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Archive for September 2016

Commonwealth of Independent States leaders meet for jubilee summit

September 16, 2016 - KYRGYZSTAN

The summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Bishkek will celebrate the organization’s first 25 years, then look for agreement on a bloc-wide military policy to mark the occasion. NATO’s military build-up in Eastern Europe might boost the quest.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit Cuba

September 15, 2016 - JAPAN

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Cuba to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Havana and promote Japanese business interests in the Caribbean nation.

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71st United Nations General Assembly opens with reform issue still hanging

September 13, 2016 - UNITED NATIONS

World leaders gather for the 71st United Nations General Assembly to address Earth’s most agonizing problems. If they leave without a single answer, fingers will point again to the entrenched dysfunction in the 193-member world body. The same handicap lies ahead for members during the General Debate, starting Sep 20, most of all when they discuss UN reform.

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Felines to take over London Tube station

September 12, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

The London Tube station of Clapham Common will hand over to cats, with larger-than-life posters of felines replacing the usual commercial ads throughout the station. The aim of the feline posters is to help the city’s commuters relax on their way to and from work.

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Opposition parties might participate this time in parliamentary election

September 11, 2016 - BELARUS

President Aleksandr Lukashenko plans an election for the 120-seat lower house of parliament, and there are signs that he might ease his iron grip on political life to improve his country’s image. A test will be whether the opposition decides that contesting the election is worth the effort.

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