- - Thursday, September 15, 2011

TURKEY

Turkey warns Cyprus on offshore drilling

ANKARA | Turkey warned Cyprus against proceeding with offshore oil and gas drilling activities, saying Thursday it would finalize an agreement with Turkish Cypriots to mark out undersea borders to facilitate future oil and gas exploration.

The undersea boundary has been among the most contentious issues in Greek-Turkish relations, with each country trying to mark out where on the continental shelf it can exploit seabed oil and mineral deposits in the Aegean Sea.

A move by Turkey to declare such a border would aggravate relations with Greece and Cyprus, which is divided into an EU-member Greek south and a breakaway Turkish north.

The announcement by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry came a day after Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias announced that U.S. firm Noble Energy will soon begin exploratory drilling to confirm deposits beneath the seabed off Cyprus‘ southern coast, despite Turkey’s attempts to prevent such a move.

PERU

President denounces Shining Path attack

LIMA | President Ollanta Humala on Thursday condemned a Shining Path guerrilla attack on a military helicopter that killed two army officers, and vowed to hold the rebels to account.

“All of Peru rejects those miserable people who have taken up arms against the Peruvian people,” said Mr. Humala, a leftist former army officer who battled the Maoist rebel group earlier in his career.

He called Wednesday’s attack an act of “cowardice and insanity on the part of people who believe they are going to change the will of the Peruvian people by means of force.”

The helicopter came under rebel fire as it was picking up a special forces patrol in the Apurimac and Ene rivers valley where Shining Path has been active.

PAKISTAN

U.S. announces death of al Qaeda official

Al Qaeda’s chief of operations in Pakistan has been killed, a senior U.S. official said Thursday, revealing the latest blow to the terror group’s senior leadership.

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