Friday, November 14, 2014

INT Flash News epiloges (November 2014 - C)

Nato officials "have seen" Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week, its top commander says.

"Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops" were sighted, US Gen Philip Breedlove said..................... Russian troops crossed border, Nato says

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  1. Indonesia tsunami alert after quake ...

    Brief tsunami warnings have been lifted after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia.

    The earthquake struck at a depth of 46km (28 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate in the Maluku islands, according to the US Geological Survey.

    A 9 cm (3.5 inch) wave reached the island of Jailolo but caused no damage, according to Indonesia's meteorological agency.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    Shortly after the first quake, another measuring 6.2 was monitored off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the US Geological Survey said.

    Indonesia lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" plate boundaries, and is prone to frequent earthquakes.

    On Boxing Day in 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Banda Aceh triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people, the majority in Indonesia...............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30066518
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    1. Indonesia tsunami alert lifted ...

      Brief tsunami warnings have been lifted after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia.

      The earthquake struck at a depth of 46km (28 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate in the Maluku islands, according to the US Geological Survey.

      A 9 cm (3.5 inch) wave reached the island of Jailolo but caused no damage, according to Indonesia's meteorological agency.

      There were no immediate reports of casualties.................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30066518
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  2. Contact with Philae lost, says European Space Agency ...

    The research lander Philae has stopped sending signals from the surface of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, the European Space Agency said.

    No signal. Contact with Philae lost. All first communication session research data were transmitted successfully, ESA Mission Control said.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/759845
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  3. Ukraine: cinq civils, dont deux enfants, tués par un tir d'artillerie ...

    Cinq civils, dont deux enfants, ont été tués par un tir d'artillerie contre Gorlivka, une ville tenue par les séparatistes prorusses dans l'est de l'Ukraine, ont annoncé samedi les autorités municipales.

    Selon la municipalité, 12 civils ont été blessés dans ces bombardements dont l'origine n'a pas été précisée et qui se sont produits vendredi soir dans un quartier résidentiel de cette localité située à 30 km au nord de Donetsk, bastion des séparatistes.

    Un peu plus tôt, les autorités ukrainiennes avaient annoncé la mort de trois soldats supplémentaires dans des combats entre l'armée et les rebelles, portant à sept le nombre de militaires morts au cours des dernières 24 heures.

    Dix autres soldats ont été blessés, ont-elles ajouté.

    Les bombardements ont par ailleurs repris dans la matinée autour de l'aéroport de Donetsk, épicentre depuis des mois des affrontements entre troupes loyalistes et rebelles, a rapporté un journaliste de l'AFP sur place.

    Le conflit au centre du G20

    Ces violences surviennent alors que la crise ukrainienne devait occuper une place majeure au sommet des dirigeants du G20 qui s'annonce très tendu ce week-end à Brisbane en Australie....................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_ukraine-cinq-civils-dont-deux-enfants-tues-par-un-tir-d-artillerie?id=8402173
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  4. Leaders of the BRICS developing-nation grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are disappointed with non-fulfilment of an International Monetary Fund IMF reform and suggest discussing further steps, if the United States does not ratify reforms before the end of 2014....

    If the U.S. does not ratify the 2010 reforms by the end of this year, BRICS leaders urged the Group of Twenty (G20) to plan debate on variants of further steps which the IMF will present in January 2015, BRICS leaders said in a statement for media after their meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 summit in Australian city of Brisbane on Saturday.
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_15/BRICS-leaders-disappointed-with-non-fulfilment-of-IMF-reform-1742/
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  5. Per Mosca indagini lente sul Boeing malese per colpe USA ...

    La Russia è interessata ad un'indagine scrupolosa sullo schianto del Boeing 777 perché non ha nulla da nascondere.

    Lo ha dichiarato il vice ministro degli Esteri della Russia Sergej Ryabkov.

    Secondo lui, Mosca ha fondati motivi per ritenere che l'inchiesta sia rallentata e ostacolata specialmente e non senza lo zampino degli Stati Uniti. Ryabkov ha inoltre rilevato che una serie di questioni rimangono ancora senza risposta.

    Il vice ministro ha inoltre dichiarato che la responsabilità della situazione di stallo nei rapporti tra Mosca e Washington ricade esclusivamente sugli Stati Uniti.

    In precedenza Barak Obama aveva dichiarato che gli Stati Uniti guidano la lotta contro l'aggressione russa, menzionando in particolare il Boeing malese abbattuto.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_15/Per-Mosca-indagini-lente-sul-Boeing-malese-per-colpe-USA-6959/
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  6. Top U.S. general arrives in Iraq as military campaign expands ...

    The top U.S. military officer, General Martin Dempsey, arrived on Saturday in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet U.S. commanders preparing to expand American assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants.

    It was Dempsey’s first trip to Iraq since President Barack Obama, alarmed by Islamic State advances, ordered non-combatant American forces back into the country this summer, less than three years after withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. The United States began carrying out air strikes in August.

    “I want to get a sense from our side about how our contribution is going,” Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Reuters shortly before landing in Baghdad...................http://www.todayonline.com/world/top-us-general-arrives-iraq-military-campaign-expands
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  7. G-20-Gipfel in Brisbane: Obama will 3 Milliarden in Klimafonds investieren

    Eigentlich sollten Klimafragen nur am Rande des G-20-Gipfels in Australien diskutiert werden. Der Ministerpräsident des Gastgeberlandes hat die Klimawissenschaften vor Jahren als „vollkommenen Unfug“ bezeichnet. Nun drängen mehrere Politiker darauf, der Klimaschutz solle bei künftigen Treffen eine wichtigere Rolle spielen.

    Die führenden Wirtschaftsnationen stehen vor einem Kurschwenk. Nachdem die Australier in ihrer Präsidentschaft von G20 in diesem Jahr die Themen Wachstum und das Schaffen von Arbeitsplätzen in den Mittelpunkt stellten, rückt für das Treffen im nächsten Jahr der Klimaschutz in den Blickpunkt. Der Generalsekretär der Vereinten Nationen (UN), Ban Ki-moon, kritisierte auf dem Gipfel der G20 in Brisbane die Vernachlässigung des Themas: „Der Klimawandel ist das wichtigste Thema unserer Zeit, deshalb ist es nur natürlich, dass sich die G-20-Führer wesentlich mehr auf dieses Thema ausrichten sollten.“ ................http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftspolitik/g-20-gipfel-in-brisbane-obama-will-3-milliarden-in-klimafonds-investieren-13267561.html
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  8. BRICS countries should raise their voice in global economic governance: Chinese president ...

    The BRICS countries should actively participate in international multilateral cooperation and raise their voice in global economic governance, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Brisbane Saturday.

    Xi made the remarks while meeting with other leaders of the BRICS countries on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) summit.

    Economic cooperation serves as the lasting power house for the development of the BRICS countries, Xi said when meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South African President Jacob Zuma and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

    The BRICS countries should remain committed to drafting long-term blueprint for economic cooperation and forging a closer economic partnership by facilitating market inter-linkages, financial integration, infrastructure connectivity as well as people-to-people contacts, he said.

    All sides should step up efforts to the establishment of a new development bank and a contingency reserve arrangement since both are of great significance, he added...............http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/891949.shtml
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  9. President Jean-Claude Juncker's Speaking Points at a Joint Press Conference at the G20 in Brisbane ...

    Brisbane, 15 November 2014
    Joint Press Conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia

    "Ladies and Gentlemen,

    This is my first G20 meeting as President of the European Commission. And it makes me particularly proud, as I was the one who fought to ensure the EU – and the Commission – got a seat at the table.

    Allow me to touch briefly on three of the main topics we will be addressing over the next two days:

    1/ Investment

    We come here today against the backdrop of what we can only describe as a modest economic recovery. Global GDP growth is lower than expected. Growth in Europe is lower than we hoped for. We have to do more to kick-start and sustain economic recovery.

    We each need to do our part and it is good that in July the G20 members were able to put forward growth strategies. The EU will strongly support the Brisbane Action Plan, put forth by Australia, and we will push for agreement on a Global Infrastructure Hub to help implement the Global Investment Initiative, agreed in Cairns, by matching investors with projects. After all, what good is raising investment if the money is not being channeled to the priority projects............"
    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-1800_en.htm?locale=en
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  10. Accablé par les occidentaux, Poutine écourte sa présence au G20 ...

    Sous un feu nourri de très vives critiques des pays anglo-saxons critiquant l'action de la Russie dans la crise ukrainienne, Vladimir Poutine a décidé samedi d'écourter sa présence au sommet du G20 de Brisbane, plombé par une ambiance de guerre froide.

    "Le programme pour la deuxième journée (pour M. Poutine) a changé. Il a été raccourci", a déclaré à l'AFP une source au sein de la délégation russe sous couvert d'anonymat, faisant référence à la journée de dimanche. Le président russe participera aux réunions du sommet mais ne sera pas présent lors d'un déjeuner officiel prévu à 12h30 (03h30 HB) et parlera devant la presse plus tôt que prévu. "Ce déjeuner est plus une sorte de divertissement", a justifié cette source.................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_poutine-va-quitter-le-sommet-du-g20-plus-tot-que-prevu?id=8402238
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  11. Ukraine: Poroschenko dreht Rebellengebieten Geldhahn ab...

    Der ukrainische Präsident Petro Poroschenko hat die Einstellung sämtlicher staatlicher Leistungen in den von Rebellen kontrollierten Gebieten im Osten des Landes angeordnet. Poroschenko beauftragte die Regierung in Kiew am Samstag, innerhalb einer Woche alle "Aktivitäten staatlicher Unternehmen, Institutionen und Organisationen" in den Gebieten zu stoppen, wo "Anti-Terror-Operationen laufen".

    Das Dekret Poroschenkos beziehe sich auch auf Schulen, Krankenhäuser und Notfalldienste, sagte ein hochrangiger Sicherheitsbeamter, der nicht namentlich genannt werden wollte.
    http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/4595975/Ukraine_Poroschenko-dreht-Rebellengebieten-Geldhahn-ab?from=rss
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  12. Ukraine’s crisis should not be highlighted from only one side, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the German television ARD...

    The interview is to be broadcast on Sunday but the channel’s website posted some extracts on Saturday.

    The Russian president said that the problem should not be viewed just from one angle.

    Armed hostilities are raging in Ukraine and the Ukrainian government has been using the Armed Forces. But media outlets have not mentioned it, to say nothing of rocket-propelled projectiles, he said.

    He asked rhetorically whether the Western media wanted the Ukrainian government to eliminate all its political opponents, adding that Russia did not want it and would not let it happen.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/759919
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  13. Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman have praised the G20 stance over the sovereign debt restructuring debate as both officials attend the bloc’s summit in Brisbane, Australia....

    “Remember that this crisis starts with a debt problem, continues with a debt problem and goes on with a debt problem and it is countries that have difficulties the most to exit a recessive process, those who bear the weight of the debt on their GDP the most,” the Argentine minister said in statements to media.

    Kicillof indeed highlighted “a real international instrument that allows countries with debt problems to have a judicial framework to settle these matters” must be implemented. If not, the minister warned, these nations will end up “at the mercy of speculative funds, of vulture funds.”

    Brazil and France backed Argentina’s position at the G20 with the debt restructuring debate being included in one of the annexes of the declaration of the ministerial meeting of the bloc that took place in Cairns last September..............http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/174795/kicillof-says-debt-restructuring-is-a-g20-issue-all-countries-agree
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  14. Ukraine's Financial Outlook Is Gloomy ...

    Ukraine is engulfed in a financial crisis. Without further Western aid, the Kyiv government will run out of money to service its debts. If the situation continues, Ukraine could face possible default on its bonds in four to six months, if Russia demands early repayment on a multibillion-dollar loan it gave Kyiv before the ouster this year of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych.

    Revolution, months of conflict with Russia on its southeastern border and pervasive corruption and staggering economic mismanagement by the Yanukovych regime has “plunged the country into an existential crisis,” warns economist Anders Aslund, a fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics.

    Half of Ukraine’s banks are bankrupt. Ukraine’s hryvnia currency has dropped 80 percent in value against the dollar this year. Inflation has risen to 20 percent and shows no sign of slowing..................http://www.voanews.com/content/ukraine-financial-outlook-is-gloomy/2521581.html
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  15. German embassy worker expelled by Moscow ...

    A worker at the German embassy in Moscow has left Russia after being ordered out of the country. Berlin has described the move as a "retaliatory" measure.

    News agencies cited an unnamed government source in Berlin on Saturday, who confirmed a report first published in the online edition of the "Spiegel" newsmagazine.

    The source said the female embassy worker had already complied with the Russian government's order to leave the country. It described the move as "unjustified" and "retaliatory" in nature and said Berlin had communicated its displeasure to the government in Moscow.

    According to the Spiegel report, the expulsion of the German embassy worker came after Berlin had ordered a diplomat working at the Russian consulate in Bonn to leave Germany after being accused of espionage. The report said the decision to expel the diplomat had come after he had been observed for several months by Germany's internal security agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. He subsequently left the country....................http://www.dw.de/german-embassy-worker-expelled-by-moscow/a-18067349
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  16. Georgians Protest Planned Military Alliance Between Abkhazia and Russia ...

    Tens of thousands of Georgians marched through Tbilisi Saturday against what they say is the government's passive reaction to a planned military alliance between Russia and the breakaway Abkhazia republic.

    The protesters say the agreement, which has yet to be finalized, is a step toward Russian annexation of Abkhazia.

    Some of the marchers carried signs with Russian President Vladimir Putin's face crossed out..............http://www.voanews.com/content/georgians-protest-planned-military-alliance-between-abkhazia-and-russia/2521908.html
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  17. U.S., Japan and Australia vow to oppose Russian action in Crimea ...

    (Reuters) - The leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday, vowing to oppose Russian incursions into Crimea during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane.

    President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said they would oppose "Russia's purported annexation of Crimea and its actions to destabilize eastern Ukraine," and were committed to "bringing to justice those responsible for the downing of Flight MH17."...........http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/16/us-g20-summit-trilateral-idUSKCN0J000L20141116?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  18. Okinawa vote to determine fate of US base ...

    The Japanese prefecture of Okinawa will on Sunday (Nov 16) elect a new governor in a vote that will determine the long-stalled relocation of a US military base, with the outcome potentially presenting a headache for premier Shinzo Abe.

    Opinion polls this week showed the vote in the prefecture in Japan's far south could see victory for anti-base candidate Takeshi Onaga, in a neck-and-neck battle with incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima - who has the backing of Abe and his party.

