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Brazilian economist new chief of UN food agency


June 27th, 2011 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS
Rome, June 26 (IANS) Former Brazilian food security minister Jose Graziano da Silva was elected Sunday as the new director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Xinhua ... Read more...

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Netanyahu discusses peace moves with Jordan king


July 27th, 2010 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS
Amman, July 27 (DPA) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a surprise brief visit to Amman Tuesday, where he discussed the prospects for starting "serious and effective" direct talks between Israel ... Read more...

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Thirty years on, EU and ASEAN seek stronger partnership


May 26th, 2010 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, May 26 (DPA) The European Union (EU) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Wednesday pledged to upgrade their cooperation in order to support each other's integration efforts and ... Read more...

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European Union, Libya, end visa strife


March 28th, 2010 - 7:21 am ICT by IANS
Sirte/London, March 28 (DPA) The European Union and Libya have ended their visa strife as Libya late Saturday said it had lifted travel restrictions against EU citizens, according to media reports. The Libyan ... Read more...

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Spain to maintain dialogue with Cuba on human rights


March 3rd, 2010 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Baku (Azerbaijan), March 3 (IANS/EFE) Spain's foreign minister said here that Madrid will maintain its "dialogue strategy" with Cuba as a way of achieving freedom for its political prisoners and respect for ... Read more...

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Free political prisoners, Spain tells Cuba


February 26th, 2010 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, Feb 26 (IANS/EFE) Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has demanded that Cuba's communist government release its "prisoners of conscience" and respect human rights following the death of a Cuban ... Read more...

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Spain deplores death of Cuban political prisoner


February 25th, 2010 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS
Toledo (Spain), Feb 25 (IANS/EFE) The Spanish government has said that it "deeply deplores" the death of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo and regrets that the human rights situation on the communist-ruled ... Read more...

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Spain asks Cuba for better treatment of political prisoners


February 19th, 2010 - 11:42 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, Feb 19 (IANS/EFE) Spain has asked the Cuban government to provide better humanitarian treatment for ailing dissidents during a meeting in Madrid to discuss the state of human rights on the ... Read more...

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I’d like to visit Spain, Obama tells King Juan Carlos


February 18th, 2010 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) President Barack Obama has told Spain's King Juan Carlos that he would like to visit the Iberian nation, the Spanish foreign minister said after the monarch and ... Read more...

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Spain seeks human rights commitment from Cuba


February 16th, 2010 - 11:36 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, Feb 16 (IANS/EFE) Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos has asked the Cuban government for a "commitment" to respect human rights so that Madrid can convince its European Union partners to ... Read more...

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China asks EU to scrap ‘prejudiced’ arms embargo


January 28th, 2010 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 28 (IANS) China Thursday asked the European Union to scrap the embargo imposed on it against inking any arms deal with EU member countries, saying the 21-year-old sanction was ... Read more...

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Spain offers over $200 mn quake aid to Haiti


January 19th, 2010 - 4:02 am ICT by IANS
Brussels, Jan 19 (IANS/EFE) Spain Monday announced it would give 141 million euros (about $202 million) in aid to Haiti to undertake reconstruction work following last week's devastating earthquake in the country. Spain's ... Read more...

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Spaniard threatens to sue FBI over Osama picture


January 17th, 2010 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Jan 17 (IANS/EFE) A Spanish politician has threatened to sue the FBI for using his face in a digitally morphed picture of dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden posted on the website ... Read more...

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Al Qaeda claims it kidnapped Spanish aid workers


December 9th, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Dec 9 (EFE) In an audio tape sent to the Al Jazeera channel, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, has claimed responsibility for last month's kidnapping of three Spanish ... Read more...

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EU should create G-3 with US, China: Spain


November 24th, 2009 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Nov 24 (EFE) Spain's foreign minister has said that the European Union should consider the idea of forming a G-3 along with the US and China if it aspires to be ... Read more...

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Spain to push for Turkey’s EU membership during its presidency


November 16th, 2009 - 10:22 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Nov 16 (DPA) Spain will do its best to encourage Turkey's entry into the European Union during its EU-presidency in the first half of 2010, government sources said Monday. King Juan Carlos ... Read more...

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Cuba frees two political prisoners


October 21st, 2009 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, Oct 21 (EFE) The Cuban government has freed two political prisoners and released on bail a Spanish businessman in a gesture to mark the just-completed visit by Spain's foreign minister ... Read more...

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Spain to increase aid to Cuba


October 20th, 2009 - 10:48 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, Oct 20 (EFE) Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said here his country's new policy towards Cuba "has already had one result," the renewal of aid to the island state, which ... Read more...

