UN Votes To Eliminate Syria’s Chemical Weapons

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The UN Security Council on September 27 voted unanimously to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. The vote came after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international chemical watchdog, agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's stockpile by mid-2014. The new binding resolution condemned the use of … [Read more...]

9.7 Billion People By 2050

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The world's population is projected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 from the current level of 7.1 billion. And India will overtake China as the world's most populous nation, according to a bi-annual report by the French Institute of Demographic Studies. India will take the top spot with a staggering population of 1.6 billion to leave behind current world … [Read more...]

Ireland Passes Historic Abortion Bill

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Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted July 12 to back Ireland's first bill on abortion, legalising the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem the woman's life at risk from her pregnancy, as the predominantly Catholic country took its first legislative step away from an outright ban. Members of Parliament in the devoutly Catholic country spent hours before … [Read more...]

Latvia Becomes 18th Eurozone Member

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On July 9, EU finance minsters approved Latvia's application to become the 18th country to use the euro. The application for membership had earlier been approved by the European Commission and European Central Bank. Latvia underwent one of Europe's toughest austerity programmes after the 2008-09 financial crisis knocked a fifth off its GDP. It received a … [Read more...]

Rios Montt Genocide Trial Ends With Historic Verdict

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A Guatemalan court on May 15 found former dictator and US Cold War ally, Efrain Rios Montt, guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 80 years in prison. His intelligence chief, Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, was found not guilty on all charges. The two had been accused of being responsible for the massacre of 1,771, the forced … [Read more...]

WTO Names Roberto Azevedo As New Head

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Roberto Azevedo,  Brazil's ambassador to the WTO since 2008, has been named as the next head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He will succeed France's Pascal Lamy in September this year. He was competing for the post with Mexico's former trade minister Herminio Blanco. #adsense# He will be the first Latin American to head the WTO since its … [Read more...]

India To Upgrade Iran’s Chabahar Port

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India has announced that it will upgrade Iran's crucial Chabahar port that gives a transit route to land-locked Afghanistan. India's decision was conveyed by Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in Tehran on May 4 during his meeting with his counterpart. An expert team from India will visit Iran to assess investment needed for the upgradation of the port on the … [Read more...]

Tymoshenko Jailing Was Rights Abuse

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Ukraine's jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was a politically motivated violation of her rights, Europe's human rights court ruled on April 30. An architect of Ukraine's 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution who was instantly recognizable by her crown of braids, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011 after being … [Read more...]

Turkey Becomes SCO Dialogue Partner

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Turkey has become a dialogue partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signed a memorandum of understanding with the SCO’s Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital of Almaty on April 26. Mezentsev said at the signing ceremony that Turkey, now as a dialogue partner, would … [Read more...]

Serbia and Kosovo Reach Historical Accord

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Serbia and Kosovo reached an EU-brokered accord on April 19  which aims at normalising relations between the Balkan neighbours. Under the new deal, Serbs in northern Kosovo will have their own police and appeal court. Both sides also agreed to not block each other's efforts to seek EU membership. Kosovo broke away in 2008. While many countries recognise … [Read more...]