#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.
The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.
President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough
plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.
The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.
“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.
But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.
Iran ruled Out:
US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.
He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.
Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.
“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.
The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.
The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.
“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.
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#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 02 – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says the Islamic Republic is ready to supply European countries with natural gas.
“As a country that has the capacity to supply gas in large volumes, Iran is always willing to export natural gas to Europe via pipeline or in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG),” Zanganeh said on Saturday.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 19 – NATO’s further enlargement and “one more step towards the Russian border” will cause “the entire European security architecture to be overhauled”, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the TVC television channel’s “Pravo Znat” (The Right to Know) programme to be aired on Saturday evening, April 19.
He said that NATO’s further enlargement would pose a serious threat to Russia because “NATO cannot stop being a military organisation” and “Russia will have to take measures to ensure its own security”.
Speaking about Ukraine’s possible admission to the alliance, Pskov said that “the military-political future of this country, we hope, will not envision such membership for the time being”.
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#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 19 – President Putin has appealed to all European nations interested in bolstering Ukraine’s economy to come up with feasible programs for the country’s budget, RIA Novosti reports.
The President sent communications to European leaders last week regarding Ukraine’s gas debt, which Russia had eased by reducing prices and subsidizing it with $35.4 million as a result.
#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – April 16 – Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post “at his own request”, state media report.
Prince Bandar, King Abdullah’s nephew and a former ambassador to the US, recently returned to Riyadh after two months abroad for medical treatment.
The 65 year old has been replaced by his deputy, Gen Youssef al-Idrissi.
His departure comes months after he was quoted warning of a “major shift” from the US over its Middle East policy.
Largely in protest over Washington’s reluctance to get involved militarily in Syria, he reportedly told European diplomats in October that Saudi Arabia would be scaling back its co-operation with the CIA over arming and training rebel groups seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad (BBC).
#AceWorldNews – EUROPEAN – April 15 – (Nova) – Bulgarian Konstantina Kuneva will run for a Member of the European Parliament from the left-wing Greek party Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as SYRIZA.
Kuneva, who tragically became known after being splashed with acid in December 2008 in Athens, will run sixth in the party’s elections list, Bulgarian Nova Tv reports.
Besides Kuneva, who is a trade union leader, among the 14 non-party candidates who will run on a SYRIZA ticket in next month’s elections to the European Parliament are a Roma activist, as well as journalists.
Among the 20 party officials running are MPs Dimitris Papadimoulis, Sofia Sakorafa and Yiannis Milios.
#AceNewsServices – April 12 – (RT) – European NGOs train agents for participation in intrastate conflicts around the world, the CIS Antiterrorism Committee has revealed. There are over 2,000 schools across Europe preparing experts for conducting psychological and subversive operations.
Those institutions, affiliated with private military companies and security agencies, help enlist and train a broad range of saboteurs, according to the chief of CIS Antiterrorism Committee, Andrey Novikov. He was speaking at the conference of chiefs of security services and law enforcement agencies in Sochi attended by 79 delegations from 55 states and three international organizations.
“We noted the activity of NGOs ahead of well-known events in Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine,” Interfax reported Novikov as saying. Novikov referred to the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004 and the “Tulip Revolution” which ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev in 2005.
Most often, future information warfare agents are people enlisted by relevant structures and who received special training. Enlisting can be hidden in quite innocent contexts.
“We are seeing the departure of CIS citizens from home countries or Europe, where they reside as refugees, or their parents were refugees in the 1990s, to study in different educational centres – mostly under the declared purpose of religious education,” Novikov said.
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AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 12 – Naftogaz of Ukraine CEO Andrei Kobolev said there were two ways to solve the gas problem for Ukraine.
One is to make a deal with Russia’s Gazprom and keep the previous price. The other one is to reach an agreement with European companies so that they buy gas from Gazprom and then sell it to Ukraine and make direct payments for gas transit across Ukraine, Kobolev told the Ukrainian newspaper ZN.UA on Saturday, April 12.
#AceWorldNews – Italy has rescued 4,000 migrants from boats trying to reach European shores in the past 48 hours, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Wednesday.
“The emergency is getting worse and there is no halt to the boats arriving,” Reuters quoted him as saying. “Europe must take it in hand, immediately, because this is not a Mediterranean border but a European border.”
Some 15,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea since the start of 2014.
