11-20 through 12-3-2012 Putin, Ashton, EU, Iran, Israel, NWO News

Thanksgiving through 12-3-2012 Putin, Ashton, EU, Iran, Israel, NWO News


IS IMAM AL-MAHDI ABOUT TO EMERGE?PrintE-mail
Articles - Signs of Last Day - Friday, 05 Rabi'ul Akhir
There are some Muslims who, impressed by the views of distinguished scholars such as Ibn Khaldun and Dr Muhammad Iqbal, have rejected belief in the advent of Imām al-Mahdi. Some of them even go on to dismiss our preoccupation with this subject with disdain and with spurious comments.

They should be warned that it is not only false but also sinful to argue that those who strive for a deeper understanding of the subject of the advent of Imām al-Mahdi(‘alaihi al-Salām) are a people who are content to sit waiting with folded arms for the Imām while doing nothing to combat falsehood and oppression in the world.

We have no doubt that certain members of the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) will be blessed with true dreams and visions which will convey to them information concerning the End-Time advent of Imām al-Mahdi (‘alaihi al-Salām). Readers must know however, that information so obtained cannot be objectively verified, and hence that there is no compulsion on any one to accept such information as truth.

This writer has never attempted to use such information in his analysis of events now mysteriously unfolding in the world, and in the Holy Land in particular. Rather he has continuously striven to grasp the ‘system of meaning’ of the subject of the End Times as derived from data located in the Qur’ān andAhadīth of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). He is confident that his students willInsha Allah, continue that effort when he is no longer in this world. His conclusions, based on rational analysis (and intuitive internal insight), must always be qualified with the words Allahu ‘alam (Allah Knows best).


EU’s Ashton Concerned by New Israeli Settlement Plan 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 12:35 AM PST 
BRUSSELS, December 3, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashtonexpressed concern over an Israeli plan to build 3000 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

UN welcomes links with European Union in crisis management 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 12:53 AM PST 
The United Nations peacekeeping chief Friday highlighted the growing level of cooperation between the UN and the European Union in tackling problems springing from many of the world’s hotspots.

Iran says blogger may have died as a result of 'shock'-report 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 02:24 PM PST 
DUBAI, Nov 22 (Reuters) Iran said today a blogger who died while in police custody may have lost his life as a result of a form of shock, the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that investigations were not yet concluded.

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 12:10 PM EST
EU’s Ashton Supports Palestine’s UN Bid 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 05:35 AM PST 
BRUSSELS, November 29, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine AshtonThursday said the EU supports the Palestinian bid to gain a non-member state status at the United Nations and that it was ready to recognize a Palestinian state “when appropriate.”

Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 09:00 PM EST
Gaza conflict shows Israel must "bow" to Palestinian rights: Iran 
reuters.com Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 07:09 AM PST 
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the head of the Hamas government in Gaza on Saturday that eight days of cross-border fighting showed that Israel had no choice but to "bow" to Palestinian rights, according to Iran's IRNA news agency. The Iranian-backed Hamas has basked in what it called a victory against Israel after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Thursday ended ..


Monday, Dec 03, 2012 10:33 PM EST

Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 06:21 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first trip abroad Monday after a two-month hiatus, meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the conflict in Syria.
Russia And Turkey Discuss Syria, Trade And Chekhov’s Loaded Gun 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 05:07 PM PST 
In an attempt to explain his dogged refusal to provoke the Syrian regime, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin borrowed a quote from his late countryman, the legendary playwright Anton Chekhov.
Turkey and Russia at loggerheads over Syrian crisis as rebel forces grow stronger 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 05:05 PM PST 
ANALYSIS:Syrian warplanes yesterday bombed a rebel-held security building near the Turkish border, wounding 11, as Russian president Vladimir Putin said he and Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan disagreed on how to resolve the crisis.
Russia, Turkey Resolve to Find Solution on Syria Crisis 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 01:42 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is working with Turkey to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria - an issue on which the two countries sharply disagree. He made the comment at a news conference in Istanbul during a one-day visit. The crisis in Syria featured prominently in a day of talks between Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Differences over Syria have ...
Putin Reassures Turkey that Syria Is No Threat 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 12:23 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday reassured Turkey that Syria is too busy dealing with its internal conflict to plan any attack on its neighbors.
Erdogan and Putin talk Turkey, Syria and gas 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 12:12 PM PST 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held meetings with Russian President VladimirPutin in Istanbul. Moscow is a major ally of the…
Putin in Turkey for talks on Syria 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 11:34 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin met the Turkish PM on a trip focused on resolving differences over Syria.
Putin warns Turkey over NATO missiles 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 10:43 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the deployment of NATO Patriot missiles near the border with Syria only “exacerbates” the situation.
Russia, Turkey agree to differ over Syria conflict 
reuters.com Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 10:16 AM PST 
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey agreed to differ on Monday on strategies to end Syria's civil war, highlighting how distant the prospects of a negotiated solution to the 20-month-old conflict are. Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a one-day visit to Istanbul aimed partly at ensuring differences over Syria do not damage a ...
In pursuit of his ultimate dream 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 10:06 AM PST 
When President Vladimir Putin visits India later this month there is a good chance some members of the Russian delegation will be wearing suits custom made by Moscow’s premier tailor — Sammy Kotwa...

Iran shuts schools, offices in capital due to high pollution 
reuters.com Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 08:58 AM PST 
DUBAI (Reuters) - Schools, universities and government offices will be closed in Iran's capital Tehran on Tuesday and Wednesday because of high air pollution, the state news agency reported on Monday. Tehran's governor Morteza Tamadon said hospitals and banks would remain open, however, but told residents to avoid unnecessary travel, IRNA news agency reported. Levels of pollution caused mainly ...
Iran says direct talks with US are 'possible' 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 04:23 AM PST 
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says direct talks with the U.S. are "possible" but that any such breakthrough initiative must be approved by the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Monday's comments by Ali Akbar Salehi mark the first clear signal that Iran could consider one-on-one dialogue with Washington. But Salehi's remarks on the official IRNA newsagency did not ...
Virtual Embassies To Be Established For Iranians Living Abroad 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 09:16 PM PST 
TEHRAN, Dec 3 (Bernama) -- Iran is to establish virtual embassies in a number of countries to deal with the consular affairs of Iranian nationals living abroad, Iranian national news agency IRNAreported.

EU says cuts Damascus activities because of security situation 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 04:10 PM PST 
BRUSSELS, Dec 3 (Reuters) The European Union's office in Damascus is cutting back its activities in the Syrian capital to a minimum because of the security situation, an EU official said today.
Euro Trades Near 6-Week High 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 03:54 PM PST 
The euro traded 0.1 percent from a six-week high versus the dollar before European Union finance ministers meet in Brussels today amid optimism the region can find solutions for its debt crisis.
Europe's banking union ambitions under strain 
reuters.com Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 03:31 PM PST 
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers will try to finalise plans to put theEuropean Central Bank in charge of supervising all euro zone banks on Tuesday, but divisions over how ECB oversight will work threaten to undermine one of Europe's boldest reforms. While leaders are agreed that creating a banking union is a sound idea, they cannot agree on how best to structure it, how ...
REFILE-Europe's banking union ambitions under strain 
reuters-ukfocus.com Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 03:31 PM PST 
European Union finance ministerswill try to finalise plans to put the European Central Bank incharge of supervising all euro zone banks on Tuesday, butdivisions over how ECB oversight will work threaten ...
U.K. Backers of Europe Want Business to Speak Up 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 01:03 PM PST 
Those who favor the European Union are frustrated by the silence of business on the E.U.'s commercial benefits, when, in private, company bosses are outspoken about the risks of withdrawal.
Ukrainian actress Anastasia Grishay 'persecuted for starring in porn' fighting for asylum in the EU 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 12:51 PM PST 
Anastasia Grishay, who is known by her screen name Wiska, hopes to become the first porn-star to be granted asylum in the European Union.
US says climate plan on track, EU wants more 
reuters.com Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 12:02 PM PST 
DOHA (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it was on track to meet its own target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a plan many scientists say is still too weak to avert damaging global warming. U.S. envoy Todd Stern defended President Barack Obama's environmental record following renewed criticism from the European Union and other delegates at a climate conference in Doha. ...
Serbian police question billionaire retail tycoon Miskovic 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 12:00 PM PST 
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Billionaire retail tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, one of Serbia's most influential figures, was questioned by police on Monday as part of what the nationalist government says is a drive to root out graft, a key condition for joining the European Union.
David Cameron shuns European Union Nobel prize ceremony to placate eurosceptics 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 11:45 AM PST 
David Cameron will stay away from the ceremony at which the European Union will receive the Nobel Peace Prize next Monday in an attempt to placate Conservative Eurosceptics.
EU Will Miss January Deadline to Implement Basel Overhaul 
Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 10:54 AM PST 
The European Union said it will join the U.S. in missing next month’s deadline to legally implement an overhaul of Basel bank rules, as EU debate drags on over issues including banker bonuses, liquidity rules and leverage limits.

Monday, Dec 03, 2012 04:10 PM EST
EU says cuts Damascus activities because of security situation 
reuters.com Mon, 03 Dec, 2012 11:21 AM PST 
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's office in Damascus is cutting back its activities in the Syrian capital to a minimum because of the security situation, an EU official said on Monday. "The EU delegation has decided to reduce activities in Damascus to a minimum level due to the current security conditions," a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in response to a ...