    A win for Onaga would be a significant blow to the central government because the governor has the power to veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built. That would leave Abe facing either overruling locally-elected officials - risking charges of authoritarianism - or reverting to the cajoling and persuading of recent years, which would not be popular with Washington. It would also take some of the wind out of Abe's sails just days before he is expected to announce a snap general election..............http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/okinawa-vote-to-determine/1475502.html
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  19. In a joint statement issued following a meeting in Brisbane, Australia on the margins of the G20 summit, the United States, Australia and Japan have called for justice in the investigation of the MH17 crash....

    WASHINGTON, November 16 (RIA Novosti) – The United States, Australia and Japan have called for justice in the investigation of the MH17 crash, the White House said in a statement Sunday.

    In a joint statement issued following a meeting in Brisbane, Australia on the margins of the G20 summit, US President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe expressed their commitment to "bringing to justice those responsible for the downing of Flight MH17", the White House said.

    The three leaders also "resolved to tackle pressing issues such as: degrading and ultimately defeating the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and countering the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters [and] ending the deadly Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa" and "expressed their firm commitment to deepen the already strong security and defense cooperation among the three countries"..........http://sputniknews.com/politics/20141116/1014789718.html
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  20. Primeros camiones del séptimo convoy humanitario ruso entran en Ucrania ...

    Los primeros camiones del séptimo convoy ruso con la ayuda humanitaria para Donbás han cruzado la frontera con Ucrania, comunicó un corresponsal de esta agencia.

    El convoy está compuesto por un total de 70 camiones, 50 de los cuales se dirigirán a Donetsk, y 20, a Lugansk, con más de 450 toneladas de carga entre equipos eléctricos y técnicos, materiales de construcción y aceites y combustibles.

    Según los datos del Ministerio ruso para Situaciones de Emergencia, entre el 23 de agosto y el 4 de noviembre pasados, seis convoyes humanitarios rusos suministraron a las provincias de Donetsk y Lugansk más de 8.000 toneladas de ayuda, en particular alimentos, medicamentos, ropa, combustible, materiales de construcción y demás artículos de primera necesidad................http://sp.ria.ru/international/20141116/163090276.html
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  21. MH17 flight wreckage removal begins in Ukraine ...

    Work has begun to remove wreckage from the MH17 crash site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine after months of delays, Dutch officials say.

    The Malaysian Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Ukraine in July. All 298 people on board were killed.

    Workers could be seen cutting up parts of the plane and using cranes to load them onto lorries.

    Access had previously been limited by rebels and the conflict in Ukraine.

    The recovery operation was expected to take several days, the Dutch Safety Board said, and the debris will be transported to the Netherlands for investigation.

    The wreckage would assist "the investigation into the cause of the crash", the board said in a statement, adding that it intended to reconstruct a section of the aircraft.

    Alexander Kostrubitsky, the emergency services chief in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, said that more human remains had been discovered under the wreckage, AP news agency reported.............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30073283
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    1. Head of DPR says Dutch side responsible for delay of investigation into Boeing crash ...

      Head of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko said the Dutch side was responsible for the delay of investigation into the accident with the Boeing plane, which crashed near Donetsk in July.

      “We shall continue saying we have made everything necessary for objective investigation into the accident with the Boeing plane. We are ready to offer whatever is required. Everything connected to the delay with the investigation is on the Dutch side, which is claiming to be settling some problems,” he told reporters on Sunday.

      He said the republic had provided transport and security, which guarantees preservation of the airplane’s wreckage.

      “We are only waiting for the Dutch side to act. I hope they realise the weather conditions are getting worse and everything should be done [removing the wreckage] promptly before frosts,” he said............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/759986
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  22. G20 Leaders’ Communiqué (The White House) ...

    The statement below was released today by Australia in its capacity as host of the G20.

    1. Raising global growth to deliver better living standards and quality jobs for people across the world is our highest priority. We welcome stronger growth in some key economies. But the global recovery is slow, uneven and not delivering the jobs needed. The global economy is being held back by a shortfall in demand, while addressing supply constraints is key to lifting potential growth. Risks persist, including in financial markets and from geopolitical tensions. We commit to work in partnership to lift growth, boost economic resilience and strengthen global institutions.

    2. We are determined to overcome these challenges and step up our efforts to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth, and to create jobs. We are implementing structural reforms to lift growth and private sector activity, recognising that well-functioning markets underpin prosperity. We will ensure our macroeconomic policies are appropriate to support growth, strengthen demand and promote global rebalancing. We will continue to implement fiscal strategies flexibly, taking into account near-term economic conditions, while putting debt as a share of GDP on a sustainable path. Our monetary authorities have committed to support the recovery and address deflationary pressures when needed, consistent with their mandates. We will be mindful of the global impacts of our policies and cooperate to manage spillovers. We stand ready to use all policy levers to underpin confidence and the recovery............http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/16/g20-leaders-communiqu
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  23. OKINAWA ELECTS ANTI-U.S. BASE GOVERNOR, IN REBUKE TO ABE..
    In an election closely followed by Tokyo and Washington, former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga wins Okinawa Prefecture’s gubernatorial contest. The post Okinawa elects anti-U.S. base governor, in rebuke to Abe appeared first on The Japan Times.
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  24. Putin leaves G20 earlier than others, to 'get some sleep' ...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane earlier than other world leaders. The Russian president gave a final G20 press conference on Sunday morning, when the rest of the guests gathered for breakfast. Putin said prior to his departure that the summit was held in "a friendly and businesslike" atmosphere.

    At the press conference, Vladimir Putin explained his decision to leave Brisbane prior to the announcement of the final communiqué with his busy work schedule and the need to get some sleep.

    "To avoid speculation here of why I did not go for breakfast - the Minister of Finance (Anton Siluanov - ed.) is staying here. He will report on our efforts about the struggle against Ebola," said Putin.

    "We are flying from here to Vladivostok for nine hours, and then from Vladivostok to Moscow for another nine hours. Then I need to get home and go to work on Monday. At least four or five hours of sleep would be necessary," the Russian president told reporters.........http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/16-11-2014/129044-putin_brisbane_summit-0/#.VGjdI2fm75M
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  25. Italy's Renzi says Britain leaving EU would be a 'disaster' ...

    Britain leaving the European Union would be a "disaster" for both it and the 28-nation bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU before offering a membership referendum in 2017 if his Conservatives are re-elected next year.

    Cameron favors staying in a reformed EU but has warned recent battles, including over a 1.7 billion euro ($2.1 billion) EU budget surcharge, have made it harder to make the case to keep Britain in.

    "This could be a disaster, a disaster for Europe obviously, I believe also for the UK," Renzi told Sky News, adding that he believed both Britain and the EU benefited from Britain's membership.

    "We need a UK able to invest in a different idea of Europe."..............http://www.todayonline.com/world/italys-renzi-says-britain-leaving-eu-would-be-disaster
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  26. Israel government to debate 'Jewish State' bill on Sunday...

    Israel's Ministerial Committee on Legislation is set on Sunday to debate a controversial bill that aims to define Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, Israeli radio reported Sunday.

    The bill, sponsored by Likud lawmaker chairman Ze’ev Elkin, would recognize Hebrew as the official language in Israel, while Arabic will be given special status.

    Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post said that the bill is likely to be backed by a majority of the committee's ministers. However, sources close to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said she would do her utmost to prevent the advancement of the bill to the Knesset (parliament).

    Israel's proclamation as a Jewish state has been a point of contention at the latest round of U.S.-mediated peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly expressed his refusal to compromise the longstanding Palestinian stance against recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

    Palestinians fear that identifying Israel as such will cancel the right of return of Palestinian refugees or the right of compensation to those affected by the creation of Israel.................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/421360--israel-government-to-debate-jewish-state-bill-on-sunday
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  27. Ukraine 'ready for total war' says Poroshenko ...

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed his country was "prepared for total war" as fighting continued Sunday around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

    After a week in which Kiev said several unmarked armoured convoys of troops crossed the Russian border to reinforce rebels in the east, Poroshenko toughened his rhetoric, telling the German daily Bild: "I am not afraid of a war with Russian troops."

    "We are prepared for a scenario of total war... We don't want war, we want peace and we are fighting for European values. But Russia does not respect any agreement," he said in an interview to be published Monday.

    He said Kiev was now better prepared to face a rumoured rebel offensive.

    "Our army is now in a better state than it was five months ago and we are being supported by the entire world," he told the paper.................http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/115688/World/International/Ukraine-ready-for-total-war-says-Poroshenko.aspx
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  28. Spot report by OSCE Observer Mission, 16 Nov 2014: Russian convoy of 20 vehicles crossed into Ukraine and returned via Donetsk Border Crossing Point...

    SUMMARY
    On 16 November 2014 at 07:25 (Moscow time), a Russian convoy arrived at the Russian Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 20 vehicles were inspected by the Russian border guard and customs services and then headed into Ukraine. All the vehicles crossed back into the Russian Federation (RF) at 15:12 on the same day. This was the sixth Russian convoy crossing through the Donetsk BCP since the arrival of the Observer Mission (OM) to the Russian BCPs.

    DETAIL
    On 16 November 2014 at 07:25, the OM observed the arrival of a Russian convoy at the gate of the Donetsk BCP. The convoy consisted of ten fuel trucks, seven cargo trucks, one towing vehicle, one communications vehicle and one escort vehicle. The cargo trucks bore the inscription “Humanitarian help from the Russian Federation”. All vehicles stopped at the customs control area and the cargo trucks were opened and inspected by Russian border guard and customs services.

    At 07:55, the convoy left the customs area and headed into Ukraine.

    At 13:45, two officials from the RF Ministry of Emergency Situations arrived at the Donetsk BCP.

    At 14:39, the convoy arrived and was inspected by the RF border guard and customs officials. The OM observed one of the Ukrainian officers, stationed across the fence from the BCP, between the vehicles.

    At 15:12 all 20 vehicles returned to the RF.
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  29. Timerman to go to NY to discuss debt restructuring legal framework ...

    After attending the G20 summit in Brisbane, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman will travel to New York tomorrow to resume talks on the development of a legal framework to regulate restructuring of foreign sovereign debt, a project that was suggested by Argentina with the support of the G77+China and approved by the UN General Assembly in September.

    “On President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s orders I will be travelling tomorrow to meet with the president of the (UN) General Assembly, and with representatives of the African Union, of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and G77+China, to begin talks on everything discussed in the G-20 (summit) and to continue the debate about (sovereign) debt in the United Nations,” Timerman said to reporters at the end of the G-20 summit.

    The summit ended with a victory for Argentina, as the bloc included debt restructuring in its official communique.

    Last September, 124 countries voted in favour of Argentina’s proposal to create a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring process, sparked by the country’s debt battle with its holdout creditors.
    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/174876/timerman-to-go-to-ny-to-discuss-debt-restructuring-legal-framework
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  30. L'Ukraine "préparée à un scénario de guerre totale", selon son président...

    Le président ukrainien Petro Porochenko a déclaré que son pays était "préparé à un scénario de guerre totale" mais préférer une solution pacifique au conflit, dans un entretien au quotidien allemand Bild à paraître lundi.

    "L'Ukraine a mis en oeuvre tout ce qui avait été annoncé concernant l'accord de paix, nous sommes prêts aux compromis et nous croyons que le conflit ne peut pas être réglé militairement. La Russie au contraire promet une chose et fait exactement le contraire le lendemain", a dénoncé le président ukrainien, selon un extrait de son interview diffusé à l'avance dimanche.

    "Nous ne voulons pas la guerre, nous voulons la paix et nous nous battons pour les valeurs européennes. Mais la Russie ne respecte aucun accord", a-t-il renchéri............http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_l-ukraine-preparee-a-un-scenario-de-guerre-totale-selon-son-president?id=8402975
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  31. The leaders of the Visegrad Four countries have promised political and economic support to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his reform, who is paying visit to Bratislava during the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe...

    PRAGUE, November 16 (Sputnik) — The leaders of the Visegrad Four countries – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – promised political and economic support to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is currently on an official visit in Bratislava and his reform, Slovak information website Webnoviny reported Sunday.

    “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting on Sunday with the participants of the Visegrad Four Summit – the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, the head of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman, the leader of Slovakia Andrej Kiska and the President of Hungary, Janos Ader,” Webnoviny said, adding that the current summit of the Visegrad Group marks the 25th anniversary of fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe..............http://sputniknews.com/europe/20141116/1014819003.html
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  32. Puissant séisme de magnitude 6,7 au large de la Nouvelle-Zélande ...

    Un puissant séisme de magnitude 6,7 a secoué lundi la côte est de la Nouvelle-Zélande, mais les sismologues ont exclu toute menace de tsunami.

    La secousse, qui s'est produite à 10h33 (22h33 GMT dimanche), a été localisée en mer à près de 200 km de la ville de Gisborne, située sur l'Ile du Nord, et à une profondeur de 35 km, a précisé l'Institut américain de géophysique (USGS).
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1142307/puissant-seisme-de-magnitude-6-7-au-large-de-la-nouvelle-zelande
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  33. Surreptitious support of 'russophobia' in Ukraine will lead to disaster. This opinion was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the German TV channel ARD....

    "We always say: pro-Russian separatists must do need to do this, you are affected and do so. I always ask," What do you do to influence your clients in Kiev? What do you do then? Are you only maintain some Russophobe mood? "Which, incidentally, is very dangerous. The disaster would be if someone would secretly support russophobia Ukraine. It's just a disaster!" - Said the president of the Russian Federation.
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_17/Putin-Covert-support-of-russophobia-in-Ukraine-will-lead-to-disaster-2418/
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  34. The U.S. State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system, in the wake of a suspected hacker attack......

    Technicians are repairing possible damage from an attack that occurred at about the same time as another one on the White House computer network, reported last month.............http://www.voanews.com/content/us-state-department-computers-hacked/2522602.html
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  35. The West expressed a disproportionate reaction to Crimea’s merger with Russia earlier in the year as Moscow acted in line with the Kosovo precedent, Russian President Vladimir Putin said....

    “We believe that this sort of reaction was totally disproportionate to what had happened,” Putin said in an interview with German TV channel ARD. “Whenever I hear complaints about Russia violating international law I am simply amazed.”

    “What is international law? It is first of all the United Nations Charter, international practice and its interpretation by relevant international institutions. Moreover, we have a clear recent precedent - Kosovo.”

    The Russian president said he meant the ruling of the International Court of Justice, which ruled that Kosovo had the right for self-determination.

