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Putin defends his third bid for Russian presidency

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has defended his controversial plan to seek a third mandate as president, saying Russia needed stability and was still at risk of a Soviet-style collapse. Speaking in televised remarks in a rare acknowledgement of public discontent, Putin said his political opponents claimed that “everything is so bad, that it could not get worse”. “Saying that ...

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Iranian Filmmaker Panahi Loses Appeal Against Jail Term

Iranian director Jafar Panahi has lost his appeal against his six-year prison sentence for campaigning against the country’s government. Panahi, a vocal supporter of the country’s opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, was convicted last year of protesting against the political regime and for acting against national security. He was ordered to serve time behind bars and handed a 20-year travel and ...

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Another Tibetan Sets Fire to Self Over China Rule

BEIJING — A 19-year-old former monk in a Tibetan town in western China set himself on fire on Saturday in a desperate plea for Tibetan independence, according to reports on Sunday by Tibet advocacy groups. The flames were put out by police officers stationed on the street, and he was taken to a police station, the reports said. Related Study ...

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Egypt: Mubarak sons have millions in Swiss banks

CAIRO (AP) — The two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak have an estimated $340 million in Swiss bank accounts, a senior Egyptian Justice Ministry official said Monday. Assem al-Gohary said Swiss authorities are investigating whether one of the sons, Alaa, was involved in money laundering along with other ex-regime figures. At home, Mubarak and his sons have been charged ...

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7 U.S. Cities On The Verge Of Bankruptcy

Share Posted by Mike Tirone The harsh economic climate is changing. The time has come when citizens and companies aren’t the only ones being forced to file for bankruptcy… Major cities are among the ranks of those in dire straits. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg opted for the rarely used Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The current ...

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How To Prepare For Civil Unrest, Emergencies, Disasters

Share Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana coast, reports out of New Orleans on September 1st stated that victims of the disaster were being raped and beaten and that fights and fires were out of control, leaving corpses laying in the open as the city descended into anarchy. Emergency responders in the New Orleans area were overwhelmed, and as ...

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Scores rescued from Mexican drug gang

Mexico’s military has freed 61 men being held captive and forced to work for a drug gang in a violent northern border city. The army said on Sunday that the men were found in a safe house in Piedras Negras on Saturday. Soldiers made the discovery during a security sweep in the area that also turned up an abandoned truck filled with 6 tons ...

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Kenya sends in troops to Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabaab militants

Kenya has declared war on a Somali Islamist group and its army yesterday crossed into southern Somalia to pursue al-Shabaab, which it blames for a series of kidnappings inside its territory. Kenyan tanks, troops, trucks and air support were seen inside its northern neighbour a day after the country’s Internal Security Minister labelled al-Shabaab “the enemy” vowed to set up ...

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Arab League to discuss suspending Syria

MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press= CAIRO (AP) — Arab League officials say Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting to discuss whether to suspend Syria from the organization to pressure Damascus to end the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. The officials say Sunday’s meeting in Cairo comes in response to the Syrian government’s failure to stop killing protesters. Several Gulf ...

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