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Thursday 30 January 2014

US ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Syrian Chemical Arms Delay/France: concern over delay in Syria's chemical destruction

WASHINGTON, January 30 (RIA Novosti) – US officials said Thursday that they are “concerned” about delays by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government in handing over its chemical weapons to be destroyed under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States.
“It is the Assad regime’s responsibility to transport those chemicals safely to facilitate removal. We expect them to meet their obligation to do so,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Putin rejects meddling in Ukraine. -Pas de révision des accords avec l'Ukraine si l'opposition arrive au pouvoir

The EU and Russia agreed Tuesday to discuss their sharp differences over Ukraine and eastern Europe as President Vladimir Putin again warned against foreign meddling in former Soviet states.
Putin went into a summit with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso billed as a "clear the air session" only for both sides to come out stressing the positives.
Apparently aiming to calm the waters in Ukraine, Putin also promised not to review crucial aid worth $15 billion (11 billion euros) even if the opposition, hostile to closer ties with Russia, takes power there.

Monday 27 January 2014

World court awards Peru swathe of Chile's fish-rich sea

THE HAGUE: Lima cried victory on Monday after the UN's top court handed it a wedge of sea under Chilean sovereignty, but Peruvian fishermen nevertheless said they gained nothing from the historic ruling.
Peru said it drew "satisfaction" from the world court's ruling in which it was handed a part of the fish-rich Pacific Ocean, claimed by Chile since the early 1950s, but its southern neighbour slammed the decision.
The Hague-based International Court of Justice confirmed Chile's sovereignty over waters up to 80 nautical miles (92 land miles, 148 kilometres) from the coast but handed Lima a large swathe of less lucrative ocean beyond that limit.

Sunday 26 January 2014

Women, children allowed to leave besieged Syria city Homs

Women and children trapped in a besieged Syrian city will be permitted to leave “immediately” under a deal that marked the first tangible sign of progress in peace talks.
“What we have been told by the [Syria] government side is that women and children in the besieged area of the [Homs] old city are welcome to leave immediately,” Agence France-Presse quoted U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi as telling a news conference after talks with government and opposition delegations.

“Hopefully starting tomorrow, women and children will be able to leave the Old City in Homs,” Brahimi said.
The subject of Homs -- where hundreds of families in the Old City are living under siege with near-daily shelling and the barest of supplies -- has been discussed at length since the two parties started face-to-face talks on Saturday.

Saturday 25 January 2014

Ukraine: Ianoukovitch propose le poste de Premier ministre à l'opposition

Le président ukrainien Viktor Ianoukovitch a proposé samedi aux chefs de l'opposition Arséni Iatseniouk et Vitali Klitschko de diriger le gouvernement, et s'est dit prêt à une révision de la Constitution pour réduire ses pouvoirs, a annoncé la présidence dans un communiqué.
Arséni Iatséniouk, chef du parti de l'opposante emprisonnée Ioulia Timochenko, s'est vu proposer le poste de Premier ministre et l'ex-boxeur Vitali Klitschko celui de vice-Premier ministre chargé des Affaires humanitaires, a précisé la présidence après des négociations menées à la présidence.

Friday 24 January 2014

Syrian regime and opposition agree to direct talks

Delegations representing the Syrian regime opposition have agreed to meet in the same room for direct talks on Saturday, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday.

"I met the delegations of the opposition and the government separately yesterday and again today and tomorrow we expect, we have agreed, that we will meet in the same room," Brahimi told journalists.

The meeting would start at the United Nations in Geneva at 10am (0900 GMT), he said.
A first face-to-face meeting between the two warring sides since the Syrian conflict broke out almost three years ago had been due to take place Friday as part of the ongoing Geneva 2 peace talks.
But attempts to bring the government and opposition delegations together initially stumbled, prompting Brahimi to speak to both sides separately in an effort to bring them both to the negotiating table.

Grèce: la moitié des ménages grecs vivent de la pension de l'un des leurs

Près de la moitié des ménages grecs vivent de la pension de retraite d'un membre de leur famille, alors que le chômage atteint des records après six ans de récession, rapporte vendredi une étude de la fédération des petits et moyens commerçants et artisans (GSEVEE).
Pour 48,6% des 1201 ménages interrogés, la retraite constitue la principale source de revenu, le salaire ne faisant vivre que 35,9% d'entre eux.
"Un résultat inquiétant, tant pour la force productive du pays que pour son système d'assurance retraite", commente l'étude de la GSEVEE. Le gouvernement grec relaie depuis plusieurs mois son inquiétude pour la viabilité du système de retraite qui devrait faire l'objet d'une prochaine réforme.

Thursday 23 January 2014

Syrian opposition insists Assad should go as past

Ahmad al-Jarba said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had assured the Syrian opposition that Moscow was not holding on to Assad.....

GENEVA, January 23, 23:49 /ITAR-TASS/. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should go as his government is in the past, National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces leader Ahmad al-Jarba said at a press conference in Geneva on Thursday, January 23.
“We have started to look into the future without him. Assad and all of his regime is in the past now. Nobody should have any doubt that the head of the regime is finished. This regime is dead,” Jarba said, adding, “If Assad were able to rule Syria, we wouldn’t have been here today,” Jarba said.