    “But not only that,” Putin said. “Its main point was that when making a decision concerning their self-determination, the people living in a certain territory need not ask the opinion of the central authorities of the state where they presently live. They do not need the approval by the central authorities, by the government, to take the necessary measures for self-determination. That is the central point.”..................http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/760022
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  36. Vladimir Putin answered questions from Hubert Seipel of the German TV channel ARD. The interview was recorded on November 13 in Vladivostok....

    HUBERT SEIPEL (retranslated from Russian): Good afternoon, Mr President.

    You are the only Russian President who has ever given a speech at the Bundestag. This happened in 2001. Your speech was a success. You spoke about relations between Russia and Germany, building Europe in cooperation with Russia, but you also gave a warning. You said that the Cold War ideas had to be eradicated. You also noted that we share the same values, yet we do not trust each other. Why were you being a little pessimistic back then?...........................http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/23253
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  37. Bird flu: EU urgent meeting after Netherlands outbreak ...

    The European Commission is to discuss emergency protective measures after a highly contagious strain of bird flu was discovered at a poultry farm in the Netherlands.

    The commission will hold an urgent meeting on Monday to look at how to contain the outbreak.

    The Dutch government said the strain, H5N8, could potentially affect humans.

    The authorities have already begun destroying 150,000 hens at the infected farm, in the village of Hekendorp.

    "This highly pathogenic variant of avian influenza is very dangerous for bird life," the Dutch government said in a statement.

    "The disease can be transmitted from animals to humans."

    The Dutch economics ministry says humans could only be infected through very close contact with infected birds.............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30076909
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  38. Mogherini: Russland-Sanktionen sind ohne Reformen in Ukraine und Dialog mit Moskau unnütz...

    Die gegen Russland verhängten Sanktionen können nicht von alleine zur Überwindung der Krise in der Ukraine beitragen, wie die Außenbeauftragte der EU, Federica Mogherini, am Montag in Brüssel vor einer Sitzung der Außenminister der EU-Länder sagte.

    Ihr zufolge sind auch Reformen im Land und ein Dialog mit Russland notwendig. „Wir werden auch die Beziehungen mit Russland und einen Dialog mit Russland erörtern, um nach Wegen der Krisenbeilegung zu suchen“, so Mogherini...................http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141117/270016887.html
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    1. Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council...

      We have a new start this morning. Not only for Europe, as the Commission's slogan says, but also for Foreign Policy. We will start with the Ministers early this morning with a discussion on the working methods. If we want to be effective in the world, we need to be effective starting from here, from Brussels. So, we will try to share our common vision and make it owned by all the 28 Member States.

      Obviously, we will discuss Ukraine which is the main issue on the agenda today. We will for sure discuss the sanctions, but not only the sanctions - because we all know very well that if we work only on that, but not on the other two tracks, even sanctions will not work. We need to work more on the reforms of Ukraine. We will start right know by meeting Foreign Minister Klimkin and we will sign an agreement that allows the European Union to start a mission to assist the Ukrainian authorities on restructuring the civilian security of the country. We will start the mission as of 1 December 2014. We will also discuss about the relations and the dialogue with Russia to get to a solution of the crisis....................http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141117_02_en.htm
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    2. EU to rebuild Ukraine’s police system after failure at Maidan events ...

      The European Union and Kiev signed on Monday an agreement on launching an EU advisory mission in Ukraine that is due to carry out reforms of the country’s security sector, the European External Action Service said on Monday.

      The document on the mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM), which is due to start operations on December 1, was signed by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini..................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760050
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  39. Russia Expels Polish Diplomats in Retaliation for 'Unfriendly' Step ...

    Russia said on Monday that several of its diplomats had been expelled from Poland and that a number of Polish diplomats had left Russia after Moscow took "adequate" measures in return.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry did not say why the Russian diplomats had been expelled and the Polish Embassy declined immediate comment. Diplomatic sources said four Polish diplomats had left the country on Sunday.

    "The Polish authorities have taken an unfriendly and unfounded step," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "In connection with that, Russia has undertaken adequate measures in response and a number of Polish diplomats have already left the territory of our country for activities incompatible with their status."..............http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-expels-polish-diplomats-in-retaliation-for-unfriendly-step/511232.html
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  40. Putin: Covert support of "russophobia" in Ukraine will lead to disaster...

    Surreptitious support of 'russophobia' in Ukraine will lead to disaster. This opinion was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the German TV channel ARD.

    "We always say: pro-Russian separatists must do need to do this, you are affected and do so. I always ask," What do you do to influence your clients in Kiev? What do you do then? Are you only maintain some Russophobe mood? "Which, incidentally, is very dangerous. The disaster would be if someone would secretly support russophobia Ukraine. It's just a disaster!" - Said the president of the Russian Federation.
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_17/Putin-Covert-support-of-russophobia-in-Ukraine-will-lead-to-disaster-2418/
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  41. Colombia Suspends Peace Talks After FARC Kidnaps Army General ...

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended peace talks with the country's largest rebel group after a general and two other people were kidnapped Sunday.

    General Ruben Alzate was seized after arriving by boat in a rural part of western Colombia to inspect a civilian energy project. Another military official and a civilian lawyer were also abducted. A soldier piloting the boat managed to escape and inform authorities.

    The general reportedly broke protocol by traveling to the area in a civilian capacity and without bodyguards.........http://www.voanews.com/content/colombia-suspends-peace-talks-after-farc-kidnaps-army-general/2522757.html
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  42. Kiev’s decision not to pay pensions in eastern Ukraine "war crime" ...

    Leaders of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine describe the decision of Ukraine’s central authorities to stop paying pensions in the region as a “war crime.”

    “By cancelling pensions for elderly people and thus condemning them to an existence of hunger, the Ukrainian authorities commit a war crime," Vice-Speaker of the DPR People’s Council (parliament) Denis Pushilin said, adding that "Ukraine does not only refuse to pay pensions, but also hampers us.”

    The republic has to form a pension fund not from a zero, but from a negative balance, as there is no list of pensioners and no access to the computer database, he said. “However, the formation of the republic’s pension system is in the most active phase,” Pushilin added...................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760031
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  43. G20 Summit seeks new order ...

    The Brisbane Action Plan adopted at the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, which closed in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 16, contains more than 1,000 measures to promote global economic growth, create jobs, and advance trade liberalization worldwide.

    The adoption of the Plan is undoubtedly good news for the global economy, which has been volatile in recent years.

    But the latest currency policies conducted by some developed countries, including the U.S. interest rate hike and Japan’s quantitative easing expansion, will trigger the turbulence of global financial markets and impose great downward pressure on newly-emerging economies. For currency policy readjustment, if developed countries only care about themselves, then their newly-adjusted economic and currency policies will adversely affect newly-emerging economies and in turn will bring negative influence on themselves..................http://english.cntv.cn/2014/11/17/ARTI1416203837029899.shtml
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  44. Russia 'will not prevail' in Ukraine: Merkel ...

    German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on the West not to lose hope in what may be a long struggle with Russia over Ukraine, but vowed that the Kremlin "will not prevail".

    Russia's annexation of Crimea in March "called the whole of the European peaceful order into question, and it has continued by Russia exporting its influence to destabilise eastern Ukraine," Merkel said after attending the G20 summit in Brisbane...........http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Russia-will-not-prevail-in-Ukraine-Merkel/articleshow/45173731.cms
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  45. Almost 36m people live in modern slavery - report ...

    Nearly 36 million people worldwide, or 0.5% of the world's population, live as slaves, a survey by anti-slavery campaign group Walk Free says.

    The group's Global Slavery Index says India has the most slaves overall and Mauritania has the highest percentage.

    The total is 20% higher than for 2013 because of better methodology.

    The report defines slaves as people subject to forced labour, debt bondage, trafficking, sexual exploitation for money and forced or servile marriage.

    It uses slavery in a modern sense of the term, rather than as a reference to the broadly outlawed traditional practice where people were held in bondage and treated as another person's property.

    The Global Slavery Index's estimate is higher than other attempts to quantify modern slavery. In 2012, the International Labour Organisation estimated that almost 21 million people were victims of forced labour...........http://www.bbc.com/news/world-30080578
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  46. Die ukrainischen Militärs müssen auf eine beliebige Entwicklung der Ereignisse in den Beziehungen zu Russland, sogar auf einen Krieg, gefasst sein, wie der Sprecher des ukrainischen Sicherheits- und Verteidigungsrates (SNBO), Andrej Lyssenko, am Montag in Kiew bei einem Pressegespräch sagte....

    Auf die Frage, inwieweit die ukrainische Armee auf eventuelle Kriegshandlungen gegen Russland vorbereitet sei, sagte Lyssenko: „In jedem Fall, - egal ob ein Plan zum Kriegsanfang vorliegt oder nicht, müssen die ukrainischen Militärs auf eine beliebige Entwicklung, darunter auch auf eine Aggression, vorbereitet sein.“ Dem Militärsprecher zufolge sind für diesen Zweck die vordere Verteidigungslinie gebildet, die Armeeeinheiten verstärkt, zusätzliche technische Verteidigungsmittel und Wirkungswaffen entkonserviert sowie zusätzliche Armeeeinheiten ausgebildet worden, die sich jetzt in der „aktiven Reserve“ befänden und bereit seien, in jeder Richtung vorzurücken, wo es eine Aggression geben würde...............http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141117/270020508.html
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  47. Le président du Conseil de sécurité nationale et de défense de l'Ukraine Andreï Lyssenko a déclaré que la signature de nouveaux documents dans le cadre des consultations de Minsk pour résoudre le conflit dans l’Est du pays n'avait pas de sens jusqu'à ce que les accords déjà conclus soient remplis...

    Les représentants de la République populaire autoproclamée de Donetsk (RPD), à leur tour, insistent sur une réunion d'urgence du groupe de contact trilatéral à Minsk. Une déclaration ad hoc a été faite la semaine dernière par le représentant permanent de la RPD, Dennis Pouchiline.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_17/Kiev-considere-comme-inutile-le-nouvel-accord-de-paix-sur-le-Donbass-4836/
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  48. Malaysia's Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Monday (Nov 17) warned the public against accepting wholesale leaked satellite pictures that apparently showed a Ukrainian fighter jet firing at Malaysia Airlines flight MH17....

    He urged the public to question the contents of the satellite photos released by Russian media. Online reports have been more explicit in their criticisms, claiming outright that the images were fake.

    "What comes out in the social media, I am just telling the public, just be careful because it may not be what it seems. The Malaysian government is not in the business of looking at what could have happened or what may have happened. We just want to know the truth. We want justice for MH17," stressed Mr Hishammuddin............http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysians-warned-against/1477912.html
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  49. Haaretz obtains full document of EU-proposed sanctions against Israel..

    Sanctions could apply to Israeli politicians opposed to the two-state solution, which could include Bennett and Rivlin; steps against European companies working in settlements; punitive measures against Palestinians over 'negative measures.'

    An internal European Union document on proposed sanctions against Israel, which Haaretz obtained in its entirety on Monday, reveals new details on the suggestions being made in the internal discussions among EU member states that have been taking place in EU institutions in Brussels. Among the options under consideration are measures........http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.626946
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    1. EU says it has no plans for sanctions on Israel ...

      (Reuters) - The European Union has no intention of imposing sanctions on Israel if it takes steps to block a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the EU's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

      European diplomats have said the EU is looking at new ways to press Israel to halt its building of settlements on land the Palestinians want for a state, as frustration over the construction program reaches a new high.

      Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on Monday it had obtained an internal EU document on sanctions that could be taken against Israel if it took actions that would prevent a viable Palestinian state. They included possible measures against European companies working in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, it said.

      Mogherini said the EU had no plan of this kind..................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/17/us-mideast-israel-eu-idUSKCN0J123K20141117?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  50. Egypt to expand buffer zone with Gaza after finding longer tunnels ..
    Egypt will double to one kilometer (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Egypt-to-expand-buffer-zone-with-Gaza-after-finding-longer-tunnels-382040
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  51. Turkish submarine confronts Greek coast guard in fishing standoff ...

    A Turkish submarine and a Greek coast guard were engaged in a maritime standoff on Nov. 17, amid a fishing crisis in the Aegean.

    A group of Turkish fishermen told the Doğan News Agency that the Greek coast guard, which left its base on the island of Kos, violated Turkish territorial waters off Bodrum at around noon. Approaching as close as 50 meters, the Greek ship urged the Turkish fishermen to return to the coast for two hours.

    In response, a Turkish submarine from its base in Marmaris surfaced near the hotspot while travelling toward Kuşadası at 2 p.m. The submarine showed the Turkish flag on the surface, after which the coast guard retreated to international waters, before again turning back in the direction of Turkey.

    A number of Turkish naval officers watched the Greek vessel from the deck of the submarine from an even closer distance, the agency said, while releasing photographs of the incident.

    The tension was defused at 3.20 p.m. when Turkish fishermen returned to the coast and the Greek coast guard went back to Kos. The Turkish submarine then continued on its normal route.
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-submarine-confronts-greek-coast-guard-in-fishing-standoff.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74466&NewsCatID=359
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  52. EU to extend sanctions against pro-Russians in Ukraine – Bulgarian Foreign Minister ...

    There is agreement for the European Union to extend the personal sanctions list against pro-Russian representatives in Ukraine and a decision is expected soon, according to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, who was attending an EU foreign ministers meeting on November 17.

    In Brussels, where Ukraine is a main topic of the foreign ministers’ meeting, Mitov said that the EU should build a new policy on its relations with Russia and Bulgaria must be part of this process..................http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/11/17/eu-to-extend-sanctions-against-pro-russians-in-ukraine-bulgarian-foreign-minister/
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  53. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday she intended to visit Moscow in order to step up the dialogue with Russia...

    Mogherini said several European ministers asked her to visit Russia.

    She considered the ministers' move the strive for stepping the dialogue with Russia that had never been closed.

    The visit should be well prepared. This should not be the visit for the sake of the visit. It is necessary to take several steps towards promoting the Ukrainian settlement, Mogherini said.

    She did not specify the date of the visit. At the same time, a diplomatic source in Brussels told TASS that the trip might be held within the following weeks.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760191
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    1. EU foreign policy chief’s visit to Moscow needs thorough preparation - Russian ambassador...

      A Moscow visit by European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherinin needs thorough preparation, since it will cover the entire range of relations between the European Union and Russia, Russian’s Permanent Representative at the European Union said on Monday.
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  54. 2,5 Millionen obdachlose Kinder in USA...

    Diverse Gründe führten zum Anstieg der Armut. Ein Bericht warnt vor "Dritte-Welt-Amerika".

