Archive | March 4th, 2012

Spain. Protest in Madrid

MADRID – Residents of the Spanish capital are taking part in a non-binding protest referendum to express disagreement with regional government plans to privatize publicly owned water supplies. The center-right Popular Party is committed to selling off 49 percent of the network to Madrid and some of its suburbs in a bid to reduce debt. [...]

Pippa Middleton queen of Swedish ski race

MORA, Sweden – Pippa Middleton has completed a 56-mile cross-country ski marathon in Sweden taking a respectable 412th place in the women’s category. The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge – the former Kate Middleton – finished the Vasaloppet ski race in 7 hours, 13:36 minutes, alongside 15,800 competitors in bright sunshine. Middleton told Swedish [...]

China to up defense spending by 11.2 pct in 2012

BEIJING – China said Sunday that it would boost its defense spending by 11.2 percent in 2012, the latest in a nearly two-decade string of double-digit increases. Although the planned figure is less than last year’s 12.7 percent increase, China’s military leaders have said they are unhappy with recent moves by the Obama administration to [...]


Iranian vote, Khamenei better than Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Iran – Conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared on course to gain firm control of parliament after elections that could embolden Iran’s nuclear defiance and give the ruling clerics a clear path to ensure a loyalist succeeds Ahmadinejad next year. Although Iran’s 290-seat parliament has limited sway over key affairs – including military [...]

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Blasts in Congo with arms depot fire

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo – Blasts rocked the capital of the Republic of Congo Sunday morning after a weapons depot caught fire, officials said, creating explosions that shook houses in Brazzaville and echoed across the Congo River to the capital of the neighboring country. Defense minister Charles Zacharie Boawo appeared on national television Sunday to [...]


Worst train tragedy in Poland in years kills 16

SZCZECHOCINY, Poland -Two trains running on the same track collided head-on in southern Poland late Saturday, leaving 16 people dead and 58 injured in the country’s worst train disaster in more than 20 years. The powerful collision near the town of Szczekociny, just north of Krakow, occurred after one of the trains ended up on [...]

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Yemen, killed 30 troops, 14 militants

SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni military officials say at least 30 soldiers and 14 al-Qaida militants have been killed in fighting in the southern province of Abyan. The officials said Sunday’s fighting was taking place west of Abyan’s provincial capital of Zinjibar, held by militants since May. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they [...]



Russians vote, Putin sure to win

MOSCOW – Russian observers said Sunday they are seeing widespread violations in elections expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin, despite efforts to give the appearance of a fair vote. Putin, who was president in 2000-2008, is all but certain to easily defeat his four challengers. But if credible evidence of vote manipulation emerges, [...]

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Tibet, mother of four kids burns herself

BEIJING – A mother of four has become the latest Tibetan to burn herself to death to protest government policies in Tibetan areas of China, an overseas activist group said Sunday. London-based Free Tibet said the woman, identified as Rinchen, set herself on fire Sunday in front of a police station by the main gate [...]


Chavez on tv after 9 days

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appears on TV for first time in 9 days, after surgery. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has appeared on television for the first time in nine days during which he underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a tumor. Chavez spoke firmly in footage recorded Saturday while accompanied by various [...]

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