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad's future

MONTREUX (Switzerland): Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria's civil war got off to a rocky start on Wednesday as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad's future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin.

The dispute over Assad cast a pall over the start of an international peace conference that aims to map out a transitional government and ultimately a democratic election for the war-torn Middle East nation.

While diplomats sparred against a pristine Alpine backdrop, Syrian forces and opposition fighters clashed across a wide area from Aleppo and Idlib in the north to Daraa in the south, where the uprising against Assad began three years ago, activists and state media said.

Monday 20 January 2014

Participation du vice-Premier ministre et ministre des Affaires étrangères E. Vénizélos à la conférence Genève II sur la Syrie (Montreux, 22.01.2014). -MAE Hellénique

MAE Hellénique,  lundi, 20 janvier 2014
Suite à l’invitation du Secrétaire général de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, le vice-Premier ministre et ministre des Affaires étrangères, Evangelos Vénizélos se rendra à Montreux, Suisse, en vue de participer à la réunion de haut niveau qui donnera le coup d’envoi de la conférence de Genève sur la Syrie (Genève II) qui se tiendra mercredi 22 janvier 2014.

Sunday 19 January 2014

"Israel to respond strongly against those who attempt to harm": Netanyahu

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "Hamas should take into account that Israel would respond strongly against those who attempt to harm the country."

In response to a Gaza attack on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said the Israeli government is committed to "protecting tranquility in the south" and that they will continue their policy of pre-emptive action.
Israeli air forces attacked a Palestinian, allegedly held responsible for launching five rockets towards southern Israel last week. 

Friday 17 January 2014

Syria gives Russia ceasefire plan for Aleppo

Syria has handed Russia plans for a ceasefire in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and was ready to exchange lists with rebel forces on a possible prisoner swap, its foreign minister Walid Muallem told a joint news conference in Moscow with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov before a planned peace conference on Syria in Switzerland next week
“I count on the success of this plan if all sides carry out their obligations,” Reuters quoted Muallem as saying following talks with Lavrov.
“We would like this to serve as an example to other towns,” Muallem said of the plan for Aleppo.

Thursday 16 January 2014

Mass 'executions' in Syria could be war crime: UN

GENEVA: Extremist Islamic groups in Syria are committing a "soaring" number of killings in the country's north that could amount to war crimes, the UN human rights office said on Thursday.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that over the past two weeks her office has received reports of "a succession of mass executions of civilians and fighters who were no longer participating in hostilities in Aleppo, Idlib and Raqqa by hardline armed opposition groups in Syria, in particular by the" al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

She warned that such killings violate international humanitarian law, and the numbers of such violations are thought to be alarmingly high.

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Ready for global disaster? Scientists leave 'Doomsday Clock' at five to midnight

The Science and Security Board of the US-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has warned UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the hand of the Bulletin's symbolic Doomsday Clock still remains at five minutes to midnight because "the risk of civilization-threatening technological catastrophe remains high."

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is an online magazine that covers global security issues related to the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction and emerging technologies. It was founded in 1945 after the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Tuesday 14 January 2014

US calls Ya'alon's comments about Kerry 'offensive'; Netanyahu does damage control

State Dept. issues rebuke after Ya'alon reportedly calls Kerry "messianic, delusional"; PM says "Even when we have disagreements with the US, they are always on the heart of the matter, not on the merits of an individual."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did damage control on the Israel-US relationship in his speech in honor of the Knesset's 65th birthday, following Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's comments about US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Monday 13 January 2014

Lawrow und Kerry für Feuereinstellung “zumindest in einigen Regionen Syriens”

Die Außenminister Russlands und der USA, Sergej Lawrow und John Kerry, haben am Montag, nach ihrem Treffen mit dem Syrien-Beauftragten Lahdar Brahimi in Paris, zur Feuereinstellung in einigen Regionen Syriens aufgerufen.

„Wir haben darüber gesprochen, wie man die Konferenz ‚Genf-2‘ erfolgreich machen kann“, sagte Kerry. „Wir werden unser Äußerstes tun, damit die Seiten eine Feuereinstellung zumindest in einer Region, beispielsweise in Aleppo, vereinbaren könnten.“

Sunday 12 January 2014

Irak: Londres rejette la demande d'enquête à la CPI pour crimes de guerre/Hague rejects call for prosecutions over alleged Iraq war crimes

Le ministère britannique de la Défense a qualifié d'"inutile" dimanche la demande d'enquête faite auprès de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sur de possibles crimes de guerre commis par des soldats britanniques en Irak entre 2003 et 2008.
Un cabinet britannique d'avocats et une organisation de défense des droits de l'Homme basée à Berlin ont annoncé vendredi avoir déposé une plainte commune auprès de la CPI. Ils ont demandé "l'ouverture d'une enquête contre des militaires britanniques de haut rang ainsi que contre les responsables civils, tout particulièrement l'ancien ministre de la Défense Geoffrey Hoon et le secrétaire d'Etat Adam Ingram, pour tortures systématiques et maltraitances sur des prisonniers en Irak entre 2003 et 2008".

