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1ST LEAD Cameron to press Chinese leader on Syria, Hong Kong By Bill Smith

1ST LEAD Cameron to press Chinese leader on Syria, Hong Kong By Bill Smith
In a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing last week, al-Assad adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said her government "welcomes China's positive and important role" in trying to resolve Syria's political crisis, Chinese state media reported.
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Four Syrian hospitals bombed since Russian airstrikes began, doctors say
Khaled Almilaji, the country director of Medical Relief in Syria, said: “The whole world has to be just as angry as they were with what happened in Afghanistan. Their anger must not just be directed at Bashar, who has been inhuman with us, but also at …
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When Britain foresaw Russia's Syria role
Large-scale arming of the regime in Damascus; a muscular display of Russian airpower ; the bombing of hostile forces in Syrian territory; a “war of nerves” with Turkey; warships sent to the Mediterranean to unsettle Nato; the emergence of combat units …
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“Spieler sind keine Pferde”: Klopp kritisiert englischen Verband

Liverpool liegt Jürgen Klopp zu Füßen. Das Heimdebüt des FCL-Trainers gegen Rubin Kasan dominiert die Schlagzeilen auf der Insel. Die Vorfreude ist allerdings getrübt. Nach nicht mal zwei Wochen hat er sich bereits mit dem Verband angelegt. Es geht um einen Nachwuchsspieler.

Afghanistan Kämpfe um Provinzhauptstadt

Afghanistan Kämpfe um Provinzhauptstadt
Afghanistan Kämpfe um Provinzhauptstadt. Nach Kundus versuchen die Taliban nun offenbar die Hauptstadt der Provinz Helmand, Lashkar Gah, zu erobern. 0. Afghanische Spezialkräfte erobern offenbar Kundus zurück · Mehrere Tote bei Angriff auf …
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Afghanistan: US-Panzerfahrzeug durchbricht Krankenhaustor in Kundus
Erst beschoss US-Militär die Klinik in Kundus, weil es darin afghanische Talibankämpfer vermutete, jetzt durchbrach ein Stoßtrupp das verschlossene Eingangstor: Irrtümlich habe man angenommen, auf dem Gelände des Krankenhauses der Organisation …
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Shahpoor Chaprehari stammt aus Afghanistan und dient bei der Bundeswehr
Paschtu seine Zweite. Und dann beherrscht er in Grundzügen Farsi, eine weitere Amtssprache in Afghanistan. Weswegen er jetzt dienstlich in einer Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung für Flüchtlinge in Darmstadt eingesetzt war. Als Dolmetscher. “Ein klarer Auftrag …
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Jugend in Afghanistan – Der Massenexodus vom Hindukusch

Jugend in Afghanistan – Der Massenexodus vom Hindukusch
Es gibt nur drei Plätze, an denen sich derzeit in der afghanischen Hauptstadt Kabul in aller Herrgottsfrühe so viele Menschen versammeln. An der Ausfallstraße Richtung Masar-i-Scharif warten täglich Hunderte von Handlangern vergeblich auf Arbeit.
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Afghanistan: Die Tragödie der Militäreinsätze
Die Kriege im Irak und in Afghanistan haben, sollte man meinen, alle Hoffnungen zunichte gemacht, die sich einst an westliche Militärinterventionen knüpften. Soweit es diese Hoffnungen überhaupt gab. Einer, der sich schon lange keine Illusionen mehr …
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Afghanistan: Das Trauma von Kundus
Dass die Taliban Kundus einfach überrennen konnten, hat das Vertrauen in die afghanische Regierung schwer beschädigt. Nicht nur der Gouverneur ist kriegsmüde und würde am liebsten nach Deutschland auswandern. Besuch in einer erschütterten Stadt.
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Russia-Hating John McCain Disappointed that Germany Wants Cooperation with Moscow

The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova.

Washington needs Europe to bring distress to Russia on the Eurasian Continent. According to US Senator John McCain, the EU is desperately looking for a way to relax the sanctions against Russia. Germany also hopes for the restoration of constructive relations with Moscow.

Speaking to the news agency Sputnik, Republican John McCain, who is considered to be a hardliner in foreign policy, said that the countries of the European Union were not really planning to maintain the US sanctions policy. He admitted:

“The EU has never kept to the transatlantic sanctions regime and will never do so as long as Europe remains dependent on Russian energy resources.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, voiced the opinion in Copenhagen follows the sanctions regime in order to respond to the conflict in Ukraine, although, given the difficult economic circumstances, they hope to restore reasonable co-operation with Russia.

The chancellor then acknowledged that the supposedly unanimous decision of Ukraine to seek to join the European community of shared values ​​and to sign the association agreement has been at great cost to the government in Kiev.

