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French company boycott infuriates Israel PM

French company boycott infuriates Israel PM

 A recent decision by France s telecom giant Orange to withdraw its brand from Israel has raised the ire of Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.An angry Netanyahu on Thursday called on the French government to "distance itself publicly from the miserable statement and the miserable action of a company that is partially owned by the government of France."The remarks come a day after Orange s chairman, Stephane Richard, announced he would

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Deputy-FMs to leave N-talks

Deputy-FMs to leave N-talks

  Informed sources say Iran nuclear talks in Vienna to continue at experts level.Diplomatic sources have said that deputy foreign ministers are likely to leave Vienna talks on Saturday and the experts would continue the negotiations.Earlier with the beginning of the talks on Thursday, it was speculated that the negotiators to remain in Vienna to continue the talks until end of June deadline without any break.Iran and the 5+1 resumed the

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German FM to ‘Israel’ from Gaza: Lift Gaza Blockade

German FM to ‘Israel’ from Gaza: Lift Gaza Blockade

 The German foreign minister called Monday for the Zionist entity to lift the blockade of Gaza in return for Palestinian security reassurances during a visit to the beleaguered coastal enclave.German FM in GazaFrank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Gaza on Monday at the head of a delegation of 60 German officials intending to review several projects as well as recent developments in the blockaded and war-torn enclave.During a press conference in

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Deal or No Deal: Iran Sanctions Will Unravel

Deal or No Deal: Iran Sanctions Will Unravel

 With or without a final nuclear deal on the table, sanctions against Iran will crumble in the coming months. Even Germany’s Ambassador to the United States Peter Wessig agrees:He says, “The alternatives to the diplomatic approach are not very attractive. If diplomacy fails, the sanctions regime might unravel and we would probably see Iran enriching once again as it has done before the negotiations started.” However, the sanctions

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Female Commander: ISIL Training Foreign Fighters to Attack Europe

Female Commander: ISIL Training Foreign Fighters to Attack Europe

 The ISIL militants train foreign fighters with a specific goal of going back to western countries and conducting terrorist attacks, a senior female ISIL commander disclosed on Thursday.The self-described commander, who called herself Um Asmah, told Sky News in an exclusive interview that most of the training was carried out in Syria.She suggested that the ISIL had a well-structured system to attract the young and vulnerable to fight. She

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Allan McLeod: As a People, Europeans Hate Islamophobia

Allan McLeod: As a People, Europeans Hate Islamophobia

 Although the majority of corporate media tend to portray Islam as a threat to the security and integrity of the Western societies, there are signs that the Western public is growing aware of the peaceful nature of Muslims and their religion.Following the deadly January 3 attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris, which was later blamed on “Muslim terrorists”, the far-right groups in Europe began to intensify

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Cameron warned to do more for Scotland

Cameron warned to do more for Scotland

 First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon has warned Prime Minister David Cameron that he needs to do more for Scotland. Sturgeon has said that fresh taxation and welfare powers to the Scottish parliament should be a priority for the Tory government. She said that the SNP now provides the real opposition to the Tories as she seeks to put as much pressure as possible on Cameron and the right-wing party.

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Human Rights Official: Iran Not Afraid of Visits by UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Human Rights Official: Iran Not Afraid of Visits by UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani underlined that Iran has not banned visits by the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights, including Ahmed Shaheed, if only they adhere to the codes of ethics and principles of professionalism."If the mechanisms of the human rights reports are observed, we have no problem with the presence of UN Human Rights rapporteurs, including Ahmed Shaheed, but we do not

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Nuclear Hypocrisy: It’s in the DNA

Nuclear Hypocrisy: It’s in the DNA

 TEHRAN (FNA)- The parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are wasting their time in New York to further the non-proliferation and disarmament goals of the treaty.Like the previous summit, this year’s NPT Review Conference will end in a spectacular failure with no final document/agreement on moving forward. The nine nuclear weapon states - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Israel and North

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Swiss Statement Was the Best We Could Get, Iran’s Zarif Says

