Mali reaches peace deal with rebels

UNITED NATIONS, June 19 (UPI) -- A peace agreement between the Malian government and nomadic Tuareg rebels opens the door to political progress, the U.N. secretary-general said.

Serbia, Kosovo PMs to meet after exchange of diplomatic envoys

BRUSSELS, June 18 (UPI) -- The prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia were to meet Thursday in Brussels, two days after the two sides exchanged envoys in a landmark diplomatic move.

Human Rights Council scorns Belarus

BRUSSELS, June 14 (UPI) -- The European Union welcomes pressure from the United Nations on Belarus over its troubling human rights record, leading commissioners said Friday.
EU patience with Turkey wears thin

EU patience with Turkey wears thin

STRASBOURG, France, June 13 (UPI) -- Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling for justice for Turkish authorities suspected of using excessive force.
Turkey's Erdogan 'running out of patience' with park protesters

Turkey's Erdogan 'running out of patience' with park protesters

ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 13 (UPI) -- Protesters camped in Istanbul's Gezi Park must leave because of the "thugs" and "vagabonds" in their midst, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

U.N.: Kabul attack may be a war crime

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 12 (UPI) -- Tuesday's attack on the Supreme Court building in Kabul may constitute a war crime, the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said.

British government issues alert for Turkey

LONDON, June 12 (UPI) -- The British government said it was encouraging its citizens in Turkey to avoid protests ahead of pro-governments rallies planned for the weekend.

EU's Ashton has close eye on Turkish unrest

BRUSSELS, June 10 (UPI) -- Turkish ties to the European Union depend in part on the right to freedom of expression and assembly, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Europe monitoring Turkish unrest

BRUSSELS, June 7 (UPI) -- Violence linked to demonstrations and police abuses in Turkey is an indication of the government's lack of tolerance for dissent, the European Parliament said.

Russia, EU sign deal on controlling drug precursor chemicals

YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 6 (UPI) -- Cross-border flows of precursor chemicals for illegal and synthetic drugs will be targeted under a new deal struck by Russia and the European Union this week.

EU wary of selective justice in Georgia

BRUSSELS, May 22 (UPI) -- European officials said they would keep close tabs on legal proceedings against former Georgian political leaders accused of corruption.

EU's Ashton meets Iran's nuclear diplomat

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 16 (UPI) -- Talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Turkey were productive and could lead to further outreach, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said.

Iran's nuclear program subject of two discussions

TEHRAN, May 15 (UPI) -- Iran's nuclear program isn't expected to affect the country's presidential elections next month, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Wednesday.
Pakistan praised for election

Pakistan praised for election

LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- The 50 million people in Pakistan who voted Saturday cast votes in opposition of terrorism and intimidation, the British government said.

Ashton confirms more nuclear talks with Iran

TEHRAN, May 3 (UPI) -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet in Turkey for follow-up nuclear talks with Iranian negotiators, her office said.
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Catherine Ashton
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (in green), visits with Palestinian youths, at an U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza (UNRWA) day camp in Gaza City, July 18, 2010. UPI/Shareef Sarhan/U.N. Office

Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, PC (born 20 March 1956) is a British politician belonging to the Labour Party who has been the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) since 1 December 2009 when the post was created. She is also the First-Vice-President of the European Commission (since February 2010). She prefers to be known as Cathy Ashton.

A British Labour politician, Ashton was made a life peer in 1999 by the Labour government and held junior ministerial appointments in three government departments. She was later appointed Leader of the House of Lords and, in that role, was instrumental in steering the Treaty of Lisbon through Britain's Upper House. In 2008, she succeeded Peter Mandelson as Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission. In December 2009 she became the first person to take on the newly enlarged High Representative role for the EU as created by the Treaty of Lisbon.

Catherine Ashton was born in Upholland, Lancashire on 20 March 1956. Her father, Harold, was a civil engineer and came from a working class family, with a background in coal mining going back generations. She attended Upholland Grammar School in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire, then Wigan Mining and Technical College in Wigan. Ashton graduated with a BSc in sociology in 1977 from Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London). She was the first woman in her family to attend a university.

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