraine: Putin

May 25, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of ignoring Russia's interests in Ukraine, in particular by leaving open the possibility that Ukraine could ...

Ukraine Instability Benefits Some Countries: Russian Defense Chief

Ukraine Instability Benefits  Some Countries: Russian Defense Chief

May 24, 2014

MOSCOW - Some countries deliberately stoked tensions in Ukraine to advance their geopolitical goals, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the 3rd international security conference ...

Ukraine Urges Russia to Help De-Escalate Crisis

Ukraine Urges Russia to  Help De-Escalate Crisis

May 22, 2014

KIEV - The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on Russia to intensify its efforts to ease the crisis in eastern Ukraine. "We expect Russia's tangible steps ...

21 Million in Forced Labor Worldwide: UN Report

21 Million in Forced Labor  Worldwide: UN Report

May 21, 2014

GENEVA - Forced labor produces illegal profits of $150 billion a year, the United Nations' labor agency said Tuesday as it appealed for global eradication of the ...