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May 31,2007
KIEV, Russia -- Ukraine says Russia must stand by its agreement to withdraw its naval facilities from the Crimean Peninsula by 2007. Russia is leasing the Black Sea Fleet's main base in Sevastopol from Ukraine under a 1997 agreement. The agreement offered the possibility of an extension but Ukraine Defense Minister Anatolly Hrytsenko says Russia has not taken steps to negotiate a new agreement, RIA Novosti said Wednesday. "The Black Sea fleet must leave the ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- A Muslim community in Slovenia is planning to build the country's first mosque and an Islamic cultural center in Ljubljana. Slovenia's mufti Nedzad Grabus and Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic signed a letter of intent on the sale of land for the mosque and adjoining buildings, the Serbian B92 radio reported. The Muslim worship center will be built on an area of 4 acres and initial plans say it will be completed in ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romania's president, after surviving an impeachment referendum, is demanding the government's resignation and early elections. Romanian President Traian Basescu said Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu should step down, the Serbian news agency Beta reported Thursday. In his first address to the Romanian parliament since he was reinstated as head of state by the May 19 public referendum, Basescu said the government's resignation and early parliamentary elections are the only fair and just ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
POTSDAM, Germany -- Russia will veto any U.N. Security Council proposal recognizing independence for Kosovo, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hinted at the G8 summit in Germany. The G8 summit came as Russian-U.S. relations were strained over the United States' plans to place a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, its support of independence for Kosovo from Serbia and other issues. "I can't imagine a situation where the Security Council will approve such a resolution," Lavrov ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
LONDON -- Delegates to a British university lecturers' union meeting voted to support a boycott of Israeli universities to protest the treatment of Palestinians. Jewish organizations criticized the 158-99 vote by delegates of the University and College Union, or UCU, the Times of London reported. "This is a full-frontal assault on academic freedom. It defies common sense and undermines the priorities and freedoms on which British academia is based," Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The interim eight-party coalition governing Nepal Thursday agreed to hold elections later this year to pick a constituent assembly. The constituent assembly will rewrite the constitution and decide the fate of the Himalayan state's monarchy headed by King Gyanendra. The actual dates for the elections, which will be in November or December, will be announced soon. The agreement was reached after a month-long discussion and was concluded after Maoist party leader Prachanda, ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
BEIJING -- China is preparing to enact an anti-terrorism law, indicating it is taking a serious view of a problem it has faced for years in its northwest regions. The China Daily reported Thursday the law will help fight terrorism threats both at home and abroad. Discussing the draft law, Zhao Bingzhi, president of the criminal law research committee of the China Law Society, was quoted as saying, "China has been very active in the ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonia's primary opposition ethnic-Albanian party has ended a boycott of parliament to help pass major laws needed for integration into the European Union. The opposition Democratic Union for Integration, or DUI, agreed with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on a list of laws that should be approved by parliament, the Serbian news agency Tanjug reported Thursday. The DUI ended its six-month boycott of the parliamentary work and decided to resume a political ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Human Rights Watch Thursday urged police in Nepal to give better protection to Bhutanese refugees living in camps in the Himalayan kingdom. The plea from the rights group in New York came after this week's violent clashes at the camps, in which two refugees died. Separately, a third refugee died in a clash with police in neighboring India. HRW said the violence is the result of some of the refugees in the ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his country's recent ballistic missile tests were in response to NATO actions. Putin said that Russia was considering withdrawing from the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty because of the United States' planned deployment of missile defense systems in Eastern Europe and the acceptance of some EU members of that plan, RIA Novosti reported. "There is no need to fear Russia's actions, they are not aggressive. ... ... [full story]
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