World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt has annulled the maritime border-defining Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) agreement with Southern Cyprus. Therefore the balance in exclusive economic zone to the south of Cyprus in which natural gas and oil reserves are found has been altered.
According to the Greek press, the Egyptian Shura Council (Upper House of Egypt) approved the legislation which MP Khaled Abdel Qader Ouda proposed on the grounds that renegotiation of delineating their respective boundaries “could mean billions of dollars for Egypt.”
In indicating that Egypt’s new law annuls this agreement, Abdel Qader stated that under international agreements, Egypt has the right to withdraw its signature from this agreement. Abdel Qader argued that the agreement had been signed by Cyprus and Israel in February 2003, annulling it since Egypt had the right to be present at the signing.
The new law approved by the Egyptian Shura Council necessitates that new borders for the economic zone be delineated with Turkey joining as a third party.
The Republic of Cyprus had one-sidedly declared the professed economic zone in 2003. Israel, Egypt and Lebanon had been included in the agreement against which Turkey reacted by indicating, on the basis of international law, that it too had a right to the natural gas and oil reserves in the region.
Observers are interpreting Egypt’s withdrawal of Egypt from the agreement as evidence of Turkey’s strengthening presence in the region.
The Ministry of Finance said that Denmark has written to China to "announce its intention to apply to be a founding member" of the AIIB.
Experts state that the crisis poses risks to the region, which is significant for oil production and exports in the world.
Federal Reserve removes word 'patient;' interest rate increase expected within months. Yellen says timing of rate rise 'not decided,' but will come anytime after April; holds current rates at 0 to 0.25 pct.
Many emerging-market currencies have fallen against the dollar in recent weeks
Anticipated Federal Reserve interest rate hikes making dollar strong against most emerging market currencies, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan says.
European Statistical Agency says slight decline fuelled by drop in production of durable consumer goods.
EU will use all its foreign policy instruments to establish strategic energy partnerships with producing and transit countries.
Dollar strength and waning investor confidence are driving the lira lower
Greece has already received two bailouts totalling 240 billion euros but fellow euro zone member Ireland said last week that it would have to negotiate a third programme.
The Ukraine crisis has tested the loyalties of Bulgaria, a Balkan country with historical ties to Moscow and heavily dependent on Russian energy supplies.
Syria expels three United Nations aid workers hindering aid development in the country
Russia has overcome a "psychological barrier" and is ready to deepen its economic ties with China, Deputy Prime MinisterArkady Dvorkovich said
With Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition plus the opposition Greens, it was the biggest majority for any euro zone rescue package so far in the 631-seat chamber.
The agreement commits Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to cooperate with the United States in customs issues, ease red tape at borders, reduce customs wait times and harmonize trade standards.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that Chinahas invested in, including a $1.5 billion "port city" project in Colombo.
EU energy chief Maros Sefcovic invited Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Demchyshyn for talks