Sunday, Dec 02, 2012 10:33 PM EST
EU urges Israel to annul massive settlement plan 
afp_news_xe Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 04:14 AM PST 
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Sunday urged Israel to annul plans to build 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying it would be "an obstacle to peace".

Putin to discuss Syria in Turkey 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 06:08 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the Syria conflict, which has strained bilateral relations.
Russia may soften religion law over Putin concerns 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 04:51 PM PST 
MOSCOW, Dec 3 – Russian lawmakers are reworking a draft law introducing prison terms for religious offences after signs that Vladimir Putin is concerned it could undermine the delicate balance between the country’s many religions. The president’s party proposed the law after two members of the Pussy Riot punk band were jailed for two years over a ...
Putin Visits Turkey as Syrian Crisis Risks Ensnaring Trade Ties 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 12:20 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin embarks on his first foreign trip in two months with a visit to Turkey, trying to shield growing trade ties from a widening rift over the Syrian conflict.

EU, US officials to meet over Google anti-trust case 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 11:59 AM PST 
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that "people familiar with the matter" have confirmed an upcoming meeting between U.S. and European Union officials regarding both independent anti-trust investigations into Google. The source, an EU official according to The Wall Street Journal, said that Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), would be spending time with EU ...
India controls carbon emission growth 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 11:54 AM PST 
Ahead of UN Climate Summit in Doha, a new research published today has come up with its data which says India has managed to control carbon emissions in comparison to other economies like China, the US and European Union (EU), the biggest polluters during the year.
Brussels finds way to cover part of the funding gap 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 10:47 AM PST 
The funding gap created by the extension of the Greek fiscal streamlining program by two years will be partly covered by cutting some 3 billion euros’ worth of funds from the European Union-subsidized National Strategic Reference Framework.
Computer upgrade should do it at BOC 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 07:49 AM PST 
Despite a P435-million grant from the European Union (EU) in 2008 and $10 million in aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) in 2009 to put up an information technology (IT) system, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) continues to be plagued by the “recurring problems of computer network slowdown and downtime,” adversely affecting agency operations.
EADS announces up to 850 job cuts in defence arm 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 05:15 AM PST 
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2012 European aerospace group EADS, which controls Airbus, said on Friday that it would shed up to 850 jobs through voluntary departures in a restructuring of its defence and security arm Cassidian. The objective, announced in September, is to increase competitiveness with annual economies of at least 200 million euros ($260 million) per year by 2014. Trade unionsources said ...
Soccer stars protest Israel hosting u-21's 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 05:01 AM PST 
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Soccer stars have signed a petition protesting a decision by the Union of European Football Associations to stage the under-21 championship in Israel.
';Hard' for Spain to reach 2012 deficit target 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 04:54 AM PST 
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday it will be "very complicated" to meet Spain's 2012 public deficit goal of 6.3 percent of gross domestic product in agreement with the European Union.
Spain hints it may not reach 2012 public deficit goal 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 04:27 AM PST 
MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in remarks published Sunday it would be difficult to meet the goal of cutting the public deficit to 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product this year in line with European Union demands.
Rajoy says 'hard' for Spain to reach deficit goal 
yahoo Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 03:52 AM PST 
MADRID (AFP) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in remarks published Sunday it would be difficult to meet the goal of cutting the public deficit to 6.3 percent of gross domestic product this year in line with European Union demands.
Switzerland poised to keep EU at arms’ length 
Sun, 02 Dec, 2012 02:16 AM PST 
Twenty years ago, the country was divided over joining the European Economic Area (EEA). Today the outcome would be different, experts say. Considering Switzerland’s close ties with theEuropean Union, it makes for a complicated relationship.

Saturday, Dec 01, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Putin Congratulates Mexican President on Taking Office 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 03:11 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Enrique Pena Nieto on officially taking office as Mexican president on Saturday, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
Reuters People News Summary 
reuters_news_xe Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 12:58 PM PST 
Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Putin aide denies Russian president has health problems TOKYO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin is in good health,his chief of staff said on Friday after Japanese media saidPrime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had postponed a visit to Moscownext month because the Russian president had a health problem.A former KGB officer who enjoys vast authority ...
Russia says West pushing democracy with ‘iron and blood’ 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 07:20 AM PST 
MOSCOW, Dec 1 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western states on Saturday of trying to advance democracy abroad through "iron and blood", defending Moscow's refusal to join nations seeking the exit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Echoing comments made byVladimir Putin, Lavrov made his sharply-worded address to a foreign and ...
President Obama looks forward to “experiencing the warmth of the people of Fermanagh” during the G8 Summit 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 06:44 AM PST 
The president will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putinamong other world leaders for the G8 Summit at the upscale Lough Erne Resort in June, 2013.
Shaikh Khalifa greeted on N-Day 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 09:39 PM PST 
The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a congratulatory cable from Russian PresidentVladimir Putin on the UAE’s 41st National Day.
‘Russia riot plot aided from abroad’ 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 08:45 PM PST 
Moscow says it has found new evidence that proves anti President Vladimir Putin activists have been involved in a riot plot to overthrow the Russian government with the help of foreigners.
Stars head to Morocco for Marrakech International Film Festival 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 08:41 PM PST 
Just after we’d heard Russian president Vladimir Putin was spotted in Marrakech for an on-the-down-low wedding of his daughter Yekaterina, a host of Hollywood...

Iran president reshuffles controversial aides 
afp_news_xe Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 12:30 PM PST 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shifted two of controversial aides into new jobs on Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported.
IRNA Sets Guidelines For Survival Of OANA In Tokyo 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 12:30 AM PST 
TOKYO, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Deputy Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency(IRNA), Gholam-Hossein Eslamifard, during his speech at the 34th executive board meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) in Tokyo gave several proposals for OANA survival.

More ERASMUS Mundus scholarships for Moldovans as of 2013 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 01:16 PM PST 
Master students from Moldova will have more possibilities to study an exchange semester in theEuropean Union after the European Commission adopted a new support package for higher education in the European Neighborhood. Some 228 scholarships will be granted through ERASMUS Mundus program to students studying in Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries to attend Master courses in the EU ...
Eurozone unemployment hits another record high 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 12:11 PM PST 
LONDON (AP) - Another month, another record unemployment rate for the economy of the 17European Union countries that use the euro.
EU presidency to focus on jobless 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 09:43 AM PST 
Helping unemployed young people into jobs will be at the heart of Irish efforts during the country's presidency of the European Union, social protection minister Joan Burton said. Related Stories Why a load of old balls could be worth €400,000: Divers search Donegal lake for Old Tom Morris golf treasure Load of old balls could be worth €400,000: Divers search Donegal lake for Old Tom Morris golf ...
";The euro is a currency with a state" - ECB's Coeure 
reuters.com Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 05:41 AM PST 
PARIS (Reuters) - European Central Bank policymaker Benoit Coeure urged euro zone governments on Saturday to forge a closer political union, arguing "the euro is a currency with a state" whose ...
";The euro is a currency with a state", says ECB's Coeure 
reuters.ca Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 05:41 AM PST 
European Central Bank policymaker Benoit Coeure urged euro zone governments on Saturday to forge a closer political union, arguing "the euro is a currency with a state" whose branches of government ...
European Commission and FC Barcelona launch 'Quit smoking with Barça' 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 04:05 AM PST 
The Union of Cabin Crew has registered an industrial dispute due to multiple roster irregularities that go against their collective agreement. From today, smokers across Europe will be able to ‘Quit Smoking with Barça’ as a unique public health programme goes live.
Rise of the “new right” in the countries of the European Union: anti-Semitism and ûdofobiâ in Hungary 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 02:59 AM PST 
Problem recovery “new rights” in a climate of crisis in the EU enough lively discussion in Europeanand transnational media. Now pay attention first of all to those who got in the legislature: it is a “Freedom Party” Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, the “true Finns” party Timo Sojni in Finland, party Hrisi avgi “in Greece and finally party Jobbik Gabor Won in Hungary.
Sponsored by 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 02:51 AM PST 
Plans to invest public money into faster and more reliable broadband for Lincolnshire have been approved by the European Union.
Third Energy Package Could Spark Shortages Warns Russia 
Sat, 01 Dec, 2012 01:26 AM PST 
The European Union's implementation of the Third Energy Package could lead to a deficit of energy resources in Europe, Presidential Administration head Sergei Ivanov warned on Saturday.
Friday, Nov 30, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Russian he-man Vladimir Putin apparently trying to hide an injury 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 07:25 PM PST 
Along with canceled visits, there are rumors and reports that Russian President Vladimir Putinhas a back problem. His spokesman denies all. MOSCOW — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda canceled a trip to Russia expected in mid-December, citing the health of famously toughRussian President Vladimir Putin, officials said Friday.
Putin aide denies Russian president has health problems 
reuters.com Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 07:23 PM PST 
TOKYO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin is in good health, his chief of staff said on Friday after Japanese media said Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had postponed a visit to Moscow next month because the Russian president had a health problem. A former KGB officer who enjoys vast authority in Russia, Putin has long cultivated a tough-guy image, and health issues could damage that. His condition ...
Russia court bans band video 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 06:00 PM PST 
MOSCOW -- A Russian court ruled Thursday that video footage of the Pussy Riot punk group protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a church was "extremist" and should be removed from websites.
Putin in good health - aide 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 04:57 PM PST 
Vladimir Putin is in good health, his chief of staff has said, after Japanese media said prime minister Yoshihiko Noda had postponed a visit to Moscow next month because the Russianpresident had a health problem.
Moscow ready to rise above Syria discord with Turkey 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 02:50 PM PST 
Russia said Friday it was willing to set aside differences with Turkey ahead of talks betweenRussian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish officials that will focus on Syria.
What's happened to action man? Vladimir Putin forced to play down health rumours 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 02:17 PM PST 
Vladimir Putin's spinal cord has become the hottest political topic in Russia in recent weeks, as Kremlin watchers and analysts play a guessing game over the extent of a back injury suffered by the Russian President. Related Stories Patrick Edlinger: The highs and lows of France’s pioneering rock god The multi-million-pound countdown to threat of nationalising Mittal's French steel works ...
Reuters People News Summary 
reuters_news_xe Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 12:58 PM PST 
Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Putin aide denies Russian president has health problems TOKYO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin is in good health,his chief of staff said on Friday after Japanese media saidPrime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had postponed a visit to Moscownext month because the Russian president had a health problem.A former KGB officer who enjoys vast authority ...
UPDATE 1-Putin aide denies Russian president has health problems 
reuters_news_xe Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 11:43 AM PST 
Putin's chief of staff says Russian leader in good health * Kremlin calls public discussion of possible visit dates"unethical" * Russia denies visit had been set for December TOKYO/MOSCOW, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin is in goodhealth, his chief of staff said on Friday after Japanese mediasaid Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had postponed a visit toMoscow next month because theRussian ...
Putin's Turkey Visit Could Smooth Syria Relations 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 11:18 AM PST 
Russian President Vladmir Putin is scheduled to visit Turkey on December 3. The visit comes as the two countries remain at odds over Syria, with Moscow supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Ankara the Syrian rebels. Despite such differences, trade is continuing to grow between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be hosted by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...
Russia says has new evidence against opposition leader 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 10:05 AM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian detectives said on Friday they had new evidence in the investigation into an outspoken Kremlin opponent and his associates who allegedly sought to stir mass disorder and overthrow President Vladimir Putin's government. Related Stories Kuwaitis vote in poll hit by opposition boycott, protests Three contractors killed at Penoles mine in Mexico Brazil economy surprisingly ...

