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International Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 - 11:31:53 AM


International
First Attempt to Elect Stavros Dimas President of Greece Fails
Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting yesterday (17 December), leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras looking for as many as 20 votes from independents and small parties, in order to avoid snap elections early next year.

Dec 18, 2014 - 11:30:39 AM

International
Opposition Victory in Mauritius Sign of Fatigue With Labour Party
The center-right opposition coalition Alliance Lepep won a landslide victory in Mauritius’ general election earlier this month. In an email interview, Roukaya Kasenally, director of programs and knowledge management at the African Media Initiative, discussed Mauritian politics.

Dec 18, 2014 - 11:26:44 AM

International
Russia Hopes To Make Turkey A Strategic Partner With New Pipeline Deal
Energy-poor Turkey stands to benefit from Moscow's surprise decision to drop the $45-billion South Stream natural gas pipeline project, analysts say. At the same time, it raises questions about whether Turkey will become a pawn in the broader energy contest between Russia and the EU.

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:04:49 PM

International
Israeli Role In Syrian Conflict Brought Into The Open
Overtly, the Israeli superpower of the Middle East has been keen to posture as having no role whatsoever in the four-year old devastating conflict in Syria, where all major regional and international powers are politically and militarily deeply involved and settling scores by Syrian blood.

Dec 17, 2014 - 11:46:45 AM

International
New Russia Sanctions from Departing Congress
On its way into the history books, the 113th Congress is ladling up a fresh batch of sanctions on Russia, especially targeting the energy sector and authorizing military aid, in a bid to force Moscow to end its aggressive and destabilizing incursions into the eastern Ukraine.

Dec 16, 2014 - 10:15:50 AM

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