Monthly Archives: September 2013

Obama to visit Asia next month to discuss economy, security

US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama will discuss economic and security issues with Asian leaders during a trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines October 6 – 12, the White House said on Friday. The trip comes as countries in the region try to work through friction over disputed territories in the oil and gas-rich South China Sea. Obama’s foreign policy has focused on Asia, and his officials have been closely monitoring the maritime dispute. Obama will discuss economic and security issues with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines, which has filed an arbitration cases before the U.N. International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.The White House said Obama will start … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri urges ‘lone-wolf’ attacks on US

Al- Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri orders new attacks on the West

The leader of al-Qaeda has issued a message marking the 12th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks. In the audio message, Ayman al-Zawahiri talks of the need for small-scale attacks – and even a boycott – to damage the US economy. The message may be seen as a sign of diminishing ambitions and a more realistic assessment of what al-Qaeda’s central organisation can achieve. Zawahiri’s message also praised the bombings in Boston in April. His message begins with a familiar claim that his organisation has the upper hand. He says that the US has fled Iraq and Afghanistan in “defeat”. He goes on to emphasise the importance of so-called … Continue reading

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Russia’s President Putin plays Middle East peace broker

Russian President Vladimir Putin who in the past has sent his commandos to wipe out his opponents, is now playing world peace broker to stop a US attack on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a direct personal appeal to the American people over the Syrian crisis. He wrote in the New York Times that a US military strike against Syria could unleash a new wave of terrorism. The US had threatened strikes, accusing the Syrian regime of killing hundreds in a poison-gas attack on 21 August. Instead, Russia, an ally of Damascus, proposed that Syria hand over its chemical arsenal. The US and Russia are due to meet later to discuss that plan. The Syrian government, which denies that it has used chemical weapons on its own people, has agreed at least partially to the Russian proposal. The … Continue reading

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Risks of doing nothing are greater than acting – John Kerry

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the FCO today (Monday).

William Hague says the UK and US remain “closely aligned” on Syria, after talks with his US counterpart John Kerry. The British Foreign Secretary said the two were working together to save lives and revive peace talks as well as press for a strong response to the Assad government’s use of chemical weapons. Mr Kerry said the risks of doing nothing were greater than acting. The two countries remained “true friends” despite the UK ruling out any military involvement, he insisted. Their meeting in London comes as the US tries to gather support for military strikes. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Parliament’s vote last month means the … Continue reading

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Obama set to attack Syria with or without congress approval

The United States Commander-n-Chief, Barack Obama is said to have already made up his mind to attack Syria.

A senior State Department official says US President Barack Obama has made up his mind to attack Syria even without congressional approval. “That’s going to happen, anyway,” the unnamed official said in an interview with Fox News. The official added that that was why Obama, in his Rose Garden remarks over the weekend, was careful to establish that he believes he has the authority to launch a military attack on Syria without congressional authorization. In a speech about Syria last week, President Obama said he will seek authorization from Congress when federal lawmakers return from recess on September 9.  “While I believe I have the authority to carry out this … Continue reading

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