7 days ago
Crisis in Rakhine reaches beyond Myanmar's borders: UN expert

United Nations, Oct 27 (IANS) A UN special rapporteur on human rights has urged the Security Council to take decisive action to resolve the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state, noting that the crisis reaches beyond Myanmar's borders. The crisis in Rakhine state has not only been decades in the making, but has for some time gone beyond Myanmar's borders. For a very long time now this issue ...

13 days ago
Catalonia independence: Spain pushes to remove leaders

Madrid, Oct 21 (IANS) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has outlined plans to remove Catalonia's leaders and take control of the separatist region. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region's parliament but put forward plans for elections, BBC reported. The measures must now be approved by Spain's Senate in the next f...

22 days ago
Spain PM issues deadline to Catalan separatists

Madrid, Oct 12 (IANS) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given Catalonia's separatist leader five days to say whether or not he has declared independence. If Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont confirms by Monday that he has, he will be given a further three days to withdraw the declaration. Failing that, Madrid will invoke Article 155 of the constitution allowing it to suspend the re...

4 months ago
Russian FM, UN envoy call for speeding up peace talks over Syria

Moscow, June 9 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Thursday agreed that consultation over the Syrian issue should be accelerated. The parties had a routine meeting in Moscow and exchanged views on a whole range of issues related to the settlement of the Syrian crisis, according to a statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, ...

6 months ago
French elections to have spill over effect on Italian politics

Rome, April 22 (IANS) The presidential poll in France on Sunday will have a spill over effect on Italian politics as the country is also heading to general elections within months, said analysts. Italian right-wing political groups could get a boost if France's euroskeptic National Front leader Marine Le Pen has a strong showing in the first round. If moderate candidate Emmanuel ...

6 months ago
Turkish election board rejects appeals to annul referendum

Ankara, April 19 (IANS) Turkey's Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejected on Wednesday main opposition parties' appeals to annul the constitutional referendum results. The board agreed to reject the petitions submitted by the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and the Patriotic Party to annul the April 16 constitutional reform referendum, the YSK announced ...

6 months ago
Turkey reforms don't make me dictator: Erdogan

Ankara, April 19 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his plans to assume sweeping new powers do not make him a dictator. Erdogan, in an interview to CNN on Tuesday, said a constitutional reform package -- backed by a narrow majority of Turkey's voters in a referendum earlier this week -- was not about him. Turkish voters on Sunday passed an 18-article constitut...

6 months ago
Trump congratulates Erdogan after Turkey referendum win

Washington, April 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him hours after his narrow victory in a referendum that will grant him sweeping new powers, the White House announced. During Sunday's vote, about 51.35 per cent backed the constitutional changes, compared to 48.65 per cent for the no side. The constitutional reform...

6 months ago
Main Turkish opposition to seek referendum annulment

Ankara, April 17 (IANS) Turkey's main opposition party on Monday announced that it would be seeking annulment of the referendum on constitutional reforms. Vice President of the social-democratic Republican People's Party (CHP), Bulent Tezcan, said there were widespread irregularities registered in Sunday's vote, Efe news reported. Preliminary results suggested that some 51.4 per ...

6 months ago
Germany urges Turkey to talk to opposition after referendum win

Berlin, April 17 (IANS) The German government on Monday urged Turkey to hold respectful dialogue with different political factions in the country after the narrow referendum win backing constitutional changes. In a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the outcome of the vote had indicated a deeply divided Turkish society, Xinhua news a...

6 months ago
Austria calls for ending Turkey's EU membership negotiations

Vienna, April 17 (IANS) Austria on Monday called on the European Union (EU) to end membership negotiations with Turkey in the wake of a referendum result on constitutional reform that would afford greater powers to the country's President. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said the outcome of Sunday's referendum went against EU principles, Efe news reported. On Sunday, Turkey went ...

7 months ago
Shock Senate defeat rocks Italy's ruling Democratic Party

Rome, April 6 (IANS/AKI) Italy's ruling centre-left Democratic Party was on Thursday reeling from the defeat of its candidate to head a key parliamentary commission, a shock result that threatens the stability of the four-month-old coalition government of Premier Paolo Gentiloni. Members of the ruling coalition had agreed in advance to vote for the Democratic Party's candidate Giorgio Pa...

7 months ago
Italian ex-PM triumphs in party contest with over two-thirds of votes

Rome, April 4 (IANS/AKI) Italy's former Premier Matteo Renzi has trounced his rivals in the first stage of voting in the ruling centre-left Democratic Party leadership contest, taking around 68 percent of members' votes, partial results showed Monday. Renzi's closest contender, Justice Minister Andrea Orlando took some 25 percent of ballots in the first round of the party congress, while...

7 months ago
Over 50% Turkish voters against constitutional reform: Poll

Ankara, March 27 (IANS) Over 50 per cent of Turkish voters are against the upcoming referendum that could hand wide-ranging executive powers to the President, a poll published on Monday revealed. Of the 5,000 people surveyed by Sonar polling firm, 51.2 per cent said that they would say No in the April 16 referendum organised by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to approve a series of consti...

7 months ago
UN urges Turkey not to use children, refugees as bargaining chips

Geneva, March 18 (IANS) The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) urged Turkey on Friday not to use children, refugees and undocumented migrants as bargaining chips in its latest dispute with the EU, after Ankara threatened again to break the migration agreement. Unicef humanitarian affairs adviser Lucio Melandri, told a news conference that children should never be used as bargaining chips, and r...

7 months ago
Tension mounts as Holland stops Turkish rally

Amsterdam, March 11 (IANS) The Dutch government on Saturday stopped a Turkish rally on its land by denying landing permit for the Turkish Foreign Minister's plane over security concerns, a government statement said. It said that after failing to find an alternative solution with the Turkish authorities, the Dutch in the end were left with no other option but to stop Foreign Minister Mevl...

7 months ago
Strong premiers need to be party leaders: Renzi

Rome, March 11 (IANS/AKI) A strong prime minister must also be the leader of his party, Italian ex-premier and former secretary of the ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD), Matteo Renzi, said on Friday. The equation of (party) secretary and candidate for premier has nothing to do with statutes or with personal ambition but is standard practice in Europe, Renzi stated. Renzi i...

9 months ago
Italian court ruling paves way for snap elections

Rome, Jan 25 (IANS/AKI) Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that most of a contested electoral law was valid in a verdict that could lead to early elections this year. The electoral law can be immediately applied, the court said in a statement. The court ruling upheld the law's provision that any party which took at least 40 percent of the vote should win an automatic...

9 months ago
Turkish Parliament approves reformed constitution

Ankara, Jan 16 (IANS) The Turkish Parliament approved the last two of a total of 18 articles in the controversial reform constitution, designed to create an executive Presidential governance system in the country. After a week of debate, the ruling Justice and Development Party managed to achieve, with the help of the nationalist opposition MHP movement, the necessary 60 per cent majorit...

9 months ago
Turkish Parliament approves reformed constitution

Ankara, Jan 16 (IANS) The Turkish Parliament approved the last two of a total of 18 articles in the controversial reform constitution, designed to create an executive Presidential governance system in the country. After a week of debate, the ruling Justice and Development Party managed to achieve, with the help of the nationalist opposition MHP movement, the necessary 60 per cent majorit...

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