Monday, 31 March, 2014

FRANCEPresident Francois Hollande named centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after ruling Socialists were trounced in local French elections. (Reuters)

TURKEY – The Turkish ruling party, Justice and Development Party (AKP), won about 45 percent of the votes cast the local elections, while the rest was divided across three major parties in the parliament. (AlJazeera)

YEMEN – Yemen’s president called on Iran to stop supporting separatists in the south and religious groups in the north of the Arabian peninsula country, which is trying to stabilize after more than two years of political upheaval. The comments by Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi published in pan-Arab daily Al Hayat newspaper will likely further strain relations with Iran, which has repeatedly denied interfering in Yemen. (Reuters)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ITALY – Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on the need to overhaul the European Union, with the former saying it has become a hotbed of bureaucracy during a bilateral meeting in London. (ANSA)

RUSSIANATO has decided to “suspend all practical cooperation, civil and military, with Russia.” They said the foreign ministers meeting in the North Atlantic Council. (ANSA)

LYBIALibyan rebels said they were willing to reach an agreement with the Tripoli government to remove the blockage of oil exports from the ports under their control in the turbulent eastern region of the country. (AGI)

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GERMANY – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to introduce a minimum salary of 8.5 euros per hour in Germany. (ANSA)

ITALY – Italy is committed to contributing to EU security mission in Bangui to restore peace in the Central African Republic. Military sources from Brussels said. (EUnews)

UKRAINERussia raised the gas price for Ukraine on Thursday for the second time this week, almost doubling it in three days and piling pressure on a neighbor on the brink of bankruptcy in the crisis over Crimea. (Reuters)

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ISRAELThe U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, admits that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations mediated by Washington are in danger.”(ANSA)

TURKEY – The Turkish government has decided to unlock access to Twitter after the Constitutional Court in Ankara has declared illegal the measure adopted on 20 March. (ANSA)

LEBANONThe number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million on Thursday, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria’s civil war and the huge burden placed on its poorly prepared neighbors. (Reuters)

 

Friday, April 4, 2014

EU – Between 30 and 40 thousand people took to the streets today in Brussels under the flags of European trade unions for a new joint demonstration anti-austerity’. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) once again calls on the end of austerity, offering a new way to Europe with new policies for investment, quality jobs and equality. (ANSAmed)

SYRIA– At least 25 people died in Syrian government air strikes in the eastern suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo city, eyewitnesses and anti-regime activists said. (ANSAmed)

KOSOVONATO said on Friday it had allowed private planes to fly high over Kosovo for the first time in 15 years, letting commercial airlines save time and money by taking more direct routes across the region. (Reuters)