    In den USA sind einem Bericht zufolge fast 2,5 Millionen Kinder obdachlos und damit so viele wie nie zuvor. Gründe seien unter anderem die hohe Armutsquote, zu wenig bezahlbarer Wohnraum und die Folgen der Weltwirtschaftskrise, heißt es in der am Montag veröffentlichten Untersuchung des National Center on Family Homelessness.

    Hinzu kämen Herausforderungen aufgrund ihrer Herkunft sowie alleinerziehender Mütter oder Väter. "Ohne entschlossenes Handeln und die Bereitstellung ausreichender Mittel wird die Nation daran scheitern, das Regierungsziel von einem Ende der Familien-Obdachlosigkeit bis 2020 zu erreichen", schreiben die Autoren. Sie warnen vor einem "dauerhaften Dritte-Welt-Amerika"................http://kurier.at/politik/weltchronik/2-5-millionen-obdachlose-kinder-in-usa/97.650.123
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  55. UN official calls on Israeli, Palestinian leaders to make ‘difficult compromises’ for peace...

    Preventing a further escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and returning to negotiations has never been more important, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today, calling on leaders from both sides to make the “difficult compromises” that will promote stability and ensure long-term security in the region.

    Briefing the Council on the situation in the Middle East, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for UN Political Affairs, stressed that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is alarmed by the rise in tensions – particularly attacks against religious sites – that has continued since the Council’s emergency session of 29 October..............http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49356#.VGpX02fm75M
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  56. В Афинах полиция применила слезоточивый газ против анархистов ...

    В греческой столице полиция применила слезоточивый газ и светошумовые гранаты после того, как группы греческих анархистов забросали камнями сотрудников правоохранительных органов. Инциденты произошли во время марша представителей левых партий и профсоюзов в Афинах в связи с 41-й годовщиной восстания студентов афинского Политехнического института, жестоко подавленного войсками фашистской хунты "черных полковников" 17 ноября 1973 года.

    По оценкам полиции, в марше по столичным улицам приняли участие 15-20 тыс. человек. Организаторы же считают, что участников было 25-30 тыс. человек............http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1578505
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  57. Die USA beherrschen den Ölmarkt...

    Die globale Ölnachfrage ist in den vergangenen Jahren kaum gestiegen. Welche Regionen am meisten verbrauchen, zeigt unsere Infografik.

    Welches Land verbraucht am meisten Erdöl? Mit fast 19 Milliarden Barrel am Tag sind es die USA. In unserer Infografik, erstellt vom Statistik-Portal Statista für ZEIT ONLINE, verschwindet die Menge zwar im roten Kreisabschnitt, der den Ölkonsum für ganz Nordamerika darstellt. Aber außer den Vereinigten Staaten zählt die Opec nur noch Kanada zu dieser Region – und deren Verbrauch ist im Vergleich verschwindend gering.

    Zweitgrößter Ölverbraucher der Welt ist China mit rund 10 Milliarden Fass Öl täglich, es folgen Japan mit 4,5 und Indien mit 3,7 Milliarden. Sie alle gehören zur Asien- und Pazifikregion, in der laut Opec-Statistik die Nachfrage nach Erdöl höher ist als irgendwo sonst. Zum Vergleich: Deutschland, der größte Ölkonsument Westeuropas, konsumiert am Tag rund 2,4 Milliarden Fass. In den vergangenen fünf Jahren blieb die Nachfrage nach Erdöl in fast allen Regionen der Welt nahezu konstant – außer in Asien. Der Aufstieg Chinas könnte ein Grund dafür sein.............http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2014-11/oelpreis-oelnachfrage-opec
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  58. U.S. 'disappointed' with Iran's IAEA cooperation ahead of nuclear talks...

    The United States is disappointed with Iran's failure to engage with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, a U.S. envoy said on Monday.

    Western officials say Iran must improve cooperation with the long-running International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inquiry as part of a broader diplomatic settlement which Tehran and six world powers aim to reach by a self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline.......................http://www.todayonline.com/world/us-disappointed-irans-iaea-cooperation-ahead-nuclear-talks
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  59. Le Conseil et le Parlement européens échouent à trouver un accord sur le budget 2015 ...

    Le Conseil (Etats membres) et le Parlement de l'Union européenne ne sont pas parvenus à trouver un accord sur le budget 2015 lundi soir, alors que l'échéance était fixée à minuit, ont indiqué plusieurs sources diplomatiques, après sept heures de négociations à Bruxelles.
    La Commission européenne devra dès lors présenter une nouvelle proposition chiffrée. En juin dernier, elle avait composé un projet de budget doté de 142,1 milliards d'euros pour les paiements, en hausse de près de 6 milliards sur 2014, pour régler les impayés et financer l'aide à l'Ukraine. (Belga)
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/europe/1142679/le-conseil-et-le-parlement-europeens-echouent-a-trouver-un-accord-sur-le-budget-2015
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  60. EU concerned by Russian-Abkhazian, Russian-S Ossetian draft agreements ...

    EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on Monday the EU was concerned by the drafting of agreements on allied relations and integration between Russia and the two young South Caucasian nations, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    As she spoke upon the end of the first session of the EU-Georgia association council, she said the discussions of a far-reaching agreement between Russia and the de facto Abkhazian authorities and similar activities between Russia and the de facto authorities of South Ossetia were causing joint concern in the EU and Georgia.

    She claimed that steps of the kind were spearheaded against Georgia’s territorial integrity and did not work towards de-escalation in the region.

    In the light of it, Mogherini reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Georgia and she said she would make the European concerns known to the Russian leadership..................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760230
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  61. Four killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack ....

    At least four Israelis have been killed and eight injured when two men with a pistol, knives and axes at a West Jerusalem synagogue, police say.

    The attackers - Palestinians from East Jerusalem - were shot dead, police say.

    Jerusalem has seen tensions between Israelis and Palestinians soar, with a string of deadly attacks and clashes over a disputed holy site.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to respond "with a heavy hand to the brutal murder".

    "This is a direct result of incitement led by Hamas and [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, known as] Abu Mazen, incitement that the international community has been irresponsibly ignoring," he said in a statement................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30092720
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  62. Synagogue attaquée à Jérusalem: au moins 6 morts, dont les deux auteurs ...

    Quatre fidèles qui priaient dans une synagogue de Jérusalem ont été mortellement blessés mardi matin par deux agresseurs, a indiqué la police. Les deux auteurs de l'attaque ont été tués tandis que cinq fidèles blessés étaient dans un état "critique", ont indiqué la police et les services de secours.

    "Deux terroristes sont entrés dans la synagogue dans le quartier de Har Nof. Ils ont attaqué à la hache et avec un pistolet. Quatre fidèles ont été tués. Des policiers arrivés sur place ont tiré et tué les deux terroristes", a précisé la porte-parole de la police Luba Samri.

    La porte-parole a précisé que quatre fidèles ainsi que deux policiers qui sont intervenus contre les auteurs de l'attaque avaient été blessés. Elle a également indiqué que les auteurs de l'attaque étaient des Palestiniens de Jérusalem-Est.

    La synagogue attaquée est située à Har Nof, un quartier ultra-orthodoxe juif situé à Jérusalem-Ouest....................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_attaque-de-synagogue-a-jerusalem-au-moins-6-morts-dont-les-deux-auteurs?id=8403983
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  63. Minsk, Moscow should adequately react to EU sanctions — Belarusian foreign minister ...

    Belarus and Russia should adequately react to the sanctions policy of the West, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said in Minsk on Tuesday at a joint meeting of the two countries’ Foreign Ministries’ collegiums.

    “Belarus since 2011 is under European Union’s visa and financial restrictions. And now sanctions have been imposed on Russia,” the minister said.

    “In essence, it’s a new configuration of relations that need an adequate reaction, the search for and implementation of balanced solutions for the future,” Makei said...............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760251
    18/11/14

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  64. Recovery MH17 wreckage scheduled to be completed in five days ...

    THE HAGUE, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The recovery of the wreckage of flight MH17 will be completed in around five days, the Dutch Safety Board, leading the investigation into the crash in eastern Ukraine, announced on Monday.

    The recovery of the wreckage started on Sunday and among other things the tail section of the aircraft was recovered on Monday. The wreckage will be transported by train to Kharkiv and finally to The Netherlands.

    When the conditions allow it and stay similar, the recovery will continue on Tuesday and last around five more days, According to the Safety Board.

    The Board has commissioned the recovery of the wreckage for the investigation into the cause of the crash. This includes a (partial) reconstruction of the aircraft............http://english.cntv.cn/2014/11/18/ARTI1416268441729832.shtml
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  65. Report: Security forces sweeping east Jerusalem homes of Palestinians suspected in synagogue attack ...

    Both terrorists who carried out Tuesday's deadly attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem were Palestinian residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabaer.

    A security source it was too early to confirm or deny Palestinian reports that the men are relatives of terrorists released in the Schalit prisoner exchange.

    According to Palestinian media reports, Israeli security forces were conducting search at the homes of the suspects.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Report-Security-forces-sweeping-east-Jerusalem-homes-of-Palestinians-suspected-in-synagogue-attack-382111
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  66. NATO Secretary General calls for closer cooperation with the EU ...

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union to address common security challenges the two organisations face, during his first meeting with EU Defence Ministers on Tuesday (18 November 2014). “The European Union is an essential and strong partner of NATO. We share the same values, we share many common members and we also share common challenges to the East and to the South,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.

    During the meeting, the Secretary General said NATO and the EU had to deal with threats from wherever they come. He condemned Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, saying “Russia is still destabilising Ukraine. We see the movement of troops, of equipment, of tanks, of artillery, and also advanced air defence systems, and this is in violation of the ceasefire agreements.” Mr Stoltenberg called on Russia to take concrete steps toward resolving the crisis. “We call on Russia to pull back its forces from Eastern Ukraine and to respect the Minsk Agreements. Both the EU and NATO strongly want a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine,” he said....................http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_114860.htm
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  67. Kriegssteuer: Kiew kassiert $92 Mio. für Militäreinsatz im Donbass ...

    Die vor dreieinhalb Monaten eingeführte Kriegssteuer hat bislang umgerechnet 93 Millionen US-Dollar in die ukrainische Staatskasse gebracht. „Seit der Einführung der Kriegssteuer sind dem Haushalt fast 1,4 Milliarden Griwna für die Bedürfnisse der Armee zugeflossen“, teilte der Chef des ukrainischen Schatzamtes, Igor Bilous, am Dienstag via Twitter mit.

    Die Kiewer Führung hatte am 31. Juli eine Kriegsabgabe von 1,5 Prozent auf die steuerpflichtigen Privateinkommen eingeführt, um mehr Geld für den Militäreinsatz gegen die abtrünnigen Gebiete Donezk und Lugansk freizugeben. Diese beiden Industrieregionen hatten den nationalistisch geprägten Februar-Umsturz nicht anerkannt und „Volksrepubliken“ ausgerufen. Der Militäreinsatz hat bislang laut UN-Angaben mehr als 4000 Zivilisten das Leben gekostet. Die Ukraine steckt in einer schweren Wirtschaftskrise. Der IWF und die EU haben Milliardenkredite zugesagt, um das Land vor dem Staatsbankrott zu retten.
    http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141118/270026720.html

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  68. L'UE reprend les spéculations de l'OTAN sur les militaires russes en Ukraine ...

    L'UE a repris les spéculations de l'OTAN sur le transfert de matériel de guerre et de soldats russes dans le sud-est de l'Ukraine affirmant que des armements lourds, des chars et des militaires sans insignes viennent de Russie, a déclaré l'ambassadeur russe auprès de l'UE Vladimir Tchijov.

    Dans son commentairie de la réunion des ministres des Affaires étrangères de l'UE à Bruxelles le diplomate a noté qu'il était, du moins, évident que certains pays de l'UE voudraient que l'implication de la Russie soit plus importante qu'elle ne l'est en réalité.

    Il a ajouté que les appels de l'UE à lancer des réformes adressés à l'Ukraine témoignaient de sa compréhension du fait que Kiev ne réalisait pas les réformes promises aux Européens.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_18/LUE-reprend-les-speculations-de-lOTAN-sur-les-militaires-russes-en-Ukraine-6287/
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    1. NATO Secretary General calls for closer cooperation with the EU...

      From the Official Website of the NATO, 18 Nov. 2014:
      "NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union to address common security challenges the two organisations face, during his first meeting with EU Defence Ministers on Tuesday (18 November 2014).
      “The European Union is an essential and strong partner of NATO. We share the same values, we share many common members and we also share common challenges to the East and to the South,” said Mr. Stoltenberg

      During the meeting, the Secretary General said NATO and the EU had to deal with threats from wherever they come. He condemned Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, saying “Russia is still destabilising Ukraine. We see the movement of troops, of equipment, of tanks, of artillery, and also advanced air defence systems, and this is in violation of the ceasefire agreements.” Mr Stoltenberg called on Russia to take concrete steps toward resolving the crisis. “We call on Russia to pull back its forces from Eastern Ukraine and to respect the Minsk Agreements. Both the EU and NATO strongly want a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine,” he said....................http://www.ellanodikhs.net/2014/11/nato-secretary-general-calls-for-closer.html?showComment=1416328812206#c3968447555608225691
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    2. Die Nato hat sich „verwundert“ über die Erklärung Russlands gezeigt, laut der Moskau auf Garantien wartet, dass die Ukraine der Nato nicht beitreten wird. Diese Äußerung Moskaus sei realitätsfern, sagte die Nato-Sprecherin Oana Lungescu am Mittwoch...

      Zuvor am gleichen Tag hatte Dmitri Peskow, Pressesprecher des russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin, dem britischen Sender BBC gesagt, dass Russland eine „hundertprozentige Garantie will, dass kein Land an einen Nato-Beitritt der Ukraine denkt“. Moskau sei beunruhigt über eine schrittweise Annäherung von Nato-Kräften an die Grenze zu Russland...............http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141119/270038122.html
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    3. NATO surprised at Kremlin spokesman remark on guarantees of Ukraine's non-accession to alliance ...

      Moscow - NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu is surprised over remarks of Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov that Russia needs guarantees that Ukraine will not join NATO.
      https://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/nato-surprised-at-kremlin-spokesman-remark-on-guarantees-of-ukraines-non-accession-to-alliance-372431.html
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  69. Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu on Tuesday announced his resignation, eight days after he took over the ministry to deal with streamlining the ballot casting in the diaspora for the presidential runoff on Nov. 16....

    He thus became the most short-lived minister in the history of Romania.

