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Ex-Construction Boss Arrested for Pilfering Millions at Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome

30 October 2014 16:51:42 The Moscow Times Business

The former head of a company involved in building the vast new Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East has been arrested and charged with embezzling 1.8 billion rubles ($43 million) from the project, news agency Interfax reported Thursday, citing the Investigative Committee.

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Russia Begins Construction of 2 New Stealthy Kilo Submarines

30 October 2014 16:51:42 The Moscow Times Business

In another step forward for the Russian navy's ambitious rearmament plans, the keels of two more "Improved Kilo-class" diesel-electric submarines were laid at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Thursday, Interfax reported.

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Moroccan Sentenced to 2 Years for ‘Plotting’ to Attack Harvard University

30 October 2014 16:50:58 Morocco World News

Rabat- A Moroccan accused of plotting to attack Harvard University and a federal building was sentenced to two years in prison in Connecticut, according to Reuters. The suspect was arrested by the FBI last April in Bridgeport, Connecticut. El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, a Moroccan residing in the U.S was allegedly plotting a terrorist attack deploying a radio-controlled, drone-like toy that he intended to use as a flying bomb. Fathi was also accused of falsifying declarations to a federal Immigration judge, which allowed him to stay in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa had expired, according to the same source. While facing deportation to Morocco, Fathi applied for asylum, claiming before the Immigration Court that he had been the victim of arrests, imprisonment and beatings by Moroccan police. U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel had sought a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the defendant, but his defense managed to convince the court that he never intended to carry out the attacks. "My client lied and made a number of bone-headed threats, but never intended to act upon them," Paul Thomas, Fathi's public defender, told the judge in New Haven on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Fathi will be deported to Morocco upon the completion of his sentence. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.

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Moroccan Women Contribute 34.5 % To National GDP: Survey

30 October 2014 16:50:57 Morocco World News

Rabat - Moroccan women's contribution to national wealth creation nears 21 %, and they spend an amount of time equivalent to 34.5 % of GDP in work and housework, said the High Commissioner for Planning Ahmed Lahlimi Alami. "Women have significantly increased their presence in the workplace and reduced their household activities. The combination of these two activities reveals interesting results," Lahlimi told the Moroccan daily L’Economiste. The national survey on time use has provided information on unquantifiable activities which are not included in GDP calculation, the Moroccan official said, referring notably to domestic work, often carried out by women who ensure 92 % of household tasks. "Men hardly contribute to these tasks. They are much present in the workplace, as they devote to work four times as much time", he concluded. With Map

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Western Sahara: Morocco’s Muffled Diplomatic Voice in Washington and New York

30 October 2014 16:50:57 Morocco World News

Washington DC- Every year, as time approaches the UN Security Council consultations on the Western Sahara conflict, Moroccan officials start a flurry of diplomatic activities to counter any “possible” negative outcomes. Unfortunately, seldom do these actions succeed in finding a lasting resolution to this simmering regional dispute. It may be time for Rabat to go back to the drawing board and review its initial positions and revisit early agreements made with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). This year, again, Moroccan officials are condemning UN Personal Envoy of the Secretary General, Christopher Ross, biases. They are worried about an enlargement to the MINURSO mandate to include human rights monitoring. However, the problem is not Mr. Ross or the MUNURSO mandate, but rather Morocco’s blurred positions on some key initial elements of its arrangements with the UN. A prime example would be Rabat’s “accord” to deal directly with the Polisario separatists. King Hassan II agreed to meet with the rebel group under a different regional and international climate than what his son King Mohammed VI is facing today. The late King never intended to recognize the Polisario as a legitimate representative of the Sahrawi people. King Hassan received the Polisario leaders in 1989 as Moroccans and not Sahrawi. He made that decision after then Algeria’s President Benjedid promised to let the separatists decide their own fate without outside interferences. King Hassan and President Benjedid were on the path to reconciliation. Both leaders knew that their differences over the Western Sahara must be put to rest for peace to come back to the Maghreb. Unfortunately, Algerian Intelligence Agency (DRS) was not happy with this arrangement, one of many of Benjedid democratic reforms that rattled the Algerian army, and moved to dislodge him. As such, it is paramount to revisit the legality of Polisario’s claim as the representative of the people of the Western Sahara and Morocco’s stand on it. King Mohammed VI is not bound with every aspect of the MINURSO deal, since it was not sealed under his reign or under the rule of Algeria’s current President. Morocco’s view that “the Polisario continues to stonewall on the issue, refusing to compromise and choosing instead to threaten the whole process with regular calls to resume armed conflict” is pitiful. Moroccan diplomats should hold Algeria, and not Polisario, responsible for the impasse and make the MUNURSO face this fact. In the last few years, Morocco has struggled to find appropriate responses to some of the UN positions in the Western Sahara conflict. Aside from displays of outrage, indignation and concern to UN reports deemed hostile by Rabat’s, Moroccan diplomats, with the notable exception of Ambassador Omar Hilal in New York, seem inconsistent and incoherent in their dealings with the MUNIRSO’s predispositions. After years of intensive lobbying and millions of dollars spent on public relations efforts, the Kingdom’s message in New York and Washington remains muffled. Rabat’s latest attempt to formulate a response will face the same fate. It will go nowhere and stay subdued in the midst of Algeria’s stealth media counter-offensive. This strategy has to change, and the message and the messengers must look and sound different. There are NO serious underlying differences between Morocco and the MINURSO mission and mandate. More than often, it is Moroccan diplomats’ contradictions and their lack of grasp about basic tenants of the Western Sahara conflict that leads to MINURSO staffs’ misunderstandings and frustration. Morocco’s trouble in New York and Washington will not be solved by throwing money at lobbying firms. Charting a clear and coherent diplomatic plan to explain the history of the Western Sahara and the root causes of the conflict is the only way out of this impasse. Training diplomats with deep understanding of the dossier is another obvious requirement. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.

