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Russia to Build Two Nuclear Power Plants in Iran: IAEO

TEHRAN (ABC Live): Russia will build two nuclear power plants in Iran’s southern Persian Gulf littoral city of Bushehr, the spokesman for Iran Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Wednesday. Iran and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to build at least two nuclear plants in Iran, Kamalvandi told IRNA. “According to …

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OHCHR Asks Ukraine to Protect Human Rights of Citizens

New Delhi (ABC Live):11 March 2014 – Senior United Nations official Ivan Šimonovic is meeting with local authorities in Kharkiv, Ukraine, today to discuss human rights-related measures that can be taken to help de-escalate tensions in the country. “He is also raising with the authorities the allegations regarding human rights violations, and meeting with a range of pro-Russian as well …

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Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Questions Legitimacy of US Interference in his Country Internal Affairs

Rostov-on-Don (ABC Live):Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Tuesday he would ask U.S. Congress and Supreme Court to give a legal assessment of the U.S. government’s actions concerning his country. “The United States plans to allocate 1 billion U.S. dollars to that bandit regime, which contradicts U.S. laws,” Yanukovych told reporters in Russia’s southwest port of Rostov-on-Don. Branding the current …

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Edward Snowden Alerts US Citizens on NSA Surveillance Programs

New Delhi (ABC Live): Speaking via teleconference, former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Monday called for more public oversight of the U.S. secret surveillance practices and better online security measures to protect the public. Snowden, who is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum, spoke to an audience of thousands at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, …

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Political Divisions Creating Hurdles in United Nations Support Mission in Libya

New Delhi (ABC Live): Political divisions continued to undermine the management of Libya’s transition period, and the nation faced “the risk of embarking on a new trajectory of unprecedented violence”, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today. Highlighting recent developments in the North African country, Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United …

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After David Cameron German Chancellor Angela Merkel Telephonically Questions Putin Over Crimea

New Delhi (ABC Live): During a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the referendum in the Crimea, which is to take place on March 16, is illegal. Angela Merkel also said that the upcoming event is contrary to the Constitution of Ukraine and international law. The chancellor expressed regret over the fact that the International …

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UN General Assembly Re-elects Achim Steiner As Executive Director of UNEP

New Delhi (ABC Live):The UN General Assembly re-elected Achim Steiner today as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a two-year period beginning on 15 June 2014. Nominated by the Secretary-General, Mr. Steiner was first elected to a four‑year term in 2006, winning re-election in 2010. In other business today, the Assembly approved the recommendation of its …

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Russia Shows Willingness to Talk Current Ukrainian Authorities

MOSCOW (ABC Live):Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday his country was willing to continue dialogue with the current Ukrainian authorities. “We are ready to continue the dialogue on the understanding that the dialogue must be honest, partnership-like, without attempts to show us almost as a party to the conflict,” Lavrov said after talks with his Tajik counterpart, Sirojidin Aslov. …

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All Barriers Cleared for Former Pakistani President Musharraf Treason Trail

ISLAMABAD (ABC Live):A special court in Pakistan, hearing high treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf, on Friday rejected all objections at the court that has now removed all obstacles for smooth trial, lawyers said. Musharraf’s defence council had raised objections against the formation of the special court for his high treason trial for the bias of its judges and …

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Ukraine All Set to Sign Political Chapters of Association Agreement with European Union

March 7 (ABC Live)Kiev will sign political chapters of an association agreement with the European Union (EU) soon, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said here Friday. “The signing will take place in the shortest possible period, literally within a few weeks,” Yatsenyuk told a media conference on the results of his recent visit to Brussels. To help the Ukrainian economy …

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