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Election Period in review: October 5-11, 2013

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  Period in review: October 5-11, 2013 Ireland (Oct 4, 2013) Irish voters participated in two nationwide referendums last Friday. At stake were two constitutional amendments. The first amendment concerned the abolition of the Irish Senate / Seanad in order to move towards a unicameral Parliamentary system. Although the amendment was supported by many of […]

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Happy 42nd Birthday to Jyrki Tapani Katainen 42nd PM of Finland born 14 October 1971

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Jyrki Tapani Katainen (born 14 October 1971) is the Prime Minister of Finland and the chairman of the National Coalition Party. Career This section requires expansion. (June 2011) Katainen grew up in Siilinjärvi and was a part-time teacher and he became a member of the Siilinjärvi municipal council in 1993. He graduated from Siilinjärvi Upper […]

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Analysts Say Nobel Peace Prize Decision a Nod to Putin

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The Moscow Times 13 October 2013 | Issue 5233 By Natalya  Krainova Senior Russian lawmakers and pundits have accused the Nobel  Committee of bias for failing to grant this year’s Nobel Peace  Prize to President Vladimir  Putin after the award went to the Organization for the  Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, on Friday. Many Russian observers said Putin deserved the prize for preventing  a U.S. military strike on Syria […]

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Chinese premier arrives in Hanoi for Vietnam visit

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R, front) is welcomed by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh upon his arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam, Oct. 13, 2013. Li arrived in Hanoi on Sunday for an official visit to Vietnam. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)   HANOI, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang landed here Sunday for an official visit […]

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Visa exemption to promote China-Thailand exchanges: Chinese premier

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R front), accompanied by his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, visits the site of the Royal Flora International Horticultural Exposition in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Oct. 12, 2013. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen) BANGKOK, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — Proposed visa exemption for regular passport holders will offer Chinese and Thai tourists more convenience, and promote closer […]

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Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras  (file photo) 13 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, adding that time is running out to address this global threat. “Climate change is the single greatest […]

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On International Disaster Reduction Day, UN focuses on safety of persons with disabilities

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13 October 2013 – Marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations today called on countries to ensure the safety of persons with disabilities by including them in their planning and preparedness measures. “Early warning systems, public awareness campaigns and other responses often fail to consider the needs of persons with disabilities, putting […]

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