Central Asia: Human Rights Take Back Seat During EU Envoy’s Visit 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 02:48 PM PST 
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has wound up a four-day trip to Central Asia, where she focused on security, energy and trade. The visit disappointed campaigners who hoped for stronger public statements about what they say are serious human rights abuses in the region. New York-based Human Rights Watch had urged Ashton to “publicly call for the release of wrongfully 

Leave "fairy world" behind, Draghi tells euro zone 
reuters.com Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 03:50 PM PST 
PARIS (Reuters) - The euro zone's crisis is far from over and its members must tighten budgets and forge a banking union to leave behind the "fairy world" that allowed problems to grow, EuropeanCentral Bank President Mario Draghi said on Friday. Draghi's call for reform was echoed by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who said implementing a banking union with powers to ...
Anti-Europe Party Makes Gains in British By-Elections 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 03:48 PM PST 
The U.K. Independence Party, which wants Britain to quit the European Union, made spectacular gains in three elections this week, adding more pressure to Prime Minister David Cameron.
Europe Joins Free Internet Chorus 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 03:04 PM PST 
The European Union announced on Friday that it would oppose attempts to increase regulation of the Internet at a United Nations conference that will take place next week in Dubai. This move comes as some countries have called for tighter rules on Web service providers and phone operators. The International Telecommunications Union, an agency within the United Nations, is hosting the event.
EXTRA: Moody's: Negative outlook on downgraded eurozone rescue funds Eds: Includes both bailout funds 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 03:04 PM PST 
Frankfurt (dpa) - The ratings agency Moody‘s put a negative outlook on the eurozone‘s bailout funds along with a bond-rating downgrade issued late Friday in Frankfurt.The European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which was inaugurated on October 8 as the eurozone‘s permanent rescue fund after a lengthy planning and approval process within the European Union, was downgraded by Moody‘s from Aaa to Aa1 ...
Central Asia: Human Rights Take Back Seat During EU Envoy’s Visit 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 02:48 PM PST 
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has wound up a four-day trip to Central Asia, where she focused on security, energy and trade. The visit disappointed campaigners who hoped for stronger public statements about what they say are serious human rights abuses in the region. New York-based Human Rights Watch had urged Ashton to “publicly call for the release of wrongfully ...
Eurozone unemployment hits another record 
npc-news.kansascity.com Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 02:34 PM PST 
Another month, another record unemployment rate for the economy of the 17 European Unioncountries that use the euro.
Tutu, Nobel laureates protest EU’s prize award 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 02:00 PM PST 
STOCKHOLM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace laureates have written to the foundation in protest at the decision to award the 2012 prize to the European Union.
China, EU protect each others' asparagus and ham 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 01:54 PM PST 
Your "Dongshan Bai Lu Sun" asparagus for my "Prosciutto di Parma" ham: a deal between China and the European Union to protect each others' 10 famous foods came to fruition Friday.
UPS Offers Regulators Concessions on TNT Bid 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 01:33 PM PST 
United Parcel Service Inc. says it has offered the European Union’s regulatory watchdog some concessions in its proposed €5.16 million ($6....
Eurozone jobless total hits new high 
Fri, 30 Nov, 2012 01:23 PM PST 
Figures released by the European Union's statistics office today showed that the recession in the eurozone pushed unemployment up to a record 11.7 per cent in October.
Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Russian court bans 'extremist' Pussy Riot video 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 04:24 PM PST 
MOSCOW: A Russian court ruled on Thursday that video footage of the Pussy Riot punk group protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a church was "extremist" and said it should be removed from websites.
Russian court bans Pussy Riot web video 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 04:19 PM PST 
RUSSIAN court has ruled that video footage of the Pussy Riot punk group protesting againstpresident Vladimir Putin in a church was “extremist” and should be removed from 
websites.
Putin: the Ministry for the development of the far East fell short of the destination 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 09:58 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the State Council Presidium on November 29 criticized the Ministry for the development of the far East, led by Plenipotentiary Representative in the far eastern Federal District Viktor Ivaševym.
Pussy Riot protest video banned by Russian court 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 09:26 AM PST 
A Moscow court has branded the much-circulated video of Pussy Riot's punk music protest againstRussian President Vladimir Putin as extremist and ordered it removed from websites.
Here’s the ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot video a Russian court wants banned from the web 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 08:57 AM PST 
A court ruled that video footage of the punk group protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a church was "extremist" and should be removed from websites
Court bans 'extremist' Pussy Riot video 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 08:11 AM PST 
Russian court has ruled that video footage of the Pussy Riot punk group protesting againstPresident Vladimir Putin in a church is "extremist" and says it should be removed from websites.
Putin Ready to Revive Russia’s Far East Mega Plan 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 07:38 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was ready to rejuvinate government plans to create a mega state corporation to develop Russia’s depressed eastern Siberia and Far East.
Approval of Putin, Medvedev in decline 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 06:46 AM PST 
MOSCOW, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Public approval ratings for Russia President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are in steady decline, a Russian polling company said.
UPDATE 1-Russian court bans "extremist" Pussy Riot video 
reuters_news_xe Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 05:44 AM PST 
* Moscow court rules footage should be removed from websites * Pussy Riot member calls ruling "censorship of culture" MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) - A Russian court ruled on Thursdaythat video footage of the Pussy Riot punk group protestingagainst President Vladimir Putin in a church was "extremist" andshould be removed from websites. The demonstration last February offended many RussianOrthodox ...
Russian inmate's beating puts spotlight on police brutality 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 05:32 AM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three prison guards have been detained for beating up an inmate in a case that highlights Russia's failure to stamp out brutality by law enforcement officers more than a decade after Vladimir Putin rose to power. Related Stories Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush stable in hospital Qatar, Arab Spring sponsor, jails poet for life Tunisia says opposition inciting protests ...

Desmond Tutu rejects Nobel Peace Prize for EU 
afp.news.za Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 04:09 PM PST 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace laureates have written to the foundation in protest at the decision to award the 2012 prize to the European Union.
European Union OKs Free-Trade Talks with Japan 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 04:04 PM PST 
Trade ministers pledge to protect struggling automakers "We now have a clear mandate, confirmed by all the member states," said Europe's Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht after ministers gave the European Commission a green light to open talks on a free trade deal, or FTA, which could take several years to negotiate. read more
Dutch PM says a country should be able to exit euro 
yahoo Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 03:58 PM PST 
BERLIN (Reuters) - A country should be allowed to leave the euro zone if it so wishes without having to quit the European Union as well, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was quoted by a German newspape...
Government cuts meant to reduce budget deficit 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 03:24 PM PST 
ZAGREB, Nov 29 (Reuters) Croatia's teachers and nurses staged a one-day strike today, the first major protest against austerity measures in the country that will join the European Union next year.
US-EU pact would help competitiveness, security: Clinton 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 03:07 PM PST 
November 30, 2012 6:44 AM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A trade agreement between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) would increase prosperity and security on both sides of the Atlantic at a time of rising global challenges, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.
Map: How Europe voted on Palestine at the U.N., in 2011 and now 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 02:57 PM PST 
The United Nations General Assembly voted today to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to a "non-member observer state," a symbolic victory in the Palestinian quest for statehood. The vote was overwhelming, with 138 in favor, nine against, and 41 abstentions . Most of the votes, including the United States' "no," were unsurprising. One important story here is in Europe: The EuropeanUnion's 27 ...
EU 'very close' to an 'ambitious' trade deal with Canada 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 02:55 PM PST 
The European Union is "very close" to an "ambitious" free-trade deal with Canada, its trade commissioner said Thursday, with negotiations still seemingly needed on agriculture and investor protections.
R200m biogas boost expected for BCM 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 02:20 PM PST 
BUFFALO CITY is to get a R200-million biogas refinery expected to create 470 jobs. A partnership with European companies and government agencies was announced at the inaugural Eastern Cape-European Union Renewable Energy conference in East London yesterday.
Politics › EU agrees to free trade talks with Japan; autos likely to be thorny issue 
Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 02:16 PM PST 
European Union trade ministers agreed Thursday to launch negotiations on a mega-sized free trade deal with Japan while pledging to safeguard Europe's struggling carmakers. "We now have a clear mandate, confirmed by all the member states," said Europe's Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht after ministers gave the European Commission a…

Thu, 29 Nov, 2012 01:50 PM PST 
European Parliament president Martin Schultz said finalising the euro zone banking union would be a “burden for the Irish presidency” when he met Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore in Dublin today.

