World Bulletin / News Desk
French President Francois Hollande has asked former foreign minister Hubert Vedrine to review France's membership of NATO's integrated military command, his office said on Wednesday, echoing unease about its place in the alliance's inner circle.
Hollande has in the past expressed reservations about France's 2009 return to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's integrated command, a move approved by his conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, who was one of the most pro-American presidents France has had in decades.
Hollande also asked fellow Socialist Vedrine, who opposed France's return to NATO's inner circle, to review France's relationship with the United States over the next decade. Vedrine is to report back by the end of October.
General Charles de Gaulle withdrew French forces from NATO's command in 1966 at the height of the Cold War and forced the alliance's headquarters to relocate from Paris and Fontainebleau the following year in protest at what he saw as U.S. hegemony in Europe.
The call came in a letter by Putin, himself a former KGB agent, to veterans and current operatives of Russia's security services on the day Moscow traditionally honours them.
"Now that the U.S. hostile policy with an aim to invade our republic under the guise of human rights has become apparent, the idea of denuclearising the Korean peninsula itself is no longer valid," the North's foreign ministry spokesman said
The national broadcaster NHK said there was no tsunami warning, and there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.
Former NATO General Secretary has for the first time, voiced words over the division of Syria.
Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing, Gaza's only access to the outside world that is not controlled by Israel, on October 24 following an attack on a military site in the Sinai Peninsula
Peter Hahn detained on charges of embezzlement and fraud
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Barry Spurr's messages referred to aboriginal Australians as 'abos' and Muslims as 'mussies'
Bomb explosion occurred in Bani Jamra, a Shi'ite village northwest of the capital Manama and was described by the interior ministry as a "terrorist blast" in a statement
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Israel gunboats have opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats of the north coast of Gaza with some damage sustained during the shooting.
Damascus has relied on Tehran to fight its war with drop in oil price affects oil-producing Iran. Syrian traders say Damascus worried about future support
The National Islamic Committee for Social Solidarity was drawn up nearly one year ago with the aim of providing humanitarian assistance to the embattled Gaza Strip.
The summit devoted to Sahel affairs had lodged an official request with the African Union's Peace and Security Council to form an "international military force to intervene in Libya."
The runoff will see Marzouki, who came in second in last month's first-round vote, face off against Essebsi, a former Ben Ali regime official who came in at first place with 39.4 percent of the vote.
The Kenyan opposition has already described the bill – which will facilitate government wiretapping and allow terror suspects to be detained for up to a year without charge – as "draconian."