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Fin24.com | HCI sees 'zero chance' of spinning off eNCA

30 October 2014 16:50:16 News24 Top Stories

Hosken Consolidated Investments chief executive says the group has no plans to sell its 24-hour news channel.

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News24.com | Libyan militias committing war crimes

30 October 2014 16:50:14 News24 Top Stories

Amnesty International says Libyan fighters are committing war crimes with impunity.

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News24.com | Changes to gun control law in pipeline - Nhleko

30 October 2014 16:50:11 News24 Top Stories

Amendments to the Firearms Control Act will be introduced in Parliament next year, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says.

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News24.com | Cops wil comply with ConCourt order

30 October 2014 16:50:10 News24 Top Stories

The SAPS say they will comply with the Constitutional Court's order to investigate claims of torture against senior Zimbabwean officials.

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News24.com | KZN family murder case postponed again

30 October 2014 16:50:07 News24 Top Stories

The case against a man accused of killing a KwaZulu-Natal tuck shop owner and her five children has been postponed again in the Durban High Court.

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Sport24.co.za | Mbalula warns Meyiwa killers

30 October 2014 16:50:05 News24 Top Stories

Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's killers will be caught and brought to book, sport minister Fikile Mbalula has warned.

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Poverty remains pervasive in Gambia – UN – Africa – News

30 October 2014 16:47:22 Gambia News Online

  The United Nations resident coordinator in The Gambia has said poverty remains pervasive and protracted in the country despite steady economic growth over the last few years.Ms Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, who is also UNDP resident representative in the country was Wednesday quoted by the local media in Banjul as saying that the 2014 Human ... The post Poverty remains pervasive in Gambia – UN – Africa – News appeared first on Gambia News Online .

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France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants

30 October 2014 16:46:11

Paris: France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday. Seven nuclear plants across the country were flown over by drones between Oct. 5 and Oct. 20, an EDF spokeswoman said, without any impact on the plants` safety The post France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants appeared first on .

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Bullet holes, tear gas are aftermath of deadly Jerusalem raid

30 October 2014 16:46:09

Jerusalem: Four neat bullet holes pock-mark the wall on the roof of Muataz Hijazi`s family home in east Jerusalem, where Israeli police shot the 32-year-old dead at dawn Friday. Relatives and neighbours say he was murdered, but police say he opened fire on them when they went to arrest him for severely wounding a radical The post Bullet holes, tear gas are aftermath of deadly Jerusalem raid appeared first on .

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Closure of Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa `declaration of war`: Abbas

30 October 2014 16:46:07

Israel`s closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a “declaration of war,” Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday. “This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” The post Closure of Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa `declaration of war`: Abbas appeared first on .

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`Hope waning` for trapped Turkish miners

30 October 2014 16:46:06

Hope is waning of saving 18 Turkish miners trapped by a flood in a mine in the south of the country, the energy minister acknowledged Thursday, as rescue efforts entered a third day. “Time is ticking by. I have to tell you that hope is waning concerning our 18 worker brothers,” said Energy Minister Taner The post `Hope waning` for trapped Turkish miners appeared first on .

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Indian-origin US student in Fiji court for Facebook intimidation

30 October 2014 16:46:02

Sydney: An Indian-origin US student appeared in a Fiji court for luring a Fijian girl into sending her explicit photos and then intimidating her, media reported Thursday. Shivneel Singh, 22, developed an online relationship with the 20-year-old Fijian girl and then asked her to send her nude photos to him through Facebook, the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation The post Indian-origin US student in Fiji court for Facebook intimidation appeared first on .