    Melescanu told a press conference that he will tender his resignation as foreign minister at the government's meeting on Tuesday, as not all the Romanian citizens living abroad were able to exercise their voting right in Sunday's runoff.

    "I apologize to those who could not vote," said Melescanu, stressing that there were a record number of voters in the diaspora and the current outdated legislation is to blame for all malfunctions.

    According to him, the current law no longer corresponds to "the demographic reality and the free movement tendencies especially across Europe.".............http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-11/18/content_34086867.htm
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  70. France's Hollande condemns Jerusalem synagogue attack, those who 'dare to praise' it ...

    French President Francois Hollande condemned the terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday, and went further than other leaders denouncing also those who "dare to praise" the attack.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Frances-Hollande-condemns-Jerusalem-synagogue-attack-those-who-dare-to-praise-it-382122
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  71. The U.K. is to send armored vehicles to Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced...

    Ten armoured vehicles with associated communications equipment worth £1.2 million ($1.9 million) will be sent to the Ukraine Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Hammond on Tuesday.

    Hammond said: "The U.K. stands squarely behind the Ukrainian people and government as they defend their nation’s independence and work to make the political, economic and governance reforms that are vital to rebuilding the country.

    "We are also significantly boosting the number of U.K. staff sent to the mission, with a further eight U.K. monitors arriving in Ukraine last week and three more to follow at the end of the month."

    The vehicles are "crucial" to allow OSCE monitors to work safely in the eastern region of Ukraine, which he described as "volatile".

    The U.K. is also sending 11 more monitors.....................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/422361--uk-to-send-10-armored-vehicles-to-ukraine
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  72. Putin: i Paesi che hanno imposto le sanzioni hanno perso il mercato russo ..

    Secondo il leader russo, le restrizioni imposte sulle importazioni dei prodotti alimentari hanno dato agli agricoltori russi ulteriori opportunità per il lavoro nel mercato interno.

    In precedenza, il ministro degli Esteri russo Sergej Lavrov ha detto che Mosca non ha intenzione di “pregare” i Paesi occidentali per far si che essi revochino le sanzioni. Allo stesso tempo, ha evidenziato che la Russia non cerca il conflitto con l'Unione Europea e ritiene che le sanzioni non produrranno alcun effetto.
    http://italian.ruvr.ru/2014_11_18/Putin-i-Paesi-che-hanno-imposto-le-sanzioni-hanno-perso-il-mercato-russo-7514/
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  73. Finland's Foreign Minister says Finland has bought natural gas from Russia for over 40 years, and the country has never had any problems in its supply or transfer...

    Finland has no reason to stop or freeze their agreements with Russia on natural gas, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Sakari Tuomioja said Tuesday.

    Toumioja's remarks came during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

    When asked about whether Finland is thinking about revising their natural gas agreements with Russia due to the developments in Ukraine, Toumioja said there is no reason to stop any deals with Russia.

    " Finland has been buying natural gas fromRussia for more than 40 years, and we have never had any problems in its supply or transfer," he said.

    In 1971, the two countries signed the first contract for the supply of up to 1.4 billion cubic meters per year. Actual gas volumes arrived to Finland in 1974. As of today, the country has received more than 114 billion cubic meters of gas, of which 3.54 billion cubic meters were delivered in 2013 alone, a statement in Gazprom Export's website says.

    In May 2012, Gazprom Export and Finnish gas company, Gasum extended the March 1994 contract for gas supplies to Finland to Dec. 31, 2027.

    Because of the sanctions imposed by western powers over Russia's stance in eastern Ukraine, and its annexation of the Crimean peninsula, the Finnish Foreign Minister said they will be "more comfortable", if they have alternative resources.

    "In fact, we have just reached an agreement with Estonia to build two liquefied natural gas terminals," he said.

    On Monday, Finland and Estonia reached a deal to build two LNG terminals to agree on a roadmap to improve the countries' gas infrastructure.

    "The plans include the construction of a large-scale LNG terminal in Finland, which would then provide liquefied natural gas to users in the region at competitive prices. The Baltic connector pipeline would link gas markets in Finland and Estonia," said a statement on the Finnish government's website.

    "I am very satisfied that we have reached agreement. With the implementation of the planned measures, Finland will become integrated into the European gas network and will be able to improve the country's gas-based energy security," said Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.
    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/422546--no-reason-to-stop-agreements-with-russia-finnish-fm
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  74. Ukraine PM calls for talks with Russia on 'neutral territory'...

    Ukraine's prime minister on Tuesday called for fresh talks with Russia on "neutral territory" as deadly fighting rumbled on in the country's east.

    "We invite the Russian Federation to hold serious negotiations on a neutral territory. The US and EU are helping us with this," Arseniy Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying by the Interfax Ukraine news agency.
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/115833/World/International/Ukraine-PM-calls-for-talks-with-Russia-on-neutral-.aspx
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  75. Les USA veulent que la Russie leur soit soumise, mais cela n’arrivera pas (Poutine) ...

    Le président russe Vladimir Poutine considèrent que les Etats-Unis veulent que la Russie leur soit soumise. Mais cela n’est jamais arrivé et n’arrivera pas, a-t-il indiqué, s’ exprimant lors du Forum du Front populaire russe à Moscou.

    Dans le même temps Poutine a déclaré que les Etats- Unis réussissent à soumettre à leur influence leurs alliés, qui agissent au détriment de leurs intérêts nationaux.

    Le président russe a noté en même temps que la majorité des Russes aiment le peuple américain et les Etats-Unis, mais s’opposent à la politique des autorités de ce pays.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_18/Les-USA-veulent-que-la-Russie-leur-soit-soumise-mais-cela-n-arrivera-pas-Poutine-9229/
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  76. Russia, Venezuela Discuss Stabilizing Oil Prices ...

    Russia and Venezuela discussed joint action to combat falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael RamDirez the day before.

    Asked if the two discussed joint moves to counteract the oil price falls, Novak told reporters: “Yes, there is such an initiative. We discussed this theme and now we are working out those proposals on our side.”

    Novak said his next meeting with Venezuelan officials will take place on Nov.25 and expected a more detailed discussion on the matter then. He refused to give any more detail.

    Previous overtures between OPEC and Russia have not produced results.
    http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-russia-venezuela-discuss-countering-falling-oil-prices/2524920.html
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  77. Washington et Bruxelles envisagent de nouvelles sanctions contre Moscou ...

    Les Etats-Unis et l'UE discutent du renforcement des sanctions contre la Russie, a annoncé mardi à Washington un représentant de l'administration présidentielle américaine.

    "Je dirais que l'intensification des sanctions contre la Russie est à l'étude", a indiqué le responsable à la veille d'une visite du vice-président américain Joe Biden en Ukraine programmée pour le 21 novembre.

    Selon lui, le président Barack Obama et ses collègues européennes ont "entamé une discussion sur l'adoption de nouvelles sanctions contre Moscou et l'octroi d'une aide supplémentaire à l'Ukraine en marge du sommet du G20 au Australie". "Ces deux initiatives sont très importantes", a ajouté le représentant de l'administration américaine................http://fr.ria.ru/world/20141118/203013639.html
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  78. Spanish parliament passes motion on eventual recognition of Palestine ...

    Motion calls on Spanish government to recognize Palestine, similar to earlier resolutions in Sweden, Britain and Ireland; French parliament to vote on similar gesture later in November.

    Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognize Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict.

    The symbolic motion received the backing of all the political groups of the lower house...................http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.627243
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    1. Malestar en Israel por el voto del Congreso español a favor del Estado palestino...

      El voto del Parlamento español a favor del reconocimiento del Estado palestino, que tuvo lugar anoche en el Congreso de los Diputados de Madrid, ha provocado un gran malestar en Israel y entusiasmo en Palestina.

      “La declaración del Parlamento español solo aleja las posibilidades de alcanzar un acuerdo entre Israel y los palestinos porque anima a los palestinos a tomar posiciones extremas”, ha indicado el ministerio de Exteriores israelí en un comunicado.

      “Hubiera sido mejor si el Parlamento español hubiera denunciado la abominable masacre en la sinagoga de Jerusalén cometida por palestinos que fueron incitados”, señala el texto del ministerio..............http://sp.ria.ru/international/20141119/163154704.html
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  79. Russia refuses to support UN resolution accusing Syria of gross violations of human rights...

    Russia on Tuesday did not support the resolution passed by the U.N. General Assembly Third Committee accusing Syria of gross violations of human rights.

    The resolution presented by Saudi Arabia was approved by the majority of votes: it was supported by 125 countries while 13 states came against and another 47 abstained.

    Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Anatoly Viktorov said the resolution created “the atmosphere of confrontation and mistrust”. “It happens when the international community should consolidate efforts to reach the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic,” he said.

    The document’s authors “act against the logic of political and diplomatic settlement by placing responsibility upon the government when not the government but the foreign opposition is needed to be pushed to starting talks with the authorities”, Viktorov said.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760452
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  80. Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others....

    Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors.

    In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a team of researchers from St. George's University of London outlined the "dramatic reductions" they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.

    "We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. "The results are promising...it could provide a way of breaking through glioma and saving more lives.".............http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/18/marijuana-brain-cancer_n_6181060.html
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  81. Saudi Arabia expands its border zone with Iraq ...

    Saudi Arabia has expanded a buffer zone along its northern border with Iraq, where a US-led military coalition is bombing Islamic State group extremists, official media said on Tuesday.

    Mohammed al-Fahimi, a spokesman for northern region border guards, said "the depth of the border has been increased by 20 kilometres (12 miles)", the Saudi Press Agency reported.

    Officers guarding the frontier "called on residents and citizens to stay away from the border areas", it added, without clarifying the previous depth of the border zone.................http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/175029/blue-dollar-up-at-1355-pesos-bluechip-swap-stock-exchange-rates-sink-
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  82. The first fragments of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing that crashed in the Ukraine have been removed from the scene of the tragedy...

    It is expected that the entire operation will take about 10 days, after which the investigators will begin to work.

    Four months have passed since the plane crash, but the perpetrators have not been named, and much of the collected data remains classified. Moscow demands that the investigations must be continued, and insists that the United States provide satellite images of the area at the time of the tragedy...........http://indian.ruvr.ru/2014_11_19/Boeing-fragments-reconstruction-tragedy/
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  83. Denmark has proposed to Ukraine to replace the natural gas purchases from Russia with purchasing Danish windmills...

    Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegor said on Wednesday this would solve Ukrainian energy problems.

    He does not hide that the plan offers good opportunities for the promotion of Danish solutions in the sphere of wind-power engineering development.

    “Undoubtedly, raising energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources is better for Ukraine and climate, and also beneficial for Denmark’s long-term trade interests,” the minister said in an interview to the Ritzaus Bureau news agency.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/760468
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  84. Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack ...

    Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem - an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence.

    The attack during morning prayers in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof was carried out by two Palestinian cousins wielding meat cleavers, knives and a handgun. They were shot to death by police after the deadliest assault in the holy city since 2008..........http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-11/19/content_34092483.htm
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  85. US-Senat stoppt Geheimdienstreform: Republikaner stoppen Obamas Geheimdienstreform .....

    Die Republikaner im US-Senat haben die von Präsident Barack Obama versprochene Geheimdienstreform gestoppt. In einer Verfahrensabstimmung verfehlte die Gesetzesvorlage die notwendige Mehrheit von 60 der 100 Senatoren, die für den Beginn einer Debatte mit späterer Abstimmung notwendig gewesen wäre. Zwar unterstützten die meisten Senatoren der Demokraten Obamas Pläne. Die Republikaner wandten sich aber dagegen, weil sie fürchten, dass der ausreichende Schutz vor Terroranschlägen sonst nicht mehr gewährleistet wäre.

    Die Geheimdienstreform ist damit zwar noch nicht endgültig vom Tisch. Sie kann aber frühestens im kommenden Jahr vom neu gewählten Kongress wieder auf die Tagesordnung gesetzt werden. Da dann aber die Republikaner in beiden Kongresskammern über eine Mehrheit verfügen werden, gilt eine Verabschiedung der Reformpläne auf der Basis der Obama-Pläne als unwahrscheinlich.

    "Patriot Act" von 2001 sollte geändert werden
    Der nun gescheiterte "Freedom Act" sollte den "Patriot Act" ändern, der den Geheimdiensten nach den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September 2001 weitreichende Befugnisse bei Überwachungsmaßnahmen eingeräumt hatte. Wie intensiv allein der Geheimdienst NSA diese Möglichkeiten nutzte, wurde durch die Veröffentlichung von Dokumenten des früheren NSA-Mitarbeiters Edward Snowden seit 2013 international bekannt. Der US-Geheimdienst späht demnach nicht nur im großen Stil die Telefon- und Internetkommunikation von Menschen rund um den Globus aus, sondern spionierte jahrelang auch Spitzenpolitiker befreundeter Staaten wie Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel aus...................http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/us-geheimdienstreform-im-senat-101.html
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  86. The US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs will join the US Vice President during his official visit to Ukraine, where he will discuss the Russia's fulfillment of Minsk agreement and Kiev's governmental reforms...

    WASHINGTON, November 19 (Sputnik) — US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will be in Ukraine later this week to join the US Vice President Joe Biden during his visit, the State Department said in a statement.

    "November 20-23, Assistant Secretary Nuland will accompany Vice President Joe Biden on his visits to Kiev, Ukraine, and to Istanbul, Turkey," the statement issued Tuesday said.

    Biden's visit to Ukraine is scheduled for November 21, where the US official will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

    Prior to his visit to Ukraine, Biden will travel to Morocco, then to Turkey. Nuland is also scheduled to be to Belgium and Latvia before arriving in Ukraine.
    http://sputniknews.com/politics/20141119/1014901842.html
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  87. London Victoria station has been closed, reportedly due to fire alarms. The evacuation from the station is currently underway....

    The station was closed at around 8:05am local time, and the reason is considered to be smoke from a retail unit............http://rt.com/news/206795-victoria-station-closed-evacuation/
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  88. Crimea integral part of Russia — Lavrov ...

    Crimea is an integral part of Russia and it bears full responsibility for it as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Government Hour of questions and answers at the State Duma lower house of parliament on Wednesday.

    “In our organizations that Russia creates, primarily in the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization), we are guided by the need to defend absolutely unanimously the fundamental legal interests of our state security,” the minister said.

    “We are not forcing our views on our partners, avoiding putting them in an awkward position,” Lavrov said. He added that Russia shall defend its interests. “Crimea is an integral part of Russia. And we bear full responsibility for it as a constituent entity of the Federation,” the minister said.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/760503
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  89. Lavrov: gli USA agitano tutto il mondo per sostenere le sanzioni contro la Russia ...

