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Venezuela local elections test Maduro

People in Venezuela have begun voting in municipal elections seen as a crucial test for President Nicolas Maduro. Mr Maduro narrowly won a presidential election in April to replace Hugo Chavez who had died from cancer. Since November, Mr Maduro has been ruling by decree, promising to tackle…

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Colombia’s Farc announces unilateral ceasefire

Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, has announced a 30-day-long ceasefire starting on 15 December. The announcement came a day after five soldiers, one police officer and three civilians were killed by a Farc car bomb attack against a police station. The Farc declared a similar ceasefire when peace talks…

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Bomb attacks across Iraq kill 30

Related articles Iraq seeks US arms as bombs kill another 55 BAGHDAD — Car bombs killed at least 30 people across Iraq on Sunday and wounded nearly a hundred, with attackers mainly targeting busy commercial streets in the capital, police sources said. The deadliest…

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Thailand Opposition Party Quits Parliament

AP Democrat leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks along with his party members during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition party announced Sunday its members were resigning en…

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Thai PM Offers Referendum on Resignation

VOA News Thailand’s prime minister says she is willing to hold a referendum to end the political crisis paralyzing the country and will resign if the vote goes against her. However, Prime Minister Yingluck…

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Thousands Gather for Protest Against Ukraine Government

VOA News Thousands of Ukrainians are flocking to the center of the capital city of Kyiv for what opposition leaders expect to be the largest anti-government demonstration since mass protests started three weeks ago. Organizers…

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UN Inspectors Visit Iranian Nuclear Plant

VOA News Iranian media have reported inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog visited an Iranian heavy water production facility for the first time in two years. The…

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Dalai Lama will not attend Madiba funeral

Dharamsala – The Dalai Lama, who has twice since 2009 been denied a visa for South Africa, is not planning to attend his fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela’s funeral, his spokesman said on Sunday….

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India’s BJP set to form government in key states

India’s main opposition BJP is set to form a government in three key states after winning an absolute majority in assembly elections. The Hindu nationalist party has won 162 assembly seats in the northern state of Rajasthan, leaving the ruling Congress with just 21 seats. The BJP also retained…

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Deal to boost global trade reached at WTO summit

The Associated Press BALI (AP)—A deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organization’s 159 member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached in the future. WTO…

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