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Khar, Clinton Meet in Tokyo
July 10, 2012
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had a detailed bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Monday at the sidelines of the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan. Khar said that Pakistan wants to have a cooperative relationship with the United States, based on mutual respect and mutual interests ...
Agreement Reached with Assad: Annan
July 10, 2012
DAMASCUS, Syria — International envoy Kofi Annan tried to breathe new life Monday into his moribund peace efforts in Syria, saying he has reached a new framework with President Bashar Assad and would discuss it soon with rebel leaders. Opposition activists raised the death toll in the conflict to more than 17,000. Annan, the architect ...
Syrian State Risks Collapse, Clinton Warns
July 09, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says time's running out on Syrian peace hopes and warns that the Syrian state could collapse. Speaking in Japan, Clinton said Sunday that U.N. mediator Kofi Annan's acknowledgement that his peace plan is failing "should be a wake-up call for everyone." She says last month was the ...
Assad Should Leave Power: France, Germany
July 04, 2012
PARIS — The top diplomats of France and Germany say Syrian President Bashar Assad should leave power, even though a U.N.-brokered political transition plan leaves his future role open. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday, "Bashar Assad is a slaughterer and the ...
800 Killed in Past Week: Syrian Opposition
July 02, 2012
BEIRUT — Syria's main opposition group says nearly 800 people have been killed in escalating violence across the country in the past week.
The Syrian National Council says in a statement released Sunday that ...
Morsi Vows to Be ‘Servant of the People’
July 01, 2012
CAIRO - Mohamed Morsi took the oath of office on Saturday to become Egypt's first Islamist president and its first elected head of state since the revolt that overthrew Hosni Mubarak overthrow last year.The ceremony took place in the constitutional court rather than parliament, the result of an ongoing tussle with the military that took charge ...
Europe Summit Surprises with Bold Moves
June 30, 2012
BRUSSELS — After 18 disappointing summits since the start of the debt crisis, Europe's leaders appeared Friday to have finally come up with quick fixes and long-term plans that show they are serious about restoring confidence in their currency union.Global markets sighed with ...
No Quick Solution to Crisis: Merkel
June 28, 2012
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday brushed aside the latest push to pool European debt, arguing that it would be "economically wrong and counterproductive" to make such a move before governments have shown they can comply with budget ...
Turkey Threatens Syria with Retaliation over Jet
June 27, 2012
ANKARA - Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane ...
OSCE Security Days Tackles Challenges of Security Community
June 26, 2012
VIENNA, 25 June 2012 – New approaches to arms control, resolving protracted conflicts and promoting reconciliation as foundations for strengthening security in the OSCE area are the focus of OSCE Security Days 2012 in Vienna ...
Islamist Morsi Wins Egypt Presidential Vote
June 25, 2012
CAIRO — Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt's first Islamist president on Sunday after the freest elections in the country's history, narrowly defeating Hosni Mubarak's last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in a race that raised political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch.
The country's last four presidents over the past six decades have all ...
Syrian Govt. Accuses Rebels of Mass Killing
June 24, 2012
BEIRUT — An online video showed more than a dozen bloodied corpses, some of them piled atop each other and in military uniforms, dumped beside a road in northern Syria in what the government Friday called a mass killing by rebel forces.
The circumstances of the deaths were not immediately clear, with the ...
European Leaders Push for $163 Bln in Measures
June 23, 2012
ROME - The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to push for a growth package worth up to €130 billion ($163 billion) at a European Union summit next week that's intended to kick-start the economy and safeguard the currency bloc. President Francois Hollande of France, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish ...
Mubarak Health Drama Adds to Egypt Uncertainty
June 21, 2012
CAIRO - Hosni Mubarak's move out of jail to a Cairo military hospital where officials said he was slipping in and out of a coma on Wednesday has created a fresh sense of uncertainty for Egyptians as the wait for results of a presidential election drags ...
EU to Limit Impact of Bank Rescue on Spain’s Deficit
June 20, 2012
LOS CABOS, Mexico - The European Union is working on a formula to limit the impact on Spain's public deficit of a bank rescue worth up to 100 billion euros by issuing very long loans at very low rates, a senior EU official said on Tuesday.
With the results of an independent audit of Spanish lenders expected ...
Pakistan Supreme Court Disqualifies Gilani
June 20, 2012
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's increasingly assertive Supreme Court declared Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ineligible for office on Tuesday.
However, there seems to be no immediate threat to the stability of the government since the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has a ...
Russia to Send Marines to Syria
June 19, 2012
MOSCOW — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian ...
UN urged to send armed peacekeepers to Syria
June 18, 2012
Syria's opposition has urged the United Nations to send armed peacekeepers into the country after UN monitors suspended their operations because of raging violence.The exiled Syrian National Council, the country's main opposition group, in a statement issued ...
