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Second stage of Cypriot reunification talks begin

September 3, 2009 - CYPRUS

The first stage of talks between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on reunifying the divided island of Cyprus ended on Aug 6. The second stage of the United Nations-backed talks begins Sep 3 in the island’s UN-controlled buffer zone. At the second round the leaders will take on the toughest issue, property rights on the island, where UN peacekeepers have been deployed since 1964 to prevent fighting between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

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Tea Party protesters to march on US Capitol

September 1, 2009 - WASHINGTON DC

The Republican-affiliated Tea Party Movement, aimed at derailing the agenda of the Democrat-led federal government, plans a mass protest in the nation’s capital. Democratic President Barak Obama’s plan to overhaul healthcare is in their bullseye, but their grievances cover issues that include gun rights, taxes and oil drilling. The movement took its name from an incident on 16 Dec 1773 when American patriots, protesting a British tax, threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

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Radovan Karadzic trial could begin

September 1, 2009 - THE HAGUE

The trial at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia of Radovan Karadzic is expected to begin in September. The former Bosnian Serb leader is facing 11 counts of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzigovina when he was president of a breakaway Serb republic. Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, who was indicted on the same charges with Karadzic in 1995, is still at large. Karadzic faces life in prison if convicted.

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