Swiss Statement Was the Best We Could Get, Iran’s Zarif Says

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the recent nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and world powers in Lausanne, Switzerland, was not “perfect”, but at the same time described it as a “balanced” agreement.In a Wednesday interview with Washington Post’s reporter David Ignatius in New York University, United States, the visiting Iranian foreign minister described Swiss Statement as an agreement that does not

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Iranian, EU Diplomats Continue Drafting Final Nuclear Deal in New York

Iranian, EU Diplomats Continue Drafting Final Nuclear Deal in New York

 Delegates representing Iran and the European Union continued high-level discussions about the text of a final comprehensive deal between Tehran and the six world powers over the country’s peaceful nuclear program.In a meeting in New York on Thursday, deputies of Iran s foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi, and the EU deputy secretary general for the external action service, Helga Maria Schmid, held eight hours of

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Migrant tragedy, a wake-up call for EU

Migrant tragedy, a wake-up call for EU

 By KANEEZ FATIMAThe recent refugee crisis off Europe’s coast is a wake-up call for the EU to re-evaluate its refugee policy, and more importantly, its engagement with other nation states.Not far enoughThe world has watched in shock as migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea have claimed more than 1,750 lives this year. The number is 30 times higher compared to the same period in 2014. The numbers are staggering and highlight the

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European countries seek cooperation with Iran in petrochemical sector

European countries seek cooperation with Iran in petrochemical sector

 A high-ranking Iranian petrochemical industry official says several European countries have indicated their willingness to invest in Iran s petrochemical sector once international sanctions against the country are removed.According to Ministry of Petroleum’s SHANA news agency, Abbas She’ri-Moqaddam, managing director of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC), noted that once sanctions are removed, Iran will be ready to cooperate with

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Thousands in Germany Protest against Europe-US Trade Deal

Thousands in Germany Protest against Europe-US Trade Deal

 Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards.Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is particularly high in Germany, in part due to rising anti-American sentiment linked to revelations of US spying and fears of digital domination by firms

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WikiLeaks releases hacked Sony documents

WikiLeaks releases hacked Sony documents

 WikiLeaks has released hundreds of thousands of emails and documents related to last year’s hack against Sony Pictures.The whistle-blower website said on Thursday that it put over 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures as well as more than 30,000 other documents into a searchable online archive."This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange."It is newsworthy and at

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Spain lauds Lausanne statement, hopes for final nuclear deal by June

Spain lauds Lausanne statement, hopes for final nuclear deal by June

 The Spanish prime minister has highlighted the mutual understanding reached between Iran and the P5+1 group on Tehran’s nuclear program, saying it was essential that the two sides achieve a comprehensive final deal by the end of June.Mariano Rajoy made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Madrid on Tuesday.Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council –

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Iran says stands ready to satisfy Europe’s gas needs

Iran says stands ready to satisfy Europe’s gas needs

 Iran says it has what it takes to become a supplier of natural gas to Europe. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Monday that Iran has the same potentials that Russia enjoys to satisfy Europe’s gas needs.However, Zarif emphasized, Tehran has no intention to take up rivalry with Moscow on this front. “Tehran is a reliable partner,” Iran’s top diplomat told reporters in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana where he is on

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Turkey blocks major websites over slain prosecutor s photos

Turkey blocks major websites over slain prosecutor s photos

 Turkish judicial officials have once again blocked major social networking websites over what they call a "terrorist propaganda” in the wake of a hostage standoff that saw a Turkish prosecutor killed by leftist militants.Hurriyet newspaper said Monday that access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube was blocked upon an order from prosecutors reportedly due to the publication of images related to last week s hostage drama in

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Lausanne statement: Small victory for truth

Lausanne statement: Small victory for truth

 By KEVIN BARRETTThursday’s agreement between the P5+1 countries and Iran has been hailed as a victory for peace. Its opponents, led by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, are terrified that the agreement may lead to a more peaceful and stable Middle East in which Zionist expansionism and genocide would be unsustainable.But the agreement is not just a step toward peace. It also represents a step toward truth. And truth, even more than peace,