So, while Europe still follows the US sanctions regime, it simultaneously tries as hard as it can to reach an agreement with Moscow. Merkel said that it would continuously take steps – unlike the United States, which advocates comprehensive arms supplies to Kiev – to bring about a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine.

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Eurasian Economic Union Growing and Drawing Interest of China, India, and Turkey

The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova

The ex-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan has joined as a fifth member to the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union. Members of the Union, which is understood as an economic counterpart to the European Union, are currently Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. At the same time the Eurasian Economic Union signed a Free Trade Agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In this respect negotiations with China are also underway, India and Turkey show their interest.

After years of political and economic agony Kyrgyzstan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EMU) could be an opportunity for the country to benefit from the the dynamics of strong economic blocs such as Russia or Kazakhstan.

With the 5.5 million Turkic inhabitants and with a GDP of 1,300 US dollars per capita Kyrgyzstan is the poorest republic in Central Asia. But ties with Russia, even more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, are still very strong. Traditionally, many Kyrgyz people work in Russia as migrant workers. Thus there is always a large amount of foreign Russian currency in this former Soviet republic. For other members, who profit from falling trade restrictions, Kyrgyzstan is a welcome and historically known partner as well. A common Free Trade Agreement underlines the already existing trend.

The government website wrote in this regard:

“As a result of the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (SEEC) a number of documents regarding the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Organization were signed.”

In the meantime, all the members of EMU, including Kyrgyzstan, agreed to establish a common electricity market in the future. In addition, it was reported  that the transportation of goods across the borders would be liberalized.

Subsequently, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Union stated:

“There are decisions on a joint free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Negotiations with China on an equal venture are already underway. “

Meanwhile, Russia assumes that ” more intense trade and investments will continue to strengthen the socio-economic development in the EMU countries. They will also increase the competitiveness of members on the international stage and stimulate the satisfaction of the population in the country. “

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in this regard:

“The Eurasian integration already proved to be effective: The mutual trade between Member States since the creation of the EMU grew by nearly 20 billion US dollars and the trade routes and infrastructure have improved significantly. While trade has increased with knowledge-intensive or industrial products, the traditionally high share of commodity trading has been reduced from 40 to 28.9 percent.”

Showing interest in involving new partners in EMU, during the signing ceremony of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev called for involvement of Turkey in the Eurasian economic area. He stated:

“When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Kazakhstan, he expressed Turkey’s interest in signing a trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union. We also need to talk about it.”

The economic alliance is just a beginning of a great development. “We have established the Eurasian Economic Union, which has grown again today: Armenia was the first member country, now we are welcoming Kyrgyzstan. Despite the fact that trade in the face of numerous crises always lags behind, I am sure that the economic union is promising,” Nazarbayev said on Friday during his meeting with Putin. “Look how many countries would like to participate: China also wants a free trade zone. We signed agreements today with Vietnam. Turkey and India want to be with us. In other words: This Union is now appreciated and highly regarded. “

The self-declared goal of the Eurasian Economic Union is to ensure the free movement of goods, services and capital to pursue a coordinated policy in the fields of agriculture and industry to cooperate in large infrastructure projects and to create a common energy markets for natural gas and oil products.


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Barbarians at the Gate: US Conducts Provocative Military Exercises with Georgia Near Russian Border

The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova

The United States and Georgia have started a two-week military exercise in the southern Caucasus Republic on Monday. For Russia the presence of US troops a few kilometres from its border is a provocation, just as a US promise of the NATO membership to Georgia. Some 600 US and Georgian soldiers are participating in the exercise, for which the US redeployed the whole motor brigade and 14 M2 Bradley IFV tanks from its base in Bulgaria.

“That’s a big step within the framework of training and cooperation of our armies,” Brigadier General Mark Loeben, director of the United States European Command Centre for Military Exercises the, said to the journalists.

With US backing Georgia strives for years for the membership in the Western military alliance NATO. However, this is strongly opposed by Russia. Russia considers the US international pretensions to be regarded as controlling power, immediately at its own doorstep, as a threat to national security. As recently as in 2008 the Russian army had to intervene into the conflict, forced by weeks of repressive behaviour of Georgian military against national minorities. Russia also supports political independence of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which led to conflicts with the Georgian government in Tbilisi.

Since then the bilateral relations, given increasingly closer ties of Tbilisi with NATO and the recent experience in Ukraine, are tense in the South Caucasus.

The joint manoeuvres take place around the Vaziani military base near Tbilisi, which had long been a Russian airbase.

The Georgian Defence Minister Tina Khidascheli obviously soothingly told that Georgia is “not forearming for a war against anybody,” adding:

“This is directed against no one. We are preparing for peace. That is also the reason why we need a strong Georgian army.”

Russia, which in response to numerous exercises of NATO in Europe and recently in the Baltic will hold its own naval manoeuvres with China, has so far not commented on the NATO exercises in Georgia.

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