Egypt Votes to Choose Successor to Hosni Mubarak
June 17, 2012
CAIRO — Egyptians on Saturday voted to choose between a conservative Islamist and Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister in a presidential runoff once billed as the country's long-awaited shift to democracy but now clouded by pessimism over the ...
Germany Won’t Be Pressed Into Quick Fixes: Merkel
June 16, 2012
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Friday to resist pressure for quick fixes to the European crisis when she meets world leaders at the Group of 20 summit next week, saying Europe must tackle its problems "at the roots" by lowering debt and increasing ...
King of Ghazal Mehdi Hassan Passes Away
June 14, 2012
KARACHI - Legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer, Mehdi Hassan, passed away after a protracted illness in a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday.
Only last month, king of ghazal Mehdi Hassan, was discharged from hospital. However, just a day later, he was admitted back due to health problems. This time round though, he hasn't been put on ...
Food Supply Tenuous for 16 Million N. Koreans: UN
June 13, 2012
PYONGYANG, North Korea — Millions of North Korean children are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.
Nearly a third of North Korean children under age 5 show signs of ...
Syria Conflict Becomes ‘More Alarming’: Russian FM
June 10, 2012
MOSCOW — Russia has growing concerns about the conflict in Syria, but it will continue to oppose the outside use of force, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday.
"The situation in Syria is becoming more alarming," Lavrov told a news conference, during which he pushed Russia's proposal for an international conference on the crisis. "An impression is being ...
6 Powers, Iran, Remain Split on Nuclear Issues
June 09, 2012
VIENNA — Iran and six world powers seeking to coax Tehran into curbing its nuclear activities appear to be coming to talks later this month without resolving the differences that scuttled previous rounds, according to recent letters exchanged between the two ...
Iran Sanctions Counterproductive: Lavrov
June 07, 2012
MOSCOW - Further sanctions on Iran would be "counter-productive", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during an official visit to China on Wednesday.
"Additional sanctions are completely counter-productive, they are already adopted not only by ...
China, Russia Vow to Tighten UN Partnership
June 06, 2012
BEJING - China and Russia pledged Tuesday to increase their cooperation in the United Nations, as the giant neighbours try to resist mounting pressure for international action to stop the bloodshed in Syria.China's President Hu Jintao said closer cooperation would allow the two countries, whose stance has angered Western powers, to ...
IAEA Urges Iran to Sign Nuclear Deal
June 05, 2012
VIENNA - The head of the UN nuclear agency urged Iran on Monday to sign a deal allowing greater clarity on its disputed nuclear drive and announced that new talks with Tehran would be held this week.
At the start of a week-long meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors in Vienna, Yukiya Amano ...
Turkish PM Accuses Assad of ‘Autocratic’ Behavior
June 04, 2012
ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused his one-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of autocratic behavior, saying that such an approach would not serve peace.
"So far, I haven't seen him approach reforms with a democratic understanding. He is still approaching ...
IAEA Sees New “Activities” at Iran Site: Diplomats
May 31, 2012
VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear watchdog showed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that Iran may be cleaning a site where inspectors suspect it has carried out tests relevant to developing atomic bombs, participants at a closed-door briefing said. One person who attended ...
Peace Plan Depends on ‘End of Terrorism’: Assad to Annan
May 30, 2012
DAMASCUS - The success of Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan depends on "the end of terrorism," Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the UN-Arab League envoy on Tuesday, state television reported.
"The success of the Annan plan depends on the end of terrorist ...
Hague Warns of ‘All-Out Civil War’ in Syria
May 29, 2012
LONDON - Britain warned on Monday that failure by the two sides in Syria to implement UN envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan could lead to "all-out civil war and collapse" in the violence-torn country.
"It is not as if the alternatives in Syria are the Annan plan or ...
Merkel’s Lead over German Opposition Slumps: Poll
May 28, 2012
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives saw their lead over the main centre-left opposition party crumble in the sharpest one-week shift in German voter sentiment in seven years, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. An eight percentage point lead by Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) over the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) fell to just two points during a week that saw the chancellor face pressure over the ...
Enriched Uranium Traces A ‘Technical Issue’: Iran
May 27, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — A top Iranian nuclear negotiator said traces of enriched uranium discovered at an underground bunker came from a "routine technical issue," the country's official IRNA news ...
Working to Get U.N. Missions Bank Accounts: U.S.
May 26, 2012
UNITED NATIONS - Responding to a complaint by Syria's U.N. envoy, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said on Friday it was working to ensure that foreign diplomatic missions whose accounts have been closed by U.S. banks are able to get new ...
Egyptians Vote in First Free Presidential Election
May 24, 2012
CAIRO — More than 15 months after autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Egyptians streamed to polling stations Wednesday to freely choose a president for the first time in generations. Waiting hours in line, some debated to the last minute over their vote in a historic election pitting old regime figures against ascending ...