Voice Of America
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Technocrats from three NATO states wrapped up meetings on Thursday focused on security arrangements in Cyprus, seeking to break an impasse in talks over the ethnically split island, a U.N. envoy said. "The working group... successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it. Namely identifying specific questions related to the issue of security and guarantees and the instruments needed to address them," U.N. envoy for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said in a statement about the consultations, which were launched on Wednesday. The sides had agreed not to disclose details about deliberations since the process had not yet ended, he said. It was not immediately clear when the sides would meet again. Officials from Britain, Turkey and Greece as well as representatives of Cyprus's Greeks and Turks had been considering how to address security concerns in a post-settlement Cyprus if the now estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides ever reach a deal to co-govern.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council in Moscow, Thursday, to discuss the preparations for the upcoming negotiations on the Syrian conflict in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Talks on Syria are schedule to take place on January 23, after the leaders of Turkey and Iran agreed to a fresh round of negotiations, which are set to take place in Astana. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry the gathering is likely to last for several days. Apart from Syria, the Minsk agreements were also on the agenda amid allegations from Moscow that Kiev is making slow progress in implementing the regulations of the deal. Video ID: 20170119 040 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly
The Huffington Post
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The second issue is Hamas and its political stance, which has and continues to impede any progress. The conference's resolution stipulates the "importance of addressing the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza and called for swift steps to improve the situation." Although this is necessary, as long as Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel and is not a signatory to the API, it plays into the hand of the hard-core Israelis who claim that the Palestinians simply want to eradicate rather than peacefully coexist with Israel. The conference should have called on Hamas to accept in principle Israel's right to exist and beseeched countries like Turkey and Qatar, who enjoy substantial influence on Hamas, to embrace the API. This is necessary particularly because Hamas must be part and parcel of any final resolution to the conflict. Third, although the participants "expressed their readiness to exert necessary efforts toward the achievement of the two-state solution.
The Huffington Post
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Authorities are investigating a shipwreck that capsized on Saturday about 30 miles off the coast of Libya. The boat could have been much larger than originally thought, the IOM statement said, which is what would bring up the death toll. Only four people survived. We still do not know the nationalities or if there were women or children on board, said Federico Soda, director of the IOMs coordination office for the Mediterranean. It is a tragic start to the new year. Authorities also found three migrants who had died from hypothermia in a dinghy during a separate rescue operation, the statement added. On land, so far this year, authorities have already found the bodies of two migrants. They were attempting to cross the border between Turkey and Greece and died of hypothermia . One was found buried in snow after most likely wading through the Evros river in sub-zero temperatures.
EDIS Emergency & Disaster Alert
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At least 30 fire fighters were killed, between 50 to 100 people were believed to have been trapped under the rubble after a blaze brought down a multi-storeyed commercial building in Tehran, Iran. An official was quoted as saying that between 50 to 100 people were believed to have been trapped under the rubble, Press TV reported, adding that nearby buildings, including the embassies of Turkey and Britain, have been evacuated. The building is one of the oldest buildings in Tehran, it said, adding that the Plasco building is located in southern Tehran and is mostly a commercial building. ...
Sputnik International
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Mashable
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PARK CITY, Utah Most-anticipated Sundance movies" lists are like New Year's resolutions: Everybody makes one, and they all come to pieces by the end of January. Figuring out which films to see at the largest U.S. film festival really is a big turkey-shoot in a snowstorm: Sure, you can look for clues directors you admire, actors you've kinda-sorta heard of, loglines that pique the imagination and none of it is a reliable guide. Until we see these films, there's no way to know what's good and what we'll wish we had skipped. SEE ALSO: Chelsea Handler to lead 'Women's March' at the Sundance Film Festival Read more... More about Sundance Film Festival , Movies , Entertainment , and Film
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Iran is looking to Syria peace talks next week as a chance to build on its regional clout, experts say, as Tehran, Moscow and Ankara all stake out claims for influence. The Syrian army's victory in recapturing the rebel stronghold of east Aleppo last month has thrust Tehran to the centre of the diplomatic game playing out over the country's future. The win was achieved with crucial assistance from Iranian military advisors and thousands of "volunteer" fighters. President Hassan Rouhani said this week that the co-sponsors of the peace talks opening in Astana on Monday -- Iran, Russia and Turkey -- were the only powers with the influence to turn the fragile ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebels into a lasting settlement. But resolving the different interests and plans of the co-sponsors will prove tricky. For Iran, the priority is to ensure the survival of longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad, or at least a carefully managed transition that stops Syria falling into the hands of extremists or a government that sides with its rivals in Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Max Keizer
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Sputnik International
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The Turkish president said the purge has not been over yet.
WhoWhatWhy
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To many members of the diminishing middle class, they are meaningless. In addition to having to figure out what to do with the Affordable Care Act, Trump will also be measured by his promise to create jobs and “make America great again.” That is a really tall order because the next recession is very likely to hit the US in the next four years . And right now, with interest rates hovering at historically low rates, there are not many arrows left in the quiver to fight it. Foreign Policy Waits for No One . While domestic policy changes take time to implement and their results often do not become apparent for months or even years, foreign policy waits for no one. On the global stage Trump is facing a nearly unprecedented number of potential hot spots — many of which he has already poked around in. The Middle East continues to be a mess on multiple fronts — from Afghanistan, Turkey and Yemen to Iraq, Syria and ISIS, as well as the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the ever-volatile situation in Israel, which Trump seems eager to jump in the middle of.
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Some 30 Iranian firefighters are believed to be dead after the Plasco Trade Centre high-rise building in Tehran caught fire, Thursday, with the moment that the building collapsed caught on camera. The 17 storey building went on to collapse after the blaze spread through the upper sections of the high-rise. According to local sources, up to 300 were trapped in the building while 200 firefighters attempted to quell the fire for several hours. Embassies belonging to Turkey and the UK were close to the site of the collapse. Both sites were evacuated. Video ID: 20170119 019 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly
Ars Technica UK
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Enlarge (credit: Sebastian Anthony) Apple has jacked up its App Store prices in the UK by at least 25 percent to address the limp pound, which has depreciated since Brits voted to leave the European Union in June last year. Developers learned of the new prices, which will rise by at least 25 percent, on Tuesday. It means parity with US prices: a $0.99 app will now cost £0.99 in the UK. Apple said in an e-mail: Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business," it said. These factors vary from region to region and over time. Prices in India and Turkey have also been hiked in response to fluctuating exchange rates. App developers were told that the new prices will kick in over the next week. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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The Iran Project
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The Iran Project
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Iran sealed a major deal in June worth around $25 billion with the US aerospace heavyweight, Boeing, for the purchase of 100 passenger planes. In December, the deal with Boeing was finalized, allowing Iran to buy 80 planes within 10 years. The first deliveries are expected in 2018. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister referred to the Syrian peace talks scheduled to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana next week, saying, “What has brought Iran, Turkey and Russia together to end the Syrian crisis is the fact that extremism knows no border.” Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIL), currently controlling parts of it. Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria have gained momentum in recent weeks with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country earlier this month.
South China Morning Post
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