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Australia to join anti-IS force

Australia to join anti-IS force

Australia says it is sending 600 troops to the Middle East ahead of possible combat operations against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment, initially to the United Arab Emirates, was in response to a specific US request. Nearly 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to...

Israel 'spied on Kerry'

Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported yesterday. The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry's conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States. Kerry regularly spoke by telephone with high-ranking officials throughout the Middle East during the negotiations...

Kerry visits India to improve ties

Kerry visits India to improve ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to begin a visit to Delhi as Washington tries to improve ties with India under its new PM Narendra Modi. Ahead of the visit, Kerry said India and the US could cooperate on a wide range of economic and strategic issues. Relations between India and the US have...

West moves for Gaza ceasefire

West moves for Gaza ceasefire

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he will discuss an international push for a ceasefire in Gaza with US Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts during talks in Vienna today. Meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers are to meet in Cairo tomorrow to discuss the escalating conflict between Hamas militants in...

S Sudan rivals agree peace deal

S Sudan rivals agree peace deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed a peace deal after a five-month conflict. The deal calls for an immediate truce and the formation of a transitional government ahead of the drafting of a new constitution and new elections. The conflict in the world's newest state has left thousands dead...

Putin tightens Crimea grip as US, EU weigh sanctions

US president Barack Obama yesterday called Russia's actions in Ukraine a violation of international law that place Russia on “the wrong side of history” as the State Department prepared to draw up sanctions against Moscow. Obama said he expected to work with Congress on a package of economic assistance to Ukraine and warned Russia of worldwide isolation if it persisted with its aggression. “The strong condemnation that Russian has received around the world indicates the degree to which Russia is on...

Putin: Force last resort in Ukraine

Putin: Force last resort in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need yet to send Russian troops into Ukraine. But Russia reserves the right to use "all means" to protect citizens in eastern Ukraine, Putin said. He denied Russian troops had besieged Ukrainians based in Crimea - they were pro-Russian "self-defence" forces. Putin called the toppling of President Viktor...

Kerry heads Thursday on new Asia visit

Kerry heads Thursday on new Asia visit

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his fifth trip to North and Southeast Asia on Thursday, stopping in China, South Korea and Indonesia for climate change and North Korea talks. The globe-trotting top US diplomat will also visit Abu Dhabi at the end of his February 13-18 voyage, his spokeswoman Jen Psaki...

UN chief, Kerry call Hasina

UN chief, Kerry call Hasina

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry today phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to express their concern over the prevailing situation and countrywide violence. “Ban Ki-moon told the prime minister that he wants a peaceful election in accordance with the constitutional provisions,” Abdul Kamal Azad, press secretary to the premier,...

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