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Credibility of parliamentary system getting questioned: Somnath


August 13th, 2012 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 13 (IANS) Observing that the "workability of democratic set-up of the country was getting questioned", former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee Monday called for initiatives to get ... Read more...

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Obama eases sanctions against Myanmar


July 12th, 2012 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 12 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has eased sanctions on Myanmar, allowing American companies to do business in the southeast Asian country.In his statement Wednesday, the president ... Read more...

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UN aid workers detained in Myanmar


July 7th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) About 10 aid workers, some of them from the UN, are being held by authorities in western Myanmar where sectarian clashes killed scores of people last ... Read more...

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India, Myanmar to be better connected, have more trade (Fourth Lead)


May 28th, 2012 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS
Nay Pyi Taw, May 28 (IANS) India and Myanmar Monday decided to expand trade, have better connectivity and bring peace in border areas and emphasised closer ties to boost ... Read more...

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Myanmar: An isolated nation opens up


May 26th, 2012 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Yangon, May 26 (IANS) Myanmar, which Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits Sunday, was for decades isolated from the world but has begun opening up and embracing democracy.Sandwiched ... Read more...

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EU pledges $140 mn to Jordan


May 21st, 2012 - 4:05 am ICT by IANS
Amman, May 21 (IANS) The European Union will give 110 million euros (about $140 million) in financial assistance to Jordan in 2012.Joanna Wronecka, head of an EU delegation to Jordan, ... Read more...

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US extends Myanmar sanctions


May 18th, 2012 - 3:19 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 18 (IANS) The US Thursday extended trade sanctions against Myanmar for another year."The United States is committed to supporting (Myanmar) Burma's reform effort, but the situation continues ... Read more...

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India’s Look East policy central for Asia-Pacific growth: Clinton (Lead)


May 7th, 2012 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 7 (IANS) India's Look East policy was "central" to the growth of the entire Asia-Pacific region, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Monday."India's Look East ... Read more...

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Debar criminals from polls: Election Commissioner Brahma


May 5th, 2012 - 5:11 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, May 5 (IANS) Describing the participation of criminals in polls as one of the major problems the country is facing, Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma Saturday called upon the people ... Read more...

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Poll reforms conference begins in Odisha Saturday


May 4th, 2012 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) At least 400 delegates from different walks of life are expected to attend a two-day national conference on electoral and political reforms beginning in Odisha capital ... Read more...

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Easing of Myanmar sanctions too early: Rights groups


April 26th, 2012 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 26 (IANS) A group of influential American human rights organisations has said the US may be moving too quickly in relaxing sanctions against Myanmar.The group, which includes ... Read more...

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Arab Spring in Syria? Picnickers tell a different story


April 21st, 2012 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Damascus, April 21 (IANS) It's a sunny weekend afternoon in Damascus, with a freak chill in the air. Thousands of ordinary families have gathered in parks and under the shade ... Read more...

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Castro pokes fun at Obama’s summit outfit


April 10th, 2012 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, April 10 (IANS/EFE) Fidel Castro poked fun at US President Barack Obama's plans to sport a guayabera - a tropical shirt that is Cuba's official garment - during ... Read more...

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Iran vows support to Syrian leadership


March 31st, 2012 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Beirut, March 31 (IANS) Iran "would not spare any effort to" support the Syrian leadership, its Iranian deputy foreign minister said on a visit here Saturday."The Islamic Republic of ... Read more...

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EU praises Myanmar over political reforms


March 29th, 2012 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS
Brussels, March 29 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has praised the Myanmar government for "remarkable programme of political reform" in the country over the last year."The release of political prisoners, ... Read more...

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Wen warns of revolution if reforms don’t take place (Second Lead)


March 14th, 2012 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 14 (IANS) China needs reforms not just in the economic sector but also in in political structures, Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday. He warned that "historical tragedies as ... Read more...

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Wen says China needs political reform (Lead)


March 14th, 2012 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 14 (IANS) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday that China needed not only economic reform but also political reform, especially the reform of the leadership system of the ... Read more...

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Syria sets May 7 for parliamentary polls


March 13th, 2012 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Parliamentary elections in Syria will take place May 7, President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday.The elections will be the first under the country's new constitution, which ... Read more...

