Russia not to join sanctions aimed at regime change in Iran: deputy FM

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Russia not to join sanctions aimed at regime change in Iran: deputy FM 

MOSCOW, Feb. 16 — Russia will not join possible sanctions against Teheran to bring regime change in Iran, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday.

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London conference to tackle terrorism in Somalia

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on London conference to tackle terrorism in Somalia 

LONDON, Feb. 16 — The British government on Wednesday said it hoped that an international conference to be held next week would tackle the problem of terrorism and instability in the African nation of Somalia and of piracy off its shores.

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Greek president criticizes German FinMin for "insulting Greece"

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Greek president criticizes German FinMin for "insulting Greece" 

ATHENS, Feb. 16 — Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday strongly criticized German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and other European officials for "insulting Greece," Greek media reported.

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Chinese VP urges U.S. to adjust economic policies, structure to address trade imbalance

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Chinese VP urges U.S. to adjust economic policies, structure to address trade imbalance 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 — Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping called on the United States Wednesday to adjust its economic policies and structure to address China-U.S. trade imbalance.

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4.8-magnitude earthquake hits Guangdong: CENC

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on 4.8-magnitude earthquake hits Guangdong: CENC 

BEIJING, Feb. 16 — An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale jolted the Dongyuan county of Heyuan city in south China's Guangdong Province at 2:34 a.m. Beijing Time Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The epicenter, with a depth of 13 km, was initially determined to be at 24.0 degrees north latitude and 114.5 degrees east longitude. (PNA/Xinhua) FFC/ebp

Benin lauds Kenya's role in regional peace

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Benin lauds Kenya's role in regional peace 

NAIROBI, Feb. 16 — Benin on Wednesday lauded the role being played by Kenya in ensuring peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region.

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Switzerland closes its embassy in Syria

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Switzerland closes its embassy in Syria 

PARIS, Feb. 16 — Switzerland has decided to close its embassy in Damascus and called on all Swiss citizens to immediately leave Syria, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter told RSR radio station.

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Suicide car bomb attack seriously wounds six Yemeni policemen

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Suicide car bomb attack seriously wounds six Yemeni policemen 

SANAA, Feb. 16 — A suicide car bomber targeted a security checkpoint in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib on Wednesday, killing himself and injuring six policemen, the ruling party's website reported.

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"Time has come" to relocate Iranian exiles living in camp in Iraq: UN chief

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on "Time has come" to relocate Iranian exiles living in camp in Iraq: UN chief 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 16 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday said "the time has come" to relocate several hundreds of Iranian exiles living in what was previously known as Camp Ashraf in northeastern part of Iraq.

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Asia-Pacific should become important area for China-U.S. positive interactions: Chinese VP

February 16, 2012 9:37 am· Comments Off on Asia-Pacific should become important area for China-U.S. positive interactions: Chinese VP 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 — Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged China and the United States to conduct positive interactions in the Asia-Pacific region.

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