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Death toll in S. Korean ferry disaster rises to 61 as divers find more bodies

Divers have recovered more than two dozen bodies from the South Korean ferry that capsized on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 61. Almost 240 people, most of them high school students, are still unaccounted for.

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North Dakota struggling to deal with radioactive fracking waste

Environmental regulators and North Dakota state officials have expressed concern that the state has failed to adequately adjust to the state’€™s sudden influx of crude oil output, a worry highlighted by the recent discovery of abandoned radioactive waste. Last month, the North Dakota Health Department announced that a large pile of oil filter socks

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“Giving out pies in Maidan not enough”€™: Putin urges West to really help Ukraine

Europe should switch from promises to real action to help Ukraine out of the economic chaos, says Russia’€™s President Putin. “What’s the problem for the near future? It’s that Russia can’t bear the brunt [of helping Ukraine] in a one-way fashion,” Vladimir Putin told the Security Council meeting on Friday.

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Putin to US: It’€™s bad to read other people’€™s letters

President Vladimir Putin says it was “€œstrange”€ to learn of the US reaction on a Russian letter to the leaders of EU’€™s top gas-consuming nations, as it was in no way designed for Washington’€™s eyes. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has accused Russia of reneging on an agreement that offered reduced gas prices to […]

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World Bank estimate of 1 bln people in poverty 30% “€˜too low”

The current international poverty line of $1.25 per day used by the World Bank is “too low”€ and “€œartificial,”€ say researchers from Bristol University, adding that the total number of poor people worldwide would increase by 30 percent in future. The World Bank’s “estimates are flawed” as the organization hasn’t used “different poverty measures”

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EU taking Putin’€™s letter on gas transit “seriously” – Merkel

The EU is taking seriously President Vladimir Putin’€™s letter to 18 European countries, in which he warned that Ukraine’€™s debt crisis could affect gas transit from Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “There are many reasons to seriously take into account this message… and for Europe to deliver a joint European response,” Itar-Tass reported Merkel […]

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Message from the President of Russia to the leaders of several European countries

Vladimir Putin addressed a letter to the leaders of several European countries, to which Russian natural gas is supplied via Ukraine’s territory. Ukraine’s economy in the past several months has been plummeting. Its industrial and construction sectors have also been declining sharply. Its budget deficit is mounting.

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Not “€˜lovin’ it”€™ in Crimea: McDonald’€™s suspends operations for “€˜manufacturing reasons”€™

€‹Ukrainian McDonald’€™s Ltd, a subsidary of the world’s largest fast food chain, has temporarily closed its doors in Crimea because of “€œmanufacturing reasons.” “Due to reasons beyond the control of the company, business activities have been suspended in Simferopol, Sevastopol, and Yalta,” said a company statement posted on the Ukrainian website.

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Upside down: America’€™s war on globalization?

Who would have thought a unitary superpower on Earth would accelerate a return to regionalism in place of globalization? For all those who deem ‘Financial Innovation’ to be an oxymoron, that brilliant invention the credit card springs to mind.

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€‹Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’€™s Roundup, other toxicity risks

Brazil’€™s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.

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Solar energy now same price as conventional power in Germany, Italy, Spain – report

Solar energy now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in Germany, Italy and Spain, a report has revealed. The research has warned, however, that high installation costs are impeding other countries from achieving grid parity.

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MH370 lost, plane went down in Indian Ocean, no survivors – Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian airlines have announced beyond any reasonable doubt that flight MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has made an announcement, saying “It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

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Sanctions effect: Russia to change its economic partners… for the better

Western sanctions might push Russia to deepen cooperation with BRICS states, in particular, to strengthen its ties with China, which will possibly turn out to be a big catastrophe for the US and the EU some time later. On March 18, the spokesperson for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, claimed in a BBC interview that Russia […]

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Google encrypts Gmail to safeguard against NSA snooping

Google is doing its best to put a lid on the NSA’€™s prying eyes by using enhanced encryption technology to make its flagship email service airtight. “Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us,” Gmail engineering security chief, Nicolas Lidzborski, said in a blog […]

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Vienna first city to be granted personal domain name

Vienna is the first city in the world to be granted it’s own URL domain suffix. Businesses and organisations associated with Vienna now have the chance to register websites with the ending ‘.wien’, where you usually might have ‘.at’ or ‘.com’.

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