5 days ago
Cuba holds parliament meeting to discuss constitutional reform

Havana, June 3 (IANS) Raul Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and President Miguel Diaz-Canel have chaired an extraordinary session of the Caribbean nation's parliament to discuss a constitutional reform. The meeting on Saturday, which took place at Havana's convention centre and off limits to foreign press, began with the presence of 572 of the 605 lawmakers to...

20 days ago
US complicates Middle East situation: Merkel

Berlin, May 19 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Middle East situation had been complicated by the US' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. According to a statement issued by the German government, Merkel made the remarks on Friday during her meeting with Putin in Russia's Black Sea city of Sochi, Xinhua news agency reported. <...

1 month ago
Armenian Prime Minister resigns amid protests

Yerevan, April 23 (IANS) Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned on Monday after days of large-scale street protests against him. In a statement posted on his website, Sargsyan said there were several different solutions to the current situation, but that he did not accept any of them so he would be stepping down. The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your dem...

1 month ago
Retired cricketers pledge to revamp game in Kenya

Nairobi, April 16 (IANS) Retired Kenyan international cricketers have pledged to spearhead the restoration of the game in the East African nation. The players, who turned out for the country between the 1960s and 1990s, on Sunday re-united at the Nairobi Gymkhana, where most of them played international matches, and outlined that the onus of restoring the game to its former glory rested ...

2 months ago
Xi Jinping unanimously re-elected as President of China

Beijing, March 17 (IANS) China's legislative body, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Saturday unanimously approved extending Xi Jinping's term to a second mandate after a plenary session vote at the Great Hall of the People here. The vote means Xi will remain in power as the country's president until 2023, having taken office in 2013, reports Efe news. Xi, 64, who thanks t...

3 months ago
Signed Gandhi photo fetches $41,000 at US auction

Washington, March 10 (IANS) A rare signed photo of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi fetched nearly $42,000 at an auction in US, while more than $53,000 was paid for an extremely rare letter penned by 19th-century German philosopher and communist theorist Karl Marx. The September 1931 photo, in which Gandhi is seen walking alongside Indian politician Madan Mohan Malaviya after th...

3 months ago
Chinese intellectuals warn against ending presidential term limit

Beijing, Feb 27 (IANS) An open letter by a group of Chinese intellectuals urging lawmakers to vote down a plan to drop the two-term limit for the President was circulating on social media on Tuesday. The constitutional reform, if passed, will allow current Head of State Xi Jinping to be re-elected for a third term, reports Efe news. The open letter, circulating on WeChat, the Chi...

3 months ago
Will curb attempts to derail Syrian settlement: Russia

Moscow, Feb 26 (IANS) Russia has said it will severely suppress any attempt to undermine the process of political settlement in Syria after the adoption of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution demanding a truce in the war-torn country. Russia supported UNSC Resolution 2401 unanimously adopted on Saturday, which urged a ceasefire of at least 30 days across Syria and would a...

3 months ago
Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

Moscow, Feb 9 (IANS) Russian and Turkish leaders agreed to further coordinate their troops and special services in Syria to combat terrorist groups who are violating the Syrian ceasefire, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks during a telephone conversation, according to a Kremlin statement, Xinhua...

3 months ago
Putin set to cruise to re-election: Poll

Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has obtained the backing of nearly three-quarters of the country's potential voters and looks set to easily win another term in office in the upcoming presidential election, according to an official poll released on Thursday. Support for Putin increased by 1.5 per cent compared to a similar survey conducted in January, with 71.4 per c...

7 months 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 ...

7 months 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...

7 months 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...

12 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, ...

1 year 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 ...

1 year 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 ...

1 year 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...

1 year 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...

1 year 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 ...

1 year 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...

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