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Middle East

15.10.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry reached a partial agreement Saturday on a bilateral security pact between the two countries, but not on the key issue of US troop immunity, dpa reported.

Karzai and Kerry held a joint press conference after all-day negotiations on the deal that will allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the NATO-led coalition withdraws troops next year.

15.10.2013

Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (c) has opened its museum's doors for the first time in history, allowing the daily Hürriyet a unique look into the workings of the organization.

The spying instruments used between the Second World War and the end of Cold War vary among nearly 150 equipment from a shoe wedge bug to a weighing machine or a soap, pen, plug fuse, tie, radio, watch that records voices.

The instruments are being evaluated as historical artifacts by the MİT. The MİT was established in 1965 to replace the National Security Service, which was found in 1926.

15.10.2013

Syria officially joined Monday the United Nations convention banning chemical weapons, the spokesman of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.

"As of today Syria became a full-fledged state member of the convention," Michael Luhan told dpa.

He said the move comes after "the decision taken a few weeks ago at Syria's request to fast forward the application to enable us to get on with our work."

Around 60 members from the UN-backed OPCW is overseeing the destruction of Syria's stockpile as well as some of its chemical weapons production equipment.

15.10.2013

Turkey will take part in the development of oil fields in Afghanistan, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.

According to him, the Afghan government has approved the participation of Turkish Petroleum Company (TPAO) in the development of the country's oilfields.

Earlier, Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum Wahidullah Shahrani told Trend that currently, six oil and gas fields have been discovered in Afghanistan, and the work is still continuing at some of these fields.

15.10.2013

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for a peace conference on Syria "very soon" but said peace would not be possible without a transition government to replace President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported.

"We believe it is urgent to set a day, to convene the conference and work toward a new Syria," Kerry told reporters after meeting United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in London.

15.10.2013

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu called President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on October 14.

The Israeli Premier congratulated the Head of Azerbaijani State on his victory at the presidential election, and wished him successes in his presidential activities.

President Ilham Aliyev expressed gratitude to Benjamin Netanyahu for his congratulations and attention.

During the conversation, President Ilham Aliyev and PM Benjamin Netanyahu also discussed prospects for bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Israel.

15.10.2013

The UN Children's Fund has said Israel's army and police force continue to mistreat Palestinian youths during arrests and detentions, despite agreeing to test alternative treatment following international pressure Al Jazeera reported.

Teh fund's progress report, released on Monday, stated that "violations are ongoing", seven months after an initial paper was released which highlighted widrespread mistreatment of Palestinian youths arrested in the occupied West Bank.

15.10.2013

Iran's Minister of Labor, Cooperative and Welfare Ali Rabiei held a meeting with Brazil's Minister of Social Security Garibaldi Alves Filho.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Third Global Conference on Child Labor in Brasilia, the Mehr News Agency reported.

During the meeting the two ministers agreed to start examining a joint project to boost welfare programs in the both countries.

Rabiei also stressed that Iran considers combating child labor as a religious and moral duty.

"Children under 15 are not allowed to work in Iran," he said.

15.10.2013

It would be a "historic mistake" to ease pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme right now, according to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, BBC reported.

Opening parliament's winter session, Mr Netanyahu said Israel must "keep up the pressure" on Iran, "particularly at this moment".

His speech came on the eve of nuclear talks in Geneva between Iran and international negotiators.

Iran's foreign minister said he hoped a "roadmap" could be reached.

"Tomorrow is the start of a difficult and relatively time-consuming way forward," Mohammad Javad Zarif posted on his Facebook page.

15.10.2013

Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter is to meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, IRNA reported.

Zarif, who is heading Iran's nuclear negotiating team, arrived in Geneva on Monday afternoon to attend the new round of talks between Tehran and Group 5+1.

The talks start on Tuesday and end on Wednesday.

According to reports, Burkhalter is to meet with Zarif on Wednesday.

Burkhalter has expressed optimism concerning results of the talks between Iran and Group 5+1 on Monday.