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Union-with or without a Turkey: experts comment on 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:28 PM PST 
Eurasian Union-an ambitious project that continues to maintain a leading position in the mainstream of the post-Soviet space. For the first time voiced by acting Russian President Vladimir Putin, the idea has become the subject of heated debate among political scientists and experts.
Middle East Online 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 09:32 AM PST 
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey on Monday, his first foreign trip since October, to discuss relations and the situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin said.
Vladimir Putin Injures Spine in Judo Bout 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 09:24 AM PST 
According to the President of Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back injury is not from old age, he simply hurt his spine in a judo bout. Vladimir Putin is…the most interesting man in Russia. …
Putin set to visit Turkey after break in travel 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 08:40 AM PST 
The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey next week, a trip that follows an unusual break in the Russian president's travel that has fueled speculation about his health.
Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, SportsPutin set to visit Turkey after break in travel 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 08:26 AM PST 
MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey next week, a trip that follows an unusual break in the Russian president's travel that has fueled speculation about his health.
In Russia, Pro-Putin Youths Protest Mormons As 'Cult' 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 02:36 AM PST 
Young supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin have staged several protests this month outside Mormon meeting houses, claiming that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an "authoritarian sect" with connections to the CIA and FBI. The protesters are members of the Young Guard, a youth organization of Putin's United Russia Party. They insist their actions have nothing to do ...
VIDEO: Is the man of action out of action? 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:58 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has injured his back during a judo contest, according to the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko

Iran Refuels Nuclear Plant 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:43 PM PST 
The Bushehr nuclear power plant has been refueled and is ready to resume operations, the IRNAnews agency reported on Wednesday.

Luiz Adriano of FC Shakhtar Donetsk suspended for unsportsmanlike goal 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 03:36 PM PST 
Luiz Adriano, a striker for Ukranian FC Shakhtar Donetsk, has been suspended one game by theUnion of European Football Association for scoring an unsportsmanlike goal during a Nov. 20 Champions League game in Copenhagen against Nordsjaelland of Denmark, according to the UEFA website , which says he is being ”charged with violation of the principles of conduct.”
Blueprint for a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 03:26 PM PST 
The European Commission adopted on 28 November a Blueprint for a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union, which provides a vision for a strong and stable architecture in the financial, fiscal, economic and political domains.
Spain, EU Announce €37 Billion Rescue of Banking System 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 03:03 PM PST 
Out of the € 37 billion that the Bank of Spain announced Wednesday would be transferred to prop up the ailing Spanish banking system, it appears that, ironically, the most complicated discussions were about the first € 1. Both the Spanish central bank and the European Union announced Wednesday the details of the financial sector rescue, which will transfer € 17.96 billion to troubled Bankia S.A ...
Housing market contracting at alarming rate 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 03:02 PM PST 
The housing market has completely changed compared to what it looked like three years ago as a result of the intensity of the economic crisis, the widespread decline in incomes and the soaring of property taxes to above the European Union average.
Sanctions On Iran: How Washington Can End The Game Of 'Catch Me If You Can' 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 02:16 PM PST 
The reactor building at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 kms south of Tehran. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) By Emanuele Ottolenghi and Mark Dubowitz Since the European Union announced a new round of sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program last October, it has enacted new measures and an [...]
Scottish Government told there should be referendum on EU future 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 02:10 PM PST 
Two former SNP heavyweights have urged their party to clarify what the European Union would demand for an independent Scotland to join — and that a referendum should be held to let Scots decide if they even want to join.
Obama's bill signing puts spotlight on ICAO and on whether U.S. will drive agreement to cut aviation pollution 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:58 PM PST 
By Jennifer Andreassen President Barack Obama yesterday signed into law Senate bill 1956, theEuropean Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011. The new law, as we've covered before , authorizes — but does not require — the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit airlines from participating in the European Union's anti-pollution law . If it were ranked as a country, the aviation ...
West could arm Syrian rebels within months after Britain wins diplomatic battle 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:45 PM PST 
Britain has given a "clear signal" that the West is ready to arm Syrian rebels within months, after winning a diplomatic battle to ensure that a European Union ban on arming opposition fighters is reviewed early next year.
Writing From Athens, Epicenter of the Euro's Existential Crisis 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:16 PM PST 
Leaders of the European Union failed to reach a unanimous agreement last Friday on a new seven-year, $1.3 trillion budget for their collective government. Adoption of a new budget faces uncompromising hurdles. It must have unanimous support, rendering adoption impossible in the US context.
European Commission lays out eurozone blueprint 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 01:11 PM PST 
The European Union's executive wants to allow the 17 eurozone member states to move faster toward economic integration than the broader 27-nation EU bloc. Germany, however, opposes the plan.

A tricky tour 
Wed, 28 Nov, 2012 09:58 AM PST 
During a visit to the Caucasus this June, the EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, was due to meet a group of representatives of Armenia's civil society. In the event, six hours was not enough for her visit to Yerevan.

The EU delegation at the meeting in Bishkek called for a high-level dialogue on security in Central Asia 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 09:28 AM PST 
November 27, 2012 year in Bishkek held an inter-regional meeting “European Union-Central Asia”. As was reported at the Foreign Ministry, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the EUHigh Representative for Foreign Affairs and security policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, was attended by Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan ...

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Russian Cossacks test their powers in Moscow street patrol 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 04:05 PM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - By tradition, Cossacks protected Russia's borderlands, but on Tuesday descendants of the Tsarist warrior caste patrolled a patch of central Moscow as part of a resurgence encouraged by President Vladimir Putin.
Russian Cossacks test powers in Moscow patrol 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:24 PM PST 
By tradition, Cossacks protected Russia's borderlands, but descendants of the Tsarist warrior caste have patrolled a patch of central Moscow as part of a resurgence encouraged by PresidentVladimir Putin. read more
Russian Cossacks return as part of Putin’s Moscow street patrol 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:07 PM PST 
By tradition, Cossacks protected Russia’s borderlands, but on Tuesday descendants of the Tsarist warrior caste patrolled a patch of central Moscow as part of a resurgence encouraged byPresident Vladimir Putin
Putin injured spine in judo bout - Belarus leader 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 08:50 AM PST 
MINSK (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.
Making the most of Russia's European prospects 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 07:43 AM PST 
In 1966, French President Charles de Gaulle's vision of a Europe "that stretched from the Atlantic to the Urals" was provocative. Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin has advanced an even more ambitious goal: "a common market stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific." In the race toward globalization, the stakes are high for both Russia and Europe. If Russia continues on its current path ...
Vladimir Putin injured spine in judo bout, Belarus president says 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 06:27 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin's back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.
Lukashenko: Putin injured spine in judo bout 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 06:25 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin's back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus. © AP MINSK - Russian President VladimirPutin's back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus.
VIDEO: Putin warns against terrorism 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 01:43 AM PST 
The Russian PresidentVladimir Putin, has warned against "terrorists who aim to spread fear and mutual hatred."

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 07:12 PM EST
Administration signals support for global efforts to cut aviation pollution, rendering bill to stymie European climate ... 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:43 PM PST 
Statement from leading environmental groups on President Obama's signing of S.1956, EuropeanUnion Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 EDF, WWF, Earthjustice and NRDC respond to President Obama's signing of S.1956 Tue, 2012-11-27 Contact:  Jennifer Andreassen, 202-572-3387, jandreassen@edf.org “WWF called for a veto of this bill and we are disappointed that it passed. However ...
Obama signs bill enabling US airlines to skirt EU ETS 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:39 PM PST 
US President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation that enables the country’s transportation secretary to “prohibit” US airlines from participating in the European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Polish court bans ritual animal slaughter, EU gives go-ahead 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:36 PM PST 
November 28, 2012 5:56 AM WARSAW (AFP) - Poland's top court on Tuesday ruled that the ritual slaughter of animals, a key tenet of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, was illegal, but the government insisted that new European Union rules would still allow the practice.
OTTAWA — The European Union wants Canada to agree to compensate Europeancompanies for any losses that stem from ... 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:29 PM PST 
OTTAWA — Vancouver MP Joyce Murray is joining the federal Liberal leadership contest with a daring call for co-operation with other progressive parties in the next election to ensure defeat of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Murray...
Euro sags after new Greek debt deal sealed 
afpsg.com Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 03:17 PM PST 
The euro fell against the dollar Tuesday following a week of gains after the European Union and IMF reached agreement on recasting Greece's bailout to avert a looming default. But the dollar's gains were ...
Obama Signs Bill to Protect US Airlines From EU Carbon Tax 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 02:42 PM PST 
President Obama today signed into law the bill S. 1956 , the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011, signifying to the European Union that the imposition of a unilateral tax scheme on the U.S. civil aviation industry will not be tolerated.
New EU rules on credit agencies 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 02:11 PM PST 
European Union countries and the European Parliament agreed today to introduce limited controls on credit ratings agencies after their judgment was called into question in the debt crisis.
EU agrees new controls for credit rating agencies 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 01:18 PM PST 
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries and the bloc's parliament agreed on Tuesday to introduce limited controls on credit ratings agencies after their judgment was called into question in the debt crisis.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation that disallows U.S. airlines from participating in the European Union's ... 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 01:16 PM PST 
Specifically, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 states that "the Secretary of Transportation shall prohibit an operator of a civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the emissions trading scheme unilaterally established by the European Union."
EU Carbon Permits Stable as Nations Prepare to Discuss Glut Fix 
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012 01:05 PM PST 
European Union carbon permits were little changed, giving up earlier losses as nations prepare to resume talks in two days on a stop-gap plan to tackle a glut, according to an EU document.