    Il Ministro degli Esteri russo Sergei Lavrov ha detto che nel mondo non c'è un solo Paese, dove non si siano recati gli emissari degli Stati Uniti, per chiedere di sostenere le sanzioni contro la Russia. Lo ha dichiarato durante il “Question time” alla Duma.

    "Di recente ho incontrato a Pechino John Kerry e gli ho parlato a questo proposito, dicendo che gli emissari degli Stati Uniti viaggiano in tutto il mondo e non c'è un Governo, dove si sono recati, a cui non è stato richiesto un diverso grado di assertività per sostenere le sanzioni contro la Federazione Russa" ha detto Lavrov.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_19/Lavrov-gli-USA-agitano-tutto-il-mondo-per-sostenere-le-sanzioni-contro-la-Russia-6628/
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  90. Colonies à Jérusalem-Est: la construction de 78 nouveaux logements approuvée ...

    La municipalité israélienne de Jérusalem a annoncé avoir approuvé mercredi la construction de 78 nouveaux logements dans deux quartiers de colonisation à Jérusalem-Est, la partie palestinienne occupée et annexée par Israël de la Ville sainte.
    Cinquante logements seront construits à Har Homa et 28 à Ramot, a indiqué à l'AFP Brachie Sprung, porte-parole du maire de Jérusalem. Cette décision intervient dans un contexte de tensions et le jour même de la démolition controversée par l'armée de la maison à Jérusalem-Est de l'auteur présumé d'un attentat. La colonisation, notamment de Jérusalem-Est dont les Palestiniens veulent faire la capitale de l'Etat auquel ils aspirent, est vue comme l'un des principaux obstacles au processus de paix..............http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1143202/colonies-a-jerusalem-est-la-construction-de-78-nouveaux-logements-approuvee
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  91. Russlands Außenminister Sergej Lawrow hat „Nationalisten in Kiew“ beschuldigt, „alles Russische“ aus der ukrainischen Geschichte ausradieren zu wollen....

    „Die radikalen Nationalisten, die in der Kiewer Führung präsent sind, haben sich im Grunde vorgenommen, alles Russische aus der ukrainischen Geschichte, all die Werte auszurotten, zu denen sich die Russen in der Ukraine von alters her bekennen“, äußerte Lawrow am Mittwoch auf einer Pressekonferenz in Moskau nach Gesprächen mit dem ungarischen Außenminister Péter Szijjártó..................http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141119/270039098.html
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  92. Vaclav Klaus : il n'y a plus de liberté en Europe ...

    L'ancien premier ministre et président de la République tchèque Vaclav Klaus n'a jamais été un politique du mainstream. Il est invité à des conférences internationales: la République tchèque célèbre le 25e anniversaire de la "révolution de velours" et Klaus était un militant du Forum civique. Il arrive et les organisateurs apprennent qu'il n'est pas un cadeau. A la Chambre des Lords il parle de l'Ukraine au lieu de prononcer des discours exaltés.

    "Je dois avouer que j'ai visité des dizaines de sommets de l'UE en tant que premier ministre et président. La participation de l'Ukraine à l'Union européenne n'a jamais été un sujet de discussion. Nous avons disserté aimablement que l'Ukraine pouvait avoir un avenir européen sans jamais le prendre au sérieux", note Vaclav Klaus.

    Selon lui, le conflit ukrainien n'était intérieur qu'à son début. Maintenant il est géré d'une manière finalisée de l'extérieur. "Je ne vois pas que les politiques ukrainiens cherchent une issue politique. Ils ne proposent aucun compromis, ils ne proposent rien aux habitants de l'Ukraine de l'Est pour gagner leur confiance. Ils comptent sur la confrontation armée, sur les répressions et placent des attentes irréelles dans l'Occident, l'économie occidentale et les militaires occidentaux", a dit M.Klaus..............http://fr.ria.ru/world/20141119/203022299.html
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  93. Ukraine rules out direct talks with separatists ...

    (Reuters) - Russia urged Ukraine's leaders on Wednesday to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, but Kiev rejected the call and told Moscow to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists".

    Kiev and the West accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine by providing the rebels with money, arms and reinforcements. The West has imposed sanctions on Moscow over the conflict in which more than 4,000 people have been killed since mid-April.

    Russia backs the separatists but denies it is directly involved in the conflict in the Donbass region.

    "We are calling for the establishment of stable contacts between Kiev and Donbass representatives with the aim of reaching mutually acceptable agreements," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a policy address to the lower house of parliament in Moscow................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-ukraine-crisis-lavrov-idUSKCN0J30T920141119?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  94. Russian appeal for Kiev-rebel talks rebuffed ..

    Ukraine PM says Russia "playing games" to legitimise separatists in the east after Lavrov calls for "stable contracts".

    Russia says it wants Ukraine's leaders to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, but Ukraine's government has rejected the call and told Russia to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimising "terrorists".

    Russia backs the separatists but denies it is directly involved in the conflict in the Donbass region.

    "We are calling for the establishment of stable contacts between Kiev and Donbass representatives with the aim of reaching mutually acceptable agreements," Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, said in a policy address to the lower house of parliament in Moscow on Wednesday.

    Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukrainian prime minister, hit back, accusing Russia of trying to push Ukraine into recognising the pro-Russian rebels who are fighting government troops to split parts of the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions from Kiev..............http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/11/russian-appeal-kiev-rebel-talks-rebuffed-2014111912583581420.html
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  95. Anger as ex-NATO head Rasmussen forges 'tax-haven' career ...

    Former NATO Secretary General and ex-Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has joined the widely reported exclusive "network" of former world leaders earning a living from lecturing and speaking in closed forums around the world, triggering anger in his home nation.

    Rasmussen opened his new business, Rasmussen Global, on October 1, demanding a basic fee of $40,000 for a standard speech...............http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/423228--anger-as-ex-nato-head-rasmussen-forges-tax-haven-career
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  96. Weekly update from the OSCE Observer Mission at Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk based on information as of 10:00 (Moscow time), 19 November 2014...

    This report is for media and the general public.

    SUMMARY
    Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russian Federation. As mandated, the Observer Mission (OM) is operating 24/7 at both BCPs. Overall cross-border traffic flows decreased at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). Traffic flows changed again in that slightly more people left than entered the Russian Federation (RF) at the two observed BCPs. The OM continued to observe a significant number of persons in military-style clothing crossing the border in both directions. The OM observed a Russian convoy crossing to and returning from Ukraine through Donetsk BCP on 16 November.

    DETAIL
    OM’s arrival, establishment and observation work

    The OM is currently operating with 19 staff members, consisting of 14 permanent international observers (incl. the Chief Observer), 3 temporary international observers and 2 administrative assistants. Three of the international observers are currently on leave or on duty trip abroad.

    Cross-border movements common to both BCPs

    The profile of the people crossing the border remains unchanged and can be categorised as follows:

    Families on foot or by car with a lot of luggage;
    Elderly people with few bags;
    Adults (usually of younger age) with no luggage or empty cars;
    People wearing military-style clothes with or without backpacks.

    The average number of entries/exits decreased from 7,523 to 6,874 per day for both BCPs during the reporting period. The majority of people crossed the border from the Russian Federation (RF) to Ukraine....................http://www.osce.org/om/126896?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oscelatestnews
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  97. Les crimes qui sont commis en Ukraine, ne doivent pas rester impunis, a déclaré le délégué du ministère russe des Affaires étrangères pour les droits de l’Homme, la démocratie et la primauté de droit Konstantin Dolgov....

    Le fonctionnaire a également indiqué que des faits de bombardement des zones résidentielles et des cas de mort des écoliers feront partie de la nouvelle édition du Livre blanc sur les crimes en Ukraine.

    Selon Dolgov, à la suite des événements en Ukraine, on assiste en Europe à la montée de nationalisme agressif. « Si nous n’arrêtons pas les nationalistes en Ukraine de manière radicale, des tendances radicales s’étendront à tout l’espace européen », a-t-il assuré.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_19/Dolgov-les-crimes-en-Ukraine-ne-doivent-pas-rester-impunis-5105/
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  98. UN Concerned About Growth of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Iraq, Syria ...

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that the organziation is worried about the growing number of foreign terrorist fighters in Iraq and Syria.

    UNITED NATIONS, November 19 (Sputnik) — The United Nations is concerned about the growing number of foreign terrorist fighters in Iraq and Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Wednesday.

    "The number of foreign terrorist fighters in the Syria and Iraq conflicts has grown to over 15,000 from more than 80 countries. In addition, terrorist groups spurred by violent extremist ideologies — such as Da'esh, the Al-Nusra Front, Boko Haram and Al-Shabab — continue to carry out brutal acts and cause profound suffering. Millions live under the control of such groups,” Ban stated..............http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20141119/1014932278.html
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  99. France gets power to impeach president ...

    French lawmakers now have the power to launch a US-style impeachment of their president under a new law passed on Wednesday.

    Heads of state in France have until now enjoyed some of the strongest legal protections in the West - only removable in cases of high treason.

    But the law approved by the Constitutional Council on Wednesday sets out a procedure for removing the president from office in cases where there has been a "breach of their duties that is clearly incompatible with the exercise of their mandate".

    The impeachment process first requires 10 percent of upper house senators and 10 percent of lower house deputies to sign a resolution.

    A two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament must then vote to convene a special session of select lawmakers known as the High Court...............http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/France-gets-power-to-impeach-president/articleshow/45206733.cms
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  100. US Should Consider Lethal Aid to Ukraine, Says Obama Nominee ...

    U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the number two post at the State Department says the White House should consider providing Ukraine with lethal, defensive military equipment.

    Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tony Blinken said that arming Ukraine's military could force Russia to rethink its role in the conflict gripping eastern Ukraine.

    Both houses of Congress have voiced support for such aid, but the Obama administration has so far stopped short of providing lethal equipment................http://www.voanews.com/content/tony-blinken-says-us-should-consider-lethal-aid-to-ukraine/2527259.html

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  101. UN chief Ban condemns deadly terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue ...

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Wednesday condemning a deadly synagogue attack in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

    "The Secretary-General strongly condemned the attack yesterday in a synagogue in Israel which claimed five lives and injured several persons. He extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery," said the statement, which was read to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York by Ban's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric..............http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/UN-chief-Ban-condemns-deadly-terror-attack-on-Jerusalem-synagogue-382316
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  102. North Korea responds to UN with nuclear test threat ...

    North Korea has threatened to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations.

    Its foreign ministry on Thursday accused the United States of orchestrating a recent UN resolution calling for the investigation.

    North Korea previously conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

    Its threat comes as new satellite images emerge indicating fresh activity at a North Korean nuclear facility.

    A UN human rights committee on Tuesday passed a resolution calling on the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

    Pyongyang said the resolution was based on "fabricated testimonies" from North Korean defectors and "slander against Pyongyang".

    The resolution's approval was a "grave political provocation" by the US and such "aggression..is leaving us unable to further refrain from staging a new nuclear test."

    It added that its military deterrence "will be beefed up limitlessly" to guard against the US.

    A US State Department spokesman said in response: "It would certainly be unfortunate to threaten with that kind of activity in response to the legitimate focus on North Korea's human rights situation by the international community."...........http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30125047
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  103. Crimes contre l'humanité: la Corée du Nord brandit la menace nucléaire après un vote à l'ONU ...

    La Corée du Nord a brandi jeudi la menace d'un nouvel essai nucléaire en réponse à une résolution à l'ONU qui constitue le premier pas vers une traduction du régime nord-coréen devant la justice internationale pour crimes contre l'humanité.

    Au même moment, des images satellites ont montré que Pyongyang serait en train de démarrer une usine de retraitement destinée à l'extraction de plutonium de qualité militaire sur son complexe nucléaire de Yongbyon.

    Mardi à New York, la commission des droits humains de l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU a voté une résolution demandant au Conseil de sécurité de saisir la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) au sujet d'exactions reprochées au régime nord-coréen..........http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1143391/crimes-contre-l-humanite-la-coree-du-nord-brandit-la-menace-nucleaire-apres-un-vote-a-l-onu
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  104. Chute des cours pétroliers: un complot Riyad-Washington? (médias)...

    Les agissements imprévisibles des autorités saoudiennes en matière de politique pétrolière ont engendré, la semaine dernière, de nombreuses théories du complot sur ce pays de premier plan de l'Opep. L'une de ces théories avance que l'Arabie saoudite aurait l'intention de déstabiliser l'économie russe et iranienne, a écrit l'agence Reuters.

    "Les marchés énergétiques s'interrogent: pourquoi ce leader de l'Opep n'empêche pas la chute du cours de l'or noir, qui a atteint son minimum depuis ces dernières années? Cela signifie-t-il que l'Arabie saoudite poursuit des fins économiques, voire géopolitiques?", rapporte l'agence.

    Entre temps, des dirigeants saoudiens ont organisé des réunions secrètes de l'Opep à New York et Riyad en septembre et en octobre, rapporte Reuters, se référant à quatre sources dans les milieux commerciaux et diplomatiques. Des représentants de Riyad ont annoncé que le pays disposait de suffisamment de réserves de change pour ne pas s'inquiéter des tarifs de 70-80 dollars le baril pendant un an environ................http://fr.ria.ru/business/20141120/203026994.html
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  105. The US State Department has announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mischaracterized his private conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry....

    WASHINGTON, November 20 (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mischaracterized his private conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry when he claimed that Kerry told him to ignore US President Barack Obama's statement listing Russia among the world's main threats, the US State Department has announced.

    "We've seen naturally the reports of Mr. Lavrov's comments. It's unfortunate that these reports indicate that the foreign minister has incorrectly characterized the private diplomatic discussions between himself and Secretary Kerry," US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at a Wednesday press briefing.

    Rathke's comments came after Lavrov said Wednesday that Kerry had asked him to ignore the statement made by Obama in order to have discussions with Moscow on the Iranian nuclear program issue and the situation on the Korean Peninsula................http://sputniknews.com/politics/20141120/1014938030.html
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  106. A baby boy born with four arms and four legs is causing panic in the streets of Baruipur, east India, as locals believe he is the reincarnation of a god....

    The child has been named God Boy, as multiple limbs are common among Hindu deities, and people are travelling from across the region to the city in West Bengal State to get a glimpse of the child.

    Local police complain they are struggling to control the crowds, as hundreds cry in the streets and clamor to get access to the hospital.......Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/2014_11_20/280267720/
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  107. Kiev police tighten security on eve of rally marking Ukrainian Maidan anniversary...

