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Obama Pledges to Extend AGOA

Obama Pledges  to Extend AGOA

June 30, 2013

PRETORIA - Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday pledged to have the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) extended. Obama made the remarks in a televised press conference ...

Mandela’s Condition Continues to Improve: Ex-Wife

Mandela’s  Condition Continues to Improve: Ex-Wife

June 29, 2013

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s condition continues to improve, Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said on ...

Iran Hopes Qatar’s New Emir to Reconsider Syria Policy

Iran Hopes Qatar’s  New Emir to  Reconsider Syria Policy

June 27, 2013

TEHRAN - Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi on Wednesday expressed hope that Qatar’s new Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will reconsider Qatar’s past policy on Syria, semi-official ...

UN Envoy Doubts Whether Syria Peace Talks Could Take Place in July

UN Envoy Doubts  Whether Syria Peace Talks Could Take Place in July

June 26, 2013

GENEVA - Delegates from the United Nations, the United States and Russia arrived at the Palais des Nations in Geneva Tuesday afternoon for a new tripartite meeting to further the preparations for the ...

EU Launches Comprehensive Approach on Syria Conflict

EU Launches  Comprehensive Approach on Syria Conflict

June 25, 2013

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) on Monday adopted a communication, mapping out a comprehensive EU approach in response to the conflict and its consequences in Syria and its neighboring ...

Further Nuclear Arms Cuts to Involve More Countries: Russian FM

Further Nuclear  Arms Cuts to Involve More Countries: Russian FM

June 23, 2013

MOSCOW - Future talks on nuclear arms reductions would involve all countries that possess nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said ...

Putin Sees Differences among All G8 Members on Syria

Putin Sees Differences  among All G8 Members  on Syria

June 22, 2013

SAINT PETERSBURG - Differences over Syria existed among all members of the Group of Eight (G8), not just between Russia and the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin told the 17th ...

Israeli PM Urges Iran to Halt Uranium Enrichment

Israeli PM  Urges Iran to Halt Uranium Enrichment

June 20, 2013

JERUSALEM - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel will not accept anything less than the total halt of Iranian uranium ...

China to Constructively Work for Talks on Iran Nuclear Issue

China to Constructively Work for Talks on Iran Nuclear Issue

June 19, 2013

BEIJING - China will continue to make constructive efforts to advance peaceful negotiations regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said ...

Europe to “Pay the Price” for Arming Syria Rebels: Al-Assad

Europe to “Pay  the Price” for Arming Syria Rebels: Al-Assad

June 18, 2013

BERLIN - Europe will "pay the price" if it sends arms to Syrian rebel forces, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad warned on Monday in an interview with a German ...

Syria Slams Egypt’s Decision to Cut Off Diplomatic Relations as “Irresponsible”

Syria Slams Egypt’s  Decision to Cut Off Diplomatic Relations as “Irresponsible”

June 17, 2013

DAMASCUS - A Syrian official source slammed the decision of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to cut off diplomatic relations with Damascus as ...

Rowhani Wins Iranian Presidential Vote

Rowhani  Wins Iranian Presidential Vote

June 16, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's interior minister said Presidential candidate, Hasan Rowhani, has won the presidential vote, handing a victory to the cleric who gained support of many reform-minded ...

Russia, U.S. to Focus on Syria during G8 Summit

Russia, U.S. to  Focus on Syria during G8 Summit

June 15, 2013

MOSCOW - The Syria issue will top the agenda of a planned meeting between Russian and U.S. presidents during the upcoming G8 summit, a Kremlin aide said Friday. “Big attention will be ...

Israeli DM Denies Weapons Sale to Pakistan

Israeli DM Denies  Weapons Sale to Pakistan

June 13, 2013

JERUSALEM - The Israeli Defense Ministry denied a report alleging that it has sold military equipment to Pakistan, Israeli media reported on ...

U.S. Does Not See Russia as Security Threat: Ambassador

U.S. Does Not  See Russia as Security Threat: Ambassador

June 11, 2013

MOSCOW - Washington does not regard Moscow as a security threat and economy rival, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said ...

China, U.S. Agree to Build New Type of Relations

China, U.S.  Agree to Build New Type  of Relations

June 09, 2013

SUNNYLANDS, United States - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, agreed on Friday to build a new type of relations between China and the United States which could avoid ...

Russia Could Deploy Peacekeepers in Golan Heights: Putin

Russia Could Deploy Peacekeepers in Golan Heights: Putin

June 08, 2013

MOSCOW - Russia is ready to replace the Austrian peacekeepers who are about to leave the Golan Heights, President Vladimir Putin said ...

