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BELGRADE, April 19, 2016 (Xinhua) -- CSKA's Nikita Kurbanov (C) jumps for the ball during the Euroleague play-off game 3 basketball match between Crvena Zvezda and CSKA Moscow in Belgrade, on April 18, 2016. CSKA won 78-71. (XinhuaPredrag Milosavljevic)

MOSCOW, April 12 (Xinhua) -- A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has slammed the United States for disrespecting international law, which has led to "mistakes" by Washington in the Middle East and adjacent regions.

"The problem is in the absence of the legal basis for actions," said Maria Zakharova on her Facebook page on Monday, commenting on the recent statement of U.S. President Barack Obama who confessed that his worst mistake during the presidency was a lack of planning for the aftermath of the toppling of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The United States, firstly, violated international law and varnished its actions by information campaigns. A few years later, when the luster fades and ceases to dazzle the eye, everybody will see the ruins of another state, while Washington calls it a mistake, and labels some other countries as aggressors, Zakharova said.

"Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya," Obama said in an interview with the Fox News TV channel aired on Sunday.

As the Arab Spring revolts spread to Libya, the United Nations Security Council approved in March 2011 the establishment of a no-fly zone to protect civilians from air attacks.

In the months that followed, the U.S.-led NATO forces started their military campaigns in Libya, providing support to Libyan rebel forces.

Zakharova said the United States had acted in the same manner in Afghanistan and Iraq as it did in Libya, adding that Moscow was witnessing a similar scheme in Syria.


EU report calls for long-term support for refugees in Middle East

BRUSSELS, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Sustained funding for Syria's neighbors in the Middle East and more support for local administrations are essential in dealing with the refugee crisis, European Union (EU) local and regional leaders have said.

In a report adopted Friday, the EU's assembly of local and regional politicians called on the EU to help improve the living conditions of refugees in the Middle East and other conflict zones, through long-term financial support and by combining emergency aid with longer-term measures. Full story

Middle East high on agenda of New Zealand, Canadian defense minister talks

WELLINGTON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The defense ministers of New Zealand and Canada will meet in Wellington Thursday to discuss the battle against Islamic State (IS) insurgents and other international security issues.

New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said the meeting with Canadian counterpart Harjit Sajjan was a timely opportunity to discuss mutual defense and security on a bilateral basis. Full story

Time "to ring the alarm bell" on waning prospects for Middle East peace -- UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Xinhua) -- UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov warned Thursday that the prospects for an independent Palestine State are disappearing, adding "The time has come to ring the alarm bells that the two-state solution is slipping from our fingers."

Mladenov, in his briefing to the UN Security Council, also questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts toward the two-state solution, which, widely backed by the international community, means that a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent Palestine State.

NAIROBI Adidas Superstar Nigo Bear Pelle Nere Bianche Saldi , May 7 (Xinhua) -- Scientists meeting in Nairobi on Thursday urged the government to lift the ban that was imposed on the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2012.

The Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) said that the ban has slowed down the momentum that Kenya has built in agricultural research.

"Other East African countries are proceeding at full speed to commercialize a number of crops while Kenya's progress has stalled, " OFAB Kenya Chapter Programming Committee Dr Margaret Karembu said during a meeting to brief stakeholders on a recent GMOs benchmarking trip to Brazil.

Karembu said that Brazil has managed to become a surplus food producing nation due to their adoption of GMOs. She said that GMOs can also play a role in ensuring that Kenya achieves food security.

"The ban on GMOs was not based on sound scientific evidence and this is having a negative impact on agricultural research Uomo Adidas Superstar 2 Nere Bianche Saldi ," he said.

The OFAB official added that biotechnology can be used develop crops that drought and pest resistant.

"The uptake of biotech crops will have a positive impact on farm income especially for the small scale farmers who spend a large portion of their earnings on crops inputs such as pesticides, " she said.

Karembu Adidas Superstar W Saldi , who is also the Director of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) Africenter said that South Africa, Sudan and Burkina Faso are among the African nations that have commercialized GMOs.

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Karembu added that globally there has been a hundred fold increase in the acreage cultivated with GMO crops in the last 19 years.

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) Senior Biosafety Officer Josphat Muchiri said that his organization has approved 19 laboratory and greenhouses studies since in 2010.

NBA is also reviewing the fees, it charges for conducting research on GMOs. "We want to lower the fees in order to encourage more research in the country Adidas Superstar Donne Saldi ," Muchi.