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Chavez to travel to Cuba for surgery


February 24th, 2012 - 1:01 pm ICT by IANS
Caracas, Feb 24 (IANS/EFE) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday his impending departure for Cuba to undergo an operation for a lesion in the same part of his body where ... Read more...

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Brazil’s ex-president discharged from hospital


February 18th, 2012 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS
Sao Paulo, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was discharged Friday from the hospital after undergoing combined radiation and chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer.Sixtysix-year-old Lula, ... Read more...

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Male calm as new president readies national government (Lead)


February 8th, 2012 - 5:40 pm ICT by IANS
Male, Feb 8 (IANS) Maldives' new President Mohamed Waheed said he would form an all-party national unity government Wednesday, the day calm returned to the capital after weeks of ... Read more...

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Maldives vice president takes oath as head of state


February 7th, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 7 (IANS) Maldives Vice President Mohammad Waheed Hassan Tuesday took oath as the president after Mohamed Nasheed announced his resignation amid protests.Hussain Shareef, chief spokesperson and member of ... Read more...

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Egypt after a year of civilian uprising


January 25th, 2012 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, Jan 25 (IANS) As Jan 25 marked the first anniversary of Egypt's civilian uprising that led to president Hosni Mubarak stepping down after nearly 30 years in power, many ... Read more...

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Ex-military colleagues back Musharraf’s return


January 23rd, 2012 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Jan 23 (IANS) Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has received support from his former military colleagues as he plans to return home from self-exile in London.The Pakistan ... Read more...

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Kim Jong-il to be embalmed


January 12th, 2012 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The body of late North Korean "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il is to be embalmed and put on display at a palace in the capital Pyongyang, ... Read more...

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North Korea bids farewell to Kim Jong-il


December 28th, 2011 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Pyongyang, Dec 28 (IANS) North Korea Wednesday bid a tearful farewell to the country's late leader Kim Jong-il as his body was taken from the Kumsusan Memorial Palace where it ... Read more...

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Raul Castro vows battle against corruption


December 24th, 2011 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, Dec 24 (IANS/EFE) Cuban President Raul Castro warned that there was "no thinking twice about the battle against crime and corruption" and urged his government to be "implacable" in ... Read more...

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Venezuela aims to boost oil output


December 21st, 2011 - 11:16 am ICT by IANS
Caracas, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) Oil-rich Venezuela will boost its production of crude to 3.5 million barrels per day in 2012, President Hugo Chavez said."We are at 3 million, fluctuating there ... Read more...

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FIFA raises 2014 World Cup concerns with Brazil


December 17th, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, Dec 17 (IANS) FIFA president Sepp Blatter will meet Brazil's government representatives here Saturdayto discuss concerns about the preparations for the 2014 World Cup.FIFA officials have raised ... Read more...

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A Britsh queen stops Australia from being great: Former PM


December 17th, 2011 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 17 (IANS) Queen Elizabeth II is stopping Australia from becoming a great country, former Australian prime minister Paul Keating has said."The fact is that Australia can only be ... Read more...

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French ex-president Chirac found guilty of corruption


December 15th, 2011 - 7:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Former French president Jacques Chirac was Thursday found guilty of corruption in a trial over illegal financing of the political party he once led, a media ... Read more...

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Avoid senseless news stories: Medvedev tells media


November 6th, 2011 - 10:40 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Nov 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said he would not like to tell mass media what their policy should be but he wants them to avoid ... Read more...

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Colombia turns down project linked to president’s kin


October 26th, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
Bogota, Oct 26 (IANS/EFE) The Colombian government Tuesday blocked the construction of a controversial luxury hotel in the Tayrona Nature Park due to the involvement in the project of two ... Read more...

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India, Switzerland sign MOU for cooperation in finance


October 4th, 2011 - 7:14 am ICT by IANS
Geneva, Oct 4 (IANS) India and Switzerland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) related to bilateral cooperation on financial matters, the Swiss government announced Monday.The MOU was signed during ... Read more...

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Three IT firms to set shop in Kerala


September 30th, 2011 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 30 (IANS) The first ever Nasscom executive council (EC) meet held here Friday saw three member IT companies deciding to set shop in Kerala. "Aegis, one of the ... Read more...

