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1000s rally in Turkey, Europe in support of Kobani

1000s rally in Turkey, Europe in support of Kobani

 Thousands have rallied across Turkey and major European cities to express solidarity with the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani, which has been under ISIL terror attacks in recent weeks, Press TV reports. In an international show of support for Kobani, the demonstrators took to the streets in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, and the cities of Istanbul and Izmir as well as European cities, including Rome, Brussels, Hamburg, London,

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Iran serious to reach nuclear agreement with Sextet: FM

Iran serious to reach nuclear agreement with Sextet: FM

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic is very serious on reaching a deal with the P5+1 group of world powers over the country’s nuclear energy program. “In the Islamic Republic of Iran, there has been a strong political will for [the conclusion of] an agreement and therefore Tehran is very serious in the talks to find a solution [to the nuclear issue],” Zarif told his Chinese counterpart Wang

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Zarif, Kerry, Ashton to meet in Oman in early November

Zarif, Kerry, Ashton to meet in Oman in early November

 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold talks on Tehran’s nuclear issue in Oman early next month. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday that Zarif, Kerry and Ashton are slated to meet in the Omani capital Muscat on November 9-10 to discuss steps toward a comprehensive final deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear

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UNICEF: UK Child Poverty Soaring Due to Government’s Austerity Measures

UNICEF: UK Child Poverty Soaring Due to Government’s Austerity Measures

 TEHRAN (FNA)- More than one in four children in the UK are now living in poverty and the number is rising sharply because of the Government’s harsh austerity measures, the United Nations Children’s Fund warned. In its Children of the Recession report, published on Wednesday, the UNICEF revealed that child poverty in the UK increased by 1.6 percent to 25.6 percent following the 2008 recession, The Independent

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UK refuses to pay £1.7 billion bill demanded by EU

UK refuses to pay £1.7 billion bill demanded by EU

 The British prime minister says his country will refuse to pay a £1.7-billion bill demanded as budget contribution by the European Union (EU), calling the Union’s behavior “appalling.” "We are not suddenly going to take out our checkbook and write a check for two billion euros (USD 2.5 billion); it is not happening," said David Cameron in a news conference on the sidelines of an EU summit over the member states’ climate

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Five Britons join ISIL every week: UK police chief

Five Britons join ISIL every week: UK police chief

 At least five Britons are travelling to Iraq and Syria every week to join the ISIL Takfiri group, the UK s most senior police officer says. The figure, according to the Metropolitan police commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, represents a "minimum" and “the drumbeat of terrorism in Britain” is now “faster and more intense”. "We still have an average of five people joining them a week. Five a week doesn t sound much

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Kurds hold anti-ISIL rally in Paris

Kurds hold anti-ISIL rally in Paris

 Protesters have gathered on the streets of Paris in support for Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobani. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the French capital Paris on Saturday, demanding that Western governments take immediate action to liberate the besieged Syrian town. The demonstrators also hailed the Kurdish fighters’ resistance against the Takfiri ISIL militants. Members of the French Kurdish

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UK decision to recognize Palestine angers Israel

UK decision to recognize Palestine angers Israel

 Israel has expressed anger at the British parliament’s vote in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the vote in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state risks undermining efforts for what it called “real peace with Palestinians.” Meanwhile, Britain s Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, said public sentiment in the UK and around the world has shifted against

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Britain officially recognizes Palestine

Britain officially recognizes Palestine

 The British Parliament has passed a non-binding resolution to recognize the Palestinian state with a majority of the votes. British Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favor of the motion with a majority of 274 to 12 after a six-hour debate on Monday. The debate was initiated in the House of Commons by Labour MP Graham Morris, who said that the UK is morally responsible to take action because of its history as a colonial

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Germany seeks Iran, Turkey role in anti-ISIL coalition: FM

Germany seeks Iran, Turkey role in anti-ISIL coalition: FM

 Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his country is attempting to convince both Iran and Turkey to join the coalition against the Takfiri ISIL militants. In an interview with German Tagesspiegel daily, Steinmeier added that longstanding animosities in the Middle East should be solved as an effort to ensure a united front against the ISIL terrorist group. "We are trying to convince the Arab countries,

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Over 20,000 Kurds protest at ISIL attacks in Germany

Over 20,000 Kurds protest at ISIL attacks in Germany

 Over 20,000 Kurds have staged a protest rally in Germany against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ attacks in Syria. Police said the protest was held in the western German city of Dusseldorf on Saturday as it was called by several Kurdish organizations to censure assaults by the ISIL militants on Kurdish towns in Syria, particularly the besiegement of the town of Kobani. The protest comes as Berlin is concerned about a spillover

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UK airstrike on Syria ‘not ruled out’: Hammond

UK airstrike on Syria ‘not ruled out’: Hammond

 British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says London has “not ruled out” taking part in airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria. The British foreign secretary made the remarks during a visit to Washington. Hammond said the UK would consider participating in airstrikes against the militants in Syria if the United States requested assistance. “We would also frankly need to be in a position where public and

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Kurds stage anti-ISIL protests across Europe