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Britain s Hammond Welcomes Iran-Powers Lausanne N. Understanding

Britain s Hammond Welcomes Iran-Powers Lausanne N. Understanding

 TEHRAN (FNA)- British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, in a statement on Thursday night, that the nuclear understanding between Iran and the six major world powers will be a good framework to continue the talks to cut a final deal in due time.“This (the Thursday night nuclear statement) is well beyond what many of us thought possible even 18 months ago and a good basis for what I believe could be a very good deal,” Hammond said.In

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Iran, P5+1 joint statement calling for removal of all anti-Iran sanctions

Iran, P5+1 joint statement calling for removal of all anti-Iran sanctions

 Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers have adopted a joint statement after marathon talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne calling, among other things, for the removal of UNSC resolutions and sanctions against the Islamic Republic.The statement was read out in a joint press conference in the Swiss city by the EU high representative, Federica Mogherini, and Iran s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday.In the framework of the

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Lausanne Statement Basis of Final Nuclear Deal: Iran’s Zarif

Lausanne Statement Basis of Final Nuclear Deal: Iran’s Zarif

 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that a framework agreement, announced in Lausanne, is the base for a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program to be reached until end of June.Speaking at a press conference in Tehran upon his arrival from Switzerland, Zarif said a set of solutions, read out in a joint statement on Thursday night, will form the basis for writing the text of a final

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Lausanne Nuclear Talks to End with Press Statement: Iran’s Araqchi

Lausanne Nuclear Talks to End with Press Statement: Iran’s Araqchi

 LAUSANNE (Tasnim) – Iran and six world powers will conclude a week of intensive nuclear talks in Lausanne with a press statement on Wednesday, top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi said.“There will be no agreement at the end of today, but we will announce the progress in a press statement,” Araqchi said in an interview with the IRIB on Wednesday.Since a week ago, negotiators and senior diplomats from Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia,

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Campaigning for UK general election 2015 opens

Campaigning for UK general election 2015 opens

 Britain formally kicks off campaigning for the UK 2015 general election by dissolving the parliament.Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday asked the British queen to dissolve the parliament to pave the way for campaigning ahead of the May 7 general election.The procedure means there are now no members of parliament until it reconvenes on May 18 for the swearing-in of new members and the official state opening of parliament on May

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British universities bar hundreds of foreign students from scientific studies

British universities bar hundreds of foreign students from scientific studies

 Hundreds of foreign students have been banned from studying science lessons in UK universities on the alleged grounds that they may learn about nuclear warfare, a media report says. Some 739 student from outside the European Union have been prevented to take a range of courses about nuclear, biological and chemical sciences over security concerns since 2007, the British daily The Independent said on Sunday. British

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Senior Negotiator: No Agreement Yet, Issues Remain Unresolved

Senior Negotiator: No Agreement Yet, Issues Remain Unresolved

 TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator categorically rejected western media reports that Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) have struck a final agreement, and said there are still unresolved issues. The senior negotiator s comments came in reaction to some western media reports that Iran and the G5+1 have struck a conditional agreement. "No agreement has been achieved and

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Sanctions and Fate of Nuclear Talks

Sanctions and Fate of Nuclear Talks

 TEHRAN (FNA)- The US and its allies have made no effort in hiding their intention to maintain the “sanctions architecture” in place for many years after a nuclear agreement. With the agreed deadline for reaching a “political framework” for a final comprehensive nuclear agreement only a few days away, the fate of the negotiations now hang on closing the gap between the P5+1 and Iran on removing sanctions. The issues

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British Analyst: Penning Letter to Western Youth Sign of Iranian Leader s Thorough Grasp of World Events

British Analyst: Penning Letter to Western Youth Sign of Iranian Leader s Thorough Grasp of World Events

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Hafsa Kara-Mustapha, a London-based journalist and a political analyst, believes that the Iranian Supreme Leader’s letter to the western youth shows that Ayatollah Khamenei has a thorough grasp of the world events, stressing that the message enlightens the world on various campaigns attempting to unjustly label Islam as a violent religion."The message itself is one of great wisdom that aims to foster understanding between

