Putin in Israel, West Bank for talks on Iran, Syria
''These regions are important for us as we hope
to further strengthen Russia's position there' :
Russian President Vladimir Putin was to arrive in
Israel yesterday for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders
against the backdrop of sustained violence in Syria and concern on
Iran's nuclear programme. Putin was scheduled to arrive at 0805 GMT
and would hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and President Shimon Peres on Tuesday, as well as unveil a World War
II memorial in the town of Netanya.
EU impose fresh sanctions on Syria
The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on
President Bashar al-Assad's regime Monday, targeting government
ministries, companies and one individual, while clarifying an
existing EU arms embargo. The measures were approved by foreign
ministers of the 27-nation-bloc meeting in Luxembourg, an EU
Man 'jumps to death' from Eiffel Tower
A man has committed suicide by climbing up the
Eiffel Tower and jumping to his death, Paris police said on Monday.
Police spotted the man climbing the structure of the tower around
11:30 pm (2130 GMT) on Sunday. They evacuated the tower, sealed off
the area and tried to negotiate with the man, who spoke English, a
police source told AFP.