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Intra-Syrian Talks Officially Start in Geneva

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Intra-Syrian Talks Officially Start in Geneva

The delayed intra-Syrian talks to end five years of bloody warfare officially started in Geneva on Monday with two hours of talks between the United Nations mediator and the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC). “As far as we are concerned, their arrival at the Palais des Nations and initiating the discussions with us is the [...]

NATO Warns Russia on Turkish Air Space Violation

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NATO Warns Russia on Turkish Air Space Violation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday that a Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace on Friday, despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behaviour is, he said. “I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace. Russia must take all necessary measures to [...]

Russia Taking Steps to Combat Corruption

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Russia Taking Steps to Combat Corruption

President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Presidential Council for Countering Corruption on Tuesday to discuss further measures to improve the national anti-corruption policy in Russia. The Council for Countering Corruption was set up in accordance with the Presidential Executive Order of May 2008 to create a system to combat corruption in the country [...]

NATO Reaffirms Support for Afghanistan Security

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NATO Reaffirms Support for Afghanistan Security

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed global security challenges at the World Economic Forum in Davos (21-23 January 2016). Mr Stoltenberg took part in a plenary session on the global security outlook together with Afghan President Dr. Ashraf Ghani, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam. According [...]

World Economic Forum Reveals the Future of Jobs

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World Economic Forum Reveals the Future of Jobs

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive [...]

Meet the World’s Best Look-Alike of President Obama

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Meet the World’s Best Look-Alike of President Obama

The world’s best look-alike of President Barack Obama surprised countless prominent politicians and business people in Belgium and Holland on Monday. At the New Year’s Lunch of Assemblee Speakers Bureau, American actor Reggie Brown made an appearance as the 44th President of the United States, much to the astonishment of the group of luminaries gathered [...]

What Are the Environmental Issues in Russia?

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What Are the Environmental Issues in Russia?

President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order to observe Year of the Environment in the Russian Federation in 2017. The objective is to attract public attention to Russia’s environmental issues, preserving biodiversity, and ensuring environmental security. [ Vladimir Putin Meets Narendra Modi in Russia. But Why? ] Chief of Staff of the [...]

NATO to Transfer Baltic Air Policing Mission

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NATO to Transfer Baltic Air Policing Mission

The 40th rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission will take place this week (7 January 2016) in Lithuania and Estonia. According to a NATO statement released today, responsibility for the mission will be transferred from Hungary and Germany to Spain and Belgium, demonstrating NATO’s support for its Baltic Allies. The mission is a NATO [...]

UK May Block Donald Trump’s Entry into the Country

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UK May Block Donald Trump’s Entry into the Country

By Rakesh Raman In response to Donald Trump’s recent suggestion in his political speeches to put a temporary ban on Muslims’ entry into USA, an online community petition is urging the UK government that the US Presidential hopeful should not be allowed to enter UK for his hate speeches. The UK parliament is likely to [...]

Vladimir Putin Meets Narendra Modi in Russia. But Why?

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Vladimir Putin Meets Narendra Modi in Russia. But Why?

Under Narendra Modi government, the already deformed democracy in India has become a plutocracy or perhaps kleptocracy (the rule by thieves) controlled by the corporate bigwigs who hobnob with Modi. By Rakesh Raman An informal meeting took place in Russia Wednesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. While [...]

Russia to Offer Solution for Syrian Conflict Settlement

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Russia to Offer Solution for Syrian Conflict Settlement

President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a briefing session Friday with the permanent members of the Security Council. According to a statement issued by Kremlin, the participants discussed ways to cut off sources of terrorist funding in light of the relevant resolution adopted by the UN Security Council. The participants exchanged views on Syrian conflict [...]

Boosting Investment Towards Climate Smart Cities

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Boosting Investment Towards Climate Smart Cities

New policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much-needed climate-smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report launched at Paris City Hall by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and international partners. “Your efforts enable your citizens to reduce their carbon footprint, breathe cleaner air and live more healthy lives,” Mr. Ban told mayors and [...]

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