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  • Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, April 11, 2013

    April 11, 2013 6:19 AM 203

    Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny’s Popular Alliance party has submitted registration documents to the Justice Ministry. The party has over 700 members. Finland has apologized to President Vladimir Putin after its police accidentally put him on a blacklist of people with connections to criminal activity. VTB, Russia’s second largest lender

  • Tony Blair talks Thatcher, the Mideast – and Twitter

    April 10, 2013 11:44 PM 157

    Former British prime minister Tony Blair talks about prospects for Mideast peace, his debt to Margaret Thatcher and some of the limits of Twitter. WASHINGTON – Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Wednesday the push by Secretary of State John Kerry to revive negotiations for an independent Palestinian state offers the best chance of ending the long stalemate

  • Finland apologizes for blacklisting Putin, hopes to avoid ass-kicking

    April 10, 2013 11:01 PM 186

    Finland is probably hoping its neighbor to the east doesn't hold grudges. On Wednesday, the country apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin after its police accidentally put him on a nonpublic blacklist of people with criminal ties. (Whoopsies!) Police claimed they weren't sure how Putin's name ended up on the list, but they're investigating

  • Jordan opens second camp for Syrian refugees

    April 10, 2013 8:05 PM 164

    Jordan on Wednesday opened a second camp to shelter the increasing numbers of refugees pouring out of Syria, one day after a United Nations official warned that the regional crisis had hit “a breaking point.” About 100 Syrians arrived Wednesday at the Mrajeeb Fhood camp, said Andrew Harper, the U.N. refugee agency representative in Jordan. The new camp, funded

  • Denver is safe from nuclear attack, if not excessive boozing

    April 10, 2013 5:58 PM 188

    If you're following the headlines, then you know that North Korea has been threatening the United States and South Korea with a nuclear attack for the past several weeks — and that some military experts believe that April 15 will be the day North Korea pulls the nuclear trigger, since that's the birthday of Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder. North Korea

  • Analysis: Hamas chief seeks wider regional role in new term, but no concessions to Israel

    April 10, 2013 5:48 PM 168

    Mashaal will also push for a power-sharing deal with his Western-backed Palestinian rival, President Mahmoud Abbas. Mashaal “wants Hamas to be a recognized and legitimate player,” said Jordan-based analyst Mouin Rabbani, who frequently meets with Palestinian politicians, including Hamas members. “The challenge and conflict is that he has to demonstrate

  • Polio team attacked in Mardan; one killed

    April 10, 2013 5:28 PM 248

    South Asian News Agency (SANA) ⋅ Share/Save MARDAN, (SANA): Gunmen opened fire on a polio team in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Mardan district, killing one policeman and critically injuring another on Wednesday. The police had resumed guarding the teams after an incident in February in which a policeman was shot dead while protecting a polio vaccination

  • Frank Gardner on his return to Saudi Arabia

    April 10, 2013 4:01 PM 235

    "Going back to the country where I was nearly murdered nine years ago, meant taking a long, deep breath. What sort of a country would I find?" Going back to Saudi Arabia, the country where I was nearly murdered nine years ago, meant taking a long, deep breath. I left it then on a hospital gurney, barely conscious. Now I was returning fit and well but based

  • Putin on Finland's criminal blacklist by 'mistake'

    April 10, 2013 3:22 PM 173

    Finnish police say the Russian president's name was mistakenly placed on a secret criminal register that could have gotten him arrested at the border. Finnish TV station MTV3 reported Wednesday that Putin was placed there for his contact with the Russian motorcycle gang Night Wolves, though he wasn't suspected of a crime in Finland. But National Police

  • 'Its part of political life' Tony Blair isn't worried about parties to celebrate HIS death

    April 10, 2013 2:20 PM 207

    TONY Blair has admitted that he doesn't think about the possibility of people partying following his death due to his actions over the Iraq War. The former Prime Minister talking about the street parties which broke out in celebration to Margaret Thatcher's death critised the jubilation. He said: "It's poor taste really, even if you disagree with someone