Friday, October 31, 2014

Global Breaking News - INT Flash News (November 2014 -a)

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European Union's incoming High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Monday she planned demanding explanations from Moscow over a blacklist of EU officials and parliamentary deputies who were banned from visiting Russia.........................Federica Mogherini will demand explanations from Moscow for blacklisting EU officials (7/10/14)


 

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  1. Juncker Commission takes office ...

    Today the Juncker Commission is officially starting its term of office that will run until 31 October 2019.

    On this occasion, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Thanks to the democratic support of European citizens, the European Parliament and Heads of State and government, today the new Commission takes office. Now it's time to roll up the sleeves and get down to work. Europe's challenges cannot wait. As of today, my team and I will work hard to deliver Europe the new start we have promised. Together with a strong and experienced team I look forward to deliver for Europe during the next five years."

    Background

    "Europe's challenges cannot wait" – this is the motto of the day: It is the first time that a European Commission takes office on time since the first European Parliament hearings were introduced in 1994 under the Jacques Delors Commission.

    The beginning of the mandate of the Juncker Commission marks the end of a long process leading up to the new European Commission. Following the first pan-European election campaign, Jean-Claude Juncker was proposed on 27 June by the European Council to the European Parliament as candidate for Commission President. The European Council thereby took the result of the elections to the European Parliament into account, as required under Article 17(7) of the Treaty on European Union.

    On 15 July, Mr Juncker was then elected by the European Parliament by a strong majority of 422 votes (he needed a majority of 376 votes), on the basis of the Political Guidelines he presented to the Parliament.

    Following this election and an interview process of candidates for Commissioners, the President-elect selected the other members of the Commission. The final list of Commissioners-designate was then agreed between the President-elect and the Council on 5 September. President-elect Juncker presented his team and the allocation of portfolios on 10 September which was followed by individual hearings of the Commissioners-designate in front of the relevant European Parliament committees...............http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1237_en.htm?locale=en
    31/10/14

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  2. Gaza rocket hits southern Israel amid escalation ...

    A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli army said, although there were no reports of casualties or damage.

    “A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Eshkol area in southern Israel,” said the spokesman for the army, adding that it was the first rocket to strike Israeli territory since Sept. 16.

    The spokesman did not say how the Israelis would respond despite the rocket being fired during a ceasefire put in place since Operation Protective Edge, launched in the summer by Israel against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Hamas and Israel agreed to a ceasefire on August 26, brokered by Egypt, ending 50 days of war which resulted in the deaths of 2,140 Palestinians and 73 Israelis, most of them from the army.

    Both sides are expected to resume talks soon in Cairo as part of an effort to keep the ceasefire in place.
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/01/Gaza-rocket-hits-southern-Israel.html
    1/11/14

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  3. Last day of pre-election campaign over in Luhansk People’s Republic ...

    Elections of the president and deputies of the People’s Assembly, or republican legislature, will be held on Sunday. The four candidates for presidency and the public movements Peace for Luhanshchina, the Luhansk Economic Union, and the Popular Union have presented their programmes to the voters, tailoring their election campaigns to a very brief period of time at their disposal.

    Despite the notable difference in the candidates’ platforms, all the political forces of the young republic seek to meet the voters’ main requirement in this election, which is to bring peace to Luhanshchina (the Lugansk region in Russian and Ukrainian)..............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/757777
    1/11/14

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  4. Kiev Threatens to Cut off Gas Supply to Donbas ...

    Ukraine may consider cutting off gas supplies to eastern Ukrainian regions, the head of Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev said in his interview with Ukraine's First National TV Channel.

    “Possibly, the decision will involve cutting this zone off, possibly – some restrictions,” Kobolev said.

    Earlier on Friday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk proposed to cut off gas supplies to the regions, which are not controlled by Kiev, and said that he plans to discuss this issue with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko...............http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141101/194931439/Kiev-Threatens-to-Cut-off-Gas-Supply-to-Donbas.html
    1/11/14

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  5. Two weeks before Iran talks' deadline: Tripartite summit in hopes of breakthrough ...

    U.S.'s Kerry, Iran's Zarif and EU's Ashton to meet in Oman's capital; a week later, Iran will meet with world powers for the homestretch before official end of talks.

    U.S. Foreign Minister John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif and the EU's envoy to the nuclear negotiations, Catherine Ashton, will hold a tripartite summit on November 9 in Muskat, Oman in attempt to reach a breakthrough leading to a permanent agreement on the Iranian nuclear program by the official deadline of November 24................http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.623859
    31/10/14

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  6. Le 1 novembre, l'accord d'association UE-Ukraine entre en vigueur....

    Cependant, la zone de libre-échange va commencer à fonctionner dès le début de l'année 2016. Cette décision a été prise en septembre lors des négociations à Bruxelles par les représentants de la Fédération de Russie, de l'Ukraine et de l'UE. Pour cette période, le régime de libre-échange est conservé au sein de la CEI, et Kiev a le droit à l'accès en franchise de droits de douane de certains de ses produits sur le marché européen. Les exportations de l'UE vers l'Ukraine sont encore soumises à des droits de douane..............Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_01/Laccord-dassociation-UE-Ukraine-entre-en-vigueur-1728/
    1/10/14

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  7. If referendum were now, majority of Scots would go for independence ...

    A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom.

    The YouGov poll for the Times newspaper put support for independence at 52 percent against 48 percent who wanted to stay in the union. By including those who would not vote or do not know, the split was 49 percent in favor of a split and 45 percent against.

    In September's referendum, 55 percent of Scots voted against independence.

    The opinion poll that was published today also brought more bad news for the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, Ed Miliband, who hopes to oust Conservative leader David Cameron as prime minister in next May's national election.

    Among Scots overall, only 22 percent surveyed by YouGov thought Labour represented Scotland's views and interests well while 65 percent thought it represented them badly.

    In the past week, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has resigned and another survey has suggested Labour faces virtual annihilation in Scotland at the hands of the pro-independence Scottish National Party - which controls the devolved parliament in Edinburgh - if an election were held now..................http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/173662/if-referendum-were-now-majority-of-scots-would-go-for-independence-
    1/11/14

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  8. 70 parachutistes ukrainiens sont encerclés dans l'Est de l'Ukraine ...

    Plus de 70 parachutistes ukrainiens ont été encerclés dans la région de Lougansk en Ukraine orientale. Actuellement, les négociations sur leur capitulation ou leur sortie de l’encerclement sans armes sont en cours, a déclaré le siège de la milice de la RPL.

    Le siège a également indiqué que la veille, des militaires ukrainiens avaient pilonné les positions de la milice par des mortiers, trois civils ont été blessés.

    Plus tôt samedi, la milice de la RPD a fait état d’une attaque de chars repoussée, réalisée par les agents de sécurité ukrainiens contre Gorlovka.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_01/70-parachutistes-ukrainiens-sont-encercles-dans-lEst-de-lUkraine-8492/
    1/11/14

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  9. Israelis mark 19 years since Yitzhak Rabin's assassination...

    Thousands of Israelis are gathering at the Tel Aviv square where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated to mark the nineteenth anniversary of the former prime minister's death and remember his call for peace.

    At the memorial, former Israeli president and foreign minister Shimon Peres said: “We’ve come to honor the memory of the greatest warrior of peace. We’ve come to say that his pursuit (of peace) lives on and will ultimately win.” "

    Peres, who won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Rabin and Yasser Arafat, stressed that only peace with the Palestinians will secure the country’s future: “Israel will not have lasting security without peace. Israel will not have a stable economy without peace. Israel will not have a healthy society without peace. Israel will not preserve her Jewish and democratic character without peace.” .............http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.623941
    1/11/14

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  10. Brésil: des manifestants demandent le départ de Dilma Rousseff ...

    Aux cris de "Dilma dehors", quelque 2.500 personnes ont manifesté samedi à Sao Paulo pour exiger le départ de la présidente Dilma Rousseff, réélue dimanche dernier pour un second mandat.
    Les manifestants brandissaient de grandes pancartes contestant la transparence du scrutin, critiquant les politiques du gouvernement et jugeant "corrompu" et "voleur" le Parti des travailleurs (PT) au pouvoir ainsi que l'ancien président Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, auquel Mme Rousseff a succédé. Munis de drapeaux brésiliens, certains d'entre eux criaient des slogans contre Cuba ou agitaient des pancartes "contre le communisme". D'autres demandaient même une "intervention de l'armée maintenant".,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1138082/bresil-des-manifestants-demandent-le-depart-de-dilma-rousseff
    2/11/14

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  11. US Condemns Military Coup in Burkina Faso: State Department....

    The United States condemned the seizure of power in Burkina Faso by Colonel Isaac Zida in the US Department of State's statement Saturday.

    "The United States condemns the Burkinabe military's attempt to impose its will on the people of Burkina Faso. We call on the military to immediately transfer power to civilian authorities. We urge civilian leadership to be guided by the spirit of the constitution of Burkina Faso and to move immediately towards free and fair Presidential elections. We regret the loss of life this week in Burkina Faso and call on all parties to avoid further violence," Jen Psaki, the Department's spokesperson, said in the statement, published on the Department's website............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141102/194978385/US-Condemns-Military-Coup-in-Burkina-Faso.html
    2/11/14

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  12. Pentagon’s plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back....

