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Iraqi FM and Turkish Prime Minister agree to cooperate on PKK's activities

Prime Minister Erdogan received Iraq's Foreign Minister Zebari. At the beginning of the meeting, Foreign Minister presented the Iraq's government and...

UN chief concerned over Israel's plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, stressing...

Plot against Saudi Arabian Ambassador a flagrant violation of law, Obama says

President Obama called Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia to express the solidarity of the United States and Saudi Arabia in the face of the...

Israeli PM Netanyahu willing to meet PA Chairman Abbas

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy...

Security in Yemen deteriorating dramatically, UN envoy warns Security Council

The top United Nations official on Yemen briefed the Security Council on the "very serious" situation inside the country as violent clashes continue...

Veto of UNSC action defends Syria's sovereignty and integrity, Russia says

The situation in Syria cannot be considered in the Security Council in isolation from the Libyan experience, Russian Representative Vitaly Churkin says...

Russia and China veto draft Security Council resolution on Syria

China and Russia today vetoed a draft resolution in the Security Council that had strongly condemned Syrian authorities for their violent crackdown against...

Egypt is making good progress on transition, Panetta says

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that he has full confidence in Egypt's ability to transform itself to a civilian-led democracy following 26 years of...

The West targets Syria due to its pan-Arab stances, Iranian official says

Syrian Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mahmoud al-Abrash, discussed with Iranian Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, means of enhancing bilateral...

Violence must cease in Yemen, watchful France reiterates

France is keeping watch to ensure that the Security Council continues to monitor the situation attentively, and will speak up again should there be any increase...

German FM Westerwelle urges UN resolution on Syria

In the light of escalating violence in Syria, Foreign Minister Westerwelle considers a corresponding UN Security Council resolution long overdue. "The...

29 countries have launched a new multilateral organisation to fight terrorism

Speaking at the launch in New York on Thursday, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the new group would become “a counter-terrorism network...

European Council bans investment in Syrian oil industry

In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council reinforced EU sanctions against the country's regime and banned investment in key sectors of the...

Negotiations the only path to Middle East peace, Israeli leader says at UN debate

Lasting peace in the Middle East will only be achieved through direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and not through the imposition of...

Security Council urges end to violence and attacks against civilians in Yemen

The Security Council has urged all sides in Yemen to refrain from violence, including attacks against unarmed and peaceful civilian demonstrators, and called...

Arab Spring can be opportunity to institutionalize positive change, Jordanian King says

King Abdullah said the Arab Spring can be an opportunity to institutionalize positive change that is necessary for a strong, secure, prosperous future. In...

Palestine should become observer State at UN as an intermediate step, France says

Palestine should become an observer State at the United Nations as an intermediate step towards becoming a full Member State, French President Sarkozy...

Palestinian leader updates UN General Assembly chief as statehood bid nears

At that meeting Mr. Abbas informed Mr. Ban that he would present him with a letter requesting all UN Member States to support the full membership...

France welcomes the formation of a Syrian National Council

The MFA declared that "All initiatives aimed at unifying the opposition and which offer the prospect of a democratic Syria that respects all of its citizens...

Yemen on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, UNICEF warns

Yemen remains on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, with rates of malnutrition that are among the highest in the world especially among children in...

France pushes for an international commission of inquiry on Syria

The appointment on the 12th of September in Geneva by the President of the Human Rights Council of the members of the international commission of inquiry...

Russia will back any Palestinian UN bid to achieve statehood

"We will, of course, vote for any of the Palestinian proposals. But I must say that we did not push them toward this," Russia’s Permanent representative to...

China renews rejection of any pressure on Syria

China renewed rejection of any pressures on Syria, saying "the crisis should be solved through dialogue and consultations instead of pressures. Increasing...

Israel will continue to adhere to the peace treaty with Egypt

Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu expressed gratitude to President Barack Obama, and cited also the intervention of the Egyptian Commandos which...

GCC renews its commitment to support stability and security of Bahrain

The Council of Ministers of the GCC renewed its commitment to support stability and security of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and supported the wise steps...

Ban Ki-moon says mass arrests of protesters not consistent with serious reform in Syria

The UN Secretary-General is following with deep concern the escalating violence against peaceful protesters in Syria. He calls on the Syrian...

OIC Secretary General condemns Israel's seizure of Gaza-bound French ship "dignity"

Pr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has strongly condemned Israel for taking over the French ship "Dignity" carrying humanitarian aid and sympathisers...

Yemeni President sees relation between al-Qaeda and extremist leaders of opposition

The presidential mosque crime was one chapter of a filthy game related to the relation between the al-Qaeda organization and extremist leaders...

Ban and Security Council condemn attacks on embassies in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attacks against embassies in the Syrian capital...

Greek President Karolos Papoulias visits Israel

The Greek President is visiting Israel on an official visit at the invitation of President Peres. President Peres thanked his guest for Greece's...

Syrian MFA summons U.S, French Ambassadors over visit to Hama without permission

Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Sunday summoned the U.S. and French ambassadors to inform them of its strong protest on their visits...

Assad and Arslan agree on consolidating Lebanon's unity and strength

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed with Head of the Lebanese Democratic Party MP Talal Arslan the situation in Lebanon after the...

Syrian town "almost deserted" after recent fighting, UN agency finds

The United Nations refugee agency has found the north-western Syrian town of Jisr al-Shugour and surrounding villages to be virtually empty of...

Moscow concerned by worsening sectarian tensions in the north of Lebanon

In the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli clashes arose between groups of followers of the Sunni and Alawite sects of Islam living there that...

Transfer of power in Yemen cannot take place without President Saleh

Deputy Minister of Information Abdu al-Janadi has announced that the surgery of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been successful and noted that...

UK Foreign Secretary is "deeply concerned" by situation in Syria

Foreign Secretary William Hague has issued a statement following the ongoing violence in Syria. He said he "remain(s) deeply concerned by the very...

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