Ashton urges Central Asian states to do more to strengthen regional security 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 11:55 PM PST 
The European Union remains adherent to the strategy of cooperation with Central Asian countries, said the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy CatherineAshton.
EU lifting asset freeze on Egyptian, Tunisian funds 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 10:45 PM PST 
"The EU will spare no effort to help return this money to the people of these two countries,"Catherine Ashton said.

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Warm Indian welcome to Putin next month : Envoy 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 04:24 PM PST 
Moscow, Nov 26 (UNI) India is preparing for a warm welcome to Russian President Vladimir Putinduring his visit to New Delhi, for the regular annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in December, its envoy said.
Analysis: Russia and Europe must cast aside mutual distrust for future prosperity 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 04:08 PM PST 
Charles de Gaulle’s vision of a Europe “that stretched from the Atlantic to the Urals” was provocative. Today, Russian president Vladimir Putin has advanced an even more ambitious goal: “a common market stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”
Dmitry Medvedev refuses to rule out return to Kremlin 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 12:45 AM PST 
Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, is not ruling out a return to the Kremlin after his single term as president, but claims he is happy working under mentor Vladimir Putin.
Putin condoles Bangladesh factory tragedy 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 09:23 PM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday expressed his condolences to his Bangladeshi counterpart Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over a fire at a clothes factory that claimed the lives of over 100 people.

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 07:12 PM EST
Euro officials reach deal to reduce Greek debt 
ap.org Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 04:07 PM PST 
European Union official tells The Associated Press that a deal has been reached under which Greece's debt would be reduced to 124 percent of GDP by 2020.
UK urged to back Palestinian statehood 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 03:49 PM PST 
Palestinian envoy to the European Union says Britain has a "historic responsibility" to support a United Nations (UN) statehood bid for Palestine in the General Assembly.
Japan Stock Futures Little Changed as Greece Meeting Continues 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 03:47 PM PST 
Japanese stock futures were little changed as investors awaited indications that European Unionfinance ministers have made progress on providing aid for Greece at their third meeting this month. CSL Ltd. led gains among Australian equities.
EU seeks stiff rules on free trade deal 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 03:45 PM PST 
OTTAWA — The European Union wants Canada to agree to compensate European companies for any losses that stem from changes to health, environment or safety rules in Canada, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press.
EU wants investor compensation for Canada’s health and environment policies 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 03:35 PM PST 
The European Union wants Canada to agree to compensate European companies for any losses that stem from changes to health, environment or safety rules in Canada, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press.
Hungary Set to Lower Rates Further as Recession Trumps Inflation 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 03:29 PM PST 
Hungary’s central bank will probably cut its main interest rate for a fourth month as a deepening recession outweighs the European Union’s fastest inflation and a credit-rating downgrade.
Euro officials seek way to unlock Greek crisis 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 02:34 PM PST 
BRUSSELS (AP) - Finance ministers from the 17 European Union countries that use the euro were trying to hammer out a deal late Monday on the next installment of bailout money for struggling Greece.
Rugby Union: Timani facing striking charge 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 02:16 PM PST 
Sitaleki Timani is in doubt for Australia's final European Tour game after being cited for striking an Italian player on Saturday.
LEAD: Europe's biggest steelworks to close in long-running legal saga Eds: Adds government calling crisis meeting ... 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 02:04 PM PST 
Rome (dpa) - Italy‘s Riva Group said Monday it was shutting down its Ilva steelworks in Taranto, in the latest twist of a legal battle that has been fought for months over the future of the southern Italian plant, which is Europe‘s biggest.Ilva employs about 13,000 people in a high-unemployment area, but is accused of operating in serious breach of European Union environmental rules, which Riva ...
EU wants investor compensation for health and environment policies: documents 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 01:20 PM PST 
OTTAWA - The European Union wants Canada to agree to compensate European companies for any losses that stem from changes to health, environment or safety rules in Canada, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press. A recent draft of the investment chapter of the broad free-trade

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 04:10 PM EST
Mikhail Saakashvili met with Catherine Ashton (Georgia) 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 12:59 PM PST 
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on November 26 had a meeting with the Eu High Representative for the common foreign and security policy Catherine Ashton.
The EU welcomes Georgia for talks on participation in civilian crisis management operations 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 12:59 PM PST 
The EU officially invites Georgia to negotiations for a framework agreement on the participation in EU crisis management operations. About it at a briefing in Tbilisi told EU High Representative for the common foreign and security policy Catherine Ashton.
The EU calls on the Georgian authorities not to allow selective justice 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 12:58 PM PST 
EU High Representative for the common foreign and security policy Catherine Ashton considers that investigation of all past misdemeanours should be transparent, impartial and relevant law.
Ashton llama a las autoridades georgianas a no recurrir a la "justicia electoral" 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 12:18 PM PST 
La jefa de la diplomacia de la Unión Europea, Catherine Ashton, llamó hoy a las nuevas autoridades georgianas a no recurrir a la "justicia electoral" en relación con sus oponentes políticos.
La jefa de la diplomacia europea inicia mañana una gira por Asia Central 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 12:18 PM PST 
La jefa de la diplomacia europea, Catherine Ashton, visitará esta semana Kirguizistán, Uzbekistán, Tayikistán y Kazajistán dentro de una gira por Asia Central para tratar de estrechar relaciones con una zona en la que Europa tiene un gran interés, sobre todo en el ámbito de la energía.
The Saakashvili-Ivanshvili tandem 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 11:13 AM PST 
Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, was in Georgia today for meetings with the country's freshly minted prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, and its long-standing president, Mikheil Saakashvili.
Gruzija neatsisakys savo tikslo integruotis į ES ir NATO 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 09:33 AM PST 
ELTA ir lrytas.lt inf. 2012-11-26 19:19 Gruzija „nė už ką nepakeis savo strategijos integruotis į ES ir NATO”. Tai pirmadienį Tbilisyje po susitikimo su ES diplomatijos vadove Catherine Ashtonpareiškė Gruzijos premjeras Bidzina Ivanišvilis.
M.O./ Terzi ad Ashton: Riattivare missione Ue a confine Gaza 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 09:10 AM PST 
Roma, 26 nov. (TMNews) - Il ministro degli Esteri, Giulio Terzi, ha formalizzato questa mattina all'Alto Rappresentante Ue per la Politica estera Catherine Ashton e agli Stati membri dell'Unione Europea la proposta italiana per una rapida riattivazione della missione doganale europea ai confini…
Georgia/ Ashton avverte nuovo governo: No a vendette politiche 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 09:10 AM PST 
Tbilisi, 26 nov. (TMNews) - Monito Ue al nuovo governo georgiano: "non ci dovrebbe essere giustizia selettiva, non si dovrebbe incassare a scapito dei rivali politici", ha dichiarato oggi CatherineAshton, in visita a Tbilisi. L'Alto rappresentante dell'Unione europea per la politica estera si è…

EU Foreign Policy Chief Visits Tbilisi 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 03:37 AM PST 
EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, arrived in Georgia on November 26, where she will stay for few hours to meet with President Saakashvili and PM Bidzina Ivanishvili, before heading to Central Asia.
Déclaration de Catherine Ashton 
Mon, 26 Nov, 2012 01:11 AM PST 
“Chaque jour, des femmes de tous horizons sont victimes d’actes de violence et de pratiques abusives. Dans le monde, 7 femmes sur 10 auraient subi des violences physiques au moins une fois dans leur vie

Putin condoles Bangladesh factory tragedy 
ians_news_xe Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 06:48 AM PST 
Moscow, Nov 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday expressed his condolences to his Bangladeshi counterpart Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over a fire at a clothes factory that claimed the lives of over 100 people.
Putin sent condolences to President of Bangladesh 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 06:28 AM PST 
Condolences to President Zilluru Rahman and the Prime Minister Of Bangladesh Sheikh Sheikh Hasina, the tragedy at the garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, which claimed the lives of over 100 people, has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25. Correspondent BakuToday the press service of the Kremlin.
Putin Sends Condolences to Bangladesh Over Clothes Factory Tragedy 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 02:56 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over a fire at a clothes factory that claimed the lives of over 100 people, the Kremlin press office reported on Sunday.

Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 07:12 PM EST
Spain to Ask EU for Up to €42.5 Billion for Banks 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 04:09 PM PST 
The Spanish government will ask the European Union for a bailout of between 40 billion euros ($51.9 billion) and €42.5 billion for its banking sector, reports El Pais in its Monday Internet edition, citing government sources confirming these figures.
Tony Blair's passionate plea: we must stay at heart of EU – or face disaster 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 03:52 PM PST 
Former prime minister joins fight with Eurosceptics and says Brussels must promote 'grand plan' about its purpose Tony Blair will make an impassioned intervention in the debate over Britain's future in Europe, warning that any disengagement from the European Union's "top table" would be a disaster for the UK's economy and its power on the world stage. With more senior Tories backing moves that ...
European Union diplomats say summit breaks up without agreement on bloc's long-term budget 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 01:26 PM PST 
European Union diplomats say summit breaks up without agreement on bloc's long-term budget BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union diplomats say summit breaks up without agreement on bloc's long-term budget.
Boris not keen on 'in/out' EU vote 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 12:27 PM PST 
Boris Johnson has distanced himself from hardline Tory demands for a straightforward referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union (EU). Related Stories 12 identified on sex abuse failings Boris warning on media regulation Pendleton bows out of Strictly Elderly woman found dead at house Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years
UK & World News: Boris not keen on 'in/out' EU vote 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 12:22 PM PST 
Boris Johnson has distanced himself from hardline Tory demands for a straightforward referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union (EU).
Kerry processing capabilities ‘adequate’ to meet milk production increase 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 12:17 PM PST 
Ingredients giant Kerry Group is confident it has “adequate” dairy processing capabilities to manage the anticipated European Union (EU) milk production increase.
EU states grant more citizenships every year 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 12:16 PM PST 
Over 810,000 citizenships have been granted by the European Union member states in 2010. The highest number of European citizenships was offered by Great Britain – 195,000, followed by France with 143,000, Spain – 124,000 and Germany granting 105,000 citizenships, according to a news release of Eurostat. The number increased by 4 percent in 2010 compared to the year before. The report showed ...
Blair to back EU in talk at bosses' club 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 12:07 PM PST 
Former prime minister Tony Blair will try to rally Britain's bosses behind the European Unionduring a speech in London this week.
Cambridge News 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 11:45 AM PST 
Boris Johnson has distanced himself from hardline Tory demands for a straightforward referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union (EU).
';We Can't Afford To Leave The EU' 
Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 11:05 AM PST 
Tony Blair will warn this week that Britain's future prosperity relies on the country remaining a committed member of a strong European Union. Amid mounting...

Pussy Riot protester alone in cell after inmate tension 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 05:02 PM PST 
Jailed Pussy Riot punk protester Maria Alyokhina has been moved to a single-person cell for her own protection because of tension with other prisoners, her lawyer and Russia's federal penitentiary service said on Friday. Alyokhina, 24, is serving a two-year sentence for a raucous protest againstPresident Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. Activists said her trial, and ...
Russian scientist jailed under Vladimir Putin walks free 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 05:50 AM PST 
Russian scientist Valentin Danilov walked free on parole on Saturday after serving eight years of a 14-year sentence on charges of spying for China during President Vladimir Putin's first term.
Russian scientist jailed under Putin walks free 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 11:51 PM PST 
KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian scientist Valentin Danilov walked free on parole on Saturday after serving eight years of a 14-year sentence on charges of spying for China duringPresident Vladimir Putin's first term.
Pussy Riot member wants own cell 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 08:38 PM PST 
One of the members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot serving a two-year prison sentence has asked to be transferred to solitary confinement because of "strained relations" with other inmates, state media reported. Maria Alyokhina, 24, and fellow band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, were sentenced in August for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in one of theRussian ..

Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 07:12 PM EST
EU budget talks lay bare bloc’s challenges 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 04:10 PM PST 
The European Union may be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but there was little harmony in Brussels this week as leaders attempted to decide how much the bloc should spend in the next seven years.
Tony Blair: leaving Europe would be a disaster for Britain 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 03:59 PM PST 
Tony Blair will this week admit that Britain's future in the European Union is no longer certain.
ANALYSIS: EU talks on 2014-20 budget lay bare bloc's challenges By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, dpa Eds: epa photos 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 03:34 PM PST 
Brussels (dpa) - The European Union may be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but there was little harmony in Brussels this week as leaders attempted to decide how much the bloc should spend in the next seven years.The effort to reconcile their differences ultimately proved fruitless, despite suggestions that a quick agreement could help restore sorely needed confidence in the crisis-battered continent ...
2ND LEAD: No deal on EU budget, despite German-British axis on cuts By Alvise Armellini and Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl ... 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 03:34 PM PST 
Brussels (dpa) - A two-day European Union summit ended Friday with no deal on the bloc‘s budget, despite a convergence of views between Germany and Britain on the need to rein in spending for 2014-20.London‘s call for spending to be frozen at 2011 levels was seen as the biggest obstacle to an agreement. Diplomats said it required shaving 200 billion euros (260 billion dollars) from a proposal by ...
Mark Pritchard: Only an in-out referendum will do 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 02:24 PM PST 
In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, the Conservative backbencher Mark Pritchard writes that repatriating powers from Brussels is a "false promise" and calls for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union at - or even before - the next election
The European Union pipe dream 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 01:05 PM PST 
Once upon a time, there was a group of farmers, each one producing his fruit and vegetables, some producing more, some producing less, living in a place called Euroland and governed by a class called Eurocrats.
On The Myth Of Ireland's Debt Sustainability 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 12:25 PM PST 
Ireland is continually held up as the poster-child for austerity-driven 'aid' and how the EuropeanUnion can successfully manage an economy through a depression with no real pain for bankers . Unfortunately, as we have pointed out previously, judging a nation's progress on the back of its bond yields (when liquidity is negligible and the mighty hand of ECB-collateral-reacharound is upon us ...
Rugby: South Africa defeat England 16-15 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 11:41 AM PST 
Rugby Union... South Africa have defeated England 16-15 in an international Test match at Twickenham. The Springboks, who made it two out of two wins on their European tour, had been leading 9-6 at half-time. Meanwhile, Ireland blew away Argentina by a record 46-24 at Aviva Stadium to end its longest losing run in 14 years. Australia beat Italy 22-19 in Florence. And Tonga has beaten Scotland ...
Airbus wins 60-plane China order after EU carbon retreat 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 10:41 AM PST 
Airbus SAS won an order for 60 A320 planes from state-backed China Eastern Airlines Corp, less than two weeks after the European Union backed down in a dispute with the government in Beijing over jetliner-emission levies.
Breaking down the psychological walls 
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 09:03 AM PST 
Over the last two years we have listened to sounds from the Czech Radio archives going back over eighty years. In this, the last of the series, we look at two of the big events of the last decade - the Czech Republic’s accession to NATO and then, five years later, to the European Union. We start with NATO, which the Czech Republic joined in March 1999 along with Hungary and Poland. In 2002 ...

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Former Russian Defence Ministry official charged with fraud 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 04:07 PM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A former bureaucrat was charged with fraud on Friday in a $100 million embezzlement case that has cost the defence minister his job and shone a spotlight on corruption in President Vladimir Putin's administration.
Pussy Riot protester alone in cell after inmate tension 
reuters.com Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 09:06 AM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jailed Pussy Riot punk protester Maria Alyokhina has been moved to a single-person cell for her own protection because of tension with other prisoners, her lawyer and Russia's federal penitentiary service said on Friday. Alyokhina, 24, is serving a two-year sentence for a raucous protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. Activists ...
Russian ex-defense minister's confidant charged 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 07:55 AM PST 
This Oct. 12, 2007 file photo shows from left : Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov,Russian First Vice Premier Sergei Ivanov and President Vladimir Putin speaking during a visit to Vilyuchinsk submarine base at the Kamchatka Peninsula at Russian Far East.
Pussy Riot protester in single cell after tensions with inmates 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 05:23 AM PST 
MOSCOW, Nov 23 —Jailed Pussy Riot punk protester Maria Alyokhina has been moved to a single cell at her own request because of tensions with fellow prisoners, Russia’s federal penitentiary service said today. Alyokhina, 24, is serving a two-year sentence for carrying out a raucous protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main Russian ...
Gov't may ease foreign investment in strategic companies 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 03:09 AM PST 
RBC, 23.11.2012, Moscow 14:58:48. Federal Anti-Monopoly Service head Igor Artemeyev has submitted to President Vladimir Putin amendments designed to simplify foreign investment inRussian strategic companies, the Kremlin's press service said.
Russian punk rock band protester in single cell after tensions with inmates 
reuters.com Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 02:27 AM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jailed Pussy Riot punk protester Maria Alyokhina has been moved to a single cell at her own request because of tensions with fellow prisoners, Russia's federal penitentiary service said on Friday. Alyokhina, 24, is serving a two-year sentence for carrying out a raucous protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. Activists said her ...

Iran says blogger may have died as a result of 'shock'-report 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 02:24 PM PST 
DUBAI, Nov 22 (Reuters) Iran said today a blogger who died while in police custody may have lost his life as a result of a form of shock, the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that investigations were not yet concluded.
Iran says blogger may have died as a result of ‘shock’, says report 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 07:35 PM PST 
DUBAI, Nov 23 — Iran said yesterday a blogger who died while in police custody may have lost his life as a result of a form of shock, the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that investigations were not yet concluded. In a case that has sparked international outrage, 35-year-old Sattar Beheshti (picture) who wrote a blog critical of the ...

