NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ukraine, which is hoping to sign a historic free-trade agreement with the European Union in November, is confident it will resolve the status of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Wednesday.
Tymoshenko, the fierce political rival of President Viktor Yanukovich, was jailed for abuse of office in 2011 after a trial that the EU has said smacked of selective justice. The EU has called for her release.
NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s fledgling sovereign
wealth fund on Monday completed investment allocations for the
20 percent of the $1 billion it is setting aside to guard
against commodity price shocks, its chief executive said.
Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and most populous nation,
established the Sovereign Investment Authority (SIA) in 2011 in
an effort to manage resources that economists say have often
been squandered in the past.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Monday urged Iran to help broker a political solution to the devastating civil war in Syria that has killed more than 100,000 people.
“We have to stop this; this is the main problem: find and reach a political solution. I hope Iran now with President (Hassan) Rouhani would help. We have to put the pressure on our friends all over the world, but the nightmare of the Syrian people must stop,” Marzouki told Reuters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief economic policymaker on Monday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s strong showing in her country’s election on Sunday demonstrated that Germany’s push for economic reforms across the euro zone will continue, something that is critical to the region’s health.
Germany is Europe’s biggest economy and it has exercised a great deal of muscle in trying to guide the euro zone through the financial crisis and a recession that continues to grip much of the region, particularly some of the southern countries.
If only it were this easy.
The United Nations General Assembly begins its annual meeting next week with the overhang of chemical weapons diplomacy in Syria and a diplomatic dance over Iran’s nuclear aspirations (and the distrust by much of the West of Tehran’s intentions). That creates a tantalizing prospect of the two, U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, taking a face-to-face spin together on the global stage.
But it was all about getting down to business on Friday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York where the UN Global Compact and the LEGO Foundation unveiled a 1.65 meter tall replica of the UN headquarters. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon playfully pointed out his office. He was joined by LEGO Foundation chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and its chief executive officer Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, who want the way children play to be re-defined and the learning process to be re-imagined.