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Russian Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya Diest At 86

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, the widow of legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, died Tuesday aged 86. State media report that she has suffered from heart trouble in recent years. The famed soprano was celebrated for her dramatic interpretations of classic and modern works and sang in most major opera houses across the world. For many […]

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Russia Raids Homes of 3 Opposition Activists

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian federal investigators have raided the homes of several opposition activists Moscow accuses of attending seminars in Lithuania on organizing protests aimed at toppling President Vladimir Putin. Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said investigators raided the homes of Taisia Alexandrova, Anna Kornilova and Yuri Nabutovsky on Tuesday morning, seizing computer files and other documents. […]

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Britain Outlines Plan for Gay Marriage

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The British government is considering a proposal to allow gay couples to wed in civil ceremonies but bar the Churches of England and Wales from offering same-sex weddings. Culture Secretary Maria Miller told parliament Tuesday that under the new plan it will remain illegal for the Church of England and its Church in Wales to […]

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Romania’s Center-Left Coalition Wins Parliamentary Elections

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania’s center-left ruling coalition has won a Sunday’s parliamentary elections. With more than 80 percent of the ballots counted Monday, the Social-Liberal Union led by Prime Minister Victor Ponta has won about 60 percent of the votes, defeating President Traian Basescu’s Right Romania Alliance. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitored the […]

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Russia Stops Leasing Azerbaijan Radar Station

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has stopped using a sophisticated radar system in Azerbaijan after the two countries failed to reach an agreement to renew the lease. The previous agreement on using the Gabala radar station expired on Sunday (December 9). It was the last Russian base in the former Soviet republic, with an estimated 1,000 Russian and 500 […]

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Police Detain Protesters in Azerbaijan’s Capital

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Azerbaijan police on Monday detained at least 30 protesters in Baku who tried to hold a rally demanding the right to freedom of assembly and the dissolution of parliament. The unsanctioned protest in the capital of the oil-rich Caspian state was timed to coincide with International Human Rights Day. Police officers quickly detained protesters at […]

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Putin Rejects Accusations of Trying to Resurrect USSR

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is rejecting accusations that he is trying to reinvent the Soviet Union, calling those claims by “colleagues from abroad” as “nonsense.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week called Mr. Putin’s initiative to unite former Soviet republics through economic alliances as “a move to re-Sovietize the region.” On Monday, President […]

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EU Receives 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for turning Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace” in the six decades following World War Two. Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland presented the award Monday to EU President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European […]

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Russia Promises Retaliation After US Human Rights Bill

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian lawmakers have vowed to respond in kind after the U.S. Congress approved a bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights violations. Officials said Monday that Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, will consider imposing some sort of penalty against U.S. citizens that Moscow suspects of human rights violations. The […]

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EU Receives 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for turning Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace” in the six decades following World War Two. Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland presented the award Monday to EU President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European […]

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