    The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost, current and former U.S. officials said.

    Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced.

    The previous plan called for moving as many as 1,000 undercover case officers overseas to work alongside the CIA and the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command on counterterrorism missions and other targets of broad national security concern..............http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagons-plans-for-a-spy-service-to-rival-the-cia-have-been-pared-back/2014/11/01/1871bb92-6118-11e4-8b9e-2ccdac31a031_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage
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  13. International observers critical of OSCE activity in Ukraine’s southeast...

    DONETSK, November 1. /TASS/. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) does not exercise its basic function in the conflict in Ukraine’s southeast joining actually one of the sides, Ewald Stadtler of the Austrian reform conservative party told reporters.

    Stadtler has arrived in Donetsk as an international observer for monitoring the election in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

    “I am confused and a bit angry that the OSCE will not monitor the election,” he said. “Control of this election is a crucial moment in the activity of this organisation. But instead, the OSCE has joined one side of the conflict and is carrying the U.S.-led anti-Russian policy.”

    Alessandro Musolino, an Italian politician and an observer at the Donetsk election, said that the Western media are biased in their coverage of political processes in Ukraine’s east.

    “Freedom and democracy are not to be respected only when it meets our interests,” he said. “The future of this land is in the hands of residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/757822
    2/11/14

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  14. At least 45 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a suspected suicide bombing at a Pakistan-India border town near the city of Lahore....

    A senior security official in Punjab province said that the dead included three members of the border force.

    The explosion happened on the Pakistan side near the famous Wagah crossing between the two countries.

    Crowds gather every day at the crossing to watch soldiers conduct a flag-lowering ceremony as the border closes.

    Police told the BBC at least 15 of those injured were seriously wounded..............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
    2/11/14

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  15. Iran closes Pakistan border for five days ...

    Iran’s elite revolutionary border guards on Saturday closed Pak-Iran border at Taftan for five days over security concerns in the wake of upcoming Ashura event in the holy month
    of Muharram.

    A security official, who declined to be named, told Dawn.com that Iranian border guards closed the border after talks with their Pakistani counterparts. “The border would remain closed for five days,” he said to Dawn.

    The border was sealed to avoid occurrence of any untoward incident and make sure security on both sides of the porous border during Ashura – the main event of Muharram.......Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_02/Iran-closes-Pakistan-border-for-five-days-0183/
    2/11/14

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  16. Kiew meldet "intensive Truppenbewegung" aus Russland ...

    In Donezk und Lugansk haben die umstrittenen Wahlen begonnen. Russland soll indes Ausrüstung und Mannschaften ins Separatistengebiet verlegen.

    Die ukrainische Armee meldete "intensive" Truppenbewegungen aus Russland über die Grenze in die von Separatisten kontrollierten ostukrainischen Regionen. Militärausrüstung und Mannschaften "des Feindes" würden über die russische-ukrainische Grenze in das Separatistengebiet verlegt, sagte Armeesprecher Andrej Lyssenko bei einer Pressekonferenz am Sonntag. Er antwortete damit auf eine Frage nach Videoaufnahmen, die in ukrainischen Medien zu sehen waren.........http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/4584276/Kiew-meldet-intensive-Truppenbewegung-aus-Russland?from=rss
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  17. 89 Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque complex ...

    As many as 89 Israeli settlers forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday amid heavy police protection, a Palestinian official said.

    "Knesset Deputy Speaker Moshe Feiglin was among those who stormed the complex," Sheikh Omar al-Qiswani, the Palestinian director of the Al-Aqsa complex, told Anadolu Agency.

    "The Israeli military had sealed the gates of the complex in a move that has become all too familiar," el- Qiswani added.

    However, the Israeli police in a statement said that it has decided to open the site for visitors.

    On a another note, the Israeli police said that its troops had detained 17 Palestinians in Jerusalem for throwing rocks at Israeli buses and police cars, Israeli Channel 7 reported.

    That raised the number of Palestinians detained in Jerusalem since the end of October to 111, the report said, noting that police asserted its forces will continue arrests in the coming days to bring calm back to Jerusalem...................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/414118--89-israeli-settlers-storm-al-aqsa-mosque-complex
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  18. The presidential and parliamentary elections in the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) stand in the way of achieving peace in Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief said....

    "I consider today's 'presidential and parliamentary elections' in Donetsk and Luhansk 'People's Republics' a new obstacle on the path towards peace in Ukraine," Federica Mogherini was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the European Commission Sunday.

    "The vote is illegal and illegitimate, and the European Union will not recognise it," Mogherini added.
    http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141103/195021567/DPR-LPR-Elections-Stand-in-Way-of-Peace-in-Ukraine-EU-Foreign.html
    2/11/14

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  19. Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the ‘presidential and parliamentary elections’ in Eastern Ukraine ...

    "I consider today's ‘presidential and parliamentary elections’ in Donetsk and Luhansk ‘People's Republics’ a new obstacle on the path towards peace in Ukraine. The vote is illegal and illegitimate, and the European Union will not recognise it.

    These ‘elections’ were held contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Minsk Protocol, signed by the representatives of the trilateral Contact Group, and obstruct efforts to find a sustainable political solution to the crisis.

    Early local elections in accordance with Ukrainian law, as foreseen in the Minsk Protocol, are the legal and legitimate means of renewing the democratic mandate of the local authorities in these parts of Ukraine. I call on all sides to work towards such elections.

    The aspiration for peace can't be only a political statement, it requires political will and good faith. I hope all parties will reaffirm their commitment to the Minsk Protocol, and will act coherently in order to implement it fully in all its parts.

    The European Union is committed to supporting these efforts and will continue working towards the solution of the crisis in Ukraine. I call on all parties to act in full respect of the territorial integrity, sovereignty, independence and unity of the country."
    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-348_en.htm?locale=en
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  20. Two Chinese patrol boats enter zone of disputed Senkaku Islands in East China Sea ...

    Two patrol vessels of China have entered the zone of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which Japan considers it territorial waters, the local coast guard said.

    The Chinese boats were seen at 9:30 a.m. local time (0030 GMT) near the Outsuri Island. Japanese border guards have asked the boats to leave the area, but took no active actions against them.

    Chinese vessels have entered the zone near the Senkaku Islands for the 27th time since early this year............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/757934
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  21. India border troopers put on high alert following Pakistan blast at border check point....

    Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were put on high alert Sunday evening along the India- Pakistan international border after a massive blast left over 45 people dead and over 70 others injured at Wagah border check point in Pakistan, said local media.

    The Indo-Asian News Service quoted BSF officials at Attari border next to Wagah in Punjab as saying the blast, triggered by an alleged suicide bomber, was heard at a distance of nearly two km.

    The blast, according to information obtained by the BSF, occurred close to the place where the retreat ceremony was held between troopers of both countries to mark the closure of the border gates each evening, which has also become a tourist attraction, said the report

    The number of visitors for the ceremony on the Pakistan side was also higher than normal days, said the report.

    "We have put our troopers on high alert along the entire border following the Wagah incident. We are trying to get details," a BSF official was quoted as saying.

    At least 45 people have been reportedly killed in the blast which took place at 17:50 p.m. local time in a restaurant near Wagah border area in the outskirts of Lahore. At the time of incident, many people were in the restaurant for food, the reports said.

    Initial reports said the explosion took place due to gas cylinder blast, but police did not confirm it.
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889703.shtml
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  22. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has checked into Buenos Aires' Otamendi hospital for treatment of "an infectious fever," according to a statement issued by the government....

    "President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been suffering from an infectious fever since this afternoon. She decided to check herself in for observation and treatment," said the statement, which was signed by her medical team, doctors Marcelo Ballesteros and Ricardo Solla.
    The health problem follows a bout of farynigitis two weeks ago, which forced the head of state to rest for 48 hours.

    On October 21, four days after that previous diagnosis the president ended her medically-ordered stint away from official activities to announce the new Criminal Procedural Code.
    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/173768/cfk-taken-to-hospital-with-fever
    2/11/14

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    1. Argentina says president to remain hospitalized for infection ...

      Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, who checked into a Buenos Aires hospital on Sunday, is in stable condition and is being treated for a bacterial infection of the colon, according to a government statement Monday evening.

      "She is in a stable condition and will remain hospitalized on an intravenous antibiotic treatment," said the statement, which was signed by her medical team.

      The 61-year-old, two-term president had an operation last year to remove blood that had pooled on her brain. She had since resumed a full schedule but took several days off last month with a sore throat.

      Argentina canceled an official visit by Chile's President Michelle Bachelet to meet with Fernandez in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, a government spokesman added. REUTERS
      http://www.todayonline.com/world/argentina-says-president-remain-hospitalized-infection
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  23. Elections in Donetsk, Luhansk regions no reason to bring troops into Ukraine — White House ...

    The United States has advised Russia not to use the results of elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) as a pretext for bringing troops into Ukraine, Mark Stroh, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, told TASS on Monday.

    He claimed he had information, suggesting that Russian military are returning to the border with the separatist-controlled areas in the east of Ukraine.

    Stroh cautioned Russia “against using any such illegitimate vote as a pretext to insert additional troops and military equipment into Ukraine.”...................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/757937
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  24. China has successfully developed a laser defense system that can shoot down small-scale low flying drones within a two kilometer radius in five seconds, Xinhua news reported....

