Eurasia

UNMIK To Broker Kosovo – Serbia ‘Talks’

The head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, is negotiating with both Belgrade and Pristina to start talks on ‘technical issues’, but it is still unclear whether top state officials or experts will take part, UNMIK spokesman Alexander Ivanko told Serbia’s B92 radio. “Ambassador Zannier met Serbian …

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Serbia To Talk About Kosovo, Not With Kosovo

Serbia is ready to talk about practical issues regarding life in Kosovo as long as discussions do not touch on Kosovo’s declaration of independence, Serbian President Boris Tadic said on Tuesday, indicating Belgrade would only accept the United Nations mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, not the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina, …

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Macedonia Presidential Hopefuls Enter Bids

Six hopefuls have so far confirmed they have raised enough support for formalizing their candidacy in Macedonia’s presidential election next month, local media said. The deadline for rising the required ten thousand signatures expires on Tuesday at midnight, the State Election Commission said. The candidates who already qualified are the …

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Kyrgyzstan starts moves to close U.S. airbase

BISHKEK  – Kyrgyzstan began moves on Wednesday to close a U.S. military air base in the former Soviet republic which is vital for supplying U.S.-led troops fighting in Afghanistan. The decision by a traditional Russian ally in Central Asia sends a tough signal and challenge to new U.S. President Barack …

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Russia plays tricky game with U.S. over Kyrgyz base

MOSCOW  – Russia has embarked on a risky political game with new U.S. President Barack Obama by forcing its ally Kyrgyzstan to close a U.S. military base while keeping up overtures to establish warmer relations with Washington. The Manas air base near the capital of the Central Asian state is …

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Taliban kidnap 29 Pakistani police and soldiers

MINGORA, Pakistan  – Pakistani Taliban kidnapped 29 paramilitary soldiers and policemen Wednesday, police said, as the militants intensified their campaign against government forces. Security has deteriorated sharply in northwestern areas along the Afghan border as well as the Swat valley, where troops are struggling to stem spreading Taliban influence. In …

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Turkish Speaker Invited to Gaza Conference in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani invited his Turkish counterpart Koksal Toptan to attend a parliamentary conference to be held soon in Tehran where participants will discuss the recent crisis in Gaza. During a phone conversation with Toptan, Larijani said regional countries should call for more effective measures to …

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India’s Reliance Supplies Gasoline, Gasoil to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Reliance Industries Ltd. is continuing to supply gasoline to Iran, the International Oil Daily said without saying where it got the information. Reliance shipped a 35,000 ton gasoline cargo each in December and January and 70,000 tons in October and November, the trade daily said. The company shipped …

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Kosovo’s Sejdiu To Open Security Conference

Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu will give a speech at the opening dinner of the 45th Munich Security Conference this Friday, a diplomatic coup for the country as it prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of its declaration of independence. Conference organisers bill the gathering of top leaders on the first …

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Macedonia Presidential Hopefuls Enter Bids

Six hopefuls have so far confirmed they have raised enough support for formalizing their candidacy in Macedonia’s presidential election next month, local media said. The deadline for rising the required ten thousand signatures expires on Tuesday at midnight, the State Election Commission said. The candidates who already qualified are the …

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