The Hungarian lawmaker said he was confident that “double standards dominate the so-called values of the Council of Europe and in all other European institutions.” “The irony is that they all are speaking about human rights and democracy but they are unable to follow the right course to solve concrete problems,” Gaudi-Nagy said.
#AceUKNews – UNITED KINGDOM – 23 March – Polling data released on Sunday shows that nearly three quarters of respondents doubt that UK Prime Minister David Cameron will be able to reshape Britain’s relationship with the EU.
The poll, which was gathered from 20,000 people, also showed large-scale discontent about how the UK benefits from EU membership.
Cameron, faced both with Eurosceptic factions in his own Conservative Party as well as voters switching to the openly anti-EU Independence Party, has promised to try to negotiate sweeping reforms to the EU and, if he is re-elected, hold an in-out referendum by 2017.
So far, Cameron has received a lukewarm, and in some cases negative, response to his renegotiation bid from European leaders.
#AceWorldNews – The United States military are planning large scale war games in Poland, which would involve troops from several eastern European states, the American ambassador to the country, Stephen Mull, said.
Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) will be participating in drills, together with the Americans, Mull told Radio ZET.
Lask airbase in central Poland has been selected as the venue for the military exercise, the ambassador said, refraining from saying when it was scheduled for.
Mull’s announcement comes just three days after US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the Polish capital of Warsaw.
Biden’s trip was aimed at reassuring that America remains a “steadfast ally” to Poland and the Baltic States after they expressed anxiety over the events in the Crimea, which signed a treaty of accession to the Russian Federation on Tuesday.
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#AceWorldNews A UN maritime commission has confirmed that 52,000 square kilometres in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East is now Russian continental shelf, opening the way for massive oil and gas exploration.
The enclave in the middle of the Okhotsk Sea has been recognized as part of Russia’s continental shelf in accordance with the UN Maritime Convention of 1982. So far the zone lay outside Russian jurisdiction because a part of the sea was not covered by the 200 nautical mile zone internationally recognized as area of exclusive economic interest.
“This event has effectively taken place,” Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy told journalists, stressing that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf had made a “unanimous decision” which is “unconditional and has no retroactive effect.”
The minister said that from now on Russian laws are applied to all natural resources under the Okhotsk seabed. The new enclave that has been integrated into Russia is comparable to a territory of a European state like Switzerland, Netherlands or Slovakia.
The original application for the Okhotsk shelf was filed to the UN in 2001.
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#AceWorldNews An European Union Peace Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) risks not going ahead next week if European states do not raise their military contributions, France warned Friday.
“Despite contributions announced by some European states, the total falls short,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said a joint statement.
“If additional contributions do not materialize rapidly, it will not be possible to launch this vital operation next week as planned,” they said.
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#AceWorldNews – European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution warning US and EU politicians that a major economic deal between the two entities is under threat unless snooping is restricted.
The vote carries no specific sanctions, but the EU parliament in Brussels will have the final authority to approve the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which is expected to be finalized sometime this year.
The assembly also approved a law demanding new standards of privacy for European citizens that are considerably stricter than elsewhere in the world.
#AceWorldNews says an hour-long phone call on Thursday was initiated by Barack Obama several hours after he announced new visa restrictions and financial sanctions against Russians who the US accuses of contributing to the Ukrainian crisis.
“President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners,” a White House press release reads.
President Putin told his American counterpart that the government, which came to power in Ukraine following a coup, is not supported by all of the country but “is imposing its absolutely illegitimate decisions upon eastern, south-eastern and Crimea regions.”
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help it receives in this situation and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said as cited in a Kremlin statement on Friday.
The Russian president emphasized that he regarded Russian-US relations as ones of paramount importance to guarantee stability and security in the world.
“These relations should not be sacrificed to differences over individual – even though very important – international problems,” the press release says.
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#AceWorldNews says that `Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’ has said Syria’s worsening war poses a threat to the whole world.
International strategy including “real intelligence cooperation” and withdrawal of all foreign fighters is needed to end the conflict, he told Reuters.
Syria is becoming a risk for all European countries as well, “because of the presence of these terrorist groups based on the power vacuum and because of the totalitarian and autocratic nature of the regime,” he said.
#AceWorldNews says that during the whole past week the `European Press’ was filled with articles about Bosnia – one of the former republics of Yugoslavia, where recent labour riots left several government buildings burnt.
The press of the United States and of the European Union put the blame on the allegedly dysfunctional government of Bosnia, whose handling of the economy led a number of the problems.