By opening the door to a high-level dialogue with Iran and Syria, the United States appears to be embracing a diplomatic strategy that its critics have long said was essential to stabilize Iraq. The move follows more aggressive US diplomacy with North Korea to end its nuclear weapons programs and a new US push on Israeli-Palestinian peace after years of being accused of relative neglect. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice … [Read more...] about US may embrace Iraq diplomacy critics long demanded
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Thousands of U.S. soldiers on the offensive north of Baghdad are facing fierce resistance from hundreds of al Qaeda militants who are ready to fight to the death, an American general said on Friday. The militants are making their stand in and around the Iraqi city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, where the U.S. military on Tuesday launched one of its biggest operations since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A U.S. soldier aims his rifle at a bridge in Baquba … [Read more...] about Al Qaeda fight to death in Iraq bastion: U.S.
Outlook (17-08-2007) Will broader role for UN bring peace to Iraq? by Mai Hien – My Hanh Hope for progress in Iraq has risen as the United Nations agreed earlier this month to expand its mission in the country despite unrelenting violence that could complicate its work. On August 10, the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1770 that extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (Unami) for a year. The resolution paves the way for the UN special envoy in Iraq to assist the Iraqi Government in political, economic, electoral and constitutional matters, and help settle disputes over internal borders. It also authorises the UN to promote talks among ethnic and religious groups. … [Read more...] about Will broader role for UN bring peace to Iraq?
Kofi Annan met top Iranian officials Tuesday before flying to Iraq, as he sought the help of key regional players in shoring up his tattered peace plan for Syria after meeting President Bashar al-Assad. "Iran can play a positive role," Annan said, adding that he would continue to work with the Iranian leadership to resolve the crisis, which monitors say has cost more than 17,000 lives. … [Read more...] about Annan seeks Iran, Iraq help in ending Syria crisis
Oil price reaches nearlly 100 USD per barrel Following are the world’s top 10 events in 2007 as selected by Viet Nam News Agency: 1. First Charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed at the 13th ASEAN Summit. The document was signed by ASEAN leaders on November 20 in Singapore with the aim of stepping up the process of regional integration, building the ASEAN Community by 2015 and turning ASEAN into a legal inter-governmental organisation in the region. 2. The International Conference on Climate Change was successful at the last minute. The United Nations’ largest climate change conference was held in Bali , Indonesia , from December 4-15, attracting more than 11,000 delegates from nearly 190 nations. Highlight on the agenda were discussions on the building of a new international convention replacing the Kyoto Protocol which will expire in 2012, on climate change – a course which has adversely impacted on every nation. 3. The US-sponsored Middle … [Read more...] about Viet Nam News Agency selects world’s top 10 events in 2007