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N. Korea slams ‘hostile’ US, says to boost nuclear deterrent
Seoul (AFP) Nov 27, 2013 – North Korea on Wednesday slammed the United States for blocking denuclearisation talks with “absurd preconditions” that would only prompt Pyongyang to bolster its nuclear deterrent capacity. In a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Pyongyang’s search for a “negotiated settlement” on its nuclear programme was being sty … more

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Colombia recalls ambassador over Nicaragua dispute
Bogota (AFP) Nov 27, 2013 – Colombia on Wednesday raised the stakes in a maritime dispute with Nicaragua, recalling its ambassador for consultations after a contentious ruling by the International Court of Justice. Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin in Bogota said her country took the decision as it cannot accept the court’s November 19 judgment that confirmed Colombia’s sovereignty over the San Andres archipelago i … more

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Mideast peace ‘urgent’ but possible: Israel’s Peres
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 27, 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that peace with the Palestinians was urgent and possible amid faltering negotiations between the two sides. Peres, speaking during a visit to Mexico City, said he welcomed the new round of talks, revived in July with the aim of reaching an agreement within nine months. “We weren’t born to be enemies, we weren’t born to rule other people, we w … more

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Iran, Turkey call for ceasefire before Syria talks
Tehran (AFP) Nov 27, 2013 – Iran’s top diplomat said Wednesday that Tehran and Ankara would press for a ceasefire in Syria ahead of peace talks planned for January, the Mehr news agency reported. “All our efforts should be carried out to finish the conflict and reach a ceasefire even before Geneva 2,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu. “Iran and … more

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US administration fights new Iran sanctions
Washington (AFP) Nov 26, 2013 – The US administration stepped up its battle Tuesday to thwart moves by lawmakers to tighten sanctions on Iran, warning that would jeopardize tough negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program. Secretary of State John Kerry videotaped a message to members of Congress warning against any new sanctions during the six-month period of talks laid down in a deal struck at the weekend in Geneva. See … more