German Der Tagesspiegel is sounding an alarm about the possibility of re-emerging conflict in Central Asia, this time between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Speedboats and helicopters delivered aid to evacuees from floods across southern Malaysia on Tuesday, with around 100,000 people still seeking refuge at shelters after being forced out of their homes, officials said.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, meanwhile, was set to visit the flood-stricken state of Johor, officials said.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak announced late Monday the government would double the amount of compensation given to victims by another 200 ringgit (US$57) while those who have lost household items would be given 500 ringgit (US$142) to restart their …
Russia has launched the economic blockade of Georgia. The Russian Federation has already suspended the transport and mail communication with Georgia. In the meantime, the Georgian authorities said that they intended to deliver the four arrested Russian officers to the OSCE.
Furthermore, the unrecognized republic of Abkhazia has cut all negotiations procedures with Georgia until all Georgian military men are withdrawn from Abkhazia's Kodori Gorge. Another unrecognized republic, South Ossetia, followed Abkhazia's example and ceased negotiations with Georgia.
Russia's Federation Council approved the sending of a technical battalion to Lebanon Tuesday. The decision will let Russian military men start reconstructing bridges and roads in Lebanon destroyed by the Israeli Air Force. The Kremlin believes that it is the most efficient form of assistance that Russia could render the war-torn country. The first group of Russian military men will arrive in Lebanon in the beginning of October. It is worthy of note that the Russian servicemen participating in the reconstruction of Lebanon will not possess the peacemakers' status.
Landslides caused by melting snow and heavy rains have destroyed dozens of homes in central Serbia , forcing hundreds of people to evacuate the area, media and officials said Wednesday. Dozens of other homes have been damaged in the Trstenik region, about 120 kilometers (72 miles) south of Belgrade , prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency. There have been no reports of injuries.
Russia's embassy in Georgia stopped issuing entry visas to Georgians on Tuesday, saying it was a retaliation to Georgian authorities hampering trips by Russian servicemen.
Georgia, a republic of the former USSR, officially launched the process to oust Russian peacemakers from its territory yesterday. The Georgian parliament started discussing the decree about the situation in conflict zones and peacemaking operations. The speaker of the parliament, Nino Burjanadze, stated that there was no progress in the activities of the Russian peacemakers in Georgia .
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told his people in a televised speech Tuesday that he would take immediate steps to impose order in chaotic Gaza.
Abbas spoke a day after Israeli forces pulled out of Gaza. Since the withdrawal, Palestinian security forces have tried to prevent scavenging and looting in abandoned Jewish settlements, but have failed in most cases. Security commanders have said they don't have the manpower to do the job.
A truthful report from Uzbekistan's Andijan
Andijan, the third biggest town of Uzbekistan, the motherland of Babur located 450 meters above the sea level, today is well known in the world for quite some other reasons. The tragic moment set on the night of 13 May 2005 when bloodshed took place in the pearl of the Ferghana valley. World media covered these tragic developments in various ways, journalists and politicians interpreted the news in their own way.
A peaceful solution should be the only way to resolve conflicts between Georgia and seceded republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
More than 50 soldiers died in the last two months in clashes with Marxist guerrillas
Colombia's conservative government and its troops look confused and disappointed as an unexpected offensive by Marxist rebels put an end to a 2-1/2 years retreat killing at least 50 soldiers in the last two months.
Police officers and medical specialists continue to investigate the reasons of massive poisoning among children and adults in Chechnya. The yet-unidentified disease has strange symptoms. Patients suffer from fear attacks that last for about 20 minutes, shortness of breath, psychosis, headache, anemia of limbs, nausea and indigestion.
Food aid to the North Korean people is Russia's first large-scale experience of participating in a UN international humanitarian operation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov announced in Moscow on Monday after emergency food aid had been sent to North Korea.
The draft agreement pertaining to the differentiation of authorities between the federal center and the republic of Chechnya was published in the Chechen press last Saturday.
In the document, Chechnya is defined as a legal sovereign democratic social state within the structure of the Russian Federation. The draft agreement was not a sensation.
Approximately 100 Russian citizens, Chechen refugees who are located in the Pankisskoye gorge announced their desire to voluntarily return to Russia, said Deputy Director of the Ministry for Emergency Situations Yuri Brazhnikov after the conclusion of an official visit to Tbilisi today. He said at the present time preparations are in the works for the first list of people expressing a desire to voluntarily return home, and that number continues to grow.
The tale of human suffering in Africa is so repetitive and so constant that it goes virtually unreported in the majority of news outlets around the world. Today Algeria is mentioned because an earthquake has killed hundreds of people overnight.
The Russian government is ready to help Kyrgyzstan liquidate the aftermath of the recent calamity, the Government Information Department has informed RIA Novosti.
The source stressed that the government intended to send a plane with essentials to the Oshsk region /south of Kyrgyzstan/, where at the end of April 2003 a landslide ruined a village. Moscow is also considering a possibility to deliver by railway 50 ready-built panel houses and components to restore houses and schools in the Sogot village that suffered from the landslide.
Illegal armed groups members might be pardoned, if their crimes were not severe
A presidential draft law about the amnesty in Chechnya was submitted to the State Duma. The document was submitted to the Russian parliament in connection with the passing of the republican Constitution in Chechnya. This was said by State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov. The speaker specified that the council of the Duma had not set the date yet to consider the document in connection with the recent act of terrorism in the Chechen town of Znamensy.
As the president met in the Kremlin with government members, Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu reported that the delivery to Iran of all the cargo necessary to set up a camp for refugees from Iraq had been completed Sunday night. "Four planes were involved in shipping the cargo for accommodating 5,000 refugees," added the minister.
He pointed to the fact that the work was being carried out in co-ordination with the Iranian leadership and the ultimate place of camp deployment is to be determined today. "All has been done for this," said Shoigu.
The total sum of compensations to Chechen citizens for their ruined houses and apartments will amount to 20bn rubles (about $637m), Stanislav Ilyasov, the Minister of Social and Economic Development of Chechnya, told journalists after today's meeting of a government commission for compensations to Chechens. According to him, the payments are to start by the end of this year. The resources will be allocated from the federal budget. At present, corresponding ministries and agencies are preparing lists of people who have lost their houses and property.