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altPeople in the Crimea, Ukraine have expressed their wish to join Russia in the referendum held, with 95% of its population voting in favour. The leader of the Crimea said that along with these results they will file an appeal to join the Russian Federation. Russian president Vladimir Putin had said that he respects the decision made by the people of Crimea.

altRussia is going to present a resolution against the US and UK joint resolution against Human Right violations, during the coming Geneva summit.

China and Pakistan have already supported it and discussions are being held with some other countries. 

Russia is going to ask for a investigation into the countries who during the Sri Lankan war delivered arms to both parties. The countries who delivered arms to the LTTE are going to be revealed.

altAfter six month s, discussions on the nuclear program  of Iran  started  yesterday in Vienna. Representatives from China, Russia, United States, Britain, France and Germany participated in the discussions. The discussion will take place for three days. It was decided to go for a long term agreement in November after an internal agreement between these parties .

 altMedia reports that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro  has expelled  three United States consular officers who  work at the United States consular office in Venezuela. In a TV interview he emphasized that it has been decided to expel these three officers because they discussed with three opposition activists against whom arrest  warrants have been issued ,which relates to the killing of three people  in the  current antigovernment agitations. The president further added that Venezuela had no need of orders from anyone.

The U.S. installed the Karzai government in their occupation of Afghanistan. Now that the US/NATO forces are withdrawing from the country, Karzai is attempting to demonstrate to the Afghan people his independence from them. By releasing 65 prisoners, Karzai has raised the ire of his U.S. sponsors.

 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday rejected criticism of his government's release of 65 detainees viewed by Washington as dangerous militants, further fanning tensions with the United States as the international mission in Afghanistan winds down.

altFerdinand Marcos salted away a vast fortune in foreign accounts, according to the Philippine authorities. 

The Philippine government has recovered more than US$29m from the Swiss accounts of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the search for more of his hidden wealth continues 28 years after he was toppled, an official has said.

altIt is reported that 15 foreign pilgrims have been died due to a fire in a hotel in Saudi Arabia. This fire has been broke out in a hotel located to the north of city of Medina. About 700 pilgrims came from different countries had been staying in the hotel at that movement. Saudi authorities said that the victims have not yet been identified and investigation are being carried out to identify them and to release true informations regarding the matter.

altThe National Security Agency of US is involved in industrial espionage and will take intelligence regardless of its value to national security, the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has told a German television network. 

In a lengthy interview broadcast on the public broadcaster ARD TV on Sunday,  Snowden said the NSA did not limit its espionage to issues of national security and cited the German engineering firm Siemens as one target. 

altForeign media reported that five Afghan cricketers were shot dead while they in eastern Laghman province on late Thursday. Officials of Afghan government blamed on Taliban for the attack, but no one has so far claimed responsibility. Attacker came by motor bike and had fled the scene within minutes.

altOne student was killed, several injured and at least 60 arrested on Saturday as students at the Cairo campus of Al-Azhar University battled with security forces.  At least two buildings were set ablaze. The day was the first of end-of-term examinations at the university, the epicentre of recent anti-government demonstrations led by Islamist youth

    The state-owned al-Ahram  newspaper reported that security forces used teargas to disperse students who were stopping others taking their exams. The violence followed the deaths of at least five people during protests in several cities on Friday.

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