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Greece: into new legislative

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos officially gave up the mandate to form a coalition government Saturday after three rounds of negotiations proved fruitless, bringing the crisis-struck country one step closer to new elections. There are still a tiny chance of forming a coalition government when President Karolos Papoulias will receive in the day the leaders of major political...

Clashes in Cairo: the army managed to restore calm (TV)

The army and police managed to stop the clashes in Cairo that have already killed 11 people, said the Egyptian public television on Wednesday. According to this, participants in the clashes that took place near the building of the Egyptian Ministry of Defence, left the scene of the conflict to disperse in the surrounding streets. Previously, the Western media have reported that a group of youths attacked Wednesday...

Prague: Demonstration against government reforms (media)

On Saturday thousands of people gathered in the Czech capital Prague to protest against government reforms and cuts it plans in social spending without regard to their impact on population, reported international media. The protesters are demanding that the government waives reforms to reduce the budgetary financing of pensions and Public Health. Moreover, they demand new elections. For its part, the Czech...

Cease-fire in Syria: no clashes reported (media)

No clashes between government forces and opposition have been reported in Syria since the entry into force of the cease-fire (0300 UTC 12 April) under the plan of Kofi Annan, said the international media on Thursday. However, according to Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH), explosions were heard in the town of Zabadani (southeast), these claims have not been confirmed by other sources. Western media regularly...

Mali: Tuareg rebel group announced a cease-fire unilaterally

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), political and military organization of Malian Tuareg, announced Wednesday a cease-fire unilaterally, states a press movement, published on its official website. “The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, following the complete liberation of the territory of Azawad and given the strong demand of the International Community (…) decides...

Athens: more than 400 people arrested during a police operation

On Thursday 430 people were arrested in Athens, during a police operation in crime prevention, police reported Friday. Almost all of those arrested are non-Greek migrants. Police carried out more than 1,000 identity checks. Several drug-related crimes, theft, prostitution and violation of immigration laws were discovered during this operation, in which 400 police officers took part. For two years, the Greek...

European Stability Mechanism: green light from the French Parliament

The French Senate adopted Tuesday by a large majority the creation of the European Stability Mechanism (MES), Western agencies reported. The initiative was approved by 169 votes in favor and 35 against. The Socialists abstained. On 21 February, the National Assembly gave its approval to MES. The French government, the first among European firms, began the process of ratification of the Mechanism February 8. The...

Syria: Beijing considers “unacceptable” criticism of Washington

China considers unacceptable U.S. criticism regarding its position the Syrian problem, said the spokesman of China’s diplomacy Hong Lei at a press briefing on Monday. “We can not accept this (…) the outside world not to impose its alleged plan to resolve crisis the Syrian people,” said the spokesman. The latter said that “China has called on the Syrian government and all parties in...

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