Trillion-euro EU budget summit ends in failure 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 04:10 PM PST 
Talks on the European Union’s trillion-euro budget ended in deadlock yesterday as leaders of the bloc’s 27 member states failed to overcome seemingly irreconcilable differences on how to reduce spending.
European Parliament votes to fight ITU internet power grab 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 04:02 PM PST 
Hey you, get off of my cloud The European Parliament has passed a resolution protesting plans by the International Telecommunications Union to seize regulatory control of the internet.…
European Union budget talks break up with no plan 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 03:55 PM PST 
The European Union's talks end with no deal but plenty of hard feelings, a reminder of internal squabbling between the 27 member states just weeks before the EU will accept the Nobel Peace Prize. LONDON — Divisions within the European Union were laid bare by two days of haggling between leaders over a new long-term spending plan that broke up Friday with no agreement, but plenty of hard feelings.
Despite Objections, Luxembourg Banker Named to E.C.B. Board 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 03:33 PM PST 
European Union leaders appointed Yves Mersch despite opposition from some lawmakers who wanted a woman to fill the post.
French threat to UK rebate as EU budget talks collapse 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 03:24 PM PST 
France renews its threat to Britain's European Union budget rebate after talks on Brussels spending ended in failure.
Kerry processing capabilities ‘adequate’ to meet milk production increase 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 03:14 PM PST 
Ingredients giant Kerry Group is confident it has “adequate” dairy processing capabilities to manage the anticipated European Union (EU) milk production increase.
EU budget summit ends without deal, retry in 2013 
reuters-finance.com Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 02:50 PM PST 
European Union leaders failed to reach agreement on Friday on a new seven-year budget for their troubled bloc, calling off talks in less than two days after most countries balked at far deeper spending ...
EU summit on long-term budget ends without deal 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 02:18 PM PST 
European Union summit charged with agreeing on a long-term budget for the 27-country bloc has broken up without a deal.
EU's trillion dollar budget summit ends in failure 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 02:11 PM PST 
Talks on the European Union's trillion euro budget ended in deadlock Friday when leaders of the 27-nation bloc failed to overcome seemingly irreconcilable differences on spending.
Britain's Cameron wins new allies in EU budget battle 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 02:09 PM PST 
November 24, 2012 5:50 AM BRUSSELS (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has ended his European isolation, for the time being at least, after Germany and other nations backed his call for cuts to the troubled European Union (EU) budget.
Friday, Nov 23, 2012 02:01 PM EST
Israel’s ability to confront Iran doubted 
Fri, 23 Nov, 2012 04:15 AM PST 
While the massive Israeli bombardment of Gaza deflected attention from its publicity campaign about attacking Iran, the landing of Hamas rockets in Israeli cities as far as Tel Aviv has raised serious questions on how the regime would protect itself in case of Iranian retaliatory strikes.









Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 10:33 PM EST
The State Duma will discuss pension insurance 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 01:58 PM PST 
Today, 23 November, the Russian State Duma will consider amendments on compulsory pension insurance, BakuToday . The amendments take account of the proposal of President VladimirPutin, who agreed to a reallocation of the funded portion of the pension contribution in favour of the insurance part of the pension (4% of 6% of payroll), but proposed to do this by starting from 2014 onwards.
No Criminal Charges Over Anti-Putin Activist ‘Torture’ 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 03:11 AM PST 
Russian investigators refused on Thursday to open a criminal investigation into allegations by a leftist political activist that he was tortured into confessing to a plot to overthrow PresidentVladimir Putin.
RusHydro Biggest Micex Gainer on Putin Cash Decree: Moscow Mover 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 01:53 AM PST 
OAO RusHydro headed for the biggest gain in more than two months as Russian PresidentVladimir Putin approved a 50 billion-ruble ($1.6 billion) cash injection for the country’s largest renewable energy producer.

EU leaders approve Luxembourg's Yves Mersch for ECB board, overriding advice of parliament 
ap.org Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 04:07 PM PST 
BRUSSELS - European Union leaders have approved Luxembourg's top banker for a place on the executive board of the European Central Bank, overriding the advice of Parliament, which had wanted a woman for the job.
EXTRA: EU leaders break off budget talks for the night 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 04:05 PM PST 
Brussels (dpa) - European Union leaders broke off summit talks early Friday to consider revised budget proposals submitted by the bloc‘s president, Herman Van Rompuy, diplomats in Brussels said.The discussions were suspended shortly after midnight (2300 GMT Wednesday), about an hour after they had started.One official said leaders would reconvene around 12 (1100 GMT) Friday. dpa alv fff
EU leaders appoint Mersch to ECB board despite gender row 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 04:05 PM PST 
Brussels (dpa) - Luxembourg central banker Yves Mersch should join the European Central Bank‘s (ECB) executive board, European Union leaders decided Thursday, putting an end to a months-long nomination saga that featured a gender row and a last-minute Spanish power play."TheEuropean Council today adopted a decision appointing Yves Mersch to the executive board of the ECB for a term of eight ...
EU budget faces big hurdles 
yahoo Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 04:02 PM PST 
European Union leaders have begun what is expected to be a long and bitter session on a long-term budget for the region.
Cameron fires first salvo in battle over EU budget 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 04:00 PM PST 
David Cameron clashed with Brussels officials last night as European Union leaders struggled to reach agreement on the EU's proposed €973bn (£786bn) budget for 2014-20.
EU leaders suspend budget talks until noon Friday 
afp.com.sg Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 04:00 PM PST 
European Union leaders on Friday called an overnight suspension of talks aimed at reaching a deal on a hotly contested long-term budget, EU diplomats said.
Merkel doubts budget deal possible this week, more talks needed 
reuters-finance.com Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 03:59 PM PST 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she doubted that an agreement on the European Union's seven-year budget could be reached this week and that a further round of negotiations would most likely be required ...
EU leaders approve Mersch for ECB 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 03:52 PM PST 
European Union leaders have approved Luxembourg's top banker for a place on the executive board of the European Central Bank, overriding the advice of Parliament, which had wanted a woman for the job.
EXTRA: EU's Van Rompuy says "painful" decisions needed on budget 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 03:34 PM PST 
Brussels (dpa) - EU President Herman Van Rompuy warned late Thursday that "painful" decisions were needed on the European Union‘s next seven-year budget, as a Brussels summit on the issue started more than three hours late."Doing more with less money involves political choices. This is painful even when cuts are evenly spread," Van Rompuy told the EU leaders. "So we must be sensible and ...
FTSE-100 Index Tepid, Footsie Held Back by Greece 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 03:26 PM PST 
The European Union's failure to agree a bailout deal for Greece hindered progress on London's leading shares index yesterday.

Los editores catalanes premian a Javier Solana 
Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 10:52 AM PST 
Jueves, 22 de noviembre del 2012 - 19:26h. El Gremi d¿Editors de Catalunya distinguirá a JavierSolana con el premio Atlántida , el galardón que la entidad otorga cada año a una personalidadque se haya distinguido por el fomento de la lectura y del mundo del libro o por su compromiso en defensa de la cultura y la defensa de la propiedad intelectual.
El Gremio de Editores de Cataluña concede el Premio Atlántida a Javier Solana 
efe.com.es Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 06:59 AM PST 
Barcelona, 22 nov (EFE).- El Gremio de Editores de Cataluña ha distinguido a Javier Solana con el Premio Atlántida 2012, galardón que la entidad otorga anualmente a una personalidad que se haya distinguido por su contribución al fomento de la lectura y del mundo del libro, y por su compromiso en defensa de la cultura.
Javier Solana, Premio Atlántida 2012 del Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya 
europapress.es Thu, 22 Nov, 2012 05:16 AM PST 
El político Javier Solana ha sido distinguido con el Premi Atlàntida 2012, galardón concedido por el Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya y que será entregado el 5 de diciembre en el Saló de Cent delAyuntamiento de Barcelona en la 27a 'Nit de l'Edició', acto presidido por el alcalde Xavier Trias.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 10:33 PM EST
';나 누군지 몰라?' POOL 
kr_g1 Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 05:42 PM PST 
1IS AJP**LON** 블라디미르 푸틴 러시아 대통령이 21일(현지시간) 모스크바 크렘린에서 열린 안보위원회 회의에서 발언 도중 손으로 제스처를 취하고 있다. (AP=연합뉴스) Russian PresidentVladimir Putin gestures whilst speaking at the Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, Pool) <연합뉴스 긴급속보를 SMS로! SKT 사용자는 무료 체험!>
Putin warns that WTO membership could fuel unemployment 
afpsg.com Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 08:08 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the country's long-sought WTO membership was likely to negatively affect economy and could lead to higher unemployement. TheRussian strongman, who ...
Jailed Russian activist denies 1997 robbery 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 04:12 AM PST 
Russian opposition activist who claimed he has been kidnapped and tortured denied new charges Wednesday of armed robbery - the latest step in a case activists say is meant to stifle dissent against President Vladimir Putin.
Jailed Russian activist charged with 1997 robbery 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 04:10 AM PST 
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian opposition activist who claimed he has been kidnapped and tortured was charged Wednesday with armed robbery — the latest step in a case activists say is meant to stifle dissent against President Vladimir Putin.
Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, SportsJailed Russian activist charged with 1997 robbery 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:56 AM PST 
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian opposition activist who claimed he has been kidnapped and tortured was charged Wednesday with armed robbery - the latest step in a case activists say is meant to stifle dissent against President Vladimir Putin.
Putin prods Novatek 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:38 AM PST 
PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin has urged independent Russian gas producer Novatek to speed plans for a gas field and LNG port on the Yamal Peninsula, above the Arctic Circle. ...
Kazakhstan Sends Putin's Crane Back to Russia 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:30 AM PST 
Kazakh authorities said Wednesday that they are sending one of the Siberian cranes that took to the skies with President Vladimir Putin in September back to a Russian nature reserve after the bird got stranded in the country's vast steppes.
Khodorkovsky Criticizes Rosneft Takeover of TNK-BP 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 01:32 AM PST 
Jailed businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky has criticized Rosneft's deal to take over British-Russianjoint venture TNK-BP, saying President Vladimir Putin is leading the country toward "state capitalism" in an interview published Wednesday.

