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alert_graphicUkrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet next week as part of a summit in Minsk between the Eurasian Customs Union, the EU and Ukraine. It will be the two leaders’ first encounter since brief talks during the D-day anniversary in Normandy in early June.

Both Kiev and Moscow confirmed their presidents’ attendance at the meeting on August 26, plans for which had first been announced by Kazakhstan last week. “A number of bilateral meetings will be taking place,” the Kremlin said.

The conference marks the latest attempt to reach a diplomatic solution to the escalating Ukraine crisis. A meeting between the chiefs of staff of Mr Putin and Mr Poroshenko last Friday indicated that such efforts were under way. However, the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France failed to make progress towards a political solution at talks in Berlin on Sunday.

The Kremlin did not confirm whether Mr Putin would hold one-on-one talks with Mr Poroshenko in Minsk, but a senior Russian government official said that top-level dialogue was necessary given the continuing humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine. >> Read More

 

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RUSSIAN and Ukrainian ministers are to meet in Berlin today to discuss a possible ceasefire, at talks which will also be attended by ministers from France and Germany.

Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin and his Russian counter­part, Sergey Lavrov, will be joined by Frank-Walter-Steinmeier of Germany and France’s Laurent Fabius at a meeting called to attempt to quell violence and improve the increasingly desperate humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.

Over the weekend, pro-Russian forces shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet, with conflicting reports about the fate of the pilot. The downing of the plane happened as Ukrainian government forces attempted to re-take control of the Luhansk region, currently under the control of rebel fighters who want closer ties to President Putin’s Russia. >> Read More

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Independence Dayspeech today said that the nation was built by the farmers, labourers, women, youth and not the leaders or governments. Here are the top highlights of what the PMsaid:
 
1)  I want to tell the world: ‘Come, Make In India’. Sell anywhere but come and manufacture here, we have the skills and talent
2) Planning Commission has become archaic, will be replaced by new body soon3) Announces new scheme, ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ where MPs can adopt one small village each and make it a model village

4)  Announces Jan Dhan Yojana wherein every poor family will get an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh, bank account.

 
5) We don’t wish to proceed in Parliament through majority but through consensus6) I am an outsider to Delhi. In the last two months, I got an insider’s view. I saw that even in one government there were different governments. 

 
7) We have a skewed sex ratio. I appeal to parents not to sacrifice the girl child. 
 
8) Pitches for e-governance, says e-governance is easy governance, effective governance. Wants broadband connectivity for all
9) Asks people to undertake at least a 10-year moratorium on communal, caste and class clashes to see positive results10) MPs should use funds to build toilets in all schools. Corporates should use CSR funds for this. 

11) Appeals to SAARC nations to work together to end poverty.

12) Announces clean India campaign from October 2 as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

 

Perhaps most notably, Maliki stated “Intelligence apparatuses behind the sectarian strife in the region.” – CIA?

Via AP,

The Iraqi government says embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to address the nation, as Shiite lawmakers say he has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post.

Four senior Shiite lawmakers tell The Associated Press that al-Maliki has agreed to endorse Haider al-Abadi as the next prime minister following a meeting of Dawa party members in Baghdad late Thursday, ending the deadlock that has plunged Baghdad into a political uncertainty.

Hussein al-Maliki and Khalaf Abdul-Samad, lawmakers with al-Maliki and al-Abadi’s State of Law parliamentary bloc, say al-Maliki will support al-Abadi’s nomination in his speech Thursday night. Two other lawmakers, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door meeting, also say al-Maliki will do so.

The government announced al-Maliki will speak Thursday evening.

Who Is Haider al-Abadi? >> Read More

 

Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Wednesday, potentially averting renewed violence and permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza.

Egyptian mediators had been racing to pin down a long-term ceasefire as a temporary truce was set to expire at midnight. The Israeli military said five rockets were launched at Israel in the hours leading up to the end of the ceasefire.