Saturday 11 January 2014

Ariel Sharon: A Bulldozer in War and Peace

Sharon was always consistent in his desire to secure Israel’s borders and was often photographed with a map in hand....

Israel’s indomitable lion Ariel Sharon, a bulldozer in war and peace, died on Saturday, eight years after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage that left him in a coma from which he never awoke.

Perhaps the most revered and often reviled of the country’s politicians, perceived alternately as a peacemaker and a warmonger, for decades his actions as a military commander and statesman shaped both Israel’s self-perception and the world’s image of the Jewish nation.

Thursday 9 January 2014

Im Zeichen der Solidarität

AA, 9/1/14 
Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier setzt seine Antrittsbesuche bei den europäischen Partnern ab heute in Athen fort. Zum Auftakt der griechischen EU-Ratspräsidentschaft wird der Minister dort eine Vielzahl hochrangiger Gesprächspartner aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft treffen, um sich ein eigenes Bild der Lage vor Ort zu machen und ein Zeichen der Solidarität mit den Menschen in Griechenland zu setzen.

Wednesday 8 January 2014

German charged over infamous French WWII massacre

An 88-year-old German former soldier was charged Wednesday for his part in the infamous 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre - one of the worst Nazi atrocities to take place on French soil during the Second World War.

The former member of a Nazi armored division was charged with 25 counts of murder for his role in the slaughter, in which 642 men, women and children were killed in reprisal for the French Resistance's kidnapping of a German soldier.

Cologne’s state court said that Werner C, whose last name was not given in accordance with German privacy laws, was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the massacre.

La Grèce éclopée prend pour six mois les manettes d'une UE abîmée

La Grèce prend mercredi la présidence de l'UE au cours d'une cérémonie à Athènes en présence de plusieurs dirigeants européens, une étape à la dimension symbolique plus de quatre ans après le début de la crise et à quelques mois des élections européennes.
"C'est une grande responsabilité pour la Grèce d'occuper la présidence de l'UE pendant le semestre qui va mener aux élections de mai", a souligné mercredi le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Evangelos Venizelos, lors d'une rencontre avec la presse.
Les présidents du Conseil européen et de la Commission, Herman Van Rompuy et José Manuel Barroso, ainsi que tous les commissaires européens, font le déplacement dans la capitale grecque et rencontreront dans l'après-midi le gouvernement en place, comme ils le font pour chaque présidence de l'UE.

Tuesday 7 January 2014

Cisjordanie: une dizaine de colons capturés par des Palestiniens

Une dizaine de colons israéliens ont été capturés et battus mardi par des habitants palestiniens d'un village du nord de la Cisjordanie occupée où ils avaient pénétré, a-t-on appris de sources concordantes.
En début d'après-midi, les 13 colons ont été relâchés et évacués par l'armée israélienne, à la suite de tractations menées en coordination avec les institutions palestiniennes, selon des sources de sécurité palestiniennes.
Auparavant, ils avaient été détenus dans une maison près du village de Qousra par des villageois palestiniens, selon un photographe de l'AFP et un responsable municipal local, Abdelazim Wadi.

Monday 6 January 2014

Kerry leaves Middle East without achieving framework...

   JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the United States on Monday after failing to create a framework for the Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Kerry did however claim that progress has been made in talks with both sides and several Israeli politicians, including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Labor chief MK Yitzhak Herzog.

Kerry operated his shuttle diplomacy, with back and forth excursions between Jerusalem and Ramallah, but it seems that both sides are looking to blame the other party for the talks' deterioration rather than trying to kick-start them.

Saturday 4 January 2014

Kerry meets with Abbas in Ramallah...

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ramallah on Saturday and met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian and Israeli officials have publicly differed on the future status of the West Bank's border with Jordan, where Israelis want a permanent security presence but Palestinians want a full withdrawal of Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.

Kerry has said such an accord would narrow gaps between the sides and pave the way for a final deal when the nine-month period allotted the US-backed talks expires on April 29.

Thursday 2 January 2014

Multiple emergencies pose great test of the global humanitarian system, UN official says

2 January 2014 – An unprecedented number of people are beginning the New Year either internally displaced or as refugees, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned today, urging sustained support in 2014 for millions who have been driven from their homes by violence and bloodshed or uprooted by devastating natural disasters.

Wednesday 1 January 2014

Empeora el estado de salud de Ariel Sharon.

Fue sometido recientemente una intervención quirúrgica y sufre una insuficiencia renal, según el servicio de noticias Ynet....

El estado de salud del antiguo primer ministro israelí, Ariel Sharon, ha empeorado notablemente en las últimas horas, según han informado medios locales.
Una fuente del entorno personal del ex líder político ha afirmado este miércoles que si su situación empeora su fallecimiento se producirá en "cuestión de días", informa la edición electrónica del diario Haaretz.

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