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MOSCOW, March 15 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has repeated Russia's claims to the Arctic continental shelf, thought to be rich in oil and gas reserves, officials said.
Rising temperatures have meant a reduction in sea ice, making hydrocarbon deposits under the Arctic Ocean more accessible, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
The Arctic lands have been the subject of dispute among the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark, the news agency said.
In introductory interviews to Islamist websites, Saleh Al-Qaraawi, the newly-appointed al Qaeda chief in the Levant (Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestinian territories) threatens to loose a fresh wave of attacks on US and Israeli targets as well as UN peacekeepers in South Lebanon
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Israel, telling Turkish national television Monday that his country would not “sit with its arms folded in the event that Israel attacks in Gaza once again.”
Israeli leaders have said that in light of the resumption of rocket attacks from Hamas-run Gaza, another anti-terrorism IDF military operation is inevitable.
King Abdullah also warned the Tel Aviv regime about the Jordanian-Israeli relations that has hit the lowest point "since my father made peace with Israel... It hasn't been as bad as it is today and as tense as it is today."
Russia will contribute about 1,000 military servicemen to joint military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in southern Kazakhstan, a senior military official said.
"Russia, Kazakhstan and China will each contribute a thousand military servicemen to the exercises," Col. Oleg Yushkov, a spokesman for the land forces commander, said.
The appearance of Russian patrol boats in Georgia’s territorial waters “contains danger”, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said on Monday
The Vietnamese government protested China's decision to send two fishing patrol ships into the disputed Spratly Islands, the official Vietnam News reported Tuesday.
The ships entered the island chain in the South China Sea on Thursday. China and Vietnam both claim sovereignty over the Spratlys and other territories in the South China Sea.
Nguyen Phuong Nga, a spokeswoman for Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, claimed Vietnam has "indisputable sovereignty" over both the Spratly and nearby Paracel Islands.
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Israel's foreign minister warned Palestinians against intentions to unilaterally declare independence next year, saying in an interview Tuesday that such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace accords. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced plans to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state, possibly as early as the summer of 2011 — even without a peace deal.
Colombia on Wednesday filed a formal complaint against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with the Organization of American States, accusing the leftist leader of meddling in its domestic affairs. Tensions are high between the Andean neighbours over a Colombian plan to allow the United States more access to its military bases
President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that Venezuela has arrested eight Colombians as suspected spies and charged that several carried identification indicating they are members of neighboring Colombia's military. There was no immediate comment on the allegations from the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday said removing or dismantling Chinese missiles that target Taiwan is requisite for a cross-Taiwan Strait peace accord to take place.
Arch rivals and nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors India and Pakistan are set to hold separate large-scale war-games on either side of the international border in the coming weeks to test the preparedness of their respective armed forces in the event of a war.