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Syria Peace Talks Take Tentative Step Forward

Syria Peace Talks Take Tentative Step Forward

January 30, 2014

GENEVA - Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria took a first tentative step forward on Wednesday as both sides agreed to use the same document as the basis of discussions, although they ...

U.N. Convoy Awaiting Green Light to Deliver Food to Homs

U.N. Convoy Awaiting  Green Light to Deliver Food to Homs

January 29, 2014

GENEVA - The United Nations is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500 people once it gets a green light from all sides, a World Food Program (WFP) ...

Israel Refuses to Confirm Attack on Syrian Missile Base

Israel Refuses to Confirm  Attack on Syrian Missile Base

January 28, 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli security sources declined to confirm on Monday an alleged Israeli attack of a Syrian military base in Latakia. According to reports in the Lebanese media, the Israel ...

Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Sinai As Protest Toll Rises to 49

Egyptian Soldiers  Killed in Sinai As  Protest Toll Rises to 49

January 27, 2014

CAIRO - Gunmen killed three Egyptian soldiers in an attack on a bus in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, the military said, prompting a warning from the army that it would eliminate the Muslim ...

Militants Tell Russians to Rebel against Kremlin or Face Attacks

Militants Tell Russians to Rebel against Kremlin or Face Attacks

January 26, 2014

MOSCOW - A militant group that claimed responsibility for last month’s suicide bombings in Volgograd which killed at least 34 people told Russians on Saturday to rebel against ...

UN Mediator to Talk with Syrian Govt., Opposition

UN Mediator to  Talk with Syrian Govt., Opposition

January 25, 2014

GENEVA - UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will meet delegations from the Syrian government and the opposition separately on Friday, a UN spokeswoman has confirmed ...

Time to End Al Qaeda Presence in Falluja: Iraq’s Maliki

Time to End Al Qaeda  Presence in Falluja: Iraq’s Maliki

January 23, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday it was time to clear al Qaeda-linked militants out of the rebel-held city of Falluja, but set no deadline for any ...

Syria Talks in Disarray before They Begin

Syria Talks in  Disarray before They Begin

January 22, 2014

GENEVA - Syria peace talks were in disarray on Tuesday before they began, buffeted by a botched U.N. invitation to Iran, an explosion in Beirut and new evidence that appears to show Bashar ...

Iran Suspends Controversial Nuclear Activities: IAEA

Iran Suspends Controversial  Nuclear Activities: IAEA

January 21, 2014

VIENNA - Iran has halted the a series of most controversial nuclear activity regarding the deal with six major states, an UN nuclear agency report obtained by Xinhua on Monday showed ...

Any Geneva II Agreement Should Be Guaranteed by UN Mission: Turkey FM

Any Geneva II Agreement Should Be  Guaranteed by UN Mission: Turkey FM

January 20, 2014

ADANA - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday that any possible agreement to be reached in the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syrian crisis should be guaranteed by a UN ...

Obama's spying overhaul proposals too weak to win back trust

Obama's spying overhaul proposals too weak to win back trust

January 19, 2014

BEIJING- President Barack Obama is known for eloquence. But his long-awaited speech on overhauling the controversial intelligence community of the United States has failed to ...

Tension Mounts in Thailand after Blast Wounds 36 Protesters

Tension Mounts in Thailand  after Blast Wounds 36 Protesters

January 18, 2014

BANGKOK - An explosive device tossed at anti-government protesters wounded 36 in central Bangkok on Friday and tension rippled through the Thai capital after several days of relative ...

Eurozone Trade Surplus 17.1 Bln Euros in November 2013

Eurozone Trade Surplus 17.1  Bln Euros in November 2013

January 16, 2014

BRUSSELS- The eurozone was expected to register a trade surplus of 17.1 billion euros (23.3 U.S. dollars) in last November, up from a surplus of 12.5 billion euros in the same period of 2012, the ...

Thai Protesters Target Ministries, Threaten Stock Exchange

Thai Protesters  Target Ministries,  Threaten Stock Exchange

January 15, 2014

BANGKOK - Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government tightened a blockade around ministries on Tuesday and their leader warned the prime minister that she could be targeted next, as some ...

Assad Mulling Open Humanitarian Access: Russia

Assad Mulling Open  Humanitarian Access: Russia

January 14, 2014

PARIS - Syria's government and the opposition have agreed to consider opening humanitarian access in the run-up to a peace conference that would bring the sides together for the first ...

Thai Road Protest Could Lead to Political Dead End

Thai Road Protest Could Lead to Political Dead End

January 12, 2014

BANGKOK - Anti-government protesters are planning to shut down Thailand's capital on Monday by blocking traffic at key intersections, providing a fitting metaphor for the country's politics ...

Russia, U.S. and U.N. to Hold Talks on Syria: Report

Russia, U.S. and U.N. to Hold  Talks on Syria: Report

January 11, 2014

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will hold joint talks on January 13 in the runup to the Geneva 2 conference on ...

