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Rights Groups Hail Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Law

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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A coalition of Nigerian rights groups is hailing the country’s new Freedom of Information law as a victory for transparency in government. A spokesman for Right to Know Initiative says the law passed by President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday gives Nigerians the tools uncover facts and hold public officials and institutions accountable. The law also protects […]

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Vancouver Canucks Win Opening Game of NHL Stanley Cup Series

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Raffi Torres scored the game-winning goal with just 19 seconds remaining in regulation to give the host Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins in the first game of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup championship series. The game had been a defensive standoff up until that point, with Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo […]

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Argentina Bans Tobacco Advertising, Smoking in Public Places

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Argentina has approved a nationwide ban on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places. After years of debate, lawmakers in the lower house of the Argentine Congress overwhelmingly approved the law on Wednesday over the strong opposition of the tobacco industry. In addition to the bans on advertising and smoking in enclosed public spaces, the […]

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Kan Offers Future Resignation as Party Faces Possible Defeat

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has offered to resign in the coming months amid party defections that threaten to bring down his government in a parliamentary vote later Thursday. Mr. Kan said at a meeting of his Democratic Party of Japan Thursday that he would like to hand over power to a younger generation once […]

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Japanese PM Promises to Resign After Earthquake Clean-up

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will offer to step down once he has fulfilled his responsibilities to deal with the effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. National NHK television broadcast the remarks made by Mr. Kan Thursday to a meeting of his Democratic Party of Japan. Dozens of party members have […]