Obama Karzai Discuss Ending Afghan War

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(Washington) - US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai charted out the course to end Afghanistan war during a meeting at the White House to discuss the future of the US role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops…

UAE Dispatches 158 Tonnes of Food Aid to Syrian Refugees

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(Abu Dhabi) - The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) is intensifying its winter relief efforts to improve living conditions of Syrian refugees in Jordan who are abject humanitarian situation. H.E. Dr. Mohammed Ateq Al Falahi, RCA Secretary…

Obama Nominate Hagel, Brennan for Top Security Posts

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President Barack Obama has nominated Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director, a senior administration official said. The choice of Hagel, former…

Syrian President Calls for Mobilization

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(Damascus) - Delivering speech at the opera house in central Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his first public appearance in months, calling for a "full national mobilization" to fight against rebels he described as al-Qaeda…

Huge Fatah Rally Staged in Gaza

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(Gaza) - Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction have held rallies in Gaza to mark the group's 48th anniversary. Hamas, which governs Gaza, allowed rival Fatah to hold celebrations there for…

US Senate Okays Bill to Avert Fiscal Cliff

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(Washington) - The U.S. Senate has approved legislation aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff" by stopping most tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts that were due to begin with the new year. After months of agonizing over the crisis,…

Russia Reaches out to Syrian Coalition

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(Moscow) - Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow has proposed talks with the main Syrian opposition coalition. Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that Russia has contacted the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary…

GCC Calls for Unity

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(Manama) - The 33rd annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held in Manama called for closer economic integration and unity. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain opening the summit called for the Gulf Cooperation…
India, Russia Sign New Defence Deals

India, Russia Sign New Defence Deals

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(New Delhi) - Russia and India have signed new defence deals worth $2.9bn (£1.8bn) during President Vladimir Putin's day-long trip to India. Under the accords, India will buy 42 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and 71 Mil Mi-17 helicopters. During…
Javed Malik Meets US Ambassador Richard Olson

Javed Malik Meets US Ambassador Richard Olson

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(Islamabad) - The Publisher & Editor in Chief of International Diplomat Magazine, UAE and Former Ambassador Javed Malik met with the new US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard G. Olson. During the meeting both sides exchanged views on a variety…
Egypt Constitution Approved in Vote

Egypt Constitution Approved in Vote

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(Cairo) - Egypt's new constitution, which was drafted by assembly has been approved by 64 percent of voters in a two-round referendum, an official in the Muslim Brotherhood said. The first round of voting was held on held on Dec. 15 and a second…
Kerry Succeeds Clinton as US Secretary of State

Kerry Succeeds Clinton as US Secretary of State

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, calling the veteran US senator the “perfect choice” for America’s top diplomat. Obama settled on Kerry, chairman of…
Karzai Welcomes British Pullout Timeline

Karzai Welcomes British Pullout Timeline

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(Kabul) - The Afghan president has welcomed the withdrawal of nearly half of the British troops stationed in Afghanistan next year, saying his forces were ready to take up the country’s defense. The statement was issued from President Karzai's…
South Korea Elects First Woman President

South Korea Elects First Woman President

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(Seoul) - South Korea appeared to have elected its first female president as national TV predicted a clear victory for Park Geun-Hye. More than three hours after polling stations closed, the national broadcasters declared Park “certain”…