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Iranian President Offers Condolences over German Plane Crash

Iranian President Offers Condolences over German Plane Crash

 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed deep condolences to Germany s people and government over a plane crash that killed all 150 people on board.In a message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel late on Tuesday, President Rouhani expressed his "great sorrow" over the tragic incident and extended condolences on behalf of the Iranian nation and government to the people and government of Germany and the victims

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UK students turn to sex to fund costs

UK students turn to sex to fund costs

 A newly-released study says about one in 20 UK students has worked in the sex industry to earn money while at university.The study which is part of a larger project of the University of Swansea titled ‘Student Sex Work Project’ is the culmination of three years’ research involving 6750 students.According to the study, amid growing tuition fees and rising living costs, over 50 percent of student sex workers in Britain are motivated by

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Kerry to meet French, German counterparts

Kerry to meet French, German counterparts

 US Secretary of State John Kerry is slated to hold talks with his French and German counterparts on Saturday amid ongoing nuclear negotiations between Washington and Tehran, US officials have said.Senior negotiators from Iran and the United States kicked off another day of their latest round of talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Lausanne earlier on Saturday.Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, Iranian

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Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks

Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Director General for Political Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry and nuclear negotiator Hamid Baeidinejad said on Wednesday that the western powers have withdrawn from their previous positions in nuclear talks with Tehran. "The other side has withdrawn from its positions compared with the past, otherwise we wouldn’t have stood at this point and stage in the talks at all," Baeidinejad told reporters in Tehran on

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Europe States to Buy Stolen Iraqi Artifacts from ISIL

Europe States to Buy Stolen Iraqi Artifacts from ISIL

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group are selling stolen artifacts from a museum in Iraq’s Mosul city to buyers in Europe, an Iraqi deputy minister said Wednesday. Qais Hussein Rashid, deputy minister of culture, said that his ministry had information that the valuable artifacts were now being sold in Europe, Al-Manar reported. According to Rashid, ISIL was allegedly using such

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White House officials say Israel spied on Iran talks to sink nuclear deal

White House officials say Israel spied on Iran talks to sink nuclear deal

 Top White House officials have revealed that Israel began to spy on the closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group last year in order to sink an agreement.Current and former American officials told the Wall Street Journal the spying operation was part of a campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”The

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British children hurt by govt. austerity cuts: Report

British children hurt by govt. austerity cuts: Report

A British parliament report has highlighted the damaging impact of the government austerity measures on children, saying they affect kids more negatively than others.The parliament s Joint Committee on Human Rights has found evidence that certain government measures "run directly counter to the principle of protecting the most disadvantaged," adding that children are the ones who have disproportionately borne the brunt of its austerity

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Iran must make further concessions to clinch nuclear deal: UK

Iran must make further concessions to clinch nuclear deal: UK

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Iran will have to make further concessions in order to reach an agreement on its nuclear program.Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Monday, Hammond added that while significant progress has been made in the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries during recent weeks, it would be extremely challenging to reach a deal."It remains the case that Iran has to make

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US Spies Feel  Comfortable  in Switzerland, Afraid of Nothing: Snowden

US Spies Feel Comfortable in Switzerland, Afraid of Nothing: Snowden

 TEHRAN (Tasnim) - US spies operate in Switzerland without much fear of being unmasked, because Swiss intelligence, though knowledgeable and very professional, poses no threat to them, former NSA contributor Edward Snowden told Swiss TV.“The reason that made Switzerland so interesting as the capital of espionage - particularly Geneva - has not changed,” Snowden said in an interview to Darius Rochebin on RTS, a Swiss broadcaster. The two

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‘UK arms deals obfuscating to hide reality of sales’

‘UK arms deals obfuscating to hide reality of sales’

 A London-based professor of economics says the details of Britain’s weapons contracts are shrouded in secrecy “to hide the reality that the UK supplies arms to the most anti-democratic regimes.” Professor Rodney Shakespeare believes, “The UK system of allegedly licensing the sales of arms is deliberately confusing and obfuscating, the purpose of which is to hide the reality that the UK supplies arms to the most gruesome,