EU Commission head says aid cuts will cost lives 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:39 PM PST 
BRUSSELS - The European Union should be careful not to cut itself off from the developing world by reducing development aid almost 10 percent, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday.
EU confident trade with Malaysia will grow 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:39 PM PST 
GEORGE TOWN: The European Union (EU) is confident that bilateral trade and investments from EU into Malaysia will grow in the next couple of years despite the current global economic crisis.
China opposes EU carbon emissions tax 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:38 PM PST 
China's chief negotiator to the UN climate change talks said on Wednesday that the country opposes the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), a plan to tax non-EU international airlines for carbon emissions.
Merkel issues warning on EU spending plan 
yahoo Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:23 PM PST 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union will need to hold a new summit on its budget in early 2013 if the bloc's leaders fail to agree this week on a 2014-2020 spending plan.
EU Budget Showdown Pits Bee Subsidies Against Veto Threat 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:20 PM PST 
A sum equal to 1 percent of the European Union’s gross domestic product will devour 100 percent of the bloc’s political energy when leaders square off over subsidies for everything from bridges and windmills to olive trees and the dwindling honeybee population.
European Union Leaders Gather in Brussels Over Budget 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:18 PM PST 
There is a mood of hostility toward the European Union, brought on in part by a perception of extravagant spending as national budgets shrink.
EU leaders welcome Gaza ceasefire 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 03:04 PM PST 
Brussels (dpa) - European Union leaders late Wednesday greeted the Israel-Gaza ceasefire and said it was "urgent" to move towards a two-state solution in the Middle East."It is now crucial to ensure (the ceasefire) implementation and to prevent the restart of violence," said EuropeanCommission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU President Herman Van Rompuy in a joint statement.The two ...
Gold higher on Greece limbo 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 02:44 PM PST 
Precious metals advanced Wednesday after the European Union failed to agree on more Greek aid and traders greeted news of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants with skepticism.
Hopes for Greek deal push euro higher vs dollar 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 02:44 PM PST 
NEW YORK (AP) — Hopes that European Union leaders will reach a deal to release Greece's next batch of bailout funds pushed the euro higher against the dollar Wednesday. Traders sent the dollar to a seven-month high against the yen after Japan said that exports fell in October.
World › Syrian warplanes bomb Damascus suburbs 
Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 02:31 PM PST 
Syrian warplanes bombed Damascus suburbs and rebel-held areas in the country's north Wednesday as the government blasted the European Union for endorsing a newly formed opposition coalition. The raids struck several eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital and the strategic northern city of Maaret al-Numan, a key supply route linking…

Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 11:04 AM PST 
Six world powers have agreed to seek renewed talks on Iran's contested nuclear program as fast as possible, reflecting a renewed sense of urgency to resolve Tehran's disputed nuclear activity. A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday after talks between senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany that the group was "committed ...
M.O.: Ue, inaccettabili attacchi Hamas, risposta Israele sia proporzionata 
adnkronos.com Wed, 21 Nov, 2012 10:12 AM PST 
Bruxelles, 16 nov. - (Adnkronos) - L'Ue definisce "inaccettabili" gli attacchi di Hamas contro Israele e chiede allo Stato ebraico che "la risposta sia proporzionata". "Sono profondamente preoccupata per l'escalation della violenza in Israele e nella Striscia di Gaza - dice in una nota l'Alto rappresentante per la politica estera e di sicurezza comune europea, Catherine Ashton - e deploro la ...

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 10:33 PM EST
Russian activists pledge to defy 'foreign agent' law 
afp.news.za Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 04:48 PM PST 
Russian rights groups pledged Tuesday to boycott a new rule forcing top NGOs to carry a "foreign agent" tag, on the eve of the implementation of the law which has become a symbol of PresidentVladimir Putin's opposition crackdown.
Russian beauty queen criticises life under Putin 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 04:05 PM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's candidate for a global beauty pageant veered away from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging condemnation of her homeland under President VladimirPutin, calling it a "beggar country" and a great artery that feeds a corrupt elite.
United States and Britain on expectations worsening Russian-German relations had been overstated 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 01:28 PM PST 
November 16, 2012 year in Moscow as part of the St Petersburg forum “held another round of German-Russian intergovernmental consultations, under the chairmanship of Russian PresidentVladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Russian beauty queen criticizes life under Putin 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 12:35 PM PST 
Russia's candidate for a global beauty pageant veered away from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging condemnation of her homeland under President Vladimir Putin, calling it a "beggar country" and a great artery that feeds a corrupt elite.
Russian beauty queen criticizes life under Vladimir Putin 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 12:20 PM PST 
Russia’s candidate for a global beauty pageant veered away from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging condemnation of her homeland under President Vladimir Putin, calling it a “beggar country” and a great artery that feeds a corrupt elite.
A decision on a new Ural polpredu said the upgrading of political scientist: polpredstv 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 07:44 AM PST 
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to appoint his Plenipotentiary in the Urals Federal District Chief of Assembly shop “Uralvagonzavoda” Igor meeting participants said about the modernization of the Institute polpredstv.
Home of Russian state telco boss raided in fraud probe 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 05:49 AM PST 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators searched the home of the head of a state telecoms firm on Tuesday, in a fraud case that underlines an intensifying battle for money and influence six months into Vladimir Putin's presidency. Related Stories Croatia jails ex-PM Sanader for 10 years over graft Analysis - Gaza conflict undermines Palestinian president Bahrain says arrests cell behind fake ...
Russian activists to defy 'foreign agent' law 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:20 AM PST 
November 20, 2012 6:13 PM MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian rights groups pledged on Tuesday to boycott a new rule forcing top NGOs to carry a "foreign agent" tag, on the eve of the implementation of the law which has become a symbol of President Vladimir Putin's opposition crackdown.

Iran says Saudi Arabia "exploring in prohibited border areas" 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 07:37 AM PST 
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran accused Saudi Arabia of conducting what it called exploration activities in prohibited border areas, according to Iran's foreign ministry spokesman quoted on state newsagency IRNA on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 07:12 PM EST
Cameron risks all with EU showdown 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 04:04 PM PST 
Prime Minister David Cameron heads to Brussels this week for a dramatic showdown over theEuropean Union budget that has major implications for his political fate at home.
As Europe plots closer ties, Britain mulls split 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 03:18 PM PST 
BRUSSELS (AP) — Goodbye Britain? For the European Union, a once-unthinkable question is looking more like a real possibility with each new grinding week of economic crisis. The reason is that bad ...
Europe recession drives car sales to fall 4.8% in October 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 03:04 PM PST 
BRUSSELS: New car sales in the European Union fell by 4.8 percent in October, the 13th consecutive monthly decline, translating into a 7.3-percent drop for the first 10 months of 2012 compared to last year, industry data showed last week.
US now China’s biggest buyer 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:53 PM PST 
BEIJING: China said on Tuesday that the United States has overtaken the European Union (EU) as its biggest export market, as the continent’s debt crisis has sent demand slumping.
McGuinty not concerned by WTO ruling against Ontario's green energy act 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:47 PM PST 
TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty is defending Ontario's green energy act despite a World Trade Organization ruling that says one of its components contravenes international guidelines. TheEuropean Union and Japan filed a WTO complaint two years ago, arguing that a section of the province's green e
Our EU bills could still rise £560m despite budget freeze 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:39 PM PST 
British taxpayers' contributions to the European Union could rise even if David Cameron wins a freeze in overall Brussels' spending.
Belgium Europe Financial Crisis (AP) 
kr_g1 Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:32 PM PST 
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, right, speaks with French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici during a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. European Union officials will make a fresh try Tuesday to reaching a political accord on desperately needed bailout loans to Greece, an agreement that eluded them last week. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo ...
Eurozone tries again for Greece agreement 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:25 PM PST 
European Union officials will make a fresh try to reach agree on desperately needed bailout loans for Greece - after they were unable to do so last week.
EU's Van Rompuy to make new bid to save EU budget summit 
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:25 PM PST 
(MENAFN - AFP) European Union president Herman Van Rompuy said Tuesday he will draft a fresh proposal on the bloc's contested trillion-euro budget in hopes of saving an extraordinary summit this ...
Belgium Europe Financial Crisis 
ap.yonhapnews.co.kr Tue, 20 Nov, 2012 02:20 PM PST 
From left, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, European Commissioner for the Economy Olli Rehn and Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras share a word during a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. European Union officials will make a fresh try Tuesday to reaching a political accord on desperately needed bailout loans to Greece, an agreement ...
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