JNN 22 Nov 2012 Gaza : Following eight days of intense shelling that left over 150 people killed, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has come into effect. The truce was announced by Egypt’s foreign minister and confirmed by both Israeli and Palestinian officials. Continue reading
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JNN 02 Oct 2012 Washington : The US has removed the dissident Iranian group Mujahideen-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) from its terror blacklist.A group with a history of bombings and murders, including the killing of US citizens, which also happens to oppose the current Iranian government, has paid its way off of a US blacklist. Continue reading
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JNN Oct 17th 2011. Bahrain’s foreign minister is on a visit to the US days after Washington was forced to delay a planned 53-million-dollar arms sale to the Persian Gulf kingdom. Continue reading
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The 69-year-old diplomat was admitted to George Washington University Hospital after falling ill at work on Friday, AP reported.
“This morning, doctors completed surgery to repair a tear in his aorta,” State Department Spokesman Philip J. Crowley said on Saturday.
“He is in critical condition and has been joined by his family,” he added.
Former two-time Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Germany, Holbrooke brokered the 1995 accord that ended the Balkans war. The success brought him one of his seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
He has also played a key role in leading American diplomatic efforts in the region in the early days of the Obama Administration.
Holbrooke, who began his long career as a foreign service officer at the American Embassy in Saigon during the Vietnam War, has been alternating between financial executive and diplomat.
Nicknamed “the Bulldozer,” Holbrooke is known for getting warring leaders to the negotiating table, an ability which served him as the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 1998, Holbrooke was nominated by former US President Bill Clinton as the American envoy to the United Nations. His appointment, however, was delayed for more than a year as a federal ethics probe was carried out over his second career on Wall Street.
He was also an advisor to Senator John Kerry during his presidential campaign in 2004, as well as Hillary Clinton in the 2008 campaign.