    Police in Kiev have stepped up security measures ahead of Friday’s rally to mark the first anniversary of the Ukrainian Maidan and a planned arrival of volunteer battalions who disapprove of Kiev’s policies, Ukraine’s Vesti newspaper reported.

    “Roadblocks will be installed at the entry where people may be asked to open up the boot of the car and show the documents. In the metro, canine teams will be deployed if there are reports of bomb threat. We attract police from other regions and the National Guard members,” the newspaper quoted police spokeswoman Yulia Mustash as saying.

    The police plan to introduce special security measures to control situation in downtown Kiev in order to prevent violence.....................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760672
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  108. Матвиенко: проект глобального межпарламентского бойкота России провалился ...

    Парламентарии стран Запада, отказавшись от диалога с коллегами в РФ, лишили себя возможности узнать настроения российского общества, однако Госдума и Совет Федерации готовы для возобновления сотрудничества. Это подчеркнула в своем блоге спикер СФ Валентина Матвиенко.

    Она констатировала, что уходящий год стал сложным и "во многом поучительным", в том числе в сфере межпарламентского сотрудничества, которое "в силу известных причин складывалось непросто". Матвиенко пояснила, что имеет в виду "попытки Запада изолировать Россию от мирового сообщества путем свертывания как собственных межпарламентских связей с нашей страной, так и принуждения к этому других стран, международных организаций"...................http://itar-tass.com/politika/1584867
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  109. Ukraine unilaterally demarcates border with Russia ...

    The Ukrainian government on Wednesday approved a draft presidential decree on unilateral demarcation of its border with Russia.

    Ukraine will unilaterally demarcate the Ukraine-Russia border and the government has been authorized to take related measures to implement the work, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Ostap Semerak told a press conference.

    State Border Guard Service said it is waiting for the presidential order to determine the functions and authorities of government departments in the process of demarcation............................http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-11/20/content_34106197.htm
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  110. Former US ambassador to Syria: 'We have played the role of the Assad air force.'...

    U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have helped Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford said during a meeting at the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

    "The airstrike campaign which we started in September has actually hurt the moderate opposition. It has discredited them on the street, because our strike targeted territory taken by the Al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front which has been fighting against the Assad regime", former ambassador said.

    "ISIL units were not fighting the moderate opposition, they were fighting the Assad regime."

    "In fact, what we did is we played the role of the Assad air force," Ford said................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/423472--us-airstrikes-against-isil-helped-assad-former-ambassador
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  111. Johannes Hahn says Serbia needs to honor its commitments and impose sanctions on Russia, as this is a legal commitment in the framework of EU accession talks....

    "Serbia is legally obligated, as part of the negotiations to progressively align itself with EU on difficult issues such as the sanctions on Russia. It is very important and we expect Belgrade to honor this commitment," said the EU commissioner in charge of enlargement and neighborhood policy, who is on Thursday visiting Belgrade.

    On Tuesday in Brussels, he met with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, when he was quoted as saying that he had "not asked Serbia to join the European sanctions against Russia," while Dačić said this issue was not "explicitly" brought up.

    Serbia maintains that it respects Ukraine's territorial integrity, but will not join the western sanctions against Russia. ...............http://www.b92.net//eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2014&mm=11&dd=20&nav_id=92307
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    1. “Il ricatto dell'Europa sulla Serbia è controproducente” ...

      La UE ricatta la Serbia con la possibilità di adesione in Europa, se il Paese non si unirà alle sanzioni contro la Russia, ha dichiarato oggi il presidente della commissione Esteri della Duma Alexey Pushkov.

      "Se il governo serbo adotterà le sanzioni contro la Russia, significherà che si è arreso ad un ricatto, ma Bruxelles non li farà entrare nella UE entro un anno," - ritiene Pushkov.
      Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_20/Il-ricatto-dellEuropa-sulla-Serbia-e-controproducente-6617/
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    2. Serbia is not going to impose sanctions on Russia — Serbian president ...

      Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Thursday that his country was not planning to impose sanctions on Russia at the moment, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic told journalists after meeting Johannes Hahn, the visiting EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Good-Neighbourly Relations, on Thursday.

      Nikolic, however, admitted that the EU membership Serbia is seeking implies an obligation to pursue a common foreign policy.

      “What I heard from Hahn is the same what you have heard from him: Serbia is not an EU member and it can be independent in pursuing its foreign policy; but EU membership would have implied a commitment to pursue a common foreign policy,” Nikolic told a news conference held jointly with Johannes Hahn.

      “Today, in these hours and years, Serbia will definitely not impose sanctions on Russia,” Hahn emphasized.........................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760864
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    3. Firmly committed to Serbia's EU perspective ...

      Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, is in Serbia today. On his first official visit to the Western Balkans in his new capacity, Commissioner Hahn is discussing Serbia's reform agenda on the way to EU accession. He will have meetings with the whole politic spectrum, above all President Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic as well as other Ministers. During his visit he is also meeting the European Integration Committee of the Serbian Parliament, NGOs and IFIs.

      In the press conference following the meeting with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić Comissioner Hahn said:

      'I am very pleased to be back to Belgrade in my new capacity. My visit to Serbia so early in my new mandate shows the importance the EU attaches to Serbia and demonstrates that enlargement negotiations have the same priority as before.

      Prime Minister Vučić and I had a very fruitful discussion. I reassured Prime Minister Vučić about the firmness of EU's commitment to Serbia's European perspective and highlighted that the EU is committed on remaining Serbia's closest partner.

      I congratulated PM Vučić on the professionalism and high level of commitment of Serbia throughout the negotiation process.

      The Prime Minister and I have discussed the accession negotiations. I emphasised the key lesson learned of past enlargements: the accession process must be transparent and inclusive. Joining the EU is a societal project, which ultimately belongs to the citizens. It is therefore important that all stakeholders, civil society, business community and citizens at large feel ownership about this process and feel associated to the reforms its brings. EU membership is not an endeavour of the few but the ambition of the many.

      I welcome the reform priorities of the government to ensure sustainable economic growth as well as the continued attention paid to ensuring the rule of law, the fight against corruption and organised crime and the reform of the judiciary and public administration..................http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-2004_en.htm?locale=en
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  112. Près de 1 000 personnes tuées en Ukraine depuis la trêve du 5 septembre ...

    Selon un rapport de l’ONU, un millier de personnes ont été tuées en Ukraine depuis le 5 septembre, date de l'entrée en vigueur du cessez-le-feu dans l'Est. Le nombre de déplacés a également fortement augmenté.

    Du 5 septembre au 18 novembre, 957 personnes ont été tuées (838 hommes, 119 femmes), soit, en moyenne, 13 victimes par jour, a rapporté jeudi 20 novembre le bureau du Haut Commissaire aux droits de l'Homme des Nations unies. Dans un rapport sur la situation des droits de l'Homme en Ukraine, l'organisation pointe également que le nombre de déplacés a "fortement augmenté passant de 257 489 le 18 septembre à 466 829 au 19 novembre".

    L'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE), chargée de surveiller l'application de la trêve entre armée ukrainienne et séparatistes prorusses, a par ailleurs annoncé, ce jeudi, avoir été prise pour cible dans une zone sous contrôle de l'armée ukrainienne, à 15 km à l'ouest de Donetsk, bastion des séparatistes prorusses.................http://www.france24.com/fr/20141120-millier-tues-ukraine-depuis-treve-5-septembre-onu-droits-homme/
    20/11/14

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  113. Russischer Sicherheitsrat warnt USA vor Waffenlieferungen an Kiew ...

    Der Sekretär des russischen Sicherheitsrats, Nikolai Patruschew hält die USA für mitverantwortlich an dem Konflikt in der Ukraine und warnt vor Waffenlieferungen an die Regierung in Kiew.

    „Ich denke, dass die USA einer der Urheber des Konfliktes in der Ukraine sind“, sagte Patruschew am Donnerstag in Moskau. „Wenn sie Waffen dorthin verkaufen werden, wird sich dieser Konflikt ausbreiten.“ Tony Blinken, Sicherheitsberater von US-Präsident Barack Obama, hatte zuvor geäußert, dass die USA die Lieferung tödlicher Waffen an die Ukraine erwägen sollten.
    http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141120/270045398.html
    20/11/14

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  114. Preocupación en Rusia por los movimientos militares de Kiev cerca de línea de demarcación ...

    Rusia y Donbás están alarmados por el aumento de las fuerzas militares ucranianas a lo largo de la frontera con las repúblicas populares de Donetsk y Lugansk, dijo el representante permanente de la Federación Rusa ante la Unión Europea, Vladímir Chizhov.

    “Sigue creciendo la preocupación de los ciudadanos tanto en el este de Ucrania como en Rusia por el aumento de las fuerzas militares ucranianas a lo largo de la línea que separa las repúblicas autoproclamadas del resto del país”, comentó Chizhov a Bloomberg TV......................http://sp.ria.ru/international/20141120/163182005.html
    20/11/14

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  115. Russia calls UN resolution on North Korea human rights record 'counter-productive'...

    Agence France-Presse: Russia on Thursday slammed as "counter-productive" a landmark UN resolution on North Korea's rights record that lays the groundwork for putting the Stalinist regime in the dock for crimes against humanity.

    "In my opinion, it is counter-productive to try to make some loud statements through confrontational resolutions at the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

    "We are convinced that UN structures dedicated to human rights should not turn into judicial or prosecution bodies," said Russia's top diplomat, adding that such resolutions were aimed at "publicly punishing" countries instead of achieving a solution.................http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/141120/russias-putin-calls-further-deepening-political-ties-north
    20/11/14

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  116. L'Occident était à l'origine de la catastrophe humanitaire en Ukraine (député russe) ...

    Le président de la Douma d’Etat russe Sergueï Narychkine juge que c’est l'Occident qui était à l’origine de la catastrophe humanitaire en Ukraine.

    « Les autorités ukrainiennes, et les institutions occidentales ne sont pas disposés à remarquer l'ampleur de la catastrophe humanitaire dans la région du Donbass », a-t-il déclaré. « Il est clair pour quelle raison, parce qu'ils étaient à l'origine de cette tragédie. Et il semble que certains espèrent encore que les souffrances forceront les habitants du Sud-est de l'Ukraine à capituler ».

    Précédemment, le président d'Ukraine Piotr Porochenko s’est adressé aux pays européens avec une demande d’aider Kiev à prévenir la catastrophe humanitaire.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_20/LOccident-etait-a-lorigine-de-la-catastrophe-humanitaire-en-Ukraine-depute-russe-0740/
    20/11/14

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  117. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, acknowledged on Thursday there was some way to go to iron out differences with Iran over its nuclear program...

    "Important points of difference remain," Fabius told a joint news conference in Paris with Kerry, who said he shared Fabius' view and noted that the major powers meeting Iranian officials this week in Vienna had a united approach. REUTERS
    http://www.todayonline.com/world/still-long-way-go-iran-nuclear-deal-fabius-kerry
    20/11/14

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  118. Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the negotiations between the E3/EU+3 and Iran on the Iranian nuclear programme ...

    Statement
    Negotiations between the E3/EU+3 and Iran have now entered a decisive phase in Vienna. I hope that they will succeed in achieving a long-term and comprehensive diplomatic solution which will address international concerns as regards the Iranian nuclear issue and I thank Catherine Ashton for her dedication to this difficult negotiation.

    This is the time for Iran to take the strategic decision to open the way for a historic and final settlement of the nuclear issue which would also mark the beginning of a new chapter in relations between Iran and the international community.
    http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141120_02_en.htm
    20/11/14

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  119. No security in Europe without Russia: Merkel ...

    Russia is key to ensuring European security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday as she marked a quarter century of reconciliation with neighbouring Poland.

    "We are aware that Europe's security can only be ensured, in the medium and long term, with Russia," Merkel said at a ceremony with Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in the southern Polish town of Krzyzowa.

    "The sanctions are not a goal in themselves. They are applied only when necessary," Merkel said, in reference to sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

    "We want to proceed with dialogue with Russia.".............http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/116023/World/International/No-security-in-Europe-without-Russia-Merkel.aspx
    20/11/14

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  120. Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 20 November 2014...

    This report is for media and the general public.
    The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the activities of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC).

    In Luhansk the SMM met with a former “Lugansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) member who said that there were six military groups operating within the “LPR”. According to him there were armed “LPR” personnel, volunteer “LPR” armed groups and four armed independent Cossack groups. Each of these groups has its own area of responsibility he added.

    In Metalist, controlled by the “LPR” (17km North of Luhansk), the SMM spoke to two female pensioners who complained that their Ukrainian pensions had not been paid for five months. They told the SMM that they were short of money and had no other choice than to buy only cheap products of low quality. The SMM also spoke to local residents who told the SMM that the security situation was improving in Metalist, with no shelling since the summer....................http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/127019?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oscelatestnews
    20/11/14

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  121. Las autoridades de la autoproclamada República Popular de Donetsk (RPD) están de acuerdo con las conclusiones de la misión de la ONU sobre la implicación del Ejército ucraniano en la matanza de civiles cuyos cuerpos fueron hallados en fosas comunes en Donbás, comunicó este jueves el vicecomandante de las milicias, Eduard Basurin....

    "Estamos de acuerdo con las conclusiones y también insistimos en que lo hizo el Ejército ucraniano", dijo, "las fosas fueron halladas después de que se fuera de allí el Ejército ucraniano", precisó.................http://sp.ria.ru/international/20141120/163185828.html
    20/11/14

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  122. Une délégation de l'Otan à Kiev pour discuter d'un "partenariat particulier" ...

    Les responsables du Conseil de sécurité nationale, du ministère de la Défense et de l'Etat-major des forces armées ukrainiennes rencontreront une délégation de l'Otan qui s'est rendue jeudi en visite de travail à Kiev, indique un communiqué mis en ligne sur le site du ministère de la Défense.

    "Le but de la visite est de maintenir le dialogue politique et militaire au plus haut niveau, d'évoquer certaines questions du partenariat particulier en matière de défense entre l'Ukraine et l'Otan et de montrer le soutien apporté à l'Ukraine par l'Alliance", lit-on dans le communiqué.................http://fr.ria.ru/world/20141120/203035685.html
    20/11/14

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  123. US Vice President Suggests Toughening Sanctions Against Russia: White House ...

    The White House said in a statement Thursday that US Vice President Joe Biden suggested toughening sanctions against Russia.

    WASHINGTON, November 20 (Sputnik) – US Vice President Joe Biden said sanctions against Russia should be toughened if Moscow continued on its current course in Ukraine, the White House said in a statement Thursday.