Egypt’s foreign ministry and the head of the Palestinian negotiating team announced the extension. A spokesman for Israel’s prime minister had no immediate comment.

The ceasefire extension is meant to grant both sides additional time to negotiate a longer-term truce and a roadmap for the coastal territory.

The lull in violence has also been a welcome reprieve for Israelis and Palestinians living in Gaza. During the temporary cease-fire, Israel halted military operations in the war-battered coastal territory and Gaza militants stopped firing rockets, aside from the ones late Wednesday. >> Read More

 

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it wouldn’t let the mission in because it isn’t being coordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation.

The neutral agency said it had no information on what the trucks were carrying or where they were going. That has raised fears in Ukraine and the West, where leaders have voiced concerns that Russia could use the initiative as a pretext for sending troops into separatist-held territory.

Russian television and news agencies reported that 2,000 tons of aid was en route to Ukraine, where fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government forces has claimed more than 1,300 lives since April, according to a U.N. report.

NTV television showed hundreds of white trucks gathered at a depot outside Moscow, and said they were carrying everything from baby food to sleeping bags. A Russian Orthodox priest sprinkled holy water on the trucks, some of which bore a red cross, before their departure.

However, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said the convoy will not be allowed across the border. >> Read More

Just days after the US launched a campaign that implicitly aides the current regime headed by the supposedly outgoing PM, al-Maliki, it appears that latest US intervention has already led to “unexpected” consequences, this time with the prime minister appearing to have just staged a coup overthrowing Iraq’s president President Fouad Massoum moments ago.

Reuters reports that the prime minister “indicated that he will not drop his bid for a third term and accused the president of violating the constitution in a tough televised speech likely to deepen political tensions as a Sunni insurgency rages. Maliki, seen as an authoritarian and sectarian leader, has defied calls by Sunnis, Kurds, some fellow Shi’ites and regional power broker Iran to step aside for a less polarising figure who can unite Iraqis against Islamic State militants.

The days of Iraq’s president appear numbered:

 

The Russian Northern Fleet’s anti-submarine force has detected a foreign submarine in the country’s boundary waters and “expelled” it, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed spokesman for the Russian Navy Main Staff.

A foreign submarine, presumed to be a U.S. Navy Virginia-class vessel, was detected by Northern Fleet forces on duty in the Barents Sea on Aug. 7, the spokesman said.

A U.S. Defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, could not confirm the incident and had no comment on the Russian claim.

“An anti-submarine attack group and an Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft were sent to the said area to search and track the sub,” theRussian navy spokesman was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying. >> Read More

 

The Ukrainian army is deploying tactical missile launchers and multiple rocket-launch systems near Donetsk in east Ukraine, the Russian Foreign ministry said on Monday.

 “The Ukrainian army keeps concentrating Tochka U rocket systems, as well as Smerch (Tornado) and Uragan (Hurricane multiple-launch rocket systems), near Donetsk,” it said in a written statement. “How many more lives will these weapons take?”

Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of providing weapons and fighters for pro-Russian rebels fighting government troops in the east. Moscow has blamed the West for the crisis and called on Kiev to start negotiating with the insurgents.

 

Britain’s prime minister is warning NATO allies to prepare for conflict because he says Russia sees the alliance as an enemy.

“Russia has ripped up the rulebook with its illegal annexation of Crimea and aggressive destabilization of Ukraine,” David Cameron wrote in a letter to NATO Saturday.

“We must agree on long-term measures to strengthen our ability to respond quickly to any threat.”

The letter arrived six weeks before NATO’s first summit meeting in the U.K. since 1990, which President Obama is expected to attend.

Cameron calls on NATO member nations to launch a new schedule of military exercises in Eastern Europe and to put equipment, supplies and infrastructure in place to deal with sudden threats.

“While NATO has only ever sought to be a partner to Russia, not a threat, it is clear that Russia views NATO as an adversary,” Cameron wrote.

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