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Archive for April 2014

Legislative election

April 30, 2014 - IRAQ

When Iraqi voters go to the polls on 30 Apr 2014 to elect members of the country’s 325-seat Council of Representatives, Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki will need a solid parliamentary majority for his State of Law coalition in order to win the third term that he is known to want.

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Annular solar eclipse

April 29, 2014 - SPACE

Throngs of enthusiasts usually descend on locations where solar eclipse viewing is best, but penguins might be the only audience for the annular solar eclipse of 29 April 2014; it will be visible from eastern Antarctica.

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Popes predecessors canonised

April 27, 2014 - VATICAN

On 27 Apr 2014 Pope Francis canonizes two predecessors, John Paul II, popular with reformers in the Roman Catholic Church, and John XXIII, popular with conservatives.

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First democratic election 20 years ago

April 27, 2014 - SOUTH AFRICA

The southern-most nation on the African continent held its first democratic election 20 years ago on 27 Apr 2014, and the fourth democratic election will be held in 2014 near the same date.

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2014 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting

April 24, 2014 - UNITED STATES

The biggest order of business on the agenda at the 2014 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 24-27 Apr 2014, will be vetting the candidates in the Nov 2014 US mid-term election; gun-friendly candidates can anticipate generous NRA campaign funding.

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Internet summit Dilma Rousseff

April 23, 2014 - BRAZIL

President Dilma Rousseff, outraged at espionage revelations leaked by former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, has called a global summit on Internet governance for 23-25 Apr 2014 in Sao Paulo.

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Six months after Sharia Penal Code introduced

April 22, 2014 - BRUNEI

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei made big headlines around the world for his tiny realm in Oct 2013 when he announced that a new Sharia Penal Code would come into effect in six months. The half year from the announcement falls on 22 Apr 2014.

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Anniversary Boston Marathon bombing

April 21, 2014 - UNITED STATES

Boston Marathon competitors will set off 21 Apr 2014 on the 26.2 mile run with the memory of the terror attacks at the 2013 race still fresh.

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20th anniversry of national internet domain

April 19, 2014 - RUSSIA

The Russian national internet domain, known as, celebrates its 20th anniversary on 19 Apr 2014 with over 4.5 million registered domains and amid government attempts to curb its freewheeling ways.

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Presidential election

April 17, 2014 - ALGERIA

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, seeks a fourth term in elections despite suffering a stroke last year. He has rarely been seen in public since but with National Liberation Front and army backing, is almost assured another five years.

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