    The laser system with its precision, speed and low noise can shoot down drones at an altitude of 500 meters and a speed of 50 meters per second (180 kilometers per hour or 112 miles per hour), the news agency reported on Sunday evening citing a statement published by the China Academy of Engineering Physics.

    The academy’s statement added that the laser system would be installed in vehicles, aimed at providing heightened security at major events. These include international conferences, sporting events and political meetings. Based on the testing carried out, the laser system indicated 100 percent success.....................http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20141103/195036013/China-Successfully-Develops-Laser-System-Able-to-Shoot-Down.html
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  25. Qatar pares support for Islamists but careful to preserve ties ...

    Qatar has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district.

    Such ambiguity runs through Qatari policy.

    When the United States sought allies against Islamic State in Sept, Qatar was among the Gulf Arab states that sent its warplanes into action. But while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates welcomed media coverage, Qatar was silent.

    There was talk among diplomats that Qatari planes merely flew a reconnaissance mission on the first night of the attacks.

    In fact, a security source close to the government said, its planes did attack Islamic State targets in Syria later in the campaign, although that has not been officially confirmed.

    Diplomats and analysts said the episode showed two things:

    First, Qatar's decision to join the hostilities was a pragmatic response to pressure from fellow Gulf Arabs, who have rebuked Qatar for backing Islamists during Arab Spring revolts.

    Second, diplomats say, Qatar's reticence about its role suggests that it is also being careful to preserve influence with Islamist forces it believes are the long-term future....................http://www.todayonline.com/world/qatar-pares-support-islamists-careful-preserve-ties-0
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  26. Turkish President Erdoğan complains of cacophony in US ...

    Although Turkey’s view of the battle over the Syrian border town of Kobane is extremely clear, it is not possible to say the same for U.S. officials in Washington, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, saying there is a “cacophony” of different views on the town in the U.S. capital.

    “We have clearly expressed our views on Kobane to the U.S. We also said we wouldn’t find it appropriate for an ally country to give arms to a group which we believe is related to terror,” Erdoğan told a small group of journalists on board his presidential jet.

    “However, afterwards, you drop weapons there from C-130s; some of these weapons end up with the PYD [Democratic Union Party]; and some of them end up with Da’esh, although accidently, according to what they said,” Erdoğan said en route from Paris to Istanbul late on Oct. 31, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    The Turkish president previously said he had been proven right over his objections to the airdrop by U.S.-led coalition forces intended for PYD forces battling ISIL in Kobane, claiming that some of the supplies ended up in the hands of jihadist militants....................http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-president-erdogan-complains-of-cacophony-in-us.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73780&NewsCatID=338
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  27. Elections in Donetsk republic absolutely legitimate — Russian observers ...

    The elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have been absolutely legitimate and should be recognized by Russia, Russian lawmakers who have monitored the eastern Ukrainian republic’s elections said on Monday.

    “The choice has been definitely made. I have worked as an observer at many elections, but neither in Russia nor in Europe people have voted so actively as here,” A Just Russia MP Oleg Pakholkov said. According to him, Russia should recognize the election results as soon as possible. “Delays in the recognition of Donbas will result in no good for both Russia and DPR,” said the lawmaker, adding that his faction would discuss the situation in Donbas at the party’s next plenary meeting................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/757940
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  28. Turkey migrant boat sinks in Bosphorus, killing 24 ...

    At least 24 people have been killed and scores are missing after a boat said to be carrying migrants sank off the north coast of Istanbul, officials say.

    The accident took place where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea.

    A large air, sea and underwater rescue operation is now under way with many bodies being pulled from the water.

    The nationality of the migrants is not clear. Media reports say that it is unusual for a vessel carrying migrants to be in this area.

    One theory is that the refugees were trying to get to Romania - a member of the European Union.

    Turkey is one of the main departure points for migrants aiming for the EU, but most travel across the Aegean to Greece, the BBC's Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen says...................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29878188
    3/11/14

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  29. EU Ambassadors to Discuss Elections in DPR, LPR on Tuesday: Official ...

    The EU Political and Security Committee, sitting at the level of EU ambassadors, will discuss elections in Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) and other events in Ukraine Tuesday, an EU diplomat told RIA Novosti Monday.

    "Tomorrow the [EU] member-states will discuss the elections as well as other agenda in Ukraine at the EU Political and Security Committee session," the diplomat said.

    On Sunday, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that the elections, conducted in DPR and LPR were illegitimate and were an obstacle for settling the crisis...............http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141103/195042818/EU-Ambassadors-to-Discuss-Elections-in-DPR-LPR-on-Tuesday.html
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  30. Russia on Nov. 3 called on Ukraine to halt its military offensive against pro-Moscow rebels in the east, saying the insurgent leaders had enough "authority" to hold talks with Kiev....

    Deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin made the appeal after Moscow recognised separatist elections in two eastern Ukraine regions dismissed as illegal by Kiev and the West.

    The rebel leaders elected "have enough authority to establish broad sustainable dialogue with Kiev authorities," Karasin told Russian state news agency TASS.

    "This work can bring results only on condition of equal dialogue based on mutual respect, with Kiev renouncing military operations and the notorious 'anti-terror operation'," Karasin was quoted as saying.

    Russia has endorsed the rebels' Sunday elections held in the Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk. But critics say the polls were aimed at legitimising the pro-Russian rebellion.

    Russia risks a new round of Western sanctions over the contentious vote, but Karasin appeared to dismiss that threat.

    "The language of sanctions is an absolutely counter-productive method of solving conflicts," he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency..................http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/moscow-calls-on-kiev-to-halt-military-offensive-against-rebels.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73811&NewsCatID=359
    3/11/14

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  31. Merkel envisage une sortie de la Grande-Bretagne de l'UE (médias) ...

    La chancelière d'Allemagne Angela Merkel a admis envisager possible, lors d'un entretien avec le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron, une sortie du Royaume-Uni de l'UE à cause des divergences sur des quotas de migrants européens, écrit Der Spiegel.

    Angela Merkel a rejeté les propositions du Premier ministre britannique de mettre en place des quotas de migrants en provenance de l'UE, soulignant que l'exigence de modifier les règles sur la liberté de circulation était un « point de non retour ».

    The Guardian note que le 10 Downing Street ne nie pas l'information sur l'entretien. Le week-end dernier, David Cameron a renoncé à son idée de quotas et examine la possibilité pour Londres d'expulser les migrants en provenance de l'UE et incapables de s'assurer les moyens d'existence au bout de trois mois après l'arrivée en Grande-Bretagne.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_03/Merkel-admet-une-sortie-de-la-Grande-Bretagne-de-lUE-medias-3289/
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  32. Ostukraine: Österreichische Drohnen attackiert ...

    Die Fluggeräte der OSZE wurden mit einer Rakete und mit Störsignalen angegriffen. Deutschland droht Moskau nach der umstrittenen Wahl in den ostukrainsichen Separatistengebieten derweil neue Sanktionen an.

    Sie sollen einen Teil der Grenze zwischen Russland und der Ukraine überwachen und damit den brüchigen Waffenstillstand im Osten der Ukraine - doch nun wurden sie selbst Ziel von Angriffen: zwei Drohnen des österreichischen Herstellers Schiebel, die von der Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa (OSZE) eingesetzt werden. Die Vorfälle trugen sich vergangene Woche zu, wurden aber erst am Montag bekannt..............http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/4584936/Ostukraine_Osterreichische-Drohnen-attackiert?from=rss
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    1. Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), 2 November 2014: Anti-Aircraft Rounds Fired at SMM UAV ...

      SUMMARY

      Numerous anti-aircraft rounds were fired at an SMM UAV on 2 November 2014.

      DETAIL

      At a location 2.5km NE of Shyrokyne village (17 km E of Mariupol and east of the line of contact), an SMM Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – at a height of 5,000 feet – spotted an armoured personnel carrier (APC) and two Ural trucks at what appeared to be a checkpoint at 13.05hrs on 2 November.

      At 13.11hrs, a person in camouflage uniform – standing close to a civilian truck parked approximately 150m from the APC and Urals – was seen to point a man-portable air defence system (Man-Pad) at the SMM UAV. He did not fire. He instead loaded the Man-Pad onto the civilian truck. A canvas covering on the back of the truck was removed, revealing a truck-mounted, anti-aircraft gun (probably a ZU-23), which immediately fired numerous rounds at the SMM UAV, none of which hit it.

      The SMM UAV left the area, landing safely at 13.54hrs.

      Detailed post-flight analysis of the video footage was completed at 19.30hrs.
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  33. Le chef de l'Office des Nations Unies à Genève trouve dangereuse la tendance à négliger les lois ...

    Le fait de négliger les règles et lois internationales qui a lieu de plus en plus souvent ces derniers temps constitue une tendance dangereuse, estime le directeur général de l'Office des Nations Unies à Genève Michael Moller.

    Il a indiqué sur un autre problème de l'époque moderne, à savoir le manque de confiance. Non seulement envers certains dirigeants, mais aussi envers les structures internationales telles que l'ONU et son Conseil de sécurité ou la Conférence du désarmement. Ces derniers doivent rétablir cette confiance, notamment par le biais de réformes.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_03/Le-chef-de-lOffice-des-Nations-Unies-a-Geneve-trouve-dangereuse-la-tendance-a-negliger-les-lois-5943/
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  34. François Hollande appelle Poutine à ne pas reconnaître les élections dans les républiques autoproclamées...