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Mexican president meets with kin of 43 missing students

30 October 2014 16:46:02

President Enrique Pena Nieto met for the first time Wednesday with families of 43 students who went missing over a month ago in violence involving police and drug gang hitmen. After a closed door meeting with some 120 relatives and representatives of the missing students, he said the session was designed to “generate an atmosphere The post Mexican president meets with kin of 43 missing students appeared first on .

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China `vulnerable` to Ebola outbreak: Expert

30 October 2014 16:46:02

China is “vulnerable” to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned Thursday. Belgian microbiologist Peter Piot also warned experience with other viral outbreaks showed that airport screening was largely ineffective, and repeated his earlier criticism of The post China `vulnerable` to Ebola outbreak: Expert appeared first on .

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Chinese Communist leadership `fundamental` to rule of law: Party

30 October 2014 16:46:01

Beijing: Communist power is a “fundamental requirement” to ensure the rule of law in China, a party official said Thursday, days after a meeting of the organisation`s top leaders in Beijing. The ruling party`s Central Committee announced a series of moves to centralise power and combat corruption following its Fourth Plenum meeting in the capital, The post Chinese Communist leadership `fundamental` to rule of law: Party appeared first on .

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US `deeply concerned` by Burkina Faso crisis

30 October 2014 16:46:00

Washington: The United States warned Thursday that it was “deeply concerned” about the crisis unfolding in Burkina Faso and criticized a bid by the West African country`s president to alter the constitution. “We believe democratic institutions are strengthened when established rules are adhered to with consistency,” the White House said, after protesters set fire to The post US `deeply concerned` by Burkina Faso crisis appeared first on .

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Sweden’s move to recognise Palestinian state miserable: Israel

30 October 2014 16:45:58

Jerusalem: Israel today denounced Sweden’s announcement to recognise Palestinian state as a “miserable decision”, saying it would only “harm” international efforts to resolve the vexed conflict. Israel’s ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, condemned the move in strong terms saying it as “a miserable decision that strengthens the extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism”. “It’s a shame The post Sweden’s move to recognise Palestinian state miserable: Israel appeared first on .

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Households optimistic: Luxembourg consumer confidence jumps

30 October 2014 16:43:51 wort.lu

Consumer confidence in Luxembourg improved significantly in October this year, rising six points since September.

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Jason Bateman slated to direct and star in 'IPO Man'

30 October 2014 16:43:37 Latest News - UPI.com

Annie Martin LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Jason Bateman will portray a real-life Portland, Ore., resident who sold stock shares in himself in "IPO Man."

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News24.com | Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

30 October 2014 16:43:32 News24 World

A senior government official says hopes are fading for 18 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey.

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The Best of Me

30 October 2014 16:42:58 Articles

October 30, 2014 Directed by: Michael Hoffman; Starring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey; Genre: Drama | Romance; Age: 12+; Time: 118min Tags: premier The Best of Me

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Autumn fairs in Silves and Portimão

30 October 2014 16:42:57 Articles

It’s fair time again in the Algarve! As we went to press, Silves was set to hold its traditional ‘Feira de Todos os Santos’ between October 30 and November 2 at Sítio do Encalhe – the parking lot behind the local castle. Festivities will then move over to Portimão, which will be hosting its 352th ‘Feira de São Martinho’ from November 7 to 16 at Portimão Arena. Tags: community news Autumn fairs silves portimão

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Controversy as “killer” confesses to crime already solved

30 October 2014 16:42:56 Articles

In a week where killings and killers filled Portuguese newspapers, one story has particularly hogged the headlines. It centres on a man handing himself in to police saying: “I don’t want to kill any more people” - while another serves jail time for one of his murders. For family members of the man jailed two years ago for a crime he consistently said he had not committed, the news has come as a godsend. But the release of Armindo Castro will be far from instant. Tags: portugal news

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News24.com | Libyan militias committing war crimes

30 October 2014 16:42:50 News24 Africa

Amnesty International says Libyan fighters are committing war crimes with impunity.

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Bulgarian Citizens Fighting On IS Side, Defence Minister Says

30 October 2014 16:42:09 Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

Bulgaria's caretaker Defence Minister Velizar Shalamanov admitted there are Bulgarian citizens fighting on the side of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, reports Mediapool.bg. “We have information from our allies that there are Bulgarian citizens fighting for the IS,” Shalamanov said. “This is very alarming.” He, however, refused to divulge any more details. Many Western countries have already admitted that there are holders of their passports who fight for the IS. The UN has urged all countries to criminalise the participation of their citizens in various extremist groups, as well as enlisting others and sponsoring such organisations. Many countries already did so, but Bulgaria is not among them, though recently caretaker Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov proposed law amendments in this regard.

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