Russia to honor all agreements with EU, Ukraine on trade

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will honor all its agreements with the European Union and Ukraine, but will trigger "protective measures" if a trade pact between the two comes into force early, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted by RIA news agency as saying. The European Union and Ukraine agreed on Friday to delay the implementation of their free-trade pact until the end of 2015 in a concession to Russia, which is at loggerheads with Kiev over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Medvedev also said on Monday the decision made in Brussels must be given a legal basis. ...
France opens Iraq conference urging 'global' fight on jihadists

French President Francois Hollande and Iraq's President Fuad Masum arrive to attend the opening of the Iraq conference in ParisBy John Irish and Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition. The United States this week unveiled an outline plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria. "It is global so the response must be global ... Iraq's fight against the terrorists is also our fight. We must commit ourselves together - that is the purpose of this conference," said Hollande, who last week traveled to Baghdad to meet members of Iraq's new government.



Egypt's most prominent activist released on bail

CAIRO (AP) — Relatives say that Egypt's most prominent activist who is standing retrial after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating to the country's draconian protest law, has been released on bail.
Public praise, private Belfast funeral for Paisley

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland politicians are publicly honoring their former leader, Ian Paisley, as his family holds his funeral in conditions of exceptional privacy.
Many deaths as boat with African emigrants sinks off Libyan coast - Libya navy

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said. Only 26 people have been rescued so far, navy spokesman Ayub Qassem told Reuters, adding that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli. "There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea," he said, adding that the under-equipped coast guard had few resources to search for survivors. ...


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