Putin’s L.America ‘big tour’, deals done

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A six-day tour by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Latin America ended with a long anticipated creation of the BRICS bank and the signing of energy agreements, as Russia looks to build alliances to counter Western influence. The Latin America tour started with the visit to Cuba, where Putin signed a new agreement on oil exploration in Caribbean waters which ... Read More »

Fatah and Hamas agree on new Palestinian prime minister

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Mahmoud Abbas names Rami Hamdallah as PM in step towards reconciliation between former rival factions The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas, appeared on the verge of forming a historic unity government after seven years of bitter rivalry as Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, named a new prime minister agreed by the two sides on Thursday. The ... Read More »

AFL gets behind Indigenous recognition

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The AFL has become the first major sporting body to formally support constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians. The AFL will back the Recognise campaign, and incorporate its message into upcoming games. Recognise describes itself as a people’s movement, advocating for constitutional change. It proposes removing some sections of the constitution, including one that could be used to create laws prohibiting ... Read More »

The Continental Shelf Delimitation Agreement Between Turkey and “TRNC”

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Last month, Turkey submitted a note verbaleto the Secretary-General of the United Nations setting out the geographical coordinates of its continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean, as established by a delimitation agreement with the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (“TRNC”). The agreement was signed on 21 September 2011 and ratified by the Turkish government on 29 June 2012. A mappublished by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign ... Read More »

US vice-president Joe Biden pushes energy cooperation in visit to Cyprus

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Discovery of oil and natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean highlights the growing importance the US has given to the region Jump to comments US vice-president Joe Biden arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday, the most senior US official to visit in more than 50 years, as the quest to find alternative energy routes into Europe focused international attention on the continent’s only divided country. With the discovery of ... Read More »

Woodside pulls out of Leviathan deal

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The Australian company had sought to buy 25% of the Israeli gas field for $2.71 billion. Australian company Woodside Petroleum has finally withdrawn its intention to buy 25% of the rights in the Leviathan gas field off Israel’s coast for $2.71 billion. In an announcement released yesterday in Australia, Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said that the negotiations between the sides ... Read More »

U.N. readies aid in South Sudan after ceasefire deal

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir exchange signed peace agreement documents in Addis Ababa

(Reuters) – The United Nations in South Sudan was readying aid on Saturday for towns ravaged by conflict but was waiting to see if a new ceasefire deal holds between the president and rebel leader before sending it. President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar signed the deal on Friday after growing international pressure to end the ethnic fighting ... Read More »

South Sudan president agrees to resume peace talks

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US secretary of state John Kerry says talks between Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar could take place as early as next week South Sudan‘s president has agreed to meet his rival as soon as next week to jumpstart peace talks that have been stalled for months and potentially to lay groundwork for a new government. The US secretary of ... Read More »