Egypt court orders Parliament Dissolved

Egypt court orders Parliament Dissolved

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(Cairo) - Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the Parliament must be immediately dissolved, while also blessing the right of Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister to run for President, escalating a battle for power between the…
Syrian National Council elects Kurd as new leader

Syrian National Council elects Kurd as new leader

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(Istanbul) - The Syrian National Council, elected Kurdish activist Abdelbasset Sida as its leader at a meeting in Istanbul, a council statement said. Sida, 56-year-old succeeds Burhan Ghalioun, a liberal opposition figure who had presided over…
SCO stresses Regional Security and Economy

SCO stresses Regional Security and Economy

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(Beijing) - The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) agree to further cooperation in a variety of fields after the Beijing summit which concluded at the Great Hall of the People. They adopted 10 agreements, including…
Syrian president appoints new PM

Syrian president appoints new PM

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(Beirut) - Syria’s president, Bashar ul Assad has appointed Riad Farid Hijab as new Prime Minister, following last month’s parliamentary elections. Riad Farid Hijab is a member of the ruling Baath party and was previously working as the…
US, China must not squabble over Myanmar: Suu Kyi

US, China must not squabble over Myanmar: Suu Kyi

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(Bangkok) - Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi warned China and the United States against turning Myanmar into a “battling ground” as they vie for influence over the strategically important nation. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on East…
Romney wins Republican nomination

Romney wins Republican nomination

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(Texas) - Mitt Romney has secured his place as the Republican challenger to Barack Obama in November's US presidential election, following a primary in Texas. Results show he easily cleared the benchmark of 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination. With…
International Day of UN Peacekeepers marked

International Day of UN Peacekeepers marked

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(United Nations) - With 193 member states who contribute personnel, equipment and funds, the United Nations’ global peacekeeping mission has almost 120,000 peacekeepers serving in 17 missions in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous…
Arab League to hold Emergency Meeting on Syria Massacre

Arab League to hold Emergency Meeting on Syria Massacre

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(Kuwait) - Arab League Foreign Ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on a massacre in Syria in which UN observers say government forces killed 92 people. "Kuwait will contact members of the Arab League to hold an emergency ministerial meeting…
French president visits Kabul

French president visits Kabul

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(Kabul) - French President, Francois Hollande arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit to meet French soldiers and vowed to pull out of the war-torn country by the end of the year. It is Hollande’s first visit to Afghanistan since taking…
Egyptians vote in historic election

Egyptians vote in historic election

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(Cairo) - Voting in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election is going on. People flocked to the polls in the first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Thirteen candidates are running to succeed Mubarak, They range…
Turkish PM addresses Pakistan Parliament

Turkish PM addresses Pakistan Parliament

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(Islamabad) - Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the joint session of Pakistani parliament for the second time in four years, becoming the first international leader to speak to lawmakers twice in Pakistan. Addressing the…
NATO to hand combat role to Afghanistan

NATO to hand combat role to Afghanistan

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(Chicago) - NATO will hand over the lead role in combat operations to Afghan forces across the country by mid-2013, alliance leaders said as they charted a path out of a war that has lost public support and strained budgets in Western nations. A…
UN talks take first steps on 2015 climate deal

UN talks take first steps on 2015 Climate Deal

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(Bonn) - UN members have taken their first steps in a marathon to negotiate a new global pact by 2015 that for the first time will place rich and poor under a common legal regime to tackle climate change. Meeting in Bonn, the 195 parties to…
Cameron urges action to resolve Euro Crisis

Cameron urges action to resolve Euro Crisis

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(Manchester) - British Prime Minister, David Cameron urged Europe to sort out its currency crisis, calling on the 17-country eurozone "to make-up or it is looking at a potential break-up". "Either Europe has a committed, stable, successful eurozone…