Monday, March 10, 2014

EGYPT – The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy in Egypt, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, today announced a second revolutionary wave of 11 days of protests since March 19across Egypt. The road is ours, we are together for saving, one revolution, one blood and one murderessandthe theme of the days of protest, the Alliance announced in a statement. (ANSA)

 

SYRIAThere are 128 people died of hunger since last July in the siege by government forces in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus, according to a report by Amnesty International. Syrian forces usestarvation of civilians as a weapon of war, “said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa. (ANSA)

UKRAINE– The World Bank is ready to pay Ukraine up to $ 3 billion this year to support the country in the throes of a severe political and financial situation. “We have received a request for help from the Ukrainian provisional government – said in a note of the international institution – and we are ready to meet and help the people of Ukraine”. (ANSA)

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CYPRUS ­- After two turbulent years in office, during which has been also initiated an inquiry about his relationship with a financial advisory firm, the governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, Panicos Demetriades, has resigned. The resignation was accepted by President Nicos Anastasiades who has never hidden its intention to want to remove him since he was elected head of state a year ago. (ANSA)

EGYPT – At least 18 people were arrested, including two takfiris (Islamic extremists) in an operation conducted by the Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai. Military spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali said that during the anti-terrorism raid were confiscated automatic weapons, Molotov cocktails, grenades and detonators. There were also destroyed six tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip used for the illegal traffic of merchandise, the source added. (ANSA)

TURKEYProtests and clashes with police in several cities started after the death of the Turkish Elvan Berkin, 15, in a coma for nine months after being injured during a demonstration in Gezi Park, which has become the symbol of the repression of the protests of the young Turks. (ANSA)

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

IRANIran and Russia have signed a preliminary agreement for the construction of at least two other nuclear power plants at Bushehr. This was announced by the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization quoted by IRNA. (ANSA)

ITALYItalian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced that the government had approved 10 billion euros ($13.90 billion) in tax cuts for low- to middle-income workers and a reduction in business tax by the beginning of May. (Reuters)

GREECEThousands of striking public sector workers marched through Athens on Wednesday to protest against planned job cuts demanded by foreign lenders as unemployment in the country holds near record highs. (Reuters)

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

 IRAQ – At least seven people were executed in Iraq for crimes of terrorism. This was announced by the Minister of Justice, Hassan al Shammary, pointing out that three of them were former members of the deposed regime of Saddam Hussein. (ANSA)

ALGERIAAlgerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal resigned to run the re-election campaign of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ageing independence leader who is widely expected to win five more years in power. (Reuters)

UKRAINEWith 262 votes in favor and none against, the Ukrainian Parliament today approved the establishment of a National Guard that can count up to 60 thousand men and is under the Ministry of the Interior. Will largely be made up of volunteers from the self-defense groups” formed during the protest of the Maidan. The initiative was also taken in the fear of intrusion Russian Army in the East of the country. These are the polygons of Rostov, Belgorod, Kursk and Tambov. (ANSA)

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

GAZA STRIPA small armed faction in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Thursday, drawing retaliatory air strikes and pushing cross-border violence into a third day despite a truce called by the more powerful Palestinian group Islamic Jihad. (Reuters)

LIBYA – Libya’s government gave rebels blockading oil terminals two weeks to stand down voluntarily or face military action. These rebels are blockading ports and terminals in the eastern region of Cyrenaica and the Gulf of Sirte, preventing Libya authorities from exporting oil. (Dailystar)

UKRAINEWe won’t recognize the outcome of the referendum in the Crimea: said Secretary of State, John Kerry, after talks in London with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. Kerry added, however: “I continue to hope for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine”. The referendum to ratify the splitting of the Crimea from Ukraine complied with the principles of international law and the UN Charter”. Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (ANSA)