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25th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Brahimi: Syrian government, opposition to meet Saturday

Syria’s government and opposition have agreed to meet in the same room on Saturday and accept that their talks will be based on a 2012 communique which called for a transitional governing body to be set up, mediator Lakhdar Brahimi … Continued

24th Jan 2014

Ukraine: Standoff in Kyiv during key talks

Three Ukrainian opposition leaders have emerged from ‘crunch’ talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, with one of them saying there was a chance of ending a standoff that turned violent in Kyiv in recent days. The leader of Ukraine’s opposition Fatherland … Continued

24th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Rouhani: Iran-Europe relations to be normalized with nuclear accord

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani said Thursday relations with Europe would be normalized once an interim nuclear accord is implemented, as the Iranian leader sought to drum up investment for his sanctions-hit economy amid thawing relations with the West. Rohani added … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Ukraine opposition issues ultimatum to President Yanukovych

  Ukraine’s opposition has issued an ultimatum to President Viktor Yanukovych. The warning follows a day of heavy clashes in the capital Kyiv that left multiple activists dead and prompted international condemnation. Opposition leaders  held crisis talks with Yanukovych on … Continued

23rd Jan 2014

Geneva II: SNC calls for international inquiry into Syria torture allegations

The Geneva II peace conference opened on Wednesday, with opposing sides in the Syrian conflict unwavering on their positions. The Syrian opposition and its supporters remained steadfast in its calls for President Bashar al-Assad to resign, whereas the Syrian government … Continued

22nd Jan 2014

EU freezes part of transatlantic trade negotiations with US

  The EU has put one area of its negotiations with the US for a transatlantic free trade deal on hold. Brussels has expressed concern over provisions that would allow corporations to sue governments in private court. The European Union … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Iran not to take part in Geneva II confab due to pre conditions

  Tehran, (IRNA): Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian (pictured above) said Iran is not to participate in the Geneva II Conference because of the US irrational insistence on setting conditions for it. Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, … Continued

21st Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Defense: Prosecution’s case against Hizbullah “absurd”

By Marc Abizeid The defense team in the trial of four Hezbollah members accused of murdering Lebanon’s ex-premier Rafik Hariri in 2005 contested on Monday the legitimacy of the “absurd” evidence presented by the prosecution last week as “legally inadmissible” … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Geneva II: Stifling Syrian voices

By Yazin al-Saadi   (Al-Akhbar): The Geneva II conference, set to take place on January 22, is billed as a historic moment for Syrians to come together and put an end to a devastating conflict. But as the date draws … Continued

19th Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Hariri Tribunal threatens to raise UN complaint against Lebanon

By Hassan Illeik The Hague, (Al-Akhbar): In Lebanon, no one would cause a stir over the lack of governmental cooperation with the defense team in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Yet at The Hague, this is not the case.   … Continued

18th Jan 2014

The Netherlands: Prosecution: Assassins anticipated Hariri’s fateful route

The prosecution in the case over the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri resumed its indictment of four suspects and a fifth “co-conspirator” it argued had orchestrated the crime during the second day of the trial Friday. Prosecutor … Continued

16th Jan 2014

UK finance minister threatens European Union exit, once again

British Finance Minister [Chancellor] George Osborne has reiterated his stance that the UK might have to exit the European Union, should necessary reforms not come about. He said caring about the eurozone was not enough.  Addressing a conference on EU reform … Continued

13th Jan 2014

Sweden’ s Foreign Minister Bildt slammed for Sharon ‘wise statesman’ praise

The Local: Opposition MPs have been scathing of Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt‘s Twitter tribute to the deceased Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. Bildt wrote of “a major Israeli leader ” and a “brilliant military commander”, but also “a wise statesman … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Spain: Basque protesters defy ban to march for ETA prisoners

  Protesters in the basque region of Spain have rallied to protest about the treatment of imprisoned members of the separatist group ETA. The demonstration was held after an earlier ban imposed by a Madrid court. Tens of thousands marched … Continued

10th Jan 2014

France: Top French court upholds ban against comedian Dieudonne for ‘anti-semitic remarks’

  France’s top administrative court has upheld a ban against a comedian for using anti-semitic jokes. The top court’s decision came just hours before his opening night show in the western city of Nantes.   France’s judges in the Council … Continued

9th Jan 2014

France: French court upholds Muslim veil ban

France’s law banning Muslim head and face veils stood strong on Wednesday against another challenge. A young woman arrested for wearing a veil had sought its dismissal. A French court on Wednesday convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

France: 1,000 cars torched across France over new year

By Ben McPartland The Local: The custom of burning cars on New Year’s Eve in France shows no sign of being extinguished with authorities reporting that over 1,000 vehicles were destroyed this week. The night was also marred by three … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

Czech Republic: Palestinian ambassador in Prague dies after explosion

Police in the Czech Republic say the Palestinian ambassador has died from injuries sustained in an explosion in his residence in a Prague suburb. Police have ruled out a terrorist attack or foul play. Police said the ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal, … Continued

1st Jan 2014

Latvia becomes 18th eurozone member

RIGA, (Xinhua): After three years of economic struggle, Latvia successfully emerged from a severe recession and became the 18th member of the eurozone on Tuesday. After joining the European Union in 2004, Latvia took some time joining the euro, with … Continued

24th Dec 2013

France urged to scrap hijab ban for school trips

The French government was urged on Monday to overturn a ban on Muslim mothers wearing the Islamic veil while helping teachers on school trips. The move comes amid criticism of France’s strict application of its secular principles. France’s Conseil d’Etat … Continued

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