The BRICS states can emerge as a mediator for a political process only if they view the crisis from the perspective of those fleeing the conflict.
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Moscow reaffirmed ongoing supplies of weapons to Syria even as U.S. reported new Russian missile deliveries. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the uproar in Western media over Russian arms supplies to Syria.
With the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) establishing an insurmountable lead over other parties in the Pakistan National Assembly, the interest was primarily on who would emerge runner-up with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) running neck-and-neck.
The campaign for an academic boycott of Israel in protest against its treatment of Palestinians got a boost on Wednesday when Stephen Hawking withdrew from a high-profile conference to be hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem next month.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak began a second term on Monday after his Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition, which has ruled for 56 years, held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country will sign a nuclear treaty with the UAE today as he stressed Tokyo’s cooperation with its Middle East partners.
Bangladesh got its first woman Speaker with the election of Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury by the Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday. She was the lone candidate.
Takehiko Nakao, 57, will assume his post next week, replacing countryman Haruhiko Kuroda, who resigned to accept the job of Japan’s Central Bank Governor in March, the Manila-based ADB said.
Italian Centre Left Politician, Enrico Letta on 27 April 2013 formed a new coalition Government in Italy by winning the support of other parties. He was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Italy on Sunday in a ceremony that ended weeks of political stalemate.
Drug firm Aurobindo Pharma today said it has received final approval from the US health regulator to manufacture and market generic Cefadroxil oral suspension used for treating bacterial infections in the US market.
Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be the world's oldest harbour in Egypt. The harbour on the Red Sea coast dates back to 4,500 years and belonged to the days of the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) who died around 2566 BC.
In an unprecedented development, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected to the country’s highest office on Saturday after Italy’s electoral college failed to elect his successor in five rounds of voting.
At least 157 people were killed and more than 5,700 injured in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s south-western Sichuan province on Saturday morning. Authorities fear the number of casualties could rise considering the strength of the earthquake, which was felt in at least five surrounding provinces.
The European Parliament passed new rules Tuesday that will cap bankers' bonuses and boost banks' capital buffers, clearing the last hurdle for the legislation to come into force next year. The rules will limit bankers' bonuses to 100% of annual salary, or twice the annual salary if shareholders explicitly approve.
Nicolas Maduro, the chosen heir of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, won Sunday’s presidential election by less than 2 percentage points, according to official results.
The International Monetary Fund on Friday recognised the government of Somalia after a 22-year hiatus. The country will still not be able to borrow from the fund, due to its outstanding debts of about 352 million dollars.