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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation called on the international community to recognize the Palestinian Territories as a sovereign state "in the shortest possible time" as it closed its annual conference of foreign ministers on Wednesday.
The ministers welcomed a United Nations decision in November 2012 to elevate the territories to the status of non-member observer state in a declaration adopted at the end of the three-day meeting in the Guinean capital Conakry.Full Story
The U.N. atomic watchdog and Iran said Wednesday that they aimed to agree next month additional "practical steps" to increase transparency over Tehran's nuclear program.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief inspector Tero Varjoranta said after talks in Vienna that the January 21 meeting would also cover long-standing allegations of nuclear bomb research by Tehran.Full Story
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday vowed not to use force against peaceful protesters and urged the opposition to sit down for talks after several dozen were injured in fresh clashes with riot police.
"For the sake of achieving compromise I am calling on the opposition not to reject (talks), not to follow the path of confrontation and ultimatums," Yanukovych said in a statement.Full Story
Three of the six countries not covered by the Chemical Weapons Convention are close to joining the agreement, the head of the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday.
Speaking in Oslo the day after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) formally received the Nobel Peace Prize, director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Angola, Myanmar and South Sudan "are very close."Full Story
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is on the "road to a full recovery" from a stroke he had last December, a statement from his office on Wednesday said.
Talabani, who has played a key role as mediator in Iraq's fractious politics, has been in Germany for treatment for almost a year.Full Story
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Wednesday won a parliamentary confidence vote triggered by the fall of Silvio Berlusconi, promising to push through a pro-European reform agenda and fight populism.
Letta vowed to bring political stability and economic growth to a country on the point of exiting its longest post-war recession, condemning "chaos" after anti-austerity protests this week across Italy.Full Story
The United Nations Wednesday slammed Israel's demolition of 30 Palestinian properties in the West Bank, saying it displaced some families for the second time in less than two weeks.
"I am concerned about the destruction of Palestinian structures in the Jordan Valley yesterday (Tuesday)," U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley said in a statement.Full Story
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday to stress the need for talks with the opposition to resolve an election standoff.
The phone calls stepped up diplomatic pressure on Bangladeshi leaders to find a solution to the stalemate amid a worsening of political violence that has left nearly 80 people since late October.Full Story
A mob killed a man and wounded three others over the alleged desecration of a Koran in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, officials said.
The violence started when some vendors allegedly found torn-out pages of Koran in a pomegranate crate they received in a shipment from neighboring Iran, witnesses and officials said.Full Story
Thailand's premier said Wednesday she was confident the military would not launch another coup to try to end the kingdom's political crisis, despite a history of seizing power.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the coup-makers who ousted her older brother Thaksin as prime minister seven years ago realized that it "doesn't solve any problems".Full Story