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2006-07-25 11:24:43

By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - The prospect of German soldiers heading to the Israeli border region as part of an international force has sparked a fierce debate about what Germany's role in the Middle East should be some 60 years after the Holocaust. While some politicians, including Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, have left the door open to a contribution to a force, many Germans argue it is still too soon for their troops to get so close to the Jewish state. There is...

2006-07-21 11:59:20

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - A boatload of desperate Africans rescued off Malta has become a symbol of Europe's immigration dilemma, with the Spanish fishermen who saved them hailed as heroes as countries haggled over who should take them. After days of diplomatic negotiations, a group of around 50 migrants, most of them Eritreans, left Malta on board two Spanish military planes. They had arrived on the Mediterranean island earlier on Friday aboard the Francisco y Catalina which...

2006-07-05 19:21:49

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Peruvian President-elect Alan Garcia denied on Wednesday he is seeking a regional strategic alliance against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Garcia, who will assume the presidency on July 28, arrived in Bogota to meet for the first time Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe. Garcia has already visited Chile and Brazil and heads to Ecuador on Thursday. Some analysts say Garcia is pushing for a regional bloc with Brazil, Chile and Colombia to balance Chavez'...

2006-06-28 11:18:20

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Montenegro on Wednesday became the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. "I declare the Republic of Montenegro admitted to membership in the United Nations," U.N. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson announced after calling for approval by acclamation in the 191-nation body. General Assembly members then broke into applause as...

2006-06-28 10:22:46

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Montenegro on Wednesday became the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The U.N. General Assembly of 191 nations admitted the small Balkan country of 650,000 people to the world body. It approved by acclamation a resolution introduced by Austria's U.N. ambassador, Gerhard Pfanzelter, whose country currently heads the European Union. Montenegro...

2006-06-26 19:26:38

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi makes his final visit to the United States this week, capping five years in which Tokyo boosted ties with Washington but sowed discord with Japan's neighbors. The last summit with President George W. Bush for Koizumi, who will step down in September, comes as talk of a North Korean long-range missile test underscore the security threats that have bound the two allies together. Koizumi...

2006-06-15 10:04:15

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia finally recognized Montenegro's independence on Thursday almost a month after its old partner voted in a referendum to dissolve their joint state. Despite the delay, Belgrade indicated the separation would be friendly, in line with Western hopes. Serbia's recognition is only a formality. But its amicable tone is certain to be welcomed by the West, which was alarmed by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's initial grudging acceptance and comment that there...

2006-06-08 10:24:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has dropped tentative plans to visit Ukraine later this month and will instead go to Hungary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution against Soviet domination. The White House said on Thursday Bush would go to Budapest on June 22 after a meeting with European leaders in Vienna, capital of neighboring Austria. Although the Kiev stop was never officially announced, U.S. officials had discussed it and White House spokesman...

2006-06-08 10:01:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has dropped tentative plans to visit Ukraine later this month and will instead go to Hungary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution against Soviet domination. The White House said on Thursday Bush would go to Budapest on June 22 after a meeting with European leaders in Vienna, capital of neighboring Austria. Although the Kiev stop was never officially announced, U.S. officials had discussed it privately. U.S....

2006-05-30 08:16:21

By Douglas Hamilton BELGRADE (Reuters) - Granting independence to Serbia's southern province of Kosovo against the will of Serbia would destabilize the Balkans, Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic warned on Tuesday. The United Nations is mediating talks on Kosovo's future status, which Western diplomats say are likely to conclude with a form of independence by the end of the year. Serbia is adamantly opposed to such an outcome. "I am very afraid of the possible imposed...


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