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  • Russia Warns Ukraine It Could See Repeat Of Georgia War

    Russia Warns Ukraine It Could See Repeat Of Georgia War

    Russia on Wednesday made its first direct comparison between the Ukraine crisis and its 2008 war with Georgia, warning that it would be forced to respond in a similar way if its interests were attacked. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the ominous comparison during an interview to be aired by the Kremlin mouthpiece Russia Today, known as RT. Russia invaded Georgia in August 2008 after Georgian government troops moved against separatist positions in the semi-autonomous region of South Ossetia. Source:

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  • Suresh K. Reddy Appointed As India’s First Ambassador To Indian Mission To ASEAN And East Asia Summit

    Suresh K. Reddy Appointed As India’s First Ambassador To Indian Mission To ASEAN And East Asia Summit

    The Ministry of External Affairs appointed Suresh K. Reddy on Wednesday as the first Ambassador to the separate Indian Mission to ASEAN and East Asia Summit. Reddy, an Indian Foreign Service officer since 1991, is currently serving as Ambassador of India to Iraq. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. Source: wochit politics

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  • Italy’s Renzi Wins Confidence Vote On Temporary Labor Rule

    Italy’s Renzi Wins Confidence Vote On Temporary Labor Rule

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi easily won a confidence vote on Wednesday over his plans to ease rules for companies that hire temporary workers, part of a broader plan to overhaul labor regulations. The lower-house of parliament voted 344 to 184 to back Renzi, the 39-year-old former mayor of Florence who took power in February from party rival Enrico Letta. The confidence vote allows the government to accelerate passage of a decree that will allow businesses to renew temporary contracts

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  • Banking On Father’s Good Work, President’s Son Hopes To Win

    Banking On Father’s Good Work, President’s Son Hopes To Win

    Facing a tough contest in the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, President Pranab Mukherjee’s son and Congress candidate Abhijit is banking on his father’s “good work” and his advice to turn the battle in his favor. I am following his advice,” Abhijit told IANS, ahead of Thursday’s polls. Pranab Mukherjee won from the constituency near the Bangladesh border in the Murshidabad district in 2004 and 2009. Abhijit scraped through from the Muslim-majority constituency in an interim election in

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  • Modi Claims People Have Already Voted Out The Congress Led UPA’

    Modi Claims People Have Already Voted Out The Congress Led UPA’

    Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi on Wednesday addresses supporters using 3D technology saying that there was no doubt that the voters have become so disenchanted that there is no chance for the Congress to come to power. Modi said through a video conference,”It is certain that it is certain that the Congress has gone. Those who are yet to vote have the responsibility to make government in Delhi a strong one .” Modi also rued the fact

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  • Chile President Launches Long-awaited Electoral Reform Bill

    Chile President Launches Long-awaited Electoral Reform Bill

    Chilean president Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill on Wednesday to reform an electoral system inherited from the country’s 17-year military dictatorship, making good on a key campaign promise. The current electoral system, devised under dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s regime, effectively guarantees that the two biggest party coalitions dominate Congress, with neither having a large majority. It also almost always assures that independents are underrepresented. Although the government has not yet published full details of the bill, Bachelet said it

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  • Palestinian Factions Sign Historic Reconciliation Agreement

    Palestinian Factions Sign Historic Reconciliation Agreement

    Palestinian factions announced they would form a unity government within five weeks, a move that could imperil U.S.-backed peace talks with Israel. Both sides said at a joint conference on Wednesday, the pact between Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Liberation Organization envisions holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the Palestinian parliament. Source: wochit politics

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  • Congress Worried About Vadra Fallout

    Congress Worried About Vadra Fallout

    India’s National Congress is worried that it might be losing the battle of perception over party chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, who is accused of dubious land deals by the Bharatiya Janata Party. A senior leader of the Congress party, wishing he not be identified, admitted Wednesday that the Vadra issue adds to the “scam-tainted” image of the party. Asked if the Vadra land deals would affect the party’s electoral prospects, he said: “Maybe… Vadra’s wife Priyanka Gandhi, on

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  • TV Channels, Emails To Act As EC Watchdogs In Bengal

    TV Channels, Emails To Act As EC Watchdogs In Bengal

    India’s Election Commission Wednesday said it would keep tabs on the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal Thursday via electronic media, fax and emails addressed to the state chief electoral officer as well as helpline complaints. As many as six TV channels will be monitored by poll panel officials Thursday to tackle incidents and complaints reported by the media. The commission will also watch out for complaints registered at the helpline number and will pay attention to grievances that come

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  • Recruits Trending Older In U.S. Military

    Recruits Trending Older In U.S. Military

    New recruits in the U.S. military are getting slightly older, with more than half of Army enlistees age 20 or above compared with a few decades ago when only a third were in the older age group, according to a RAND Corp. study released Wednesday. The trend is a boon for the military because older recruits have a greater tendency to re-enlist and achieve promotions at higher rates than those who join out of high school, the report says. Source:

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  • Jerry Seib: Biden’s Strategic Ukraine Checklist

    Jerry Seib: Biden’s Strategic Ukraine Checklist

    Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine in a show of solidarity Tuesday. The United States is revealing a more solidified plan to help the government by offering aid and loans just before its election in May. However much larger questions about the stability of the Ukrainian economy persist. Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • Anti-Keystone Protesters Trot Into Washington

    Anti-Keystone Protesters Trot Into Washington

    Cattle ranchers, landowners, and representatives of Native American tribes marched and rode on horseback to the National Mall in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. Source: The Wall Street Journal

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