    Le président français François Hollande a appelé ce lundi son homologue russe Vladimir Poutine à ne pas reconnaître les élections dans les républiques populaires autoproclamées de Donetsk et de Lougansk.

    Selon le président français, ces scrutins « pourraient mettre en cause l’intégrité territoriale » de l’Ukraine. « J'appelle moi-même le président Poutine à rester dans le cadre des accords de Minsk qui avaient ouvert la voie à un cessez-le-feu le 5 septembre », a déclaré François Hollande lors d'une allocution faite au parlement du Canada.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_03/Francois-Hollande-appelle-Poutine-a-ne-pas-reconnaitre-les-elections-dans-les-republiques-autoproclamees-2649/
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  35. At least two soldiers were killed on Monday and two others injured by militants who attacked a military vehicle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, said the military....

    The attack took place in Kashmir's central Budgam district, said an Indian army spokesman in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

    A joint vehicle checking squad of the Indian army and police flagged a private car to stop and the people traveling in the car opened fire on the security forces, the Press Trust of India quoted the military spokesman as saying.

    The assailants then fled leaving behind the car and a hunting operation has been launched against them, said the spokesman.
    Source: Xinhua
    http://indian.ruvr.ru/2014_11_03/279566214/
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  36. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned German Ambassador to Turkey Eberhard Pohl over a cartoon in German school textbooks that it said “insults President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish community in Germany.” ...

    A written statement issued by the ministry on Nov. 3, before Pohl was summoned on the same day, described the appearance of a “libelous cartoon” about Erdoğan and the Turkish community in Germany in local supplementary textbooks in the Baden Württemberg State as “unacceptable.”

    The cartoon was first published in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in November 2011 and shows a doghouse controversially named “Erdoğan.”

    The Foreign Ministry stated that the cartoon “suggested integration problems of Turks living in Germany.”

    “Such attempts made under the cover of freedom, which fuels social hatred, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the violation of personal rights, have no place in democracies,” said the ministry, also describing the cartoon as an “unfortunate reflection of increasing racism and xenophobia.”

    The spread of such cartoons attempted to create feeling of isolation among Turks and Muslims in Germany and did not serve their integration and adaptation process, the ministry suggested, adding that this was the “real reason for the failure in integration policies.”
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-foreign-ministry-summons-german-ambassador-over-cartoon-insulting-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73830&NewsCatID=510
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  37. Kicillof opens door to vulture funds dialogue after RUFO clause expires ...

    Economy Minister Axel Kicillof seems to have confirmed that the government is planning to wait until the expiration of the RUFO (Rights-Upon-Future-Offers) clause on December 31st in order to resume negoatiations with holdout bondholders.

    “In the end of the year, when the instruments that vulture funds have used for extortion disappear, there will be better possibilities for dialogue,” Kicillof stated in an interview with Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

    Argentina claims that the RUFO clause hampers the government from negotiating with vulture funds since it prevents it from giving more benefits to bondholders who did not take part in the previous debt swap processes.

    “The biggest default of our history was caused by neoliberalism. And we solved it very well,” Kicillof said. The minister highlighted that “many governments, including Mexico’s, have backed Argentina’s stance (in the dispute against vulture funds) (…) when faced with a problem they would not want to suffer themselves,” he added.
    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/173828/kicillof-opens-door-to-vulture-funds-dialogue-after-rufo-clause-expires
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  38. Russia says it blocked UN statement on elections in Donetsk, Luhansk as ‘inadequate’....

    Russia has opposed a UN Security Council move to criticize elections held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, with a senior official telling the United Nations a statement from the 15-member council is “inadequate”.

    “There was a draft press statement which was inadequate. For this reason it was not adopted,” Alexey Zaitsev, the First Secretary for Russia's permanent envoy to the UN, told TASS, commenting on remarks by Ukraine U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev saying the proposed statement was blocked by Russia.

    The Lithuanian-drafted text stated that the elections held on Sunday in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions run counter to the provisions of the Minsk peace agreement, reached in September.

    “They tried to draft a statement last Friday and Saturday. They drafted this paper, but their will was blocked by Russia,” Ukrainian Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said on Monday................http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/757991
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  39. Lava Flow Has Slowed, Yet Hawaii Town Still at Risk ...

    Lava flow from the Big Island slowed on Monday, while rain has helped reduce the smoke rising from burning vegetation as the lava from the Kilauea volcano continued to flow toward the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island.

    Residents of about 50 homes in what civil defense officials describe as a “corridor of risk” still remain on evacuation alert, officials said.

    Also on Monday, President Barack Obama on Monday declared the lava flow in Hawaii to be a major disaster, the White House said.

    The declaration frees up federal money to help protect local communities from the lava flow, which began moving toward homes on the big island of Hawaii on June 27 and is threatening Pahoa village................http://www.voanews.com/content/lava-flow-has-slowed-yet-hawaii-town-still-at-risk/2507132.html
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  40. ВВС Венесуэлы сбили неопознанный самолет, нарушивший воздушное пространство страны ...

    Венесуэльские военно-воздушные силы сбили неопознанный самолет, нарушивший воздушное пространство страны в штате Апуре, который граничит с Колумбией. Об этом сообщил в понедельник министр обороны Владимир Падрино Лопес, одновременно возглавляющий Оперативное стратегическое командование Национальных боливарианских вооруженных сил.

    Воздушный нарушитель King 200 сбит в штате Апуре, указал генерал на своей странице в социальной сети Twitter, сопроводив сообщение фотографией обломков двухмоторного самолета американского производства.................http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1550192
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  41. Novorossiya will have more republics, Luhansk leader says ...

    The newly elected head of the breakaway People's Republic of Luhansk, Igor Plotnitsky, is convinced that the number of Novorossiya republics will only grow with time. According to him, it does not mean that militia forces are planning a new war against Kiev. The official relies on the opinions of residents of neighboring regions of Ukraine that are not satisfied with the work of the new government of the country..................................http://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/03-11-2014/128956-novorossiya_luhansk-0/#.VFiQN1efI_8
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  42. US, allies discuss battle against Islamic State ...

    The United States on Monday met with coalition partners over how to integrate and increase joint efforts to fight the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria.

    Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman convened at the State Department a closed-door meeting of over 35 ambassadors from countries joining US-led operations against the militants.

    "This plenary session was an opportunity for coalition partners to reaffirm our shared efforts in the coalition, discuss ways in which we can integrate our contributions to coalition efforts, and review ways to accelerate or increase our joint operations," the department said in a statement..................http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889908.shtml
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  43. Israel reopens Gaza borders after 2-day closure ...

    Israel has reopened on Tuesday two border crossings with the Gaza Strip after two days of closure, Palestinian border authority has said.

    Israeli authorities have reopened Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings for commercial and individuals' movements respectively, head of the Palestinian Borders Authority Nazmi Mehanna told Anadolu Agency.

    Israeli authorities will allow the entrance of quantities of diesel fuel, gasoline and cooking gas as well as 300 trucks loaded with agricultural and commercial goods, Raed Fattouh, a liaison officer at the crossing, told AA................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/414765--israel-reopens-gaza-borders-after-2-day-closure
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  44. Turkey refutes new peshmerga convoy into Kobani ...

    Turkish government has dismissed the claims over a second group of Kurdish peshmerga forces will be sent by the Iraqi Kurdish government via Turkey to enter Syrian border town of Kobani to help assist Kurdish groups fighting ISIL militants.

    "It is certainly not true that a second convoy or armed force will go to Kobani (via Turkey)," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told a late night press briefing following Monday's Council of Ministers' meeting in Ankara.

    "We have recieved neither a demand nor any notice, and there is also no preparation for such a move," Arinc added.

    Turkey had recently given the go-ahead for the passage of a group of around 160 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces through its territories to reach the battle-torn town lying on Syria -Turkey borderline, whose mission was to repel theISIL threat to the Kurdish town.............http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/414696--turkey-refutes-new-peshmerga-convoy-into-kobani
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  45. Russian Aid Convoy Reaches Donetsk, Luhansk: Emergencies Ministry ....

    The sixth Russian humanitarian aid convoy has reached Donetsk and Luhansk, deputy chief of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s national center for management in emergency situations Oleg Voronov said Tuesday.

    "Ten trucks have arrived in Luhansk, they delivered more than 50 tons of medicines and fuel. The unloading of the convoy will begin now," Voronov said...............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141104/195087878/Russian-Aid-Convoy-Reaches-Donetsk-Luhansk-Emergencies-Ministry.html
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  46. International observers violate Ukrainian law — Ukraine ambassador to UN....

    International observers who monitored the elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, entered Ukraine illegally and engaged in illegal activities, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev said on Monday.

    He explained Kiev’s plans to declare about 70 observers, including from the USA and Europe, persona non grata.

    The Ukrainian authorities asked the governments of other countries not to send observers to the Donetsk and Luhansk republics. “People who arrived to monitor the elections represented nobody. They violated the Ukrainian law,” Sergeyev said................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/757988
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  47. Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has registered a bill on a law over special status of Donbass devoid of effect on Tuesday....

