Archive for: September 2013

The Syrian gov is ready for peace talks with the opposition

The Syrian government is ready for peace talks with the opposition, but the legitimacy of President Assad “isn’t up for discussion,” Syrian FM Walid Muallem said. It comes as the Syrian opposition remains undecided on who will represent them at Geneva. Any political program or work document produced at the Geneva-2 peace conference would have […]

India and Pakistan talk, but tensions are still high

The leaders of Pakistan and India held their first official meeting in New York on Sunday, leaving with renewed promises of mutual restraint in Kashmir but little real hope for a fresh start in relations. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan shook hands for the cameras at the […]

Netanyahu moves to block Iran’s return to diplomacy

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tomorrow try to foil Iran’s moves towards rehabilitation in the international community during a speech at the UN General Assembly aimed at reversing the diplomatic and public opinion gains made by the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. In remarks late on Saturday before departing for the United States, where […]

Campaigns in Egypt want General Sisi as president

The head of Egypt’s military is the focus of a number of campaigns that want him to run for president. General Abdel Fatah el Sisi oversaw the July 3 coup that ousted the democratically-elected president, as well as the subsequent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters that led to more than a thousand […]

Former Osama bin Laden associate seeks MI5 evidence

A former London-based associate of Osama bin Laden facing U.S. terrorism charges has asked a judge for authorization to seek testimony from an officer of Britain’s internal spy agency, MI5, which his lawyers claim might prove his innocence. Lawyers for Khalid Al Fawwaz filed papers in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday seeking a court […]

Tale of Samantha Lewthwaite ‘White Widow’ fills British press

The British fascination with the “white widow” — a woman of 29 rumored to have been involved in the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Kenya last Saturday — continued unabated this week, with tabloid and broadsheet newspapers retracing every step of her life’s journey, from soldier’s daughter to wanted terrorist. There is no […]

Syria chemical weapons UN resolution passed

A “historic” resolution to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons has been passed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council. All 15 members of the council voted in favour of the resolution, which was widely seen as a compromise between the US and Syria’s key ally, Russia. The vote after two weeks of intense negotiations marks a […]

UK eyes drones to build support for military campaigns

Mercenaries, drones and commando forces – the UK’s possible solutions to make war more acceptable. The military has come up with a list of recommendations to ease the nation’s war fatigue, and drum up support for military campaigns. RT’s Laura Smith examines the methods being looked at.

Iran mass-produces indigenous Shahed 129 drone

The Islamic Republic of Iran has launched the mass-production of the indigenously developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Shahed 129, which was unveiled last year. The technology to design and develop these types of drones had been in US control, but Iran managed to break the monopoly and develop the know-how to build such aircraft, announced […]

Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions wins Turkish missile deal

NATO member Turkey announced on Thursday it had agreed a $4 billion co-production deal for a long-range air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm hit by U.S. sanctions, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms. The decision to take the FD-2000 from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) underlined […]

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