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January 12, 2015

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

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Marchers in Paris.
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Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France.

44 world leaders attended the Paris march including French President François Hollande; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy; Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi; the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban; and the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba.

US Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley attended. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest responded to criticism for not sending a higher level representative on behalf of the United States: “It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile.” Earnest said the rally had been planned on Friday and President Obama attending the rally on such short notice presented “significant security challenges”. Secretary of State John Kerry said he already had a prior engagement in India.

Charlie Hebdo has previously published cartoons featuring the Islamic prophet Muhammed. These include original depictions and reprints of controversial cartoons originally by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Some of these cartoons were on display at the marches.

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Paris: flowers and tributes to the victims of the shooting.
Image: Guerric Poncet.

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Paris march: a protester holding up two colouring pencils, in solidarity with journalists and cartoonists killed in the attack.
Image: Basili.

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Paris march: protestors holding up two giant pencils.
Image: Eric Walter.

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Paris march: more protestors holding up giant pencils.
Image: Eric Walter.

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Paris march: marchers fill the street.
Image: Eric Walter.

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Paris march: more marchers filling the streets.
Image: Yann Caradec.

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Paris march.
Image: Eric Walter.

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Paris march: marchers moving up Boulevard Beaumarchais.
Image: Poulpy.

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Paris march: marchers fill the platform at the Miromesnil Métro station.
Image: Basili.

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Bordeaux rally.
Image: LeJC.

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Rally in Bourg-en-Bresse.
Image: Benoît Prieur.

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Rally in Chambéry.
Image: Florian Pépellin.

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Rally in Lyon.
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Rally in Rennes.
Image: Édouard Hue.

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A sign at the march in Rennes showing a number of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Image: Édouard Hue.

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Rally in Rennes.
Image: Édouard Hue.

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Rally in Rennes.
Image: Pymouss.

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Rally at the Place Royale in Reims.
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French flag projected on to the side of the National Gallery in London as a sign of solidarity.
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Signs, pens, sketch pads and cartoons left as a memorial in Trafalgar Square in London.
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A pen held up as part of the rally in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Image: Zefrog.

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A man holding both a French and American flag at a rally in Daley Plaza in Chicago.
Image: Stel Cape.

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A small rally in Cologne.
Image: Raimond Spekking.

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Candle lights at a rally in Moscow.
Image: Ilya Schurov.

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Snow-covered flowers and tributes outside the office of the French Ambassador in Moscow.
Image: Ilya Schurov.

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At the rally in Moscow.
Image: Ilya Schurov.

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Rally in Stockholm.
Image: Henrik M F.

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Rally in Stockholm.
Image: fcruse.

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A pencil in the snow at the Stockholm rally.
Image: fcruse.

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Rally in Vienna.
Image: Haeferl.

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Rally in Berlin.
Image: Tim.

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Rally in Brussels.
Image: Miguel Discart.



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October 24, 2007

Bush says missile shield \”urgently\” needed to counter Iranian threat

Bush says missile shield “urgently” needed to counter Iranian threat

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

George W. Bush speaking at NDU on October 23, 2007.

In a speech on Tuesday, U.S. President George W. Bush said that deploying a missile shield in Europe is necessary to counter an emerging nuclear threat from Iran. The planned missile shield is strongly opposed by Russia, which sees it as a threat to its security.

“The need for missile defense in Europe is real and I believe it’s urgent. Iran is pursuing the technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons, and ballistic missiles of increasing range that could deliver them,” Bush said in a speech at the National Defense University. “Today, we have no way to defend Europe against the emerging Iranian threat, so we must deploy a missile defense system there that can.”

In his speech, Bush emphasized the threat posed by the range of Iran’s missiles. “Last November, Iran conducted military exercises in which it launched ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel and Turkey,” Bush said. He warned that, with “continued foreign assistance”, Iran could develop an ICBM capable of reaching the United States by 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the United States and the West could rely on Russian-operated early warning radar in Azerbaijan to counter missile threats from Iran.

The U.S. missile defense plan includes 10 ground-based interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said previously that the shield was seen a “potential threat” by Russia and that Russia could take measures to “neutralize” it. In his speech, Bush said that the missile shield was not designed to intercept missiles from Russia and “would be easily overwhelmed by Russia’s nuclear arsenal.”

Also on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates proposed delaying the activation of part of the missile shield if Russia cooperates with the project. “We continue to encourage the Russians to partner with us in missile defense and continue our efforts to reassure them that these facilities are not aimed at Russia and could benefit Russia,” Gates said. He also suggested that the missile shield could remain inactive until “definitive proof” of a threat arose. “We would consider tying together the activation of the sites in Poland and the Czech Republic with definitive proof of the threat, in other words, Iranian missile testing and so on,” he said.



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August 2, 2007

Russia claims North Pole by planting flag on seabed

Russia claims North Pole by planting flag on seabed

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Underwater depth map of the Arctic Ocean, showing the Lomonosov Ridge running from the New Siberian Islands over the North Pole to the Canadian Arctic islands.

Russian expedition Arktika 2007 made the first descent to the ocean bottom below the North Pole, and planted a titanium flag of Russia on the seabed.

