Russia warns against foreign forces meddling in Syria's internal affairs

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on Russia warns against foreign forces meddling in Syria's internal affairs 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 1 — Russia on Tuesday warned against foreign countries meddling in the internal affairs of Syria, saying "the Syrian crisis can only be resolved with the Syrian-led political process."

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China opposes forced "regime change" in Syria

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on China opposes forced "regime change" in Syria 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 1 — China on Tuesday voiced its firm opposition to the use of force to resolve the Syrian issue, the practice to forcefully push for the "regime change" and other actions which violate the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms guiding the international relations.

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Iran, IAEA agree to continue talks

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on Iran, IAEA agree to continue talks 

TEHRAN, Feb. 1 — Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed to continue their talks on the Islamic republic's nuclear program after three days of meetings, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

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Israeli President slams Iran for trying to 'control the region'

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on Israeli President slams Iran for trying to 'control the region' 

JERUSALEM, Feb. 1 — Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday slammed Iran for trying to "control the region" and called on the rest the world to prevent the Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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New York nuclear plant threatens drinking water for 11.3 million people: report

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on New York nuclear plant threatens drinking water for 11.3 million people: report 

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 — The drinking water for more than 11.3 million people could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, located in Buchanan, New York, said a new study released on Tuesday.

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Freighter ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on Freighter ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast 

ISTANBUL, Feb. 1 — A Cambodian-flagged freighter ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast, a Turkish official said on Tuesday.

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BP should indemnify Halliburton for damage claims over oil spill: U.S. judge

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on BP should indemnify Halliburton for damage claims over oil spill: U.S. judge 

HOUSTON, Feb. 1 — British oil giant BP must indemnify its contractor Halliburton for some damage claims related to the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

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Clinton urges UNSC to back Arab League plan on Syria

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on Clinton urges UNSC to back Arab League plan on Syria 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 1 –US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Tuesday that the United States is in favor of the Arab League (AL) proposals to help resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria, and urged the UN Security Council(UNSC) to adopt a resolution aimed at implementing the plan.

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China closely watching workers being held in Egypt, FM says

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on China closely watching workers being held in Egypt, FM says 

BEIJING, Feb. 1 — China's Foreign Ministry said the Chinese embassy in Cairo is urgently pursuing the the incident wherein 25 Chinese workers were held Tuesday by some local people in Egypt.

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Feature: Syrian capital remains peaceful as suburbs turn violent

February 1, 2012 11:02 am· Comments Off on Feature: Syrian capital remains peaceful as suburbs turn violent 

by Huang Yinjiazi, Wang Chu, Gong Zhenxi

DAMASCUS, Feb. 1 — Life in the Syrian capital of Damascus could be described as unusually peaceful of late, given that the government troops have been engaged in fierce battles for four days with "armed gangs" in several Damascus suburbs since Jan. 28.

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