Iraqi Army Not to Attack Fallujah as Tribes Fight Al-Qaida: PM

Iraqi Army Not to Attack  Fallujah as Tribes Fight Al-Qaida: PM

January 09, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Wednesday that his troops will not attack the volatile city of Fallujah as long as the tribes are fighting al-Qaida militants, vowing that ...

US Speeds Up Drone, Missile Deliveries to Aid Iraq

US Speeds Up Drone, Missile  Deliveries to Aid Iraq

January 08, 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States has said it will speed up its deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of Al-Qaeda linked ...

U.S. to Support Fight on Al-Qaeda in Iraq without Troops: Kerry

U.S. to Support Fight on Al-Qaeda  in Iraq without Troops: Kerry

January 06, 2014

JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Sunday the Iraqi government and tribes would be successful in their fight against al Qaeda, and said Washington was not considering sending troops ...

Iraq Army, Tribes Join Fight against Al Qaeda Forces

Iraq Army, Tribes Join Fight against Al Qaeda Forces

January 05, 2014

BAGHDAD - Sunni Muslim tribesmen backed by Iraqi troops fought al Qaeda-linked militants for control of Iraq's western province of Anbar on Friday in a critical test of strength for the ...

Egypt Police Clash with Islamist Supporters

Egypt Police Clash  with Islamist Supporters

January 04, 2014

CAIRO - Riot police clashed with supporters of Egypt's former Islamist president across the country on Friday, leaving two dead as the Muslim Brotherhood renewed calls to protest ahead of a key ...

Palestinian Ambassador Killed by Blast at Prague Home: Police

Palestinian Ambassador Killed by Blast at Prague Home: Police

January 02, 2014

PRAGUE - The Palestinian ambassador to Prague was killed in an explosion at his residence on Wednesday that Czech authorities believe was probably an ...

War, Weather, Bureaucracy Cause Syria to Miss Chemical Weapons Deadline

War, Weather, Bureaucracy Cause Syria to Miss  Chemical Weapons Deadline

January 01, 2014

BEIRUT - Security concerns and bureaucracy have caused President Bashar al-Assad’s government to miss Tuesday’s deadline for the removal of deadly toxins from Syria under an international ...

Agreement Reached on Shipping Syria’s Chemicals: FM

Agreement Reached on  Shipping Syria’s Chemicals: FM

December 31, 2013

BEIJING - A multilateral agreement on escorts for chemical weapons being shipped out of Syria for destruction has been reached, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin ...

Turkish Official Says Officers Could Be Retried

Turkish Official Says  Officers Could Be Retried

December 30, 2013

ANKARA, Turkey - A senior ruling party official says Turkey's government could change laws to allow the re-trial of hundreds of military officers who were convicted of plotting to overthrow ...

Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria Delayed: Watchdog

Removal of Chemical  Weapons from Syria Delayed: Watchdog

December 29, 2013

VIENNA - The removal of deadly toxins from Syria under an international effort to rid the nation of its chemical arsenal will likely miss a December 31 deadline, the global ...

World Powers and Iran to Resume Expert Nuclear Talks on December 30

World Powers and Iran to Resume Expert Nuclear Talks on December 30

December 28, 2013

BRUSSELS - Nuclear experts from Iran and six world powers will resume talks on how to roll out last month’s landmark deal on Monday in Geneva, hoping to resolve numerous technical issues before the ...

Turkish President Vows No Cover-Up in Corruption Scandal

Turkish President  Vows No Cover-Up in  Corruption Scandal

December 25, 2013

ANKARA –Turkish President Abdullah Gul sought to salve Turkish furor over a high-level corruption case on Tuesday by assuring the public there would be no cover-up and that the courts were ...

Iran, World Powers to Continue Nuclear Talks after Christmas

Iran, World Powers to  Continue Nuclear Talks after Christmas

December 24, 2013

TEHRAN - Iran and six world powers will continue their expert-level nuclear talks after the Christmas holidays, Iran's nuclear negotiator said ...

Egypt Jails Symbols of 2011 Uprising

Egypt Jails Symbols of 2011 Uprising

December 23, 2013

CAIRO - Three leading Egyptian activists were sentenced to three years in prison each on Sunday in a case brought over their role in recent protests, escalating a crackdown on dissent by the ...

UK to Help Destroy Syria’s Chemical Stockpile

UK to Help Destroy  Syria’s Chemical Stockpile

December 22, 2013

LONDON - The U.K. will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the U.S., Denmark and ...

Bombings in Iraq Kill 14

Bombings in Iraq Kill 14

December 21, 2013

KIRKUK, Iraq - Bombings in Iraq, including two in a market and a third at a cemetery where victims of the earlier attack were to be buried killed 14 people Friday, officials said.In Tuz Khurmatu, 175 ...

Iran Says Nuclear Talks with World Powers to Resume Today

Iran Says Nuclear Talks with  World Powers to Resume Today

December 19, 2013

DUBAI - Iran says it will resume technical talks with six world powers in Geneva on Thursday and Friday, a vital step in implementing a deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran's nuclear ...

Merkel Formally Elected to Third Term by Parliament Vote

Merkel Formally Elected to  Third Term by Parliament Vote

December 18, 2013

BERLIN - Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new “grand ...