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AFP – Candidates for presidential elections in Syria this year will be able to submit their applications during the last 10 days of April, state media reported, quoting Information Minister Omran Al-Zohbi. The minister also insisted that the elections would proceed on time, despite a raging civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people. …
The motions on the Palestinians were carried by 46 votes to one, with only the United States against, while the Golan resolution garnered 13 abstentions and a US “no” vote.
The man, born in 1983 and an Ethiopian citizen, had contacted Geneva Airport and said “he needed to land to fill the tank. After that he announced the hijacking,” Grandjean said.
The timing of Idriss’s replacement by another senior military commander is significant, with analysts predicting that the most likely outcome of the peace talks stalemate will be a renewed focus by both sides on military operations.
Reuters – Iran said on Friday it would soon unveil a more attractive model of contract aimed at persuading international energy companies to invest in its huge though underdeveloped, oil and gas reserves. Ali Majedi, deputy oil minister in charge of international affairs, told his ministry’s Shana news agency that the government would soon complete …
Yarmuk soon became a war zone too, as Syrians taking up arms against President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime moved into the camp.
Iran, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Saudi Arabia’s regional arch foe, said Monday that it will attend the peace talks but without preconditions.
Syria’s main rebel groups have warned opponents against attending the talks and against any negotiation with Assad’s regime.
Technical talks – expected to involve nuclear as well as sanctions experts – will restart on 19 December and are meant to translate the political deal into a detailed plan of action for how to put it into practice.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last month finally set January 22 as the date for the talks, which have been repeatedly postponed since June.
The National Coalition says it fears the US – Russia deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical arsenal has restored the Assad administration’s legitimacy
US Secretary of State John Kerry was the first to announce he was joining negotiations with Iran in Geneva, followed by the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany
Reuters – An agreement that would open the door to ending a decade-long nuclear standoff between Iran and six world powers is possible this week if negotiators exert maximum effort, Iran’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “If everyone tries their best, we may have one,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters after a breakfast meeting with European …
The joint declaration by the 19 Islamist groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad cast further doubt on whether the long-delayed peace talks dubbed “Geneva 2” will actually go ahead.
Journalist Wael Kandil speaks to reporters during his visit to Geneva to help launch a new coalition of coup opponents from diverse political backgrounds
Pillay said the regime was using “indiscriminate and disproportionate force in residential areas,” including reports of the direct targeting of schools and hospitals.
Egypt: We support a nuclear-free Middle East and ask Israel to place nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards
The groups were frequently described as Shabbiha militias and were reportedly being set up to protect their neighbourhoods against anti-government armed groups and criminal gangs.