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Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence

Israeli leaders call for expansion of settlements in West Bank as two Palestinians and an Israeli killed on Friday.. Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory… Source: Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Preventing Renewed War in South Sudan

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Juba/Addis Ababa/Brussels The honeymoon period is now over for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which formally ended the civil war in August 2015. Its guarantors need to act urgently in the next days to save it and prevent the country from returning to full-scale combat. The agreement successfully enabled the return of Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), to Juba and the subsequent formation of the Transitional Government of ... Read More »

Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw

Moscow has agreed to a Russia-NATO council after the alliance’s summit in Warsaw next month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on June 29, as both sides seek to defuse military tensions exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis. NATO held its first formal meeting with Russia’s envoy to the alliance in almost two years in April, but the talks did little to ease tensions triggered by the Ukraine crisis in 2014… Source: Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw – ... Read More »

East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises

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Dangerous aerial and naval encounters are rising as China and Japan spar over disputed islands in the East China Sea. A promising reconciliation process has floundered. To prevent an accident tipping the dispute into open hostility, both sides urgently need a credible crisis management protocol to insulate any negotiations from their broader rivalry… Source: East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises – International Crisis Group Read More »

Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Italy and the Netherlands agreed on June 28 to split their term on the UN Security Council after a tie in voting forced them to reach a compromise. In the vote for five non-permanent seats, Kazakstan was elected for the first time, joining Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden which won spots during the secret balloting at the 193-nation General Assembly… Source: Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat – EUROPE Read More »

Annual Security Review Conference of the OSCE | José Ramos-Horta

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I have been in Austria on a number of occasions and I departed each time with more fond memories. I thank you, Mr. Secretary-General, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, and Dr. Gernot Erler, Representative of the German Chairmanship-in-Office, for the kind invitation extended to me to take part in this important gathering of 57 Member States, covering a vast expanse of the world, from Vancouver to Vladivostok. My sincere appreciation also goes to the Austrian Ministry of Foreign ... Read More »

Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations

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Deal comes six years after an Israeli raid killed Turkish activists on a flotilla seeking to deliver aid to Gaza.. Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalise ties, according to Israeli and Turkish media. The highly anticipated agreement was reported on Sunday, six years after an Israeli raid that killed 10 Turkish activists as an aid flotilla sought to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip… Source: Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations Read More »

State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US

Baku, Azerbaijan By Anakhanum Idayatova – Trend: Azerbaijan is an important partner of the US, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink told reporters during a press conference in Baku June 24. She noted that the US and Azerbaijan will continue their partnership in the spheres of security, energy, economy and democracy… Source: State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US Read More »

NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know

India’s entry bid into NSG has been scuttled, not only by China, but also Switzerland, which had earlier supported the membership proposal.. PM Narendra Modi’s last-ditch attempt to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have been snubbed, with China insisting that India must first sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty)… Source: NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know | The Financial Express Read More »

Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer

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The signing in Havana today of agreements on the “end of the conflict” and the referendum mechanism for the Colombian population to approve the final peace deal provides the strongest assurance yet that the 52-year armed conflict between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is finally coming to an end… Source: Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer – International Crisis Group Read More »

Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates

Australia will formally back India to join the club of nuclear suppliers at a summit in Seoul on Friday, a move that will finally lay to rest a bitter stoush over selling uranium to the nuclear armed giant. But China has signalled it could veto the bid because India has refused to sign the international treaty to stop the spread of atomic weapons… Source: Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates Read More »

Seizing the Moment: From Early Warning to Early Action

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After a period of relative calm, an upsurge of crises is testing the international system, pitting major powers and regional players against one another and highlighting the weaknesses of preventive diplomacy. Governments and international organisations were taken by surprise by the Arab uprisings in 2011 and slow to react to crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) in the years that followed. Global and regional rivalries have weakened diplomacy over Syria, Ukraine and the South China Sea. ... Read More »

Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria

Says ISIS Faces Difficulty, Loss Would Put Israel in ‘Hard Position’ by Jason Ditz In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war… Source: Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria — News from Antiwar.com Read More »

M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have agreed in principle for their respective armed forces or relevant agencies to establish a trilateral maritime patrol working group to… Source: M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo Read More »

More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in US

After a gunman attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people, the gun control debate has come into the spotlight once again. The Huffington Post cited data visualization hub 1point21 in which figures show gun stores are much more common than McDonald’s or Starbucks. As of December 2015, there were more than 64,700 gun dealers in the U.S., it reported, while there were a total of 10,844 Starbucks branches… Source: More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in ... Read More »

Fear and Loathing in the Levant: Turkey Changes its Syria Policy and Strategy

Turkey’s strategic position in northern Aleppo and the Manbij pocket has collapsed, forcing the Turkish government to recalibrate its Syria policy. This shift in Turkish policy began in June 2015, when Turkish officials began to speak openly about the need for a safe zone between the Euphrates River and the opposition held city of Azaz. This policy proposal differed from Turkey’s previous insistence on a comprehensive no-fly-zone over all of Syria, enforced with American, Turkish, and other allied aircraft. This ... Read More »