Kurds stage anti-ISIL protests across Europe

 Kurds have taken to the streets in Istanbul and some other cities across Europe to slam ISIL attacks on the Syrian town of Kobani and the international inaction. According to reports on Monday, thousands of Turkish Kurds poured into the streets of Istanbul and other Turkish cities to express solidarity with the people of the Syrian city of Kobani. They also denounced Ankara’s stance toward the ISIL terrorists. According to

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Erdogan calls for Syria no-fly zone

Erdogan calls for Syria no-fly zone

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a no-fly zone should be established over Syria, claiming that such a zone is required to protect part of the country from attacks by Syria s air force. "A no-fly zone must be declared and this no fly-zone must be secured," Erdogan told reporters on Friday on his return from the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Associated Press reported. The

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ISIL militants move freely in Turkey

ISIL militants move freely in Turkey

 A newly-released online video shows some people in ISIL clothes with the group’s flag travelling freely in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The video filmed on the Istanbul metro shows two young men wearing ISIL T-shirts freely heading for their destination. This comes as shops in several countries have been promoting ISIL clothes, toy equipment and gifts. The footage has raised major concerns that those purchasing such clothes are

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UK: Iran part of solution to fight ISIL in Syria

UK: Iran part of solution to fight ISIL in Syria

 Addressing the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Cameron said Iran “could be part of the solution” in defeating the terrorist group. “Iran s leaders could help in defeating the threat from ISIL,” Cameron said. The British premier added that Iranian authorities “could help secure a more stable, inclusive Iraq, and a more stable, inclusive Syria,” and urged the international

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EU increasing urgency of gas imports from Iran

EU increasing urgency of gas imports from Iran

 “Iran is far towards the top of our priorities for mid-term measures that will help reduce our reliance on Russian gas supplies,” an unnamed European Commission source involved in developing EU energy strategy told Reuters on Wednesday. “Iran s gas could come to Europe quite easily and politically there is a clear rapprochement between Tehran and the West,” the source noted. During a Tuesday meeting with his

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Norwegian Foreign Minister: Palestine is in a Critical Phase

Norwegian Foreign Minister: Palestine is in a Critical Phase

 The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Borge Brende, said on Tuesday that the Palestinian issue is in a critical phase and that the upcoming months will be crucial with regard to the political and economic developments in Palestine. During a speech to the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) meeting in New York, Brende said that the donor countries should provide the necessary fund needed for rebuilding Gaza, adding that easing the

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Portugal unemployment rate hits record 17.7%

Portugal unemployment rate hits record 17.7%

Unemployment rate in Portugal has hit a new record high of 17.7 percent in the first quarter of 2013, data show. Portugal’s National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Thursday that the number of jobless people rose from 16.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year to 17.7 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Youth unemployment also rose to 42 percent in the first quarter of 2013, from 36 percent a year earlier,

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British PM unveils plan to arm terrorists in Syria

British PM unveils plan to arm terrorists in Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed his government’s intentions to get more deeply involved with the civil war in Syria by supplying terrorists fighting the country’s popular government with heavy weaponry.

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US, EU sacrifice their people for Israel

US, EU sacrifice their people for Israel

A political analyst says the US and European countries are sacrificing the well-being of their own people for the sake of the Israeli regime.

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Italians protest harsh austerity measures in Rome

Italians protest harsh austerity measures in Rome

Thousands of Italians have poured into the streets in the capital Rome to protest against tough austerity measures introduced by the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti.

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UK begins another Iran attack game

UK begins another Iran attack game

The British media published reports on Thursday that London has rebuffed a request from Washington to use British bases near the Middle East for a possible attack on Iran...

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Hungarian demonstrators burn Israeli flag in Budapest

Hungarian demonstrators burn Israeli flag in Budapest

Members of Hungary’s Jobbik ultra-nationalist party have burned an Israeli flag in front of a major synagogue in the capital Budapest, calling on the government to cut diplomatic and economic ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

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BBC warned about lack of trust over Savile abuse scandal

BBC warned about lack of trust over Savile abuse scandal

Britain’s Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, has warned the British state-run broadcaster BBC that its handling of sexual abuse allegations involving former broadcaster Jimmy Savile has raised "very real concerns" about public trust and confidence in the Corporation.

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Muslims in Bosnia’s Srebrenica win municipal election

Muslims in Bosnia’s Srebrenica win municipal election

Camil Durakovic, a 33-year-old Muslim, has won the majority of votes in a municipal election in Bosnia’s Srebrenica, where more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys slaughtered by Serbs in Europe s worst massacre since World War II.

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Nuclear weapons, threat to security

Nuclear weapons, threat to security

Reiterating Tehran’s stance against the production and use of nuclear weapons, Iran’s Ambassador to the UN nuclear agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh says nukes are “a threat to security and political power.”

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Iran’s non-oil exports increasing despite western sanctions

Iran’s non-oil exports increasing despite western sanctions

Executive Director of Iran International Exhibitions said here Monday despite western imposed sanctions for our country’s peaceful nuclear program, Iran’s non-oil exports have been constantly increasing in recent years.

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