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    Huge turnout as Uzbeks set to re-elect strongman Karimov
    Mar29

    Huge turnout as Uzbeks set to re-elect strongman Karimov

    TASHKENT (AFP) – Uzbeks voted massively in a presidential election Sunday with turnout topping 70 percent halfway through the poll expected to deliver another landslide victory for strongman Islam Karimov.Few doubted the outcome after all three of Karimovs challengers endorsed his campaign to extend an iron-fisted rule that dates to before...

    Uzbekistan declares polls set to re-elect strongman Karimov valid
    Mar29

    Uzbekistan declares polls set to re-elect strongman Karimov valid

    TASHKENT: Uzbekistan on Sunday declared its presidential ballot valid after more than the required third of voters turned out in an election that 77-year-old strongman incumbent President Islam Karimov is almost certain to win. The central electoral commission of the ex-Soviet Central Asian country said 36.55% of the 20 million registered voters...

    Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy
    Mar29

    Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy

    MOSCOW (AFP) – Its been a torrid time of late for the Russian economy as the fallout from Ukraine and tumbling oil prices have plunged the country into financial crisis.But an unexpected recent rebound by the ruble has partially reversed months of pain for the nosediving national currency and fired hope among harried officials in Moscow...

    Russell stops Gonzalez for WBC featherweight title
    Mar29

    Russell stops Gonzalez for WBC featherweight title

    LAS VEGAS (AFP) – American Gary Russell dominated Jhonny Gonzalez en route to a fourth-round technical knockout on Saturday to seize the Mexicans World Boxing Council featherweight world title.Gonzalez had no answer for Russells speed and power.Russell knocked down Gonzalez three times in the fight — once in the third round and twice...

    ​Ex-Chancellor Schroeder criticizes Merkel’s Russia policy
    Mar29

    ​Ex-Chancellor Schroeder criticizes Merkel’s Russia policy

    Ukraine German ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has slammed Angela Merkel’s policy towards Russia, saying he understands Moscow’s foreign policy concerns and sees no reason to fear a … …read more Source: Japan Herald...

    New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism
    Mar29

    New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism

    Washington (AFP) – When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch.The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitters new livestream app Periscope, which became a window for the breaking news event.The event showed how...

    Greek PM Tsipras says he seeks no rift with Europe
    Mar29

    Greek PM Tsipras says he seeks no rift with Europe

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.Tsipras’s leftist government agreed an extension to its 240-million euro bailout funding in February, albeit with aid frozen, and now must...

    Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy
    Mar29

    Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy

    MOSCOW – It’s been a torrid time of late for the Russian economy as the fallout from Ukraine and tumbling oil prices have plunged the country into financial crisis. …read more Source: Bangkok...

    Ukraine accuses rebels of firing Grad rockets
    Mar29

    Ukraine accuses rebels of firing Grad rockets

    KIEV: Ukraine government forces on Saturday accused pro-Russian separatists of using Grad multiple rocket launchers overnight in the country s war-tor …read more Source: The News...

    Ukraine Leader Says he Will Not Let Oligarchs Sow ‘Chaos’
    Mar29

    Ukraine Leader Says he Will Not Let Oligarchs Sow ‘Chaos’

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday pledged to stop oligarchs from sowing “chaos” after the governor of a key industrial region quit following a row over a state oil firm. …read more Source:...

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