Syrian Rebels Lose Strategic Town in Boost for Assad

Syrian Rebels  Lose Strategic Town in  Boost for Assad

June 06, 2013

QUSAIR, Syria - Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies seized control of the border town of Qusair on Wednesday, dealing a major defeat to rebel fighters battling to ...

NATO DM Focus on Cyber Security

NATO DM  Focus on Cyber Security

June 05, 2013

BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers convened on Tuesday to examine cyber security as a collective defense issue amid mounting concerns over the threat posed by ...

Cyber Security Tops Obama’s Agenda for China Talks

Cyber Security  Tops Obama’s Agenda for China Talks

June 04, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will be looking for signs from China's leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as ...

Iran among Top 10 Nuclear Countries: Jalili

Iran among  Top 10 Nuclear  Countries: Jalili

June 03, 2013

TEHRAN – Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili has said that Iran is among the top 10 countries that have mastered peaceful nuclear technology despite all the pressures exerted on the ...

More Than 1,000 Iraqis Killed in May Violence: UN

More Than 1,000  Iraqis Killed in May Violence: UN

June 02, 2013

BAGHDAD — The United Nations mission to Iraq said Saturday that more than 1,000 people were killed in violence across the country last month — the highest monthly death toll in years. Violence in ...

EU Urges Israel to Stop Settlements Actives

EU Urges Israel to Stop Settlements Actives

June 01, 2013

BRUSSELS - The foreign policy chief of the European Union (EU) Catherine Ashton on Friday urged Israel to stop its settlements actives. “Settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to ...

China to Further Promote Energy Sustainability

China to Further  Promote Energy Sustainability

May 30, 2013

VIENNA - China will continue to promote sustainable energy use and green low-carbon development, Liu Lihua, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology of China said here in ...

Russia, U.S. Remain Divided over Planned Syria Conference

Russia, U.S. Remain  Divided over Planned Syria Conference

May 29, 2013

MOSCOW - Russia and the United States are still divided over some issues about the international conference on Syria the two have agreed to organize, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said ...

Kerry, Lavrov Meet to Discuss Syrian Peace Talks

Kerry, Lavrov Meet to  Discuss Syrian Peace Talks

May 28, 2013

PARIS - The U.S. and Russian foreign ministers met on Monday to discuss a planned conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war against a backdrop of widening regional violence and new ...

EU Faces Syria Sanctions Crunch over Push to Arm Rebels

EU Faces Syria Sanctions  Crunch over Push to Arm Rebels

May 27, 2013

BRUSSELS - The European Union may end this week either helping Syrian rebels or the Damascus government they detest, depending on how EU ministers resolve differences over a package of sanctions on ...

Syrian Opposition Resumes Tough Talks on Unity for Peace Push

Syrian Opposition  Resumes Tough Talks on Unity for Peace Push

May 26, 2013

ISTANBUL - Syria's opposition resumed talks on Saturday aimed at closing their fractious ranks, crucial to launching an international peace conference, and government forces pressed an onslaught on a ...

U.S. to Increase Support to Syrian Rebels: Kerry

U.S. to Increase Support to Syrian Rebels: Kerry

May 23, 2013

AMMAN - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. support for Syrian rebels will continue to grow if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused to come to peace ...

Syrian Opposition, Govt. Prepare for Peace Talks: Mediator

Syrian Opposition,  Govt. Prepare for Peace Talks: Mediator

May 22, 2013

CAIRO - Syria’s opposition and government are preparing to take part in an internationally-sponsored peace conference, the United Nations-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on ...

‘No Option off Table’ over Syria: Britain

‘No Option off  Table’ over Syria: Britain

May 21, 2013

LONDON - Britain warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that "no option is off the table" over the possible arming of Syrian rebels and said it would press the ...

Obama to Speak on Legality of Drone Program

Obama to Speak on  Legality of Drone Program

May 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will discuss the legality of his administration's secret drone program and other counterterror practices during a speech Thursday, a White House official ...

Iran to Allow Inspectors in after Protocol Signed

Iran to Allow  Inspectors in after  Protocol Signed

May 19, 2013

MOSCOW - Tehran will allow international inspectors to enter its nuclear facilities after a protocol is signed, the Iranian ambassador to Russia said ...

Two Blasts at Iraqi Sunni Mosque Kill 43

Two Blasts at Iraqi Sunni Mosque Kill 43

May 18, 2013

BAQUBA, Iraq - Two bombs exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people in one of the ...

France Suggests EU Link Easing Syria Arms Embargo to Peace Talks

France Suggests EU Link Easing Syria Arms Embargo to Peace Talks

May 16, 2013

BRUSSELS - France is floating a proposal that the European Union ease an arms embargo for Syrian rebels but delay acting on the decision to intensify pressure on Damascus to negotiate an end to ...