Message of peace

Message of peace

NDO—A conference on peace in the Middle East took place on January 15 in Paris with the attendance of diplomats from over 70 countries, igniting international efforts seeking to terminate the prolonged conflict between Israel and Palestine. As the international community was concerned about the possible outbreak of a new spell of violence in the Middle East, the conference issued a joint statement in favour of a peaceful solution to the problems between the two states, claiming it was the only way to bring peace to the region.  (2 hours ago)

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A tough mission

  Dec 24, 2016
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A tricky road for Iran

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NDO – The door for Iran to reintegrate onto the world market has opened widely after nearly one year since the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers took effect. However, it has remained a difficult road for the Islamic country to restore ties with the United States after the US Congress recently passed a law on the extension of sanctions on Iran, regardless of President Obama’s last efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal from being pushed to the brink of collapse.  

A Christmas without peace

  Dec 22, 2016
NDO – As people around the world are cheerfully preparing for Christmas and decorating the Christmas tree in hope for a New Year full of peace and happiness, Europe and other countries have sounded the alarm on violence and bloody terrorist attacks, which pose the risk of spreading globally.  

When determination is challenged

  Dec 21, 2016
NDO—Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov,was assassinated in front of TV cameras, giving the public a massive shock. Occurring at a sensitive time, when both Russia and Turkey are embarking on an attempt to resolve the conflict in Syria, the incident was intended to hurt the relationship between Russia and Turkey, as well as to throw cold water on all efforts to end the Syrian civil war.  

Warnings of terrorist threats in Sahel, Africa

  Dec 18, 2016
NDO – At a recent international conference on terrorism in Algeria, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, announced that around 2,500 jihad fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation had fled the war zone in the Middle East to Africa’s Sahel region.  

A crucial turning point

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Steps taken to stabilise the situation of the ROK

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Regional cooperation seeks to address challenges

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Sirte fully liberated, “new dawn” expected in Libya

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When jasmine is not so fragrant

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A big step forward for OPEC

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A critical bottleneck on the frontlines in Aleppo

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