Thursday, January 20

Day: December 15, 2015

EU referendum voters warned no certainty PM’s renegotiation would be binding
ENGLISH, Europe

EU referendum voters warned no certainty PM’s renegotiation would be binding

    EU referendum voters warned no certainty PM's renegotiation would be binding Voters in the EU referendum should be made aware there is "no certainty" of any agreed reforms actually being implemented, a committee of MPs said. The European Scrutiny Committee said David Cameron's proposals "will not deliver the legally binding and irreversible agreement leading to reform of the EU nor a fundamental change in the UK's relationship's" he said he wanted. And some elements would require treaty change that could not be put in place or guaranteed for the future by the December 2017 deadline set by the Prime Minister for the UK's in/out vote. In a critical report, the committee criticised the "reactive and opaque" handling of the renegotiation and warned "presenting Parliament with ...
Turkey says its patience with Russia has a limit
ENGLISH, Europe

Turkey says its patience with Russia has a limit

    Turkey's foreign minister said Ankara's patience with Russia "has a limit" after Moscow's "exaggerated" reaction to a weekend naval incident between the two countries, an Italian newspaper reported on Monday. A Russian warship fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea on Sunday to avoid a collision and summoned the Turkish military attache in Moscow over the incident. "Ours was only a fishing boat. It seems to me that the reaction of the Russian naval ship was exaggerated," Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera in an interview. The incident is likely to heighten tensions between the two nations, which are at odds over Syria and Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet last month. "Russia and Turkey certainly have to re-establish the r...
British Astronaut Tim Peake Blasts Into Space
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British Astronaut Tim Peake Blasts Into Space

    Rocket blasts into space A rocket has blasted off carrying British astronaut Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station (ISS). He took off in the Soyuz FG rocket at 11.03am UK time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan along with his two colleagues – Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. He looked at the on-board video camera and gave a thumbs up gesture as the spacecraft completed its first booster stage and the boosters fell away. Zero gravity was reached by the Soyuz spacecraft after nine minutes of travel. The gravity indicator inside the capsule could be seen floating away in the on-board footage. It followed an emotional farewell with his family and friends, during which his young son cried loudly, saying: "I want to go with dadd...
Bangladesh in 34 state Islamic military alliance
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Bangladesh in 34 state Islamic military alliance

    Bangladesh has joined a Saudi Arabia-based 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. "The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations," the statement said today. A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned. The announcement cited "a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organiza-tions whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on ea...
Muslim Nations Form Coalition To Fight Terror
Arab world, ENGLISH

Muslim Nations Form Coalition To Fight Terror

    Saudi Arabia says a coalition of 34 Islamic nations has been formed to fight "any terrorist group". Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and several Gulf Arab and African states make up the coalition, a statement said. The joint statement published on state news agency SPA said: "The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations." The announcement said there was "a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organisations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorise the innocent." Iran, a mainly Shia I...