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EU’s foreign aid chief visits Myanmar


February 12th, 2012 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Feb 12 (IANS) European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piedalgs arrived here Sunday on a three-day visit to monitor latest developmental works in the country.The visit is significant as it ... Read more...

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Concerned India backs democracy transition in Syria (Intro Roundup)


February 5th, 2012 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Feb 5 (IANS) India has voted for an Arab and Western-backed UN resolution denouncing the violent crackdown in Syria and calling for a democratic transition, but Russia ... Read more...

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Russia, China kill India-backed resolution on Syria (Lead)


February 5th, 2012 - 10:32 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, Feb 5 (IANS) As a UN Security Council draft resolution to pressure Syria failed after China and Russia voted against it, India said it backed the motion ... Read more...

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Cricket first, poll meet with PM later!


February 2nd, 2012 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Feb 2 (IANS) In India, cricket always wins the day - even if it happens at the cost of a crucial meeting with the prime minister on key ... Read more...

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Medvedev to make final state-of-the-nation address


December 22nd, 2011 - 4:41 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will Thursday deliver his last state-of-the-nation address to the federal assembly, an official said.In his speech, Medvedev will focus on specific ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka at ‘critical point’ post-LTTE, says politician (Interview)


November 15th, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Oslo, Nov 15 (IANS) A prominent Sri Lankan politician who played a key role in the peace process says his country stands at "a critical point" when decision makers need ... Read more...

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India, Brazil, South Africa mount pressure on Syria


August 11th, 2011 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) With the crisis in Syria worsening by the day, India, Brazil and South Africa have mounted pressure on Damascus to accelerate political reforms and called ... Read more...

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UN Security Council condemns Syria crackdown (Lead)


August 4th, 2011 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Aug 4 (IANS) Amid intensifying violence in Syria, the United Nations Security Council, of which India currently holds the rotating presidency, Thursday condemned the Syrian government's crackdown on ... Read more...

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Syria completes draft law on media freedom (Lead)


July 6th, 2011 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS
Damascus, July 6 (IANS) Syria has begun work on a legislation that could lead to media freedom.A special committee set up in May to draft a law on the country's ... Read more...

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Syria completes draft law on media freedom


July 6th, 2011 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS
Damascus, July 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A special committee, set up in Syria in late May to draft a law on the country's media, has finished its work, a committee member ... Read more...

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Three Jordanian lawmakers resign over casino scandal


June 30th, 2011 - 6:18 am ICT by BNO News
AMMAN (BNO NEWS) -- Three members of Jordan's lower house of Parliament resigned on Wednesday over the House's decision to acquit Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit of implication in the high-profile Dead Sea ... Read more...

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11 killed in Syria


May 31st, 2011 - 1:05 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, May 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least 11 people were killed as Syrian government forces stormed two cities during the weekend, Al Arabiya reported Monday."Soldiers are now all over Talbiseh. ... Read more...

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S. African President Zuma to meet Libya’s Gaddafi


May 25th, 2011 - 8:20 pm ICT by BNO News
JOHANNESBURG (BNO NEWS) -- South African President Jacob Zuma will travel to Libya next week to meet with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in an effort to end the current crisis, the presidency ... Read more...

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Syria lifts state of emergency after five decades


April 20th, 2011 - 12:02 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian government Tuesday lifted the almost five-decade long state of emergency in the country, the state-run SANA news agency said.On Saturday President Bashar al ... Read more...

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40 people injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in northern Iraq


April 19th, 2011 - 2:27 am ICT by BNO News
ARBIL, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) -- At least 40 people on Monday were injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in two northern Iraqi cities, Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported.In Arbil, a ... Read more...

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Algeria, Cuba call for immediate ceasefire in Libya


April 11th, 2011 - 5:02 am ICT by IANS
Algiers, April 11 (IANS) Algeria and Cuba have called on all concerned parties in Libya to end clashes and begin peace talks at the earliest, Xinhua reported.In a joint news ... Read more...

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Sons want to remove Gaddafi as Libya’s leader, favour transition government


April 4th, 2011 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
Tripoli (Libya), Apr. 4 (ANI): Two of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi's sons have said that they are ready to convicne their father to quit and make way for a transition government ... Read more...

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