    Leader of the Radical Party Oleh Lyashko has submitted the bill. This news report was posted at the website of the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758024
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  48. Draft Law to Abolish Donbas Special Status Under Consideration: Ukrainian Parliament ...

    The draft law proposed by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and aimed to abolish Donbas Special Status has been submitted to the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada's official website stated Tuesday.

    According to the Rada's website, the draft law has been submitted by the leader of the nationalist Radical Party Oleh Lyashko.
    http://en.ria.ru/world/20141104/195098808/Draft-Law-to-Abolish-Donbas-Special-Status-Under-Consideration.html
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  49. Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes on Tuesday in an East Jerusalem neighborhood that has been at the heart of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters, a move likely to exacerbate weeks of tension in the holy city...

    Authorities knocked down the buildings near the district of Abu Tor, southeast of the Old City, in the early hours, saying they had been built without construction permits.

    "At 5 o'clock this morning, around 90 policemen and two bulldozers kicked us out of the house and started destroying it without letting us take any of our belongings," Hamza Abu Rajab, owner of one of the buildings, told Reuters....................http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.624550
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  50. Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko orders troops to key cities ...

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered army reinforcements to key southern and eastern cities in case of a new rebel offensive.

    Mr Poroshenko said the units were to protect Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and the north of Luhansk region.

    He spoke after meeting security chiefs in the wake of disputed polls in rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.

    He said he was still committed to the current peace process but has proposed cancelling a key plank of the plan.....................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29905014
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  51. L'Ukraine pour la paix, mais prête en cas d'offensive séparatiste ...

    L'Ukraine reste "fermement attachée" au plan de paix pour l'Est rebelle prorusse, mais est "prête à faire face" à une éventuelle offensive séparatiste, a déclaré mardi le président ukrainien Petro Porochenko.

    "L'Ukraine reste fermement attachée au plan de paix" mais est prête à faire face à une offensive rebelle dans le cas d'un "scénario pessimiste", a déclaré M. Porochenko en ouvrant une réunion du Conseil de sécurité nationale et de défense.

    "Plusieurs nouvelles unités et groupes ont été formés, ce qui permettra dès maintenant de contrer une éventuelle offensive sur Marioupol", port stratégique de la mer d'Azov, Kharkiv (est), Berdiansk (sud) et la région de Dnipropetrovsk (centre-est), a-t-il poursuivi.

    Selon le chef de l’État, Kiev souhaite néanmoins apporter des "correctifs" à ses engagements dans le cadre du plan de paix notamment en "isolant" militairement et économiquement la zone sous contrôle des rebelles..................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_l-ukraine-pour-la-paix-mais-prete-en-cas-d-offensive-separatiste?id=8393999
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    1. Poroschenko setzt auf Konfrontation...

      Die ukrainische Regierung hat die Entsendung weiterer Soldaten in den Osten des Landes angeordnet. Er habe seinen Armeechefs befohlen, neue Einheiten in das Gebiet zu schicken, um die Städte im Osten und Südosten zu schützen, sagte der ukrainische Präsident Petro Poroschenko laut Nachrichtenagentur Interfax. Die Truppen sollten mögliche Angriffe auf Mariupol, Berdjansk, Charkiw und den Norden von Luhansk abwehren, sagte Poroschenko den Angaben zufolge bei der Sitzung des Nationalen Sicherheitsausschusses.

      Damit setzt die Regierung in Kiew nach der umstrittenen Wahl in den ostukrainischen Rebellenhochburgen auf Konfrontation. Poroschenko hatte bereits angedroht, den zaghaft begonnenen Friedensprozess aufzukündigen................http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/ukraine-poroschenko-107.html
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  52. Argentina apeló la decisión de Griesa de declarar al país en desacato ...

    Argentina presentó una apelación para revertir la decisión del juez de Nueva York Thomas Griesa, que declaró en desacato a la Argentina porque consideró que el país intenta evadir los fallos que favorecen a los denominados fondos buitre.

    En su pedido ante la Cámara de Apelaciones de ese distrito contra la decisión del juez de distrito en Manhattan y sus medidas consiguientes, Buenos Aires dice que deben "revertirse enteramente" las acciones que ha tomado, según informó la agencia Reuters.

    Cualquier apelación debe ser atendida por la Corte de Apelaciones del Segundo Circuito de Manhattan.

    Griesa tiene aún que decidir qué sanciones impondrá a Argentina, luego de que en septiembre decidió que el país sudamericano había tomado medidas "ilegales" para evadir sus dictámenes............http://www.ieco.clarin.com/economia/Griesa-Argentina-desacato-apelacion-fondos_buitre_0_1242475755.html
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  53. Sarkozy : « Hollande ment le matin, le midi et le soir » ...

    Dans le cadre de sa campagne pour la présidence de l’UMP, l’ancien président français Nicolas Sarkozy, en meeting à Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) a fustigé lundi son successeur, le président actuel François Hollande.

    « Pendant deux ans et demi, le mensonge a été érigé en principe politique », a affirmé Sarkozy devant ses électeurs, accusant Hollande d’ « abaisser la République et la démocratie », rapporte Le Parisien.

    « François Hollande ment le matin, le midi et même le soir », a tonné Nicolas Sarkozy, ajoutant que « si François est président de la République, c’est parce que Marine Le Pen lui a fait un sacré marchepied ».
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_04/Sarkozy-Hollande-ment-le-matin-le-midi-et-le-soir-1303/
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  54. U.S. projections show Republicans set to keep House, Senate still in play ...

    The Republican Party kept control of the U.S. House of Representatives in midterm elections Tuesday, early media projections showed, as the Senate makeup remained unclear.

    CBS News projected the Republicans would hold at least 226 of the 435 House seats. NBC said the party, opponents of President Barack Obama’s Democrats, would take 242 seats.

    The results appeared to increase the majority for Republicans, which have opposed most of Obama’s policy initiatives.................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/05/world/politics-diplomacy-world/u-s-midterm-elections-a-nail-biter-or-blowout/#.VFmnfFfm75M
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  55. Ukrainian president seeks country’s defense spending in 2015 at 3% of GDP ...

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on a set of measures aimed at enhancing the country’s defense capabilities as part of the Ukrainian 2015 draft budget, which in particular envisages a three percent share of the country’s annuula GDP in spending for military purposes, the presidential press service said on Wednesday.................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758051
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    1. Президент Украины поручил правительству в 2015 г. повысить расходы на оборону до 3% от ВВП ....

      Президент Украины Петр Порошенко подписал указ "О комплексе мер по укреплению обороноспособности государства" и предложения к проекту закона "О Государственном бюджет Украины на 2015 год" по статьям, которые, в частности, предусматривают повышение военных расходов до уровня 3% от национального ВВП.

      Об этом сообщила пресс-служба главы государства.

      "В сфере финансового обеспечения сектора безопасности и обороны правительству, в частности, поручено безотлагательно доработать проект государственного бюджета Украины на 2015 год, предусмотрев приоритетность финансирования оборонных программ, - указано в сообщении. - Предусматривается финансирование потребностей национальной обороны на уровне не менее 3% ВВП в год".....................http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1551365
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  56. Finnland leidet unter Sanktionen gegen Russand: Keine Kunden, große Sorgen ...

    In kaum einem anderen Land Europas sind die Folgen der Sanktionen gegen Russland so sichtbar wie in Finnland. Die Zahl der russischen Urlauber ist um 40 Prozent gesunken, Finnlands Orte an der Grenze kämpfen mit schweren wirtschaftlichen Einbußen...........http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/finnland-russland-101.html
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  57. Kiev's Cancellation of Donestsk, Luhansk Republics' Status Harms Minsk Protocol: Statement ...

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics in eastern Ukraine claim Kiev’s reneging on the special status of the two regions harms the peace process and changes the Minsk protocol and should be reviewed, according to a joint statement released Wednesday.

    “The law passed on the special status, as well as the law on amnesty that was agreed on with the DPR and LPR are obligatory to Kiev. This has been set in the September 5 Minsk protocol. Now, after the unilateral decision on cancelling these laws, the September 5 Minsk protocol has virtually been wiped out by the Kiev clique,” the statement reads.

    “It is obvious that [the protocol] needs to be reviewed. The DPR and LPR cannot operate on the basis of a document from which [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko has removed important points. We are prepared to work on a new edition of the protocol,” the statement continues................http://en.ria.ru/world/20141105/195139331/Kievs-Cancellation-of-Donestsk-Luhansk-Republics-Status-Harms.html
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  58. Removal of fragments of Malaysian Boeing in Ukraine scheduled to begin Friday ...

    The removal of fragments of the Malaysian Boeing which crashed on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) might begin on Friday, a source from the DPR Ministry for Emergency Situations told TASS.

    “The removal of the plane fragments will approximately begin on Friday," the source said.

    An unnamed source from the DPR transport ministry has confirmed the report. "We have been coordinating the necessary documents and the order in which the fragments will be removed. If things work out right, the first batch of the Boeing fragments will be sent to the Netherlands,” the source said............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758091
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  59. Russia has reportedly informed the United States that it will boycott the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Chicago....

    The move, if confirmed, would be a blow to efforts first initiated by US President Barack Obama to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.

