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Ukraine Calls Boycotts of Euro Football Tournament ‘Cold War Tactic’

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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((new lede, info graf 2) Ukraine has characterized as “Cold War tactics” a movement by top European Union officials to boycott events in Ukraine in protest of the imprisonment and treatment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshin Monday said he hopes reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will skip […]

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Bangladesh Charges Opposition Activists as Strike Continues

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Police have charged at least 28 opposition activists in Bangladesh, after a series of bombings in the capital. Several small bombs exploded in Dhaka on Sunday, two of which targeted government officials. There were no reports of injuries. The violence took place as members of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party continued a nationwide strike […]

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Suicide Bombing Kills 11 in Nigeria

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in eastern Nigeria say a suicide bombing targeting a police official has killed 11 people. Officials say a bomber on motorbike rammed into a police convoy in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba state. Another 20 people were injured in the blast, but the police official was not harmed. No one has claimed responsibility for […]

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Spain Falls into Recession

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Spain’s economy has slumped into a recession. Spain’s National Statistics Institute data showed Monday that the country’s economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012. The news comes as Standard & Poor’s agency downgraded the ratings of several top Spanish banks, including BBVA and Santander. Meanwhile, the 17-nation euro currency bloc said its […]

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ECOWAS Slaps Sanctions on Guinea Bissau

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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West African regional bloc ECOWAS says it has imposed sanctions on Guinea-Bissau, after talks with the military junta broke down. The Economic Community for West African States says the measures will target leaders of the junta, in addition to diplomatic, economic and financial sanctions placed against the country. During a summit last week in Abijan, […]

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4 Killed in Nepal Blast

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southern Nepal say a bomb blast has killed four people and wounded at least 20 others. Authorities say a bomb attached to a motorbike exploded Monday in Janakpur during a demonstration by protesters demanding a separate province for Maithili-speaking people. The Nepalese parliament is nearing a deadline to write a new constitution which […]

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Poll: Third of Indians Say They Are ‘Suffering’

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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A new poll finds one-third of Indians surveyed say they are “suffering” due to a poor quality of life. According to a Gallup survey released Monday, India’s poorest and least educated are most likely to be “suffering,” while 56 percent of those surveyed were “struggling” and only 13 percent were “thriving”. The survey found the […]

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EU Officials Boycott Ukraine Over Tymoshenko Case

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Top European Union officials are canceling plans to attend events in Ukraine in protest at the imprisonment and treatment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced Monday that he will follow the example of EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who said she would skip the ceremonial Euro 2012 football […]

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Burma Opposition Ends Boycott as UN Chief Addresses Parliament

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition National League for Democracy party have ended their week-long boycott of parliament, after accepting oath-of-office language that calls on her party to “safeguard” the constitution. The Nobel laureate and 42 other NLD colleagues will enter Burma’s parliament for the first time Wednesday. They had objected […]

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US, Japanese Leaders to Push for Stronger Alliance

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Monday for talks that are expected to reaffirm a strong bilateral alliance that has weakened in recent years. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including last week’s relocation announcement of about 9,000 U.S. Marines from […]

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