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Guinea police clash with youths as strike begins CONAKRY (Reuters) – Security forces clashed with youths throwing stones in Guinea’s capital on Tuesday as opponents of President Alpha Conde began a nationwide strike to demand a corruption-free election. The strike began a day after street protests by opposition groups who say preparations have been flawed ...

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Guinea police clash with youths as strike begins


CONAKRY (Reuters) – Security forces clashed with youths throwing stones in Guinea’s capital on Tuesday as opponents of President Alpha Conde began a nationwide strike to demand a corruption-free election. The strike began a day after street protests by opposition groups who say preparations have been flawed for the May 12 parliamentary vote, the first in a decade and a test of Conde’s democratic credentials after the West African state emerged from two years of violent military rule. …


http://news.yahoo.com/guinea-police-clash-youths-strike-begins-191523930.html



Arkansas., N.Y. Head In Opposite Directions On Abortion Regulation


Arkansas and New York are states headed in opposite directions on new abortion regulation: Arkansas’s Senate passes a bill banning the procedure after 20 weeks while New York’s governor works on legislation guaranteeing access to late-term abortions.


http://feeds.kaiserhealthnews.org/~r/khn/~3/brKbbqCZO-Q/states-abortion.aspx



Both sides in Syria commit torture, murder, UN says


A UN investigation has concluded that both sides Syria’s civil war have committed war crimes, including murder, torture and the use of children in battle.


http://pheedo.msnbc.msn.com/click.phdo?i=2c026ec53c5e8b24f1c58517889c5f56



Bulgaria sacks finance minister after protests


SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s rightist government on Monday sacked Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who has kept a tight fiscal policy as the European Union’s poorest member recovers from recession, a day after nationwide protests over electricity prices. Djankov’s dismissal comes as the government tries to shore up its support with an election looming in July. Djankov, 42, brought the budget deficit down to 0.5 percent of gross domestic product last year from 2 percent in 2011, gaining him respect in the EU as many nations in the bloc battled to keep their public debt under control. …


http://news.yahoo.com/bulgaria-sacks-finance-minister-protests-102055785–business.html



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Simeon Djankov
Simeon Djankov, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, was deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. In this capacity, he represented his country at the Ecofin meetings of finance ministers in Brussels. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Djankov was chief economist of the finance and private sector vice presidency of the World Bank.

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