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EU foreign policy chief joins Iran nuclear talks

EU foreign policy chief joins Iran nuclear talks

 European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini is due to hold talks with British, French and German leaders to discuss ongoing negotiations on Iran s contested nuclear programme, her office has said. Mogherini will on Friday meet David Cameron, Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of an EU leaders summit in Brussels, a spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman gave no details of what would be discussed at

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Germany cabinet OKs dispatching 850 troops to Afghanistan

Germany cabinet OKs dispatching 850 troops to Afghanistan

 The German cabinet has approved a plan to deploy up to 850 soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a post-2014 training and advisory mission led by NATO in the war-torn country. On Wednesday, the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel authorized the one-year deployment, but it still needs approval by the German parliament. The German cabinet decision comes as Afghans have repeatedly staged demonstrations in protest against the

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Spain MPs to vote on recognition of Palestine

Spain MPs to vote on recognition of Palestine

 The Spanish parliament is slated to debate a resolution to recognize Palestine as an independent state following similar moves in other European countries. The non-binding resolution which will be discussed on Tuesday was presented by the opposition Spanish Socialist Workers Party, and the ruling Partido Popular added an amendment to it. The resolution would call on the Spanish government to support the recognition of

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French citizen identified in ISIL beheading video

French citizen identified in ISIL beheading video

 France has identified one of its citizens in a video apparently showing the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig by a Takfiri ISIL militant. The man is French citizen Maxime Hauchard, Paris Prosecutor Frederic Molins said on Monday, adding, "There is the possible existence of a second Frenchman, but it is too early to say." The 15-minute video, which was aired on Sunday, shows what appears to be the decapitation of Kassig

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War crimes being committed in Libya: ICC

War crimes being committed in Libya: ICC

 The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor says reports indicate that war crimes are being committed in Libya. “There are, indeed, indications that crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court are being committed,” said Fatou Bensouda, who was addressing the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. Bensouda added that the security situation has deteriorated in the North

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French politicians support aiding Kobani fighters

French politicians support aiding Kobani fighters

 Political support for the Kurdish resistance against ISIL terrorist group in the Syrian city of Kobani is growing in France, Press TV reports. During a meeting in the capital Paris on Monday, French politicians from several parties said that the best way to defeat ISIL is to meet the demands made by the Kurdish parties in Turkey and Syria. They called for arms deliveries to the Kurdish groups and forcing Turkey to open its

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Nearly 81% of Catalans say yes-yes to independence vote

Nearly 81% of Catalans say yes-yes to independence vote

 A vast majority of people in Catalonia have voted for secession in the region’s referendum for independence amid oppositions from the Spanish government. Vice President Joana Ortega said early on Monday that with approximately all votes counted, 80.72 percent of the Catalans have said yes-yes to two questions about the region’s independence. The two questions that eligible voters were to answer were: "Do you want

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EU calls for independent Palestinian state

EU calls for independent Palestinian state

 The European Union’s new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has called for the formation of an independent Palestinian state. “We need a Palestinian state. That is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union,” she said during a visit to the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday. Pointing to the latest Israeli war against Gaza, a third one in six years, the top EU diplomat raised concerns about

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EU’s Mogherini raps Israel settlement expansion plans

EU’s Mogherini raps Israel settlement expansion plans

 The European Union’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has slammed the Israeli regime for its new plans to continue illegal settlement expansion on the occupied Palestinian lands. Mogherini made the remarks on Friday in a joint press conference with Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman in al-Quds (Jerusalem) during her first visit to the occupied region as the EU’s top diplomat. The EU foreign

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10 arrested at London Million Mask March

10 arrested at London Million Mask March

 London police have confirmed they arrested at least 10 people during the Million Mask March rally in the city on Wednesday night. The arrests followed intense clashes between protesters and the police, mainly outside London’s Buckingham Palace. Officials say the people were apprehended for assaulting police officers, setting off fireworks, public order offences, obstruction and at least one case of attempted grievous

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