    Reports are suggesting the tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine are one of the main stumbling blocks.

    Moscow has already been absent from last week's initial planning session in Washington.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "The United States regrets Russia's decision not to participate in last week's preparatory meeting for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. As far as the United States is concerned, the door remains open to Russia joining future meetings like this."

    The nuclear summits were initiated in 2010 to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on weapons-grade nuclear material.
    http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-11/05/content_33975861.htm
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  60. Jewish, pro-Israel candidates score wins in U.S. midterm elections...

    New York's Lee Zeldin becomes the sole Jewish Republican in Congress, while the two Jewish senators up for reelection both kept their seats.

    Results late Tuesday showed Republicans winning control of the United States Senate as well as wins for fresh faces with close Jewish and pro-Israel ties.

    In Long Island, Lee Zeldin, a state senator, became the sole Jewish Republican in Congress, ending a short drought that commenced with the defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in June.......................http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.624777
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  61. Turkey warns of threat to Aleppo from Assad, fears new refugee influx ....

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused Syrian forces of committing massacres in and around Aleppo and said Turkey would face a major new refugee crisis if Syria's second city were to fall into his hands.

    As U.S. warplanes bomb Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in parts of Syria, President Bashar al-Assad's military has intensified its campaign against some rebel groups in the west and north that Washington sees as allies, including in and around Aleppo................http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-warns-of-threat-to-aleppo-from-assad-fears-new-refugee-influx.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73901&NewsCatID=510
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  62. Separatist leaders in east Ukraine accused President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday of violating a peace deal by deciding to suspend a law giving their regions a "special status" and signalled they would no longer abide by it...

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics in the Donbass region said the decision undermined a protocol agreed at talks on Sept. 5 in the Belarussian capital, Minsk, under which a ceasefire went into effect in east Ukraine.

    Poroshenko, who accuses the rebels of violating the Minsk agreement by holding leadership elections on Sunday, said on Tuesday that he wanted parliament to scrap the law offering "special status" to the eastern regions.

    The law would have given Donetsk and Luhansk limited rights to run their own affairs and shield separatist fighters from prosecution.

    "Kiev's cancellation of the special status for Donbass causes serious damage to the Mink peace process," the pro-Russian separatists said in a joint statement.................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/05/us-ukraine-crisis-rebels-idUSKBN0IP0OB20141105?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  63. France : manifestations d'agriculteurs mécontents ...

    Les agriculteurs français, qui se sentent incompris et accablés par les contrôles et les réglementations, ont crié leur mécontentement mercredi, avec la mobilisation de plus de 35.000 d'entre eux dans toute la France.

    Ils réclament principalement la simplification des procédures administratives et la suppression de multiples normes, imposées à la France par la Commission Européenne............http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_05/France-manifestations-dagriculteurs-mecontents-1966/
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  64. Slovakia's television and radio supervising authority fined state television channel STV for one-sided coverage of the March events in Crimea, which it said disregarded Moscow's stance on the situation, Radio Praha reported Wednesday....

    "Slovakian committee on television and radio broadcasting fined Slovakia's state-owned STV television channel for one-sided coverage of the March events in Crimea, when the TV preferred to broadcast the stance of the European Union and the United States, ignoring Russia's stance," the radio said.

    The media watchdog added that not providing air time for Russian officials' responses to Western accusations regarding the reunification of Crimea was STV's principal mistake.

    However, representatives of the fined TV channel explained that they had lacked timely information on Moscow's reaction to the Crimea events and denied the accusations of being biased...................http://en.ria.ru/world/20141105/195172861/Slovakias-TV-Channel-Fined-for-Ignoring-Russias-Stance-in-Crimea.html
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  65. Obama, New US Senate Leader Pledge Cooperation, With Limits ...

    U.S. President Barack Obama and the leader of the new Republican majority in the Senate are pledging to cooperate in passing legislation, while conceding they are not going always going to reach agreement.

    A day after Republicans won full control of the U.S. Congress for the first time since 2007, the Democratic president said Wednesday he is certain there are some issues the fractious American political parties can agree on.

    "If there are ideas that the Republicans have that I have confidence will make things better for ordinary Americans, the fact that a Republican is suggesting it, as opposed to a Democrat, that will be irrelevant to me. I want to just see what works."..............http://www.voanews.com/content/mcconnell-obama-election/2509761.html
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  66. U.S. State Department: Dismissals and Resignations of Georgian Government Officials ...

    Jen Psaki
    Department Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    November 5, 2014
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    "The United States notes with concern the Georgian Prime Minister’s dismissal of Defense Minister Alasania and his deputy ministers, and the subsequent resignations of State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Petriashvili and Foreign Minister Panjikidze and her deputy ministers. We have greatly appreciated the work of these ministers in service to their country and in partnership with the United States.

    At a time of regional turmoil and domestic economic challenge, it is in Georgia’s interest to demonstrate stability, unity, commitment to due process and the rule of law, and public confidence in democratic institutions. We urge all parties to work towards these goals and to focus on securing Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic future. We call upon the Georgian government to take steps to dispel perceptions that the judicial system is being used for political purposes, and to demonstrate its commitment to our shared democratic values."
    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/11/233793.htm
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  67. Jordan, Palestinians urge UN to stop Israel's 'violations' on Temple Mount...

    Jordan threatens to take steps 'to stop Israeli attacks' on holy site; Israel's UN envoy sends own letter, slamming council's silence on Jerusalem shooting.

    The Palestinians and Jordanians urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately stop "violations" at Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East...............http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.624941

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  68. Amnesty International urges unbiased investigation of deaths of children in Donetsk ...

    Amnesty International, a human rights organization, has called for an immediate and unbiased investigation of the deaths of two children who were killed as their school in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine came under shelling.

    “The deaths of two children killed by shelling while they played football on a school playing field in eastern Ukraine must be immediately, fully and impartially investigated,” Amnesty International said on Wednesday. “Today’s shocking attack in Donetsk must by fully investigated. If it is found to constitute a war crime, those responsible must be brought to justice.”

    Earlier on Wednesday, the press service of the interior ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said that two schoolchildren had been killed in Donetsk in shelling of the school.

    “An artillery shell hit the building of school number 53. Te children were playing footbaal in front of the school at the moment. They died of wounds,” the press service said.

    On October 1 the Ukrainian army shelled another school in Donetsk killing three children and wounding at least seven.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758245
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  69. Libya's Supreme Court declares elected parliament invalid: agency ...

    (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court declared the country's internationally-recognized parliament as unconstitutional on Thursday, state news agency LANA said, deepening a rift between rival power centers in the oil producer.

    Libya's elected parliament, the House of Representatives, has been operating from the eastern city of Tobruk since an armed group linked to the western city of Misrata seized the capital Tripoli, dividing the North African country.....................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/us-libya-security-parliament-idUSKBN0IQ0YF20141106?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  70. Kiev Troops Deploy Tanks in Donetsk Suburb, Fighting Underway: Self-Defense Forces ...

    Fighting erupted in a suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk Thursday as the Kiev government troops deployed tanks there, Donetsk self-defense forces told RIA Novosti.

    “A column of tanks has entered Yasynuvata, nearby districts are being shelled,” a self-defense forces source said.

    The fighting comes a day after the Kiev government officials reiterated their commitment to the ceasefire regime in the conflict-hit east.
    http://en.ria.ru/world/20141106/195203695/Kiev-Troops-Deploy-Tanks-in-Donetsk-Suburb-Fighting-Underway.html
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  71. Israel allows transit of Gaza produce to West Bank ...

    (Reuters) - Israel on Thursday allowed Palestinian farmers to ship produce from the blockaded Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank, via Israeli territory, for the first time since 2007.

    Israeli authorities said such shipments, which they halted after Hamas Islamists seized the Gaza Strip seven years ago, were aimed at spurring economic recovery in the impoverished enclave, after a seven-week war last summer.

    A Palestinian official said a truckload of cucumbers destined for the West Bank was moved through Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing point with the Gaza Strip..................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/us-mideast-palestinians-cucumbers-idUSKBN0IQ1NM20141106?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  72. Clashes at anti-austerity reforms protest in Brussels...

    A mass demonstration of some 100,000 workers in the Belgian capital has ended in clashes between protesters and police. The march was the first in a series of protests against new austerity measures.

    Belgian riot police fired tear gas and water cannon during clashes with demonstrators on Thursday, at the first of a series of anti-austerity demonstrations and strikes planned for the coming weeks. More than 100,000 people were on the streets of Brussels where they marched peacefully for almost two hours before violence broke out.

    Car windows were smashed, other vehicles were overturned or set alight, and protsetors threw paving stones and fireworks. There were also reports of serious injuries among police as well as demonstrators.....................http://dw.de/p/1DiZM
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  73. Russia is trying to seed discord among EU member-states over the Ukrainian problem, the union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on Thursday as she answered questions from the Italian members of European Parliament at a conference in the upper house of Italian parliament...

    She warned that Europe would make the biggest error if it got into “this trap”. Europe should keep up uniformity of ideas not only in words but also in sharing the approaches to what should be done to settle the crisis in Ukraine, she said.

    On Friday, Mogherini, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Defence Minister Roberto Pinotti are expected to open an inter-parliamentary conference for foreign affairs and security policy in Rome.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758449
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  74. Putin Holds Security Council Meeting Over Ukraine Crisis Deterioration ...

