British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday urged the UN Security Council in New York to unite behind a new resolution on Syria so as "not to shield those with blood on their hands", dpa reported.
Cameron's remarks in parliament in London came ahead of a crucial Security Council meeting, where it is feared that Russia and other countries could block the Western-backed resolution.
"It is time for all members of the UN Security Council to live up to their responsibilities instead of shielding those who have blood on their hands," said Cameron.
It is unwisely for Kazakhstan to create a space rocket complex Baiterek at the Baikonur cosmodrome without the participation of Russia, the chairman of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev said at the board office on Tuesday.
Musabayev said, initially according to the agreement the Kazakh side did not have any guarantees on the final project cost and timing of commissioning the complex, as well as on supply of required number of Angara rockets for start-ups to obtain orders for commercial launches.
Over 30 people will be judged in connection with the fraud case in Iran, Iran's Attorney General Ghulam-Hussein Mohseni Ezhei said, ISNA reported.
The Iranian authorities have widened their investigation into, what they say, is a record $2.8 billion embezzlement uncovered in a network of Iranian banks.
From July 1, 2012 government purchases by method of price bids will be held in Kazakhstan only in e-format, Finance Minister Bolat Zhamishev said on Monday.
"We take all measures to increase volume of e-purchases. E-purchases are held without fail only using one method - price bids. It will be possible to do it only in e-format from July 1, 2012," the minister said.
Mr Zhamishev noted transfer of the process in e-format made it possible to decrease the number of violations by 70 per cent.
After the transfer to e-format introduction of new auctions will continue.
Syrian troops on Monday fought street battles with rebels in suburbs of the capital, Damascus, as the government tries to push back a rebellion that has reached its doorstep, dpa reported.
Video posted on YouTube by activists showed black smoke rising from the eastern suburb of Ghouta, where large numbers of tanks and troops were deployed. Government forces also bombarded the eastern area of Saqba, which was controlled by rebels at the weekend.
Turkmenistan carries out nature-conservative measures related to strengthening and afforestation of blown sands along railways, roads, oil and gas pipelines under construction, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on Monday with reference to the country's Nature Ministry.
In Turkmenistan one of the world's largest sand deserts - Karakum ("black sands") is situated. It covers the country's largest part - 350,000 square meters.
The Afghan government is planning to meet and talk with Taliban insurgents who have been waging a decade-long war, officials confirmed Monday.
The meeting will take place in Saudi Arabia between the Afghan government officials and members of armed groups in the coming weeks, a senior government official told dpa on condition of anonymity.
"There are many factions in the armed opposition and some are willing to talk to the Afghan government in Saudi Arabia," he said without elaborating.
A bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" adopted by the French Senate on Jan. 23 and which contradicts freedom of speech and expression is expected to be approved by the country's President Nicolas Sarkozy in 15 days.
After the bill was submitted to the Senate for discussion, some Turkish and French media reports, unfortunately, appeared saying reportedly adoption of the bill on the so-called "Armenian genocide", which relies on ill imagination, is Turkey's internal affair and unlike Ankara, Baku will keep silent about this issue.
flydubai, Dubai's pioneering low cost airline, began its three-times weekly service to Najaf today, bringing its total number of destinations in Iraq to four, the company said today.
The flight marks the second new Iraqi destination for flydubai this month, following the start of flights to the capital, Baghdad, 10 days ago.
U.S President Barack Obama's administration has started legal procedures to enable the U.S. to provide Uzbekistan with limited military aid, CA-News reported U.S Deputy Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake as having said.
"We are in the process of using a temporary permit which will allow us to provide Uzbekistan with limited military assistance of a non-lethal nature. However we should closely consult with Congress. " Mr Blake said at a forum on U.S. national interests in Central Asian region in Washington on Wednesday.