Western & Central Europe

Government: Cyprus Banks to Remain Closed Until Thursday

March 18, 2013

“”Tuesday and Wednesday are bank holidays,” the source said. A decree will be released shortly from the Finance Ministry to this effect, he said.”

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Western Officials Fear That Mali Will Turn Into a Hotbed For Terrorism Following France’s Withdrawal

March 17, 2013

“Western and African officials are increasingly concerned that the African soldiers who will be relied on to continue the campaign against militants linked to Al Qaeda there do not have the training or equipment for the job.”

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Fifth French Soldier Killed in Mali

March 17, 2013

“A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.”

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Metro/LCI Poll: French President Francois Hollande Approval Rating (31%) Falls Below Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen

March 17, 2013

“Only 31 percent are satisfied with Hollande’s performance, eight points less than last month, as the Socialist president battles unemployment at a 13-year high and a stagnant economy, according to the poll carried out for newspaper Metro and TV channel LCI.”

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Pope Francis: I Would Like A Poor Church, And For The Poor

March 17, 2013

“Since his election on Wednesday as the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, Francis has signaled a sharp change of style from his predecessor, Benedict, and has laid out a clear moral path for the 1.2-billion-member Church.”

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Cyprus Parliament Vote on Bank Deposit Tax Delayed Until Monday

March 17, 2013

“The announcement set off an immediate scramble among top European officials, with reports that the European Central Bank was pressuring Cypriot authorities to hold the vote without delay.”

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Bank Run: Cyprus Delays Vote on Forfeiture of 9.9% of Personal Savings to Fund a Bailout

March 17, 2013

“The move to take a percentage of deposits, which could raise almost 6 billion euros, must be ratified by parliament, where no party has a majority. If it fails to do so, President Nicos Anastasiades has warned, Cyprus’s two largest banks will collapse”

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France Defense Minister Visits French Troops in Mali

March 15, 2013

“Le Drian was trying to assess troop morale and prepare the deployment of an African force to Mali, which will also serve French imperialist interests in the region.”

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France Foreign Minister Lobbying for a United Nations Security Council Vote on Peacekeepers in Mali in Early April

March 14, 2013

“The peacekeepers would take over from French and African forces currently fighting Islamic extremists who had taken control of northern Mali.”

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99.8% of Falkland Islands Residents Vote to Remain a British Overseas Territory

March 13, 2013

“Pro-British feeling is running high in the barren and blustery islands that lie off the tip of Patagonia, at the southern end of South America. Turnout was 92 percent among the 1,649 Falklands-born and long-term residents registered to vote.”

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France Foreign Minister Urges European Leaders to Lift Ban on Supplying Weapons to the Syrian Rebels

March 13, 2013

“France and Britain want the European Union to amend an arms embargo on sending arms to Syria which is part of a package of sanctions that rolls over every three months but they face opposition, notably from Germany.”

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Next Pope: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is Pope Francis I

March 13, 2013

“UPDATE (3:15 P.M.): In a big upset, Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has become Pope Francis I! He’s the first non-European ever to become Pope. He is believed to have finished to second to Benedict in 2005.”

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Cardinal Tauran Announces 76 Year-Old Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the New Pope of the Catholic Church

March 13, 2013

“It’s a shock decision: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. He is the first Jesuit pope of all time.”

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Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Lets Out White Smoke: A New Pope Has Been Elected

March 13, 2013

“Within an hour, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, the senior cardinal deacon of the Church, will step onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and announce in Latin the name of the man elected to lead the faith.”

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Nigerian Ansaru Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages From Italy, Britain, Greece, and Lebanon

March 10, 2013

“In an online statement posted on Saturday, the militant group Ansaru said it had killed the captives. Ansaru is suspected of being an offshoot of the Boko Haram network.”

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