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed with members of Russia's Security Council a sharp deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine caught in a standoff between Kiev-led forces and Donbas militia.

    Authorities in self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have reported Kiev's increased military activity on the separation line between the warring sides in recent days in a serious breach of the Minsk ceasefire agreements..................http://en.ria.ru/russia/20141106/195220687/Putin-Holds-Security-Council-Meet-Over-Ukraine-Crisis.html
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  75. Damas demande des missiles russes S-300 contre d'éventuels raids américains ...

    Damas a demandé à Moscou d'accélérer la livraison de missiles anti-aériens S-300 par crainte de voir le président américain céder aux pressions croissantes pour attaquer la Syrie, a révélé le chef de la diplomatie syrienne Walid Moallem.

    Dans un entretien publié jeudi par le quotidien libanais Al-Akhbar, M. Moallem affirme que Washington avait promis que la coalition internationale qui frappe le groupe État islamique (EI) ne viserait pas l'armée syrienne. "Croyons-nous à ces engagements? Pour le moment. Nous avons compris que le président Barack Obama, pour des raisons de politique intérieure, veut éviter une guerre avec la Syrie", dit-il. "Cependant, nous ignorons comment se comportera-t-il alors qu'il est sous une pression qui va aller crescendo", surtout après la victoire des Républicains aux élections de la mi-mandat, poursuit le ministre des Affaires étrangères. "Nous devons donc nous préparer". "C'est ce que nous avons expliqué franchement aux Russes et nous leur avons demandé de nous fournir des armes importantes", dont des S-300, confie-t-il.................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_damas-demande-des-missiles-russes-s-300-contre-d-eventuels-raids-americans?id=8395788
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  76. Spanish gov't official warns Catalonia against using public resources in independence vote ...

    A Spanish central government official on Thursday warned the wealthy region of Catalonia that it is banned from using public resources to stage a symbolic independence referendum this weekend.

    Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday ordered the Catalan government to suspend the planned vote but regional leader Artur Mas has vowed to press ahead with Sunday's ballot, which will be organized by volunteers without an official electoral roll.

    "Efforts to use public resources to stage the consultation or other actions linked to it could go against the court ruling," the central government's representative wrote in a letter sent to the Catalan government according to a copy obtained by AFP..............http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/spain/141106/spanish-govt-official-warns-catalonia-against-using-public
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  77. Global court says will not investigate Israeli raid on Turkish flotilla ...

    (Reuters) - International prosecutors have ruled there are grounds to believe war crimes were committed during an Israeli raid that killed nine Turkish activists in 2010, but decided the case is beyond their remit, according to court papers seen by Reuters.

    The move by lawyers at the International Criminal Court is likely to enrage Ankara which accused its erstwhile ally Israel of mass murder after the commandos abseiled onto a flotilla challenging an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    "The information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the Court’s jurisdiction have been committed in the context of interception and takeover of the Mavi Marmara by IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) soldiers on 31 May 2010," read the paper seen on Wednesday.

    But the lawyers decided the crimes in question were not of sufficient gravity to fall under the court's jurisdiction, the papers added..............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/05/us-israel-turkey-flotilla-idUSKBN0IP2PX20141105?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  78. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos made the following statement regarding the bombing attacks in Cairo and Menufia:...

    “We unequivocally condemn the terrorist attacks in Cairo and at the railway station in the northern Egyptian city of Menufia, which left four persons dead and even more wounded.

    We express our condolences to the families of the victims, and our wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

    The Egyptian people and the Egyptian government know that they can count on the solidarity and support of Greece, which is a firm ally in the battle against terrorism, as was also stressed in the Joint Communiqué that the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Egypt and the Republic of Cyprus issued on 29 October, in Nicosia.”
    http://www.mfa.gr/en/current-affairs/statements-speeches/deputy-prime-minister-and-foreign-minister-venizelos-statement-regarding-the-terrorist-attacks-in-egypt.html
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  79. Les policiers bloquent 150 extrémistes juifs avant le mur des Lamentations ...

    Environ 150 extrémistes juifs ont marché jeudi soir à Jérusalem pour réclamer le droit de prier sur l'esplanade des Mosquées mais ont été bloqués par les policiers avant même d'arriver au mur des Lamentations, en contrebas de l'esplanade, a constaté un journaliste de l'AFP...............http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_les-policiers-bloquent-150-extremistes-juifs-avant-le-mur-des-lamentations?id=8395959
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  80. Obama wants $3.2 bln for U.S. air war on ISIS ...

    President Barack Obama will ask lawmakers Friday for an additional $3.2 billion to pay for the war against the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria, including funds to train and arm Baghdad government forces, officials said Thursday.

    The funds will help cover the cost of replacing bombs in the weeks-long U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS jihadists and assistance for Iraqi army troops and Kurdish forces battling the ISIS on the ground, two defense officials told AFP.

    The air war in Syria and Iraq -- which commanders say could last years -- has involved thousands of sorties and hundreds of bombing raids, at a daily cost of $8.3 million, according to the Pentagon...............http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/07/Obama-wants-3-2-bln-for-U-S-air-war-on-ISIS-.html
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  81. Libya: UN studying Supreme Court ruling against Parliament, calls for political consensus...

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said today that it is closely monitoring the situation in the North African country, following a Supreme Court ruling that declared the national Parliament unconstitutional.

    In a statement to the press, UNSMIL emphasized the need for political consensus at this “critical moment” and called on all parties to place the national interest above all other considerations.

    The Mission said it is reviewing the decision made by the Supreme Court and in turn rejected by the Parliament, while it consuls closely with Libyan stakeholders across the political spectrum, as well as with international partners................http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49272#.VFxSLVfm75M
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  82. Putin: Nazi-Soviet pact was legitimate; Britain to blame for Hitler's march into Europe...

    In comments liable to stoke anger in eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the non-aggression agreement signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, was legitimate, and that Britain and France were to blame for Hitler's conquest of much of Europe.

    As reported by the Telegraph, Putin made the comments in a Moscow meeting with young historians, during which he aired other revisionist views regarding the lead-up to World War Two.

    The Nazi-Soviet Pact included secret protocols to divvy up Poland, Romania, Finland and the Baltic states between the Third Reich and the FSU – an arrangement designed to divide eastern Europe into two spheres of influence. The Kremlin denied the existence of this secret arrangement until 1989, notes the Telegraph.....................http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.625180
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  83. Russia conservative on resuming Geneva talks over Ukraine ...

    Russia questioned Thursday the feasibility of resuming the Geneva format negotiations over the Ukraine crisis, accusing Kiev of making empty promises.

    "By taking a look at the current situation there is a question shaping up about the feasibility of returning to the format, which did not bring the expected result," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement....................http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/890560.shtml
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  84. US Deliberately Leaked Information on Russia’s Nuclear Summit Plans: Foreign Ministry ...

    The United States orchestrated the leak of information on Russia's plans not to attend the preparatory meetings of the Chicago Nuclear Security Summit in order to put Moscow in an inferior position, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.

    "We have explained our stance to our American colleagues a long time ago. We did not want to make it public. If the goal was to send some kind of a demonstrative political signal, we would have gone to the microphone right away. But we followed the usual diplomatic course," Ryabkov told journalists Thursday..............http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141107/195235183/US-Deliberately-Leaked-Information-on-Russias-Nuclear-Summit.html
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  85. Uruguay's Jose Mujica gets $1m offer for his VW Beetle ...

    Uruguay's President Jose Mujica says he has been offered $1m (£630,000) for his vintage Volkswagen Beetle.

    Mr Mujica, once dubbed "the poorest president in the world" because of his modest lifestyle, said the offer had come from an Arab sheikh.

    He told the weekly Busqueda magazine that if he did accept the offer, the money would be used to help the poor....................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29946977
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  86. China, Japan agree crisis mechanism for disputed islands ...

    (Reuters) - China and Japan agreed on Friday to establish a crisis mechanism and to talks to prevent a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands from getting out of control, in an apparent breakthrough in ties that have long been soured by the disagreement.

    The two countries will gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue, China's foreign ministry said in a statement following a meeting between China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's national security adviser, Shotaro Yachi.

    China and Japan acknowledge that "different positions exist between them" regarding tensions over the East China Sea islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.....................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/07/us-china-apec-japan-idUSKBN0IR0F120141107?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  87. Госдеп: США считают необходимым проведение расследования обстрела школы в Донецке 6 ноября...

    Соединенные Штаты осуждают обстрел школы в Донецке, который привел к гибели детей. Об этом 7 ноября в ходе регулярного брифинга заявила официальный представитель Госдепартамента Джен Псаки.

    "Мы осуждаем обстрел школы в Донецке, в результате которого по меньшей мере двое детей погибли, многие получили ранения", - сказала Псаки. По ее словам, США также поддерживают проведение расследования данной трагедии.

    При этом представитель Госдепа не стала комментировать заявления Киева о том, что стрельба якобы велась с территории, контролируемой ополчением..............http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1556077
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  88. China and Japan acknowledge "differing opinions" on disputed territory ...

