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Apr 17,2009
BARVIKHA, Russia -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Friday called NATO's decision to hold an exercise in Georgia "shortsighted" and "not worthy of true partnership." Medvedev told a news conference in Barvikha that NATO's announced plans had begun building up tensions in the region. He said Russia, which considers NATO expansion plans a threat, would keep a close watch on the situation and act accordingly, Itar-Tass reported. The Russia-NATO relationship has cooled considerably as NATO nears Russian borders. ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
PARIS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy apparently uttered less-than-complimentary remarks about several of his country's allies during a lunch, attendees said. During the repast at the Elysee Palace, Sarkozy intimated U.S. President Barack Obama was inexperienced, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Louis Rodriguez Zapatero wasn't too smart and German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't share his view about tackling the world financial crisis, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. His comments were made during a private lunch meeting Wednesday with ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Parts of the central Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, were under a flooding state of emergency Friday after the Red River crested at 22.5 feet. Thursday afternoon, Mayor Sam Katz declared a state of emergency for all properties on the river side of the city's primary dike, but told a news conference there was no need to panic, the Winnipeg Sun reported. "Overall, things are very under control but there could be some hot ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Officials say they fear dozens of people could be dead after two earthquakes collapsed hundreds of houses in eastern Afghanistan Friday. Villagers searching through rubble said the death toll was at least 40 and likely to rise, The Daily Telegraph reported. "Three of my family members were killed and seven are injured. I think about 40 people have died. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed," Gul Mohammad in Mir Gadkhel village, 30 miles west ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonia's foreign affairs minister rejected a Greek offer to solve an 18-year-old dispute over the name Macedonia, claimed by the two neighboring countries. Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki said the Greek proposal that the former southern Yugoslav region rename itself as "Republic Northern Macedonia" is not acceptable to the Skopje government, the Macedonian news agency MIA reported Friday. Macedonia is also the name of a northern Greek region and Greece says using the name "Macedonia" ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
L'AQUILA, Italy -- Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has promised that the Mafia would be excluded from reconstruction of towns devastated by last week's earthquake. He also promised to rebuild the destroyed structures in six months. ''There will be extremely strict controls against the Mafia and against property speculators,'' Berlusconi said in L'Aquila, where the first school for April 6 quake survivors was set up in three tents, ANSA reported. Earlier, prosecutor Piero Grasso said he was considering ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
JAKARTA -- Heavy rains Friday swamped several areas in the East Kalimantan capital of Samarinda on the Indonesian island of Borneo, officials reported. Officials said waters flooded several areas, including Sempaja, Lempake, Jl Dr Sutomo and Remaja, and thousands of homes in Samarinda Ilir and North Samarinda were submerged, The Jakarta Post reported. The worst flooding was reported in Sempaja, the newspaper said, with waters rising 50 centimeters, about 20 inches. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All ... [full story]
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Apr 17,2009
CHISINAU, Moldova -- A Moldovan billionaire businessman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted coup and inciting mass riots, officials said Friday. Gabriel Stati, said to be worth $1 billion, and bodyguard Auril Marinesku were expected to remain in custody in Chisinau for 30 days during an investigation into the charge, Maria Vieru, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor general's office, said. They were extradited from the Ukraine earlier this week. If found guilty, Stati could face up ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
MOSCOW -- A counter-terrorism operation launched in Russia's volatile republic of Chechnya in 1999 has ended, officials announced Thursday. The Russian National Anti-terrorism Committee said in Moscow that closing the operation will mean withdrawal of some 20,000 interior ministry troops in the republic and removes restrictions on international flights. Grozny is expected to seek international airport status. The committee said the decision was aimed at further normalizing conditions in Chechnya and to "restore and develop ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Croatia Thursday protested a warning issued by Britain's Foreign Office that tourists visiting Croatia be aware of threats from organized crime. The Zagreb government was upset by a BBC article Wednesday on organized crime and corruption in Croatia, including assassinations of journalists and businessmen. Croatia complained it was the malicious article before the oncoming tourist season on the Adriatic coast, that fueled the tourist warning, the Javno.hr Web site said. Mario Dragun, ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
SIAKOT, Pakistan -- Ten members of a Pakistani family, including eight children, were killed early Thursday in a property dispute at Sialkot, police said. The victims, reportedly axed to death in the middle of the night, included the children's parents. The father's brother, his wife and son were arrested for the killings, the Dawn newspaper reported. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved. [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
JERUSALEM -- U.S. envoy George Mitchell restated the U.S. commitment to Palestinian statehood after talks with an Israeli official who said he doesn't feel so obligated. "The U.S. policy favors a two-state solution, which would have a Palestinian state living in peace alongside with the Jewish state of Israel," Mitchell said Thursday after meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has said his country isn't bound to a such a solution. Lieberman, raising a ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
MOSCOW -- A counter-terrorism operation launched in Russia's volatile republic of Chechnya in 1999 has ended, officials announced Thursday. The Russian National Anti-terrorism Committee said in Moscow that closing the operation will mean withdrawal of some 20,000 interior ministry troops in the republic and removes restrictions on international flights. Grozny is expected to seek international airport status. The committee said the decision was aimed at further normalizing conditions in Chechnya and to "restore and develop ... [full story]
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