Archive for November, 2013

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 1:14am

Saudi Arabia welcomes Iran nuclear agreement

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Saudi Arabia has said an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear programme could be a step towards a comprehensive solution – and hoped it could lead to the removal of WMD from the Middle East. “The government of the kingdom sees that if there was goodwill, this agreement could represent a preliminary step towards a comprehensive solution to the […]

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 1:14am

UN sets January date for Syria peace talks

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The United Nations has set a date for talks between the Syrian government and opposition, in an attempt to push through the first such meeting since the start of the country’s 32-month-old war. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said on Monday that the conference, to be held in Geneva on January 22, was “a […]

Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 3:22am

US politicians push for new Iran sanctions

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US politicians on both sides of the spectrum have voiced their scepticism about Iran sticking to the newly-forged nuclear agreement. On Sunday, members of both major parties said they wanted Congress to prepare increased economic penalties to impose on Tehran of the accord falls apart. US Secretary of State John Kerry has previously voiced his […]

Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 3:22am

Polls close in Honduran election

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Polls have closed in the Honduran elections with the National Party of Juan Hernandez and Xiomara Castro’s Libre party both claiming victory.  Polls closed on Sunday after citizens voted amid tight security to pick a new president for their Central American nation, which is reeling from violence, poverty and a coup. Initial exit polls suggested […]

Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 3:22am

Iranian nuclear deal sparks war of words

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An agreement for Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions in exchange for the easing of sanctions has sparked a diplomatic row, with the the Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, calling the deal a “historic mistake”. The deal reached between Iran and six world powers in Geneva on Sunday is an interim agreement that many hope […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:21pm

Anti-government protests grow in Thailand

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Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Bangkok in an effort to topple the Thai government and put an end to what they say is the continued influence of the deposed former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. Demonstrators on Sunday called for the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra, the country’s current premier and sister […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:21pm

Egypt passes law restricting public protests

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Cairo – Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, has signed a restrictive new “protest law” that would require Egyptians to seek approval days in advance before organising demonstrations. The law will take effect later this week once the final text is published in the official state register. It gives police wide latitude to use force against demonstrators, […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:21pm

Karzai gives no date to sign US security pact

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Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has agreed to sign a strategic agreement with the United States if it brings peace to the nation after a more than three-decade-long conflict. Speaking at the conclusion of the “consultative” Loya Jirga, Grand Assembly, on Sunday morning, Karzai said the result of the Bilateral Strategic Agreement between Kabul and […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:08am

Deadlock broken at UN climate talks

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Developed countries and fast-growing economies have reached a last-minute compromise to avert a breakdown of UN climate talks in Warsaw, working towards the inking of a new UN pact in 2015 to slow down global warming. After two weeks of negotiations, almost 200 nations agreed on Saturday that all countries should work towards curbing emissions […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 3:08am

US criticises China’s ‘air defence’ move

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The United States has sharply criticised China’s move to impose new rules on airspace over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan, calling it a “destabilising attempt to alter the status quo in the region.” China’s government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established “East China Sea Air Defence Identification […]

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