Submarines have in the past traveled below the Arctic ice cap, but this is the first time man has reached the seabed below the North Pole. The Mir-1 and a second Mir-2 submarine face the challenge of diving 13,980 feet (4,261 metres) deep, and then having to resurface at the exact location where they’ve submerged, because they are not strong enough to penetrate the ice themselves. The nuclear ice-breaker vessel Rossiya is keeping the ice open for the research ship and the submarines.

The expedition ship Akademik Fyodorov is carrying over 100 scientists to the North Pole. “Apart from the purely scientific goal of a comprehensive study of the climate and seabed at the North Pole, this expedition may help Russia to enlarge its territory by more than one million square kilometers,” the Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said. The mini-submarine Mir-1 has successfully reached the Arctic seabed. “Our mission is to remind the whole world that Russia is a great polar and research power,” said expedition leader and deputy speaker of the Russian parliament Artur Chilingarov, who has been named presidential envoy to the Arctic by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Political reactions

Some Western politicians have portrayed the planting of Russia’s flag on the seabed as Russia’s territorial claim. Canada, the United States, Norway and Denmark (through Greenland) have an Exclusive Economic Zone 200 miles north of their Arctic coastline, established under international laws. Russia is claiming a larger area, extending to the North Pole, saying that a continental shelf called the Lomonosov Ridge runs from Siberia on the Arctic seabed to the North Pole. As such, it would be an extension of Russian territory.

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—Peter MacKay, Foreign Minister of Canada

In 2001, Russia made a case with the United Nations to extend its boundaries to the Arctic, but the U.N. requested more scientific data to strengthen the Russian case. The current mission is collecting evidence to submit another request in 2009, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Canada and Denmark last year sent out a joint mission to establish whether the Lomonosov Ridge is connected to their territories, and Norway is investigating this possibility too. Last May, U.S. senator Richard Lugar (Rep, Indiana) said that it would be difficult to negotiate about Russia’s claims as long as the U.S. has not ratified the Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that any issues about Russia’s claims would be resolved “in strict compliance with international law.”

The claimed territory could contain undiscovered natural resources such as oil and gas, media sources speculate.

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October 6, 2006

Wrong flag causes diplomatic faux pas in Poland

Wrong flag causes diplomatic faux pas in Poland

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Friday, October 6, 2006

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During the official visit of Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, to Poland, which was to revive the strained diplomatic relationship between the two countries, an embarrassing mistake was committed by the hosts. When Lavrov was greeted by the entrance to the Polish Foreign Ministry building, the courtyard was decorated with Czech, rather than Russian flags. The Ministry’s employees quickly discovered the mistake and replaced the flags with the right ones, and the Russian part did not express any concern about the faux pas.

It became, however, one of the top stories in the Polish media that day, prompting extensive ridicule. On the Russian part, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia’s government newspaper, commented ironically that the discontinuity in contacts between Warsaw and Moscow was so prolonged that the Polish Foreign Ministry apparently forgot what the Russian flag looks like. The gazette also went on to joke about the possible troubles Minister Lavrov might have had distinguishing between Poland’s current President and Prime Minister, who are identical twins.

While the Russian paper also recalled a similar incident that occurred more than a year ago in Athens, where the Russian flag was hung upside down, in Poland an event that was related to was the hanging of the Polish flag on the Polish President’s limousine upside down, which made it almost identical to flags of Monaco or Indonesia.

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April 2, 2006

IAEA chief, Russia, China express concerns about threats against Iran

IAEA chief, Russia, China express concerns about threats against Iran

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Sunday, April 2, 2006

Mohamed ElBaradei

Following the recent UN Security Council non-binding presidential statement supporting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and calling for Iran to temporarily suspend its right under the NPT to enrich and reprocess uranium, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, and diplomats from Russia and China have expressed their concerns about the threats of economic sanctions or military actions against Iran.

ElBaradei said that Iran is not “an imminent threat” and urged states to “lower the pitch” in their discussions related to Iran’s alleged intentions to develop nuclear weapons.

He opposed both economic sanctions and military actions, saying about the latter, “There is no military solution to this situation. … It’s inconceivable. The only durable solution is a negotiated solution.”

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that “Russia doesn’t believe that sanctions could achieve the purposes of settlement of various issues.”

He also supported the validity of the IAEA’s investigations, saying “Before we call any situation a threat, we need facts, especially in a region like the Middle East, where so many things are happening. … We prefer very strongly to base our specific actions on specific facts, and in this particular case the facts could be provided by the [International Atomic Energy Agency]. So far, they have not been provided.”

China’s deputy Foreign Minister, Dai Bingguo, said, “The Chinese side feels that there has already been enough turmoil in the Middle East. We do not want to see new turmoil being introduced to the region, because that would not serve the interests of any party and would only be very detrimental to the interests of the people in Middle East.”

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A recently leaked letter by British diplomat John Sawers, dated March 16, 2006, revealed intentions by the UK to get the UN Security Council to refer to Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, which allows for the use of economic sanctions and/or military force as a method of conflict resolution, in relation to Iran. The recent UN Security Council non-binding presidential statement referred to confidence-building measures as a method of conflict resolution, but not to economic sanctions nor military force.



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