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Turkey Finds Kerry Comments Diplomatically Wrong

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for publicly urging Turkey’s prime minister not to visit the Gaza Strip in May. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared his intention to visit Gaza after a trip to Washington on May 16. Kerry urged Erdogan during a news conference in Istanbul on Sunday to ...

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Serbians protest Kosovo deal

Thousands of demonstrators have marched against the Serbian government to protest against an agreement to normalise relations with breakaway Kosovo. Flag-waving Serbs chanted “Treason, Treason”, as they gathered in the capital Belgrade hours after the government unanimously approved on Monday the European Union-brokered deal, Al Jazeera’s Aljosa Milenkovic, reporting from Belgrade, said. Our correspondent said many of the protesters saw ...

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Egypt Persecutes Christians and Americans Pay the Bill

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s governing majority, is not actually crucifying the nation’s Christians. But they are nonetheless actively persecuting Coptic Christians who are said to be one-tenth of the population of the largest Arab country. A photograph of two young men set afire during recent demonstrations is pretty striking. Demonstrations have turned into riots as Egypt’s police cracked down on the ...

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Horacio Cartes wins Paraguay presidential election

Businessman Horacio Cartes has been elected president in Paraguay. The result of Sunday’s poll restores the Colorado Party to power after its defeat by the left-wing candidate Fernando Lugo in 2008. Mr Cartes faces the challenge of fighting high levels of poverty and of ending the country’s isolation in the region following last year’s disputed impeachment of President Lugo. South ...

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Iraq counts votes from first polls since US pullout

Baghdad: Iraqi election officials were to begin counting votes on Sunday from the country’s first elections since US troops departed, which served as a key test of its stability amid a spike in violence. Attacks killed three people on election day, a fraction of those who died in a wave of violence preceding Saturday’s polls, which seemed generally well-organised, according ...

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Kerry says doubling U.S. non-lethal aid to Syrian opposition

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States would double its non-lethal aid to opposition forces in Syria to $250 million and that foreign backers had agreed to channel all future assistance through the rebels’ Supreme Military Council. Kerry stopped short of a U.S. pledge to supply weapons to insurgents fighting to ...

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Napolitano re-elected president to tackle Italy impasse

ROME : Italy’s lawmakers re-elected 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday in a bid to break the country’s political gridlock, as protestors outside parliament jeered the result. The ex-communist Napolitano won with a sweeping majority of 738 ballots out of 1,007 possible votes — well ahead of leftist academic Stefano Rodota, backed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, who scored ...

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1.5 million people affected by China quake

BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) — More than 1.5 million people in southwest China’s Sichuan Province have been affected by Saturday’s strong earthquake, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs here Sunday. The quake has affected 69 counties in the province, said the statement from the ministry. “A large number of buildings collapsed and were damaged in the quake-hit area. The authorities ...

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