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Spain debt rises as bond rate stays in danger zone

The level of Spain’s debt rose in the first three months of the year, according to figures from the country’s central bank. The Bank of Spain said in report released Friday that as of the end of the first quarter, Spain’s total debt _ central, regional and local governments _ now stands at 72 percent of GDP….

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Unfair refusals ‘still a problem’ for disabled air travellers says European Commission

Many disabled and reduced mobility air travellers still face problems of unjustified refusals, and other unfair demands when attempting to travel. As thousands of disabled Paralympians and spectators prepare to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Commission has published guidelines to clarify their rights when travelling by air. Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner responsible for Transport, said: ...

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Egypt election: Ahmed Shafiq allowed to run for president

Egypt's supreme court has ruled that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq can continue to run for president in elections this weekend. The court had been considering a law that would have barred him from standing for office on the grounds that he was a member of the former regime. In a separate ruling, the court has decided that…

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NATO chief praises Afghan forces’ professionalism

ROD McGUIRK Associated Press= CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — NATO’s chief says the professionalism of Afghan security forces and their recent suppression of Taliban attacks in Kabul gave him confidence they will be ready to handle their nation’s security by 2014. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday that Afghan forces are already leading 40 percent of security operations in Afghanistan ...

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Bahrain convicts 9 medics of protest ties; 9 freed

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a court has sentenced nine medical professionals to prison terms ranging from five years to one month in a retrial on charges of aiding the Gulf kingdom’s uprising. Lawyer Jalila al-Sayed says nine other doctors and nurses were cleared of charges Thursday. Fifteen-year sentences against two doctors who fled Bahrain ...

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Barroso warns EU parliament of eurozone breakup

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called on the EU parliament to give up its national sovereinty posture in the face of the eurozone debt crisis and tackle the problems together. The European commission president is watching the clock. The EU is at a “decisive moment” of crisis management, he said. High unemployment is a “social emergency” requiring both ...

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UN review lashes SA over secrecy Bill

South Africa has received widespread international condemnation of its secrecy Bill during a UN review of the country’s human rights record. (Lisa Skinner, M&G) The United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland all expressed concerns that the proposed laws could threaten media freedom. The intervention – the biggest collective stand yet taken by foreign governments ...

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Children without borders

Working towards a vision of a region free from violence against children, representatives from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) renewed their commitment to end atrocities against the children in their region at the meet of the member countries in Colombo recently. The countries unanimously adopted the South Asia Call for Action on Ending Violence against Children. Representatives from ...

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