    China and Japan agreed on Friday (Nov 7) that there were “differing opinions” on the disputed islands in the East China Sea, according to media reports. China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi had met National Security Advisor of Japan Shotaro Yachi on Friday.

    People’s Daily reported that the disputed islands – known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan – has caused tensions between the two countries. Japan and China agreed to implement crisis management measures to prevent tensions from worsening, People's Daily added.

    China and Japan will also resume diplomatic, political and security dialogue through bilateral and multilateral channels, reported Reuters.
    - CNA/xq
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-japan/1459384.html
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  89. Ölpreis sinkt weiter: Putin beklagt politische Preisgestaltung ...

    Auch am Freitag sinken die Ölpreise. Die Opec sieht sich langfristig gegenüber Fracking-Öl aus den USA im Vorteil, doch kurzfristig bleiben die Preise im Keller. Das erzürnt Russlands Präsident Putin.

    Die Ölpreise haben am Freitag weiter nachgegeben. Händler führten eine Prognosesenkung des Ölkartells Opec als Begründung an. Am Morgen kostete ein Barrel (159 Liter) der Nordseesorte Brent zur Lieferung im Dezember 82,30 US-Dollar. Das waren 56 Cent weniger als am Donnerstag. Der Preis für ein Fass der amerikanischen Sorte WTI sank um 28 Cent auf 77,63 Dollar.

    Die Organisation Erdöl exportierender Länder (Opec) hatte am Vortag ihren Jahresbericht präsentiert. Darin senkte sie wegen des Schieferölbooms in den USA ihre Prognose für die zukünftige Nachfrage nach Opec-Rohöl. Ungeachtet des jüngsten Ölpreisverfalls rechnet die Opec in den kommenden Jahren aber mit einem Rohöl-Preis von etwa 110 US-Dollar pro Fass............http://www.handelsblatt.com/finanzen/rohstoffe-devisen/rohstoffe/oelpreis-sinkt-weiter-putin-beklagt-politische-preisgestaltung/10947542.html
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  90. US troops claimed chemical weapons exposure in Iraq, report says...

    More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday. Pentagon officials said the department will now expand its outreach to veterans and establish a toll-free hotline for reporting potential exposures and seeking medical evaluation or care, the newspaper said.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an internal review of military records after the Times reported in October that U.S. troops encountered degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s that had been hidden or used in makeshift bombs. The initial newspaper report disclosed that 17 service members had been injured by sarin or sulfur mustard agent, and several more came forward after the story appeared, the Times said Thursday...................http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/07/us-troops-claimed-chemical-weapons-exposure-in-iraq-report-says/
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  91. Catalans speak out ahead of independence poll ...

    Although Madrid has denounced Sunday’s planned Catalan independence vote as “illegal,” residents of Spain’s wealthy northeastern region – both Catalans and newcomers alike – are speaking out on their country’s future.

    Many Catalans are hopeful of creating Europe’s newest state despite determined opposition from the central Spanish government, according to Cevdet Oz, a 32-year old chef from Turkey who now lives in Barcelona.

    When the Catalan parliament approved a Scottish-style independence vote on Sept. 19, the Spanish government appealed to the country’s Constitutional Court.

    Earlier this week the court agreed to hear Madrid’s objections to a now-symbolic Catalan vote planned for Nov. 9. Nationalist leaders in the region have vowed to continue with the poll, despite the legal setback.........................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/416648--catalans-speak-out-ahead-of-independence-poll
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  92. Spanish Government Abusing Power by Blocking Catalonia Vote: Independence Advocate.....

    Most residents of Catalonia wish to take part in an independence poll but Spanish authorities are doing everything possible to prevent this from happening, Elena Jimenez, a board member of Omnium Cultural, one of the foremost associations advocating Catalan independence, told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    "According to some polls, up to 80 percent of Catalan residents and 90 percent of municipalities wish for a full independence referendum. The Spanish government abuses its power by prohibiting to ask the people for their opinion, even in the current format, when it is not a referendum, but a "process of civic participation". The problem is not the law, but the lack of political will," Jimenez said..............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141107/195250499/Spanish-Government-Abusing-Power-by-Blocking-Catalonia-Vote.html
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  93. Russia's 'Respecting' Elections in Donetsk, Luhansk Does Not Mean 'Recognizing': Kremlin ...

    Russia's official stance on the recent elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DRP, LPR) in eastern Ukraine expressed by the country's Foreign Ministry as "respecting" them does not mean Moscow "recognizes" them, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said Friday.

    "Russia's official position on the results of the elections is expressed compactly, but liberally. The word "respect" was used," Ushakov said.

    When asked if the terms "respect" and "recognize" could be used equally with regard to the recent elections in eastern Ukraine, Ushakov said that "these are different words."

    "The word "respect" was chosen on purpose," Ushakov stressed...................http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141107/195255564/Russias-Respecting-Elections-in-Donetsk-Luhansk-Does-Not-Mean.html
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  94. UK will only pay back half of £1.7bn EU bill ...

    Chancellor George Osborne announced the British government will only pay half of its £1.7bn EU bill, payable in two installments due after May’s general election, in a deal struck in Brussels on Friday.

    The European Commission had previously demanded £1.7bn to be paid by December 1 – a sum calculated on the basis of the UK’s comparatively healthy growth.

    Under Friday’s deal, Britain will now pay £850m. .....http://rt.com/uk/203259-pay-half-eu-bill/
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    1. Britain says halves EU budget bill, claims victory ...

      (Reuters) - Britain will pay only half its surprise budget bill to Brussels, the country's finance minister said on Friday, claiming a better deal for London which will also see Britain receive its EU budget rebate in advance.

      The row over a 2.1 billion euro ($2.6 billion) EU budget contribution has become a highly contentious issue in Britain in the run-up to a general election in May, putting David Cameron under pressure from Eurosceptics at home and costing British support for the country's membership of the European Union.

      "We have halved the bill, we have delayed the bill, we will pay no interest on the bill," Britain's Chancellor George Osborne told reporters following a meeting with EU peers in Brussels. "The bill, instead of 1.7 billion pounds will be around 850 million pounds," he said.............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/07/us-britain-politics-eu-idUSKBN0IR0OF20141107?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  95. The White House will not accept a bill from the Senate regarding further anti-Russia sanctions as it restricts freedom in foreign policy, special assistant to the US President Celeste Wallander said on Friday....

    "The White House never likes the Senate to be telling it what to do, so you can imagine what the White House thinks about any Senate bill that ties its hands in foreign policy," Wallander who is also a senior director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Security Council said at a World Affairs Council conference in Washington, DC, adding that "sanctions are very much in the realm of executive authority".

    She also noted that the sanctions are most effective when they are targeted, calibrated and in the case of Russia "closely coordinated with US allies in Europe"..............http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141107/195275479/White-House-Will-Not-Accept-Russian-Sanctions-Bill-From-US.html

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  96. Nato prüft Berichte über russischen Panzervorstoß ...

    Die ukrainische Armee wirft Russland vor, mit Panzern in das Land eingedrungen zu sein. Moskau dementiert, Beweise gibt es nicht. Nun prüft die Nato. Und die Kanzlerin telefoniert mit Präsident Poroschenko.

    Die Nato prüft Meldungen, wonach russische Truppen mit Panzern in die Ostukraine eingedrungen sind. „Sollten sich diese Berichte bestätigen, wäre es ein weiterer Beleg für Russlands Aggression und direkte Beteiligung an der Destabilisierung der Ukraine“, hieß es am Freitag in Nato-Kreisen. Die westliche Militärallianz hatte schon zuvor eine Zunahme von russischen Truppen und Militärmaterial entlang der ukrainischen Grenze gemeldet...............http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/europa/ukraine-konflikt-praesident-poroschenko-beklagt-massiven-panzervorstoss-13254203.html
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  97. Van Rompuy on the crisis: “We managed to avert a real catastrophe”...

    From battling the euro crisis to promoting peace in Ukraine, it has been an eventful presidency for Herman Van Rompuy, the first ever president of the European Council. On 1 December he will pass the baton to Donald Tusk. As Van Rompuy visited the Parliament for his last debate this week, we asked him about his greatest triumphs and the main challenges facing Europe.

    How do you look back on your presidency and what were the greatest triumphs?

    My presidency was dominated by the crisis in the euro zone, but with a lot of effort we succeeded to stabilise it. Imagine if we hadn’t: we wouldn’t have stagnation, but a depression like in the 1930s. We managed to avert a real catastrophe. This was a collective effort by the institutions and the member states.

    Last Thursday and Friday we also reached a climate agreement, reducing gas house emissions by 40% compared to 1990 by 2030. We achieved all the previous goals and we are now very ambitious. We are once again leading globally on this...........http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20141105STO77610/html/Van-Rompuy-on-the-crisis-%E2%80%9CWe-managed-to-avert-a-real-catastrophe%E2%80%9D
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  98. Observers from the Special Monitoring Mission /SMM/ to Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe /OSCE/ on Friday reported a growing number of violations of the ceasefire regime in eastern Ukraine.

    “The SMM visited the headquarters of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) in Debaltseve (55km north-east of Donetsk) and received a joint log sheet from Ukrainian and Russian military representatives of incidents reported during the previous 24hrs. The log sheet indicated a trend of increased ceasefire violations in the period between 3 and 6 November,” the document says..............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/758667
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