29th Jan 2014

45,000 boat migrants made crossings of the Mediterranean

Some 45,000 boat migrants, including thousands of children, made dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean to land in Italy and Malta in 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Most were fleeing wars or abuses, said the intergovernmental organization … Continued

28th Jan 2014

Ukrainian president Yanukovych to scrap divisive anti-protest laws

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to scrap anti-protest laws that sparked violent clashes in Kyiv. Meanwhile, opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has rejected the president’s offer to become prime minister The Ukrainian government will scrap harsh anti-protest laws that sparked … Continued

28th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Brahimi expected “no miracle” at Syria peace talks

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday that the Syrian parties were still discussing how women and children can leave the Old City of Homs, but that there had been no decision on allowing access for an aid convoy into … Continued

27th Jan 2014

France: Thousands stage anti-government protests in Paris

  Clashes have broken out during anti-government protests in France. Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris in a “Day of Anger” against a host of policies introduced by President Francois Hollande.  An anti-government protest in Paris ended … Continued

27th Jan 2014

Switzerland: Geneva II: Syrian foes to discuss prisoner releases

Syria’s government and opposition resumed face-to-face talks on Sunday expected to tackle humanitarian issues including opposition calls for Damascus to release women and child prisoners. The talks resumed at 11:00 am with UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi acting as a go-between, … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Austria: Demonstrations against Viennese right-wing ball turn violent

Several protesters have been arrested during protests against a ball in Vienna that is a traditional venue for right-wing figures. Police reported a number of arrests and cases of vandalism. Police in the Austrian capital, Vienna, say they arrested about … Continued

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

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