    During a phone conversation with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, the two leaders agreed that the sanctions "would need to be intensified if Russia continued on its current course,” the statement reads.................http://sputniknews.com/us/20141120/1014968720.html
    20/11/14

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  124. British soldiers involved in military exercises in Poland were were not allowed to take gadgets with them because they could be targeted by Russian cyber spies, as reported by the British Telegraph edition....

    The newspaper mentions that the military drills in Poland are the most large-scale exercises in Eastern Europe since 2008.

    Britain’s security services and military intelligence experts have decided troops’ laptops, smartphones and electronic devices could be targets for Russian intelligence agencies, or state-sponsored criminal hackers, states the newspaper.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760886
    20/11/14

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  125. US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme is not being discussed...

    Negotiations in Vienna will instead focus on "driving towards" the outline of an agreement, he said.

    World powers want Iran to show it is not building nuclear weapons, in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

    Diplomats are bracing for tough negotiation at the six-nation talks, with a Monday deadline for a deal.

    "In the current situation it will be very difficult to get a deal unless there is a new spirit," Russian chief negotiator Sergei Ryabkov told Russian media. "The talks are being held in a tense atmosphere."...............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30128587
    20/11/14

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  126. Five parties sign agreement to establish coalition in Ukraine parliament ...

    Ukraine’s People’s Front, Radical Party, Samopomoshch (Self Help), Petro Poroshenko Bloc and Yulia Timoshenko’s Batkivshchina have signed an agreement to establish a coalition in Ukraine’s parliament, UNIAN news agency reports.

    In the final version of the draft agreement, participants in the ruling coalition commit themselves to investigating the killing of protesters on Kiev’s Independence Square in February 2014.

    They also vow to abolish parliamentary immunity. “We will ensure equality of all state officials before the law, restrict all kinds of immunity against criminal prosecution. We will be open and accountable to the society, and will be guided in our activity only by law, that is why we will abolish parliamentary immunity,” said the preamble of the document.

    “We see our main task in ensuring defense potentials of Ukraine, economic growth, protection of rights and freedoms of our citizens,” says the document....................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/760917
    21/11/14

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    1. El acuerdo de coalición en la Rada prevé la entrada de Ucrania en la OTAN ...

      El acuerdo para la formación de una coalición en la Rada Suprema (Parlamento ucraniano), rubricado la madrugada del viernes por cinco partidos ucranianos, estipula el ingreso del país eslavo en la OTAN, según el diputado del Frente Popular, Leonid Yemets.

      “El texto del acuerdo de la coalición habla del ingreso en la OTAN, la retirada de la inmunidad parlamentaria y el proceso de destitución del presidente”, dijo Yemets al tiempo de agregar que el documento se hará público durante el día de hoy.

      La coalición agrupará a cinco de las seis formaciones que obtuvieron escaños en el nuevo Legislativo: el Frente Popular, de Arseni Yatseniuk; el Bloque de Petró Poroshenko; Autoayuda, del alcalde de Lvov, Andréi Sadovi; el Partido Radical, de Oleg Liashkó, y Batkivschina, de la ex primera ministra Yulia Timoshenko...................http://sp.ria.ru/international/20141121/163196196.html
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  127. Millions of undocumented immigrants to benefit from Obama's executive actions ...

    US President Barack Obama has announced that undocumented immigrants to be able to stay in the United States if they have been living in the country for more than five years and if they successfully pass a criminal background check.

    WASHINGTON, November 21 (Sputnik) — Undocumented immigrants will be able to stay in the United States if they have been living in the country for more than five years and if they successfully pass a criminal background check, US President Barack Obama has announced.

    "We're going to offer the following deal: If you've been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you're willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you'll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation," Obama said Thursday.

    "I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty. Well, it's not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today," the US president added, stressing that the US "immigration system is broken – and everybody knows it".

    "It's been this way for decades. And for decades, we haven't done much about it," Obama said, explaining that his action is a "common-sense, middle-ground approach".

    "If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you're a criminal, you'll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up," Obama said..............http://sputniknews.com/us/20141121/1014977743.html
    21/11/14

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  128. NATO presence in Afghanistan must be supported by UN resolution....

    The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) believes the presence of NATO forces in Afghanistan after 2015 must be supported by a United Nations Security Council resolution, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told a General Assembly meeting on Thursday on behalf of the CSTO, which unites Russia and its allies.

    The signing of a bilateral agreement on security on September 30 this year between Afghanistan and the United States and an agreement with NATO on the status of forces is the Afghan Islamic Republic’s sovereign right, which is not questioned. The documents are expected to contribute to strengthening security in the country. A new mission approved by Afghanistan's government and supported by a relevant UN Security Council resolution would be in accordance with international cooperation, he said......Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_21/NATO-presence-in-Afghanistan-must-be-supported-by-UN-resolution-7629/
    8/11/14

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  129. Plunging Crude Oil Prices Boon for Indian Economy ...

    Plunging global crude oil prices are turning out to be a boon for India, a country which is heavily dependent on oil imports. Cheaper oil is boosting the government’s efforts to lift the economy from a deep slump.

    For decades, subsidies on energy in India have been a huge drag on government finances, but efforts to roll them back have been stalled by a public and political outcry.

    However, the nearly 25 percent slide in international crude prices since June provided a rare opportunity for the government to end its controls on diesel prices last month.

    Indian consumers barely noticed. The reason: despite the subsidy withdrawal, the plunging global oil prices mean they are not paying more money at gas stations to fill their vehicles.

    Economists say tumbling crude prices have brought multiple benefits -- oil is the single biggest import in a country which buys two thirds of its needs from overseas..................http://www.voanews.com/content/plunging-crude-oil-prices-boon-for-indian-economy/2528869.html
    21/10/14

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  130. Tchernobyl/arche: une avancée importante sur le chantier ...

    Le consortium français NOVARKA a achevé les opérations de levage de la nouvelle enceinte de confinement du sarcophage à la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Tchernobyl, en Ukraine, a annoncé jeudi soir la société Vinci Construction Grands Projets, qui détient 50% de NOVARKA.

    "L'enceinte se compose de deux demi-arches, chacune d'elles ayant fait l'objet de trois levages depuis novembre 2012, après d'importants travaux d'assainissement, de terrassement et de fondations sur l'aire de montage située à proximité du réacteur N°4 de la centrale. Le dernier levage de la seconde partie de la structure a eu lieu le 24 octobre", a indiqué Vinci Construction Grands Projets.

    Selon la société, l'étape suivante consistera à assembler les deux parties de l'enceinte, à équiper l'ensemble des systèmes d'alimentation électrique, de ventilation, de contrôle commande.

    L'enceinte complète sera ensuite placée sur les rails et poussée au-dessus du sarcophage actuel au printemps 2017. "La livraison de l'ensemble de l'ouvrage est prévue en novembre 2017. Les conditions seront ainsi créées pour le démantèlement du sarcophage et du réacteur n°4 en toute sécurité", a conclu la société...................http://fr.ria.ru/world/20141121/203038501.html
    21/11/14

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  131. I militari ucraini bombardano di nuovo i centri abitati nel sud-est ...

    I militari ucraini nelle ultime 24 ore hanno violato la tregua attuale almeno 12 volte. Il fuoco è stato aperto contro le zone residenziali di Donetsk e contro le imprese industriali. Ci sono vittime e feriti.

    Secondo i dati delle milizie filorusse, le forze ucraine accumulano sulle loro posizioni nuovi mezzi corazzati, tra cui carri armati e veicoli da combattimento di fanteria.

    Allo stesso tempo l'OSCE ha deciso di prorogare per un mese il lavoro dei propri osservatori al confine russo-ucraino. Gli ispettori rimarranno ai posti di blocco "Gukovo" e "Donetsk" fino al 23 di dicembre. La missione sarà estesa da 16 a 22 persone.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_21/I-militari-ucraini-bombardano-di-nuovo-i-centri-abitati-nel-sud-est-0996/
    21/11/14

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  132. Security Heightened in Jerusalem's Old City Ahead of Prayers ...

    Israel stepped up security across Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers and allowed entry of Palestinians of all ages to al-Aqsa, Israeli police said.

    Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Reuters that hundreds of policemen deployed in and around the old city. He said that restrictions on worshippers would not be imposed for a second week in a row in a bid to ease tensions.

    For months young Palestinian worshippers have been barred entry to the holy site, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, during Friday prayers, amid fears that frequent clashes between Israeli and Palestinian youths could trigger a new Palestinian uprising..................http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-security-heightened-in-jerusalem-old-city-ahead-of-prayers/2528935.html
    21/11/14

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  133. S. Korea conducts live-fire drill near inter-Korean sea border ...

    South Korea's military on Friday conducted a live-fire drill in islands near the disputed inter- Korean maritime border despite the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s condemnation against it.

    The Northwest Islands Defense Command, Seoul's military command defending the five West Sea border islands, carried out the drill for about two hours from 3 p.m. local time, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

    It mobilized K-9 self-propelled howitzers with a range of 40 km and multiple rocket launchers ranging from 23 to 36 km. Those equipments were dispatched from Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong islands.

    The two islands have been a hotspot on the Korean Peninsula. The DRPK fired shells at Yeongpyong on Nov. 23, 2010, killing four South Koreans, including two marines. In March 2010, a South Korean navy corvette Cheonan sank in waters near the Baengnyeong Island, killing 46 soldiers.

    The live-fire drill also involved the firing of a Spike missile capable of precisely striking the DPRK's coastal artillery positions near the border. It marked the second time that the South Korean military fired the missile, which was deployed in May last year, during the drill near the western sea border.

    Earlier in the day, the DPRK's Southwest Frontline Military Command issued a statement, condemning the live-fire drill. It said South Korea "should never forget the lesson from the bitter defeat" in the shelling of Yeongpyeong.

    In response, Seoul's defense ministry spokesman told a press briefing that Friday's live-fire drill had nothing to do with the fourth anniversary of the Yeonpyeong shelling that falls on Sunday, saying it was a regularly-held live-fire drill conducted by the command in charge of defending the northwest islands.
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/892998.shtml
    21/11/14

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  134. North Korea moves to strengthen Russia ties ...

    North Korea and Russia are aiming to bolster their military ties, Pyongyang’s state media said Friday as the two countries’ leaders look set to hold summit talks.

    The North’s official Korean Central News Agency relayed the details of a meeting of senior Russian and North Korean military officials.

    “Both sides had a wide-ranging exchange of views on putting the friendship and cooperation between the armies of the two countries on a new higher stage,” the report stated.

    The agency did not specify when the discussion took place between No Kwang-chol, vice chief of the North Korean army’s general staff, and his Russian counterpart but No is known to have travelled with a delegation to Moscow this week.

    Just hours before the news report, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that Moscow was ready for the “highest-level contact” with Pyongyang and strongly hinted that President Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un would meet...................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/424084--north-korea-moves-to-strengthen-russia-ties
    21/11/14

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  135. Russian Communist Party offers to terminate diplomatic ties with Lithuania ...

    Deputy head of the Duma faction of the Communist Party, Nikolai Kolomeytsev, suggested Russia should terminate diplomatic relations with Lithuania and introduce sanctions against the Baltic country, RIA Novosti.

    The MP was outraged about the remarks from Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite that she said on Thursday, November 20 during her interview on a local radio station. In the context of Ukrainian events, she called Russia "a terrorist state" and urged to provide military support to the sitting Ukrainian authorities.

    "This is unacceptable if the president of a country allows such boorish and cynical remarks," MP Kolomeytsev said.

    State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin proposed to submit the question about the termination of relations with Lithuania for consideration at the parliament.

    Under current law, diplomatic representatives can be appointed and recalled by president after adequate consultations with parliamentary committees and commissions.
    http://english.pravda.ru/news/russia/21-11-2014/129094-russia_lithuania_diplomatic-0/#.VG9i3mfm75M
    21/11/14

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  136. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohommad Javad Zarif will leave the nuclear talks with six world powers on Friday and return to Tehran for discussions with top officials four days before a deadline for a final agreement expires...

    "Zarif will return to Tehran tonight for consultations and exchange of views with top officials," Iran's official news agency IRNA reported, citing a member of the Iranian delegation at the Vienna talks. Western diplomats in Vienna told Reuters Zarif was expected to return to Austria during the weekend.

    Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China began the final round of negotiations on a nuclear deal on Tuesday. Officials close to the talks have said the two sides are unlikely to secure a final agreement and may need to extend the negotiations.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iran-minister-to-leave-nuclear-talks-for-Tehran-consultations-382487
    21/11/14

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  137. Botschafter: Russland muss auf Nato-Verstärkung an Grenze reagieren ...

    Die Verstärkung des militärischen Aufgebots der Nato an den russischen Grenzen veranlasst Moskau zu einer Reaktion, wie der russische Nato-Botschafter Alexander Gruschko am Freitag sagte.

    Die „Verlegungen der Nato“ in Grenzgebieten bezeichnete Gruschko als eine Bedrohung. „Die Nato muss verstehen, dass die Stationierung bedeutender Potenziale entlang unserer Grenzen und die ständigen Übungen uns zu bestimmten Vorsichtsmaßnahmen verlassen“, sagte Gruschko dem russischen Nachrichtensender Rossija 24. So werde Russland unter anderem seine Luftaktivitäten verstärken. Der Diplomat warf Nato vor, „die Ostsee-Region, die bislang aus militärischer Sicht ruhig war, in ein Gebiet militärischer Konfrontation mit Russland zu verwandeln“. „Das führt in eine Sackgasse.“
    http://de.ria.ru/politics/20141121/270056609.html
    21/11/14

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  138. MAE serbe : la rupture des liens avec la Russie - un suicide économique ...

    La position de la Serbie, qui refuse d’introduire des sanctions contre la Russie, n’a pas changé, ce pays ne voulant pas commettre un suicide économique et couper les liens avec ses partenaires traditionnels, a déclaré vendredi à Belgrade le ministre serbe des Affaires étrangères Ivica Dacic.

    « J’espère que la Serbie ne se retrouvera pas dans une situation où il faudra choisir entre Bruxelles et Moscou », a déclaré Dacic.

    Le ministre a reconnu que la Serbie, étant candidate à l’adhésion à l’Union européenne, a des obligations de coordonner sa politique extérieure et sa politique de sécurité avec les normes européennes d’ici la fin de la période des négociations.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_11_21/MAE-serbe-la-rupture-des-liens-avec-la-Russie-un-suicide-economique-9806/
    21/11/14

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  139. Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday...

    The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military installations, adding to tensions waters also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/us-china-southchinasea-airstrip-idUSKCN0J526B20141121?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
    21/11/14

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