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Multilateral talks on United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's Syrian mediation plan should seek to bring about a ceasefire but not predetermine the shape of a possible government of national unity, Russia said on Thursday.
"The meeting in Geneva was intended to support Kofi Annan's plan and it must set the conditions for the end of violence and the start of an all-Syrian national dialogue, and not predetermine the contents of this dialogue," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a briefing.
Lavrov also said it was a mistake not to include Iran at the Syria talks, to be held in Geneva on Saturday.
The Second Thomas Shoal, a strategic gateway to Reed Bank, believed to be rich in oil and natural gas, is one of several possible flashpoints in the South China Sea
Under New Zealand's German-style proportional voting system, brought in 1996, the biggest party has always needed the support of minor parties to govern
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian at a crossing point between Jordan and the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian security officials said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said it was too early to know what may have caused the plane to vanish but that family of the passengers deserved an explanation as soon as possible.
Mohammed Mafarja, 19, pleaded guilty in December to charges that included attempted murder
The ministry said in a statement masked men had opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in the eastern city of Kharkiv on March 8, wounding some
"The people should realise that the election will bear no result because the real elections have taken place in CIA and Pentagon offices and their favourite candidate has already been chosen," the Taliban said
Al-Shabaab continues to control several towns in the southeast and south of war-torn Somalia.
Known as "El Mas Loco," or "The Craziest One," Nazario Moreno led a violent drug cartel that has ravaged the western state of Michoacan
Online accounts describe growing intolerance toward Uighurs across China, ranging from evictions from apartments to taxi drivers refusing to pick them up
The result consolidated President Juan Manuel Santos as front-runner for legislative support to implement a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
The election commission came under the seven-member court's scrutiny last year when it went ahead with a presidential run-off
The one million housing units will be built by a leading UAE construction company
He claimed the hospital has become a center for treating wounded militants
Kenyatta will also be in Ethiopia for a four-day official visit, his first since his inauguration as president in April of last year.
The UAE had pledged $50 million to build a housing project for freed Palestinian detainees in central Gaza.