Connect to share and comment

Ban in C. Africa to signal determination on UN force

Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui on Saturday as the United Nations signals its determination to deploy peacekeepers in the strife-torn Central African Republic. The UN secretary general will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior figures in the UN to raise the spectre of genocide. jpc-mc/bur/gd

US seeks to reassure Japan amid Ukraine crisis fallout

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday vowed America would stand by its security commitments to Tokyo, after Russia's intervention in Ukraine raised concerns in a region plagued by its own territorial disputes. Hagel, on a two-day visit to Japan as part of a tour of Asia, said Russia's annexation of Crimea had sparked worries among allies in the Pacific and elsewhere.

US seeks to reassure Japan amid Ukraine crisis fallout

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday vowed America would stand by its security commitments to Tokyo, after Russia's intervention in Ukraine raised concerns in a region plagued by its own territorial disputes. Hagel, on a two-day visit to Japan as part of a tour of Asia, acknowledged Russia's annexation of Crimea had sparked worries among allies in the Pacific and elsewhere.

US, Algeria vow to cooperate in fight against terrorism

The United States and Algeria pledged Thursday to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria, which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

US, Algeria vow to work together to fight terrorism

The United States and Algeria Thursday pledged to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

UN Mission in DR Congo prepares withdrawal

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it is preparing a gradual withdrawal from the country despite the continued presence of dozens of armed groups. Late last month, the UN Security Council renewed the mandate for one more year of its stabilisation mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) and its intervention brigade charged with "neutralising" foreign and domestic armed groups.

S. Korea lines up exhibitions, conferences for ITU meeting

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea outlined a series of diverse and high-tech events on Wednesday in preparation for a global conference on information technologies that it is hosting in October. South Korea will host the 19th International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, the country's largest port city 453 kilometers southeast of the capital, from Oct. 20 through Nov. 7.

U.S. House backs Ukraine aid, sanctions

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea. The 378-34 vote was in support of a package approved by the U.S. Senate, meaning it will be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law, ending weeks of haggling in Congress over how best to support Ukraine.

Asia growth risks being dampened by China slowdown

The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday said growth in developing Asia will edge higher over the next two years, but faces being constrained by China's campaign to cool its economy. The Manila-based lender said in a forecast that adjustments in China, the world's second-largest economy and a key growth driver, could offset improving demand as growth picks up in advanced economies such as the United States, Europe and Japan.

Nearly 20 pct. of LatAm teens not in school

Santiago, Mar 31 (EFE).- About 20 percent of Latin Americans between the ages of 12 and 18 do not attend school, according to a report released here Monday by the U.N. Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean and the regional office of Unicef. "Practically all 11-year-old children are in school in the countries of Latin America, but for 17-year-olds half have already left the system and only one in three completes high school without falling behind," the document says.
Syndicate content