Western & Central Europe

Falkland Islands Residents Begin Voting on Sovereignty Referendum to Rebuke Argentina

March 10, 2013

“An overwhelming “yes” vote is likely, prompting Argentina to dismiss the referendum as a meaningless publicity stunt. A high turnout is expected, however, as islanders embrace it as a chance to make their voices heard.”

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Greenland Prime Minister Threatens European Union to Block Preliminary Mineral Resources Deal

March 9, 2013

“To the dismay of many European politicians, China has been eyeing investments in the former Cold War ally of the West, which include iron, zinc and rare earth minerals.”

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Experts: Static Electricity Caused Hindenburg Blimp Crash in 1937

March 5, 2013

“The iconic airship had reportedly become charged with static as a result of the electrical storm and broken wire or a sticking gas valve leaked the hydrogen into the ventilation shafts. “

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Danish Treasury: Microsoft Corp. Owes Denmark $1 Billion in Unpaid Taxes

March 5, 2013

“The tricky part, according to Denmark, is that Microsoft then transferred its rights in what used to be Navision – the money-making assets — to an Irish subsidiary.”

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Vatican Accused of Orchestrating Cover-Up of Sexual Abuse Committed By Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien

March 5, 2013

“The Vatican has said that the British cardinal tendered his resignation around November last year… That prompted speculation that the Vatican negotiated a deal months ago in which the British cardinal would retire quietly in an attempt to spare embarrassing the Church.”

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Britain’s Most Senior Roman Catholic Cleric Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns, Citing Sexual Misconduct

March 5, 2013

“Cardinal O’Brien, the head of the church in Scotland, is the highest-ranking figure in the church’s recent history to make such an admission.”

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Swiss Woman Freed in Yemen After Being Held Hostage For Nearly a Year

March 4, 2013

“Armed tribesmen had kidnapped the teacher in the western Yemeni port city of Hudaida in March 2012 to press their government to free jailed relatives, a Yemeni Interior Ministry official told Reuters last year.”

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France Finance Minister: Government Won’t Enact Any More Austerity Measures in 2013

March 4, 2013

“The French government had promised to reduce its deficit to 3 percent of gross domestic product this year to bring it into line with European Union rules and help right the economy. But now France says that will be impossible and has asked the European Union for an extension.”

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Investigators Discovery Elaborate Surveillance and Effort by Hezbollah to Kill Israeli Citizens

February 27, 2013

“Some details have come from Yaakoub himself, who made his first public appearance last week during his trial in Cyprus. But a much fuller account comes from legal documents summarizing the Swedish man’s statements to police during weeks of questioning last summer.”

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Italy Parliamentary Elections End With Possibility of a Divided Coalition Government

February 25, 2013

“The outcome of the election, which comes amid a deep recession and tough austerity measures, was so close that a final declaration from the interior ministry was not expected for some hours.”

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Colombian Government Authorizes Committee of Civilians and Red Cross Workers to Travel to German Hostages

February 25, 2013

“The National Liberation Army (ELN) said in early February they had captured two German men in Catatumbo, near the border with Venezuela, the second time in a month it seized foreigners.”

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Syrian Opposition Agrees to Attend “Friends of Syria” Meeting in Rome on Thursday

February 25, 2013

“Al-Bunni told Al-Arabiya TV the decision was made based on guarantees al-Khatib heard from western diplomats that the conference would be different and that the opposition would receive real commitments this time.”

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British Royal Navy Discovers “Underwater Grand Canyon” in the Red Sea

February 25, 2013

“Derek Rae, commanding officer of HMS Enterprise, said: “These features could be the result of ancient rivers scouring through the rock strata before the Red Sea flooded millennia ago.”"

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Prison Guards Foil Dramatic Helicopter Prison Escape Attempt in Greece

February 25, 2013

“But the plot was foiled after the prisoner was shot and the chopper forced to land in the prison’s parking lot. The dramatic escape attempt was one of a handful involving helicopters in Greece, and the first time such plans have failed.”

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Der Spiegel: Global War on Drugs Failure Raising Support for Legalization Internationally

February 25, 2013

“Nadelmann believes that the best route is not prohibition, but “regulated legalization.”"

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