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More than 50% of the world’s population is female: ؑؑؑؑEU Parl

BRUSSELS: The Women in Parliaments Annual Summit 2013 was the first time  that the European Parliament has welcomed so many women representatives from around the world coming together to use their collective experience to advance society. The conference discussed global issues from the perspective of female political leaders and possible change through female leadership, how parliaments can deliver on gender …

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Trust in the transatlantic partnership has been seriously damaged: Brok

WASHINGTON:   “Friends do not spy on friends” said Mr Brok on the occasion of an official visit of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. “We agree with our American partners that it is vitally important to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. Any surveillance done in this context, however, has to be clearly framed and carried out …

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Malala Yousafzai – winner of the Sakharov Prize 2013

BRUSSELS: Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013, following today’s decision of the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders). She will be invited to receive the award at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 20 November.   “By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the …

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Two French journalists kidnapped

BAMAKO (AFP) – Two journalists with Radio France Internationale (RFI) were kidnapped on Saturday by armed men while working in Kidal in Mali s far northeast, military and security sources said. “Two RFI journalists were kidnapped by armed men in the centre” of Kidal, a Malian security source said. The fate of the two, identified as Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, …

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Kerry lands in Saudi to ease tension over Syria, Iran

RIYADH (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Sunday hoping to repair ties with America s longstanding ally, which have frayed over the Syrian conflict and US outreach to Iran. The top US diplomat was already on the second stop of an 11-day trip which has become an exercise in damage control, as the regional turbulence unleashed …

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US to back Egypt interim govt

CAIRO (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday his country is committed to working with Egypt s interim rulers, on his first visit to Cairo since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi. On the eve of the opening of Morsi s trial, Kerry was in Cairo to shore up ties with a key ally and ensure it moves ahead …

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Iran envoy elected to lead gas-producing bloc

TEHRAN (AP) – A former head of Iran s central bank was elected Sunday to head a 13-nation bloc of gas-producing countries as Tehran looks beyond its sanctions-hit crude oil sales to bring in vital revenue and explore new energy markets. Iran has tried aggressively looked to its vast natural gas reserves and refined petrochemical products to bypass US-led sanctions over …

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Syria: Assad sacks deputy PM over unauthorized US meeting

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sacked his vice premier on Tuesday, saying the official had been absent without leave and carried out unauthorised meetings abroad, the official SANA news agency said. The move follows media reports that Vice Premier Qadri Jamil had met with the US pointman for Syria Robert Ford on Saturday to discuss proposed Geneva peace …

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Drone-hit Pak family recounts terror before US Congress

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – A Pakistani family affected by US drone strikes, appeared before members of the US Congress on Tuesday to record their account from when they were targeted last year. Rafiq ur Rehman – a primary (elementary) teacher in North Waziristan – and his children Zubair (13) and Nabila (9) are the first victims of the covert drone …

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Blackberry not a strategic fit for us: SAP

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German business software group SAP is not interested in bidding for troubled smart phone maker Blackberry, its chief financial officer told a German magazine. “Blackberry doesn’t fit with our strategy,” Werner Brandt told Euro am Sonntag in an interview, adding that SAP already offers mobile solutions and did not need to fill any gaps there. BlackBerry, based …

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