برچسب مطالب ‘december’

EU/E4 political consultations on regional issues with Iran

EU/E4 political consultations on regional issues with Iran were hosted in Brussels on 10 December 2018. This is the fourth edition of talks in this format.

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Over and over, IMF sings same old tune

n December 1, Mexico will have a new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He will take over the presidency from the lackluster Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administration is marinated in corruption.

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۴۴۰ Iranian anti-government protesters released

Iran has released more than 400 people detained in anti-government protests that broke out across the country in late December, state-run media reports.

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Chinese manufacturing growth slows slightly in December

Manufacturing in China grew at a slightly slower pace in December than the previous month, a Chinese government survey showed Sunday, following government controls on bank lending.

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Islamic State Claims its Switch to Insurgency and Terrorism is Working

The 112th edition of the Islamic State’s newsletter, Al-Naba, released on 29 December 2017 contained an article on page 3, which reported that the reversion from statehood to insurgency was yielding results, particularly in the Diyala, Kirkuk, and Saladin provinces of Iraq.

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Talks on Syria in Astana May Build Bridge from Geneva to Sochi Congress

The Astana-8 meeting on Syria will take place on December 21-22; it will bring together representatives of the three ceasefire guarantor states: Russia, Turkey and Iran, as well as the sides to the Syrian conflict and a UN team.

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Russia Claims Secret NATO Deployment

In an interview with Belorussian television channel CTV on December 3, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, accused the United States via NATO of using Russia’s largest joint military exercise, Zapad 2017, as a pretext for the deployment of troops in the Baltic states and Poland.

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US vetoes United Nations resolution on Jerusalem

The US has voted against a UN resolution calling on President Donald Trump to withdraw recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the first veto exercised by America in the world body in six years. Trump on December 6 announced that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, triggering protests and strong condemnation.

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Saudis to slash oil exports to Asia by 100,000 Bpd

The Saudi Energy Ministry said on Monday that it cut its crude oil exports to Asia by more than 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) in January compared to December, but will keep its exports to Europe and the U.S. unchanged.

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Poland passes contested judiciary laws in first test for new PM Morawiecki

The lower chamber of the Polish parliament, the Sejm, passed laws on December 8 making the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party the decisive influence on appointing judges in the country’s judiciary.

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Flynn Case Highlights Deep Political Corruption of US Security Services

Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is cooperating with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine whether Donald Trump’s associates colluded with Russian government officials during the 2016 electoral campaign and also in the two months before president-elect Trump assumed office on January 20th.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Making Historic Visit To Greece

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is beginning a visit to Greece on December 7 — the first by a Turkish head of state in 65 years — amid concerns about relations between the two uneasy NATO allies.

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Moscow will support India’s entry to Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, says Russian deputy foreign minister

Russia will continue to support India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov (pictured above) said on Wednesday, reported The Hindu. Ryabkov, who spoke with India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, said Russia will take up the matter with China during the 15th RIC (Russia, India, China) foreign ministerial meeting scheduled for December 11.

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Andrej Babis appointed premier to lead Czech minority government

Andrej Babis, whose Ano party won the Czech general election in October, was sworn in as prime minister on December 6, although it looks as if the populist billionaire will have to rely on communists and neo-fascists to maintain his single-party government’s hold on power.

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Hungary’s Jobbik party threatens to withdraw from election after entire campaign funding wiped out by fine

Hungary’s extreme rightwing Jobbik party has threatened to pull out of next year’s general election after it was faced with a HUF660mn fine for alleged illegal party financing. The radical nationalist Jobbik party’s participation has become “doubtful”, group leader Jaanos Volner told a press conference on December 6.

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