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Gorbachev worried about Putin’s return


September 26th, 2011 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 26 (IANS) Russia risks wasting six years if Prime Minister Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency, former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned.Reacting to the news that Putin ... Read more...

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President to visit Switzerland, Austria


September 23rd, 2011 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil will visit Switzerland and Austria from Sep 30 to Oct 7 in a trip aimed at enhancing bilateral relations with the ... Read more...

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Russia needs fair elections: Gorbachev


September 22nd, 2011 - 6:55 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia needs to make urgent changes to its political system if it is to avoid instability, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned."For Russia, honest ... Read more...

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Fidel Castro amused by speculations about his death


September 11th, 2011 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Caracas, Sep 11 (IANS/EFE) Former Cuban head of state Fidel Castro said he's "amused" that there are people speculating about his death, according to a voice recording aired on Venezuelan ... Read more...

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Mayawati rubbishes WikiLeaks cables, calls Assange mad


September 6th, 2011 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Sep 6 (IANS) Calling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange "mad", Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Tuesday rubbished US embassy cables leaked by the online whistleblower that said she had ... Read more...

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Hugo Chavez exercises after cancerous tumour surgery


July 31st, 2011 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS
Caracas, July 31 (IANS/EFE) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, recovering after a surgery to remove a cancerous tumour, is now keen on doing exercises and constantly talks about the need for ... Read more...

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President declares assets worth Rs.2.5 crore


July 25th, 2011 - 6:04 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) A farmhouse and gold jewellery worth Rs.31 lakh are listed among Rs.2.5 crore worth of assets of President Pratibha Patil, the first Indian head ... Read more...

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Chavez returns to Cuba for treatment


July 18th, 2011 - 11:44 am ICT by IANS
Havana, July 18 (IANS/EFE) Cuban President Raul Castro was at the Havana airport to welcome Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who returned to the island to begin the second phase of ... Read more...

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Medvedev to pardon jailed actress who set afire ex-hubby’s house


July 15th, 2011 - 10:30 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will pardon a jailed actress for setting on fire her ex-husband's apartment after he took away their daughter, the Kremlin said.A ... Read more...

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Tajikistan to release BBC reporter


July 14th, 2011 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A BBC reporter who was jailed in Tajikistan over alleged links to a banned Islamic group will be released Thursday, the country's prosecutor general said.Urunboi ... Read more...

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Government has edge, but civil society not loser (Comment)


June 18th, 2011 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
The virtual breakdown of the dialogue between ministers and civil society representatives may not be an unmitigated disaster. Although the government has had its way and will probably ultimately push ... Read more...

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President should make public her assets: RTI activist


June 17th, 2011 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil should release the details of her and her family members' assets in the public domain as it would set a precedent ... Read more...

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Libyan opposition hails Russia’s new position over Gaddafi


May 29th, 2011 - 4:30 am ICT by IANS
Benghazi, May 29 (IANS) Chairman of Libyan opposition's National Transitional Council (CNT) has hailed the new "position displayed" by Russia which now seeks departure of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, ... Read more...

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Tibetan parliament-in-exile meets, Dalai Lama retirement on agenda


May 26th, 2011 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, May 26 (IANS) As the Tibetan parliament-in-exile convened its special session Thursday for the first time after the election of new lawmakers, it will discuss the smooth transition of ... Read more...

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Dalai Lama again turns down Tibetan exiles’ plea


May 25th, 2011 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, May 25 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Wednesday once again refused to budge from his stand of seeking retirement from political role as head of the exiled ... Read more...

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Mullah Omar dead? Taliban says no (Second Lead)


May 23rd, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul/Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) One-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been killed in Pakistan, an Afghan TV channel said Monday. The Taliban promptly denied this."Mullah Omar was killed on ... Read more...

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Taliban leader Mullah Omar killed?


May 23rd, 2011 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, May 23 (IANS) Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been killed in Pakistan, Xinhua cited a private television channel as stating Monday."Mullah Omar was killed on way ... Read more...

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Mubarak’s wife hands over property to state


May 17th, 2011 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, May 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Suzanne, the wife of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, has signed documents to hand over her property to the state, Egypt's MENA news agency said.The ... Read more...

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