Syria needs "real change" to end conflict: Brahimi

27 December 2012

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called on Thursday for real change in Syria to end 21 months of conflict and said a transitional government must be established with full powers to rule the country until new elections.

Obama to revive US ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

27 December 2012

He needs to save the US – and in effect – the global economy from a crippling new recession. So US President Barack Obama has cut short his Christmas holiday in Hawaii to restart talks to prevent America going over the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’.

Irish presidency eyes EU-US trade deal

18 December 2012

Ireland takes over the EU presidency for six months on January 1st. Dublin says its main priority is “getting the European economy back on track” with boosting jobs and growth at the top of its agenda.

OECD slashes global growth forecasts

27 November 2012

The debt crisis in the recession hit euro zone is the biggest threat to the global economy, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Crisis over president's powers exposes Egypt divisions

24 November 2012

Youths clashed with police in Cairo on Saturday as protests at new powers assumed by President Mohamed Mursi stretched into a second day, confronting Egypt with a crisis that has exposed the split between newly empowered Islamists and their opponents.

Failed summit as leaders reach no deal on EU budget

24 November 2012

European leaders have failed to reach a deal on the next EU budget after two days of marathon talks.

Turkey expects NATO Patriot missile decision within week

24 November 2012

Turkey expects NATO to make a decision about deploying surface-to-air Patriot missiles along its southern border with Syria within the next week, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said on Saturday.

Mexican president wants to change his country's name ... to Mexico

24 November 2012

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has one non-urgent item pending on his agenda in the dying days of his presidency - he wants to change his country's name.

Calm in Gaza as ceasefire holds

22 November 2012

Gaza is calm today, with last night’s ceasefire holding into daylight. Despite a few overnight strikes into Israel the truce appears to be holding, although our reporter says air-raid sirens could be heard on the Israeli side of the border at times.

China unveils the next generation of leaders

15 November 2012

Xi Jinping led the new Politburo Standing Committee out onto the stage at the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, signalling his elevation to the top of China’s ruling Communist Party and the man set to lead the country for the next ten years

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