Eurasia

Belgrade’s Underground Film Scene: Small, But Thriving

Every Sunday, the Illegal Cinema puts on a movie that has never been regularly distributed. But, although the screenings are free, there are strings attached. Six o’clock had already come and gone while people were still piling in and taking their seats in the small 25-square-metre room that no one …

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EU Trying To Sway Serbia Over Kosovo Serbs

The European Union is trying to convince Belgrade not to pursue its plan for parallel structures in Serb areas of Kosovo, said the head of Kosovo’s International Civilian Office, Pieter Feith. Belgrade has vowed to never recognise Kosovo’s secession in February last year and is keeping a firm hold on …

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Serbia Wary Of Kosovo Force Role Abroad

Serbia is worried that Kosovo’s Security Forces (KSF) will not only be the starting point for a bigger armed force, but could participate in peacekeeping missions abroad before Serbia itself does, said Serbia’s Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac. Last week Kosovo inaugurated a NATO-sponsored security force that is an army in …

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Russia’s new patriarch seen as modernizer

MOSCOW  – Patriarch Kirill, enthroned on Sunday as the new leader of around 160 million Russian Orthodox believers, is seen as an outspoken modernizer who may thaw icy ties with the Catholic Church. The first patriarch elected since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kirill, 62, replaces Alexiy …

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Iran Voices Support for Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice President Parviz Davoudi said Sunday that Tehran will not spare any efforts to help Turkey if West decides to press Ankara for the anti-Israeli stance adopted by the country’s premier in the Davos conference. “Turkey as a great country with deep roots, like Iran, will …

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Senior MP: Erdogan Action Affected by Iran’s Anti-Zionist Strategy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission viewed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stance against the Zionist regime as affected by Iran’s Anti-Zionist Strategy. “The Turkish prime minister’s action shows this reality that there is a global hatred for the Zionist regime’s crimes …

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EC Secretary Terms Erdogan’s Protest “Burst of Muslim Anger”

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s protest against the Israeli regime at the Davos meeting was a burst of Muslims’ anger, Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said here on Sunday. “Turkish prime minister’s recent action was a burst of a swallowed anger of the Islamic world …

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Iranian VP: West Experiencing Collapse, Iran Flourishing

TEHRAN (FNA)- West is facing huge economic and social crises whereas Iran is flourishing and making progress on a daily basis, Iranian vice president said on Sunday. “After 30 years, we can see the practical and scientific effects of the Islamic Revolution in all dimensions and areas in Iran today …

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Iran Welcomes Obama’s Emphasis on Dialogue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, in remarks aired on Saturday, welcomed the new US president’s emphasis on dialogue between Tehran and Washington. Iran is monitoring US foreign policy in countries such as Afghanistan to see if improved ties under President Barack Obama might be possible, Mottaki who was …

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Ahmadinejad Praises Turkish PM for Davos Outburst

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday congratulated Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on taking a stand over Israel on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Erdogan tried to respond to a 25-minute defense of Israeli military operations in Gaza by President Shimon Peres, but when …

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