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Spanish aid to Cuba doubles in two years


October 16th, 2009 - 12:01 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, Oct 16 (EFE) Spanish aid to Cuba has climbed from 17 million euros ($25.36 million) in 2007 to 34 million euros ($50.7 million) this year, an official said. These figures are to ... Read more...

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Honduras’ Zelaya claims plot to kill him at embassy


September 25th, 2009 - 5:08 am ICT by IANS
Madrid/Tegucigalpa, Sep 25 (DPA) Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya has said he fears for his life, Spanish media reported Thursday. In a telephone interview with the Spanish daily El Mundo, Zelaya said the ... Read more...

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Soldiers to combat looting on Honduran streets


September 24th, 2009 - 11:24 am ICT by IANS
Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Sep 24 (DPA) The de-facto government in Honduras has moved to increase the military and police presence on the streets to halt looting. Roberto Micheletti, the former Congress speaker designated to ... Read more...

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US asks Spain to take four Guantanamo detainees


June 17th, 2009 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, June 17 (DPA) The US has asked Spain to take four detainees from its Guantanamo prison camp when it is closed next year, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Wednesday. Moratinos ... Read more...

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Gabonese president Bongo dies at 73


June 8th, 2009 - 6:06 am ICT by IANS
Paris, June 8 (DPA) Gabon's President Omar Bongo died Sunday of cancer at the age of 73, French weekly Le Point reported, quoting a French government source. Africa's longest serving head of state ... Read more...

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Spain ready to aid US rapprochement with Muslim nations


April 8th, 2009 - 4:32 am ICT by IANS
Istanbul, April 8 (EFE) Spain Tuesday announced that it was ready to help the US in reaching out to Muslim countries that President President Barack Obama announced in his speech to ... Read more...

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Iran urges US to offer concrete proposals


February 10th, 2009 - 8:29 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, Feb 10 (DPA) Iranian parliament chairman Ali Larijani has urged the US to present a clear proposal to his country, saying Tehran would not "negotiate for the sake of negotiating" but ... Read more...

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Spain says ‘open’ to accepting Guantanamo detainees


February 6th, 2009 - 8:30 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Feb 6 (IANS) Spain has expressed its willingness to consider accepting detainees of the controversial US military camp in Guantanamo, Cuba, on a case-by-case basis within the context of a European ... Read more...

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EU welcomes Obama’s suspension of Guantanamo prosecutions


January 22nd, 2009 - 2:35 am ICT by IANS
Brussels, Jan 22 (DPA) The European Union's top justice official Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to temporarily suspend prosecutions at the country's controversial prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba."I ... Read more...

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Spain offers to help Obama in closing Guantanamo


January 22nd, 2009 - 12:45 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, Jan 21 (DPA) Spain Wednesday offered to help US President Barack Obama in closing the prison camp in Guantanamo in Cuba.Spain would, however, first want to be informed in detail about ... Read more...

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OSCE discusses Caucasus situation


December 5th, 2008 - 5:22 am ICT by IANS
Helsinki, Dec 5 (DPA) Proposals for the future security structure of Europe were discussed Thursday when foreign ministers from the 56- nation Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) met in ... Read more...

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Spanish, British journalists abducted in Somalia


November 27th, 2008 - 10:36 am ICT by IANS
Mogadishu, Nov 27 (IANS) A Spanish photographer and a British journalist along with their two translators have been kidnapped in the Somali port of Bosasso, Spain's EFE reported.The Spaniard was identified as ... Read more...

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Spain seeks new anti-terror strategy in Afghanistan


November 18th, 2008 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Nov 18 (IANS) Spain has called for a new strategy to defeat Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan where some 800 Spanish soldiers as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ... Read more...

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EU, Cuba to open dialogue soon: Spain


October 1st, 2008 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Oct 1 (IANS) European Union (EU) and Cuban officials will meet shortly to open the political dialogue the EU had proposed after it lifted the five-year diplomatic sanctions on the Communist-ruled ... Read more...

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Chavez and Spanish king shake hands to normalize ties


July 25th, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS
DPA Palma de Majorca (Spain), July 25 (DPA) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Spain's King Juan Carlos shook hands and chatted relaxedly Friday in a sign that relations had returned to normal eight ... Read more...

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Spain wants closer ties with Arab world


July 8th, 2008 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, July 8 (IANS) Spain has said it wants to forge closer ties with the Arab countries to end mutual misconceptions, resolve conflicts and build trans-cultural understanding, EFE reported Tuesday. King Juan ... Read more...

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EU to lift sanctions on Cuba, open dialogue (Lead)


June 20th, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by IANS
Brussels, June 20 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has agreed to lift diplomatic sanctions against the Cuban regime and open a dialogue with Havana, a move that is expected to draw criticism ... Read more...

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