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  • UN refugee agency warns of spike in asylum-seekers fleeing violence in Central America UN News 05 Apr 2016 -- The number of people fleeing violence in Central America has surged to levels not seen since the region was wracked by armed conflicts in the 1980s, the UN refugee agency warned today, urging action to ensure that unaccompanied children and others receive the protection which they are entitled to.
  • Iran never to allow Syria partition: IRGC chief Press TV 05 Apr 2016 -- A senior Iranian military official says the Islamic Republic will continue to support the Syrian government in its fight against terrorists, warning that Iran will never allow the disintegration of any Muslim state.
  • US Official: Iran Will Not Gain Access to US Financial System VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- A U.S. official on Tuesday denied reports that the Obama administration would grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system, but said Washington would help Tehran gain full benefits from sanctions relief under last year's international nuclear accord.
  • Iran to unveil nuclear fuel, laser achievements: Spokesman ISNA 05 Apr 2016 -- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said new accomplishments in the fields of nuclear fuel, laser, power plant, and health will be unveiled on Thursday.
  • Terrorist Designation of Salah Abdeslam US Dept. of State 05 Apr 2016 -- The Department of State has designated Salah Abdeslam as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions and penalties on foreign persons that have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
  • Man Charged For Selling Parts To Iran Used In Deadly Explosives In Iraq RFE/RL 05 Apr 2016 -- A man accused of illegally selling to Iran U.S.-made parts found in deadly explosives in Iraq faced charges in a federal court in Washington, the Justice Department has said.
  • China Imposes Trade Restrictions on Ally North Korea VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- China is imposing economic restrictions on North Korea in compliance with a new set of stronger United Nations sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
  • Former military leader Guo Boxiong confesses to taking bribe People's Daily 05 Apr 2016 -- Guo Boxiong, former vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, has confessed to taking bribe, said military prosecutors here Tuesday.
  • Panama Papers Hit Great Firewall of China VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- China has moved quickly to silence any discussion about the Panama Papers and information about the use of tax havens by the families of at least eight current and former top leaders, including the brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping.
  • Kremlin Spokesman Explains His 'Putinophobia' Comments Amid Offshore Leaks Sputnik 05 Apr 2016 -- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday, commenting on his previous statement, that by "Putinophobia" he meant the inexplicably high level of world media attention to the Russian president after the release of the so-called Panama Papers data leak.
  • 'Panama Papers' Allegations on Putin Only Scratch Surface, Russians Say VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- With a Kremlin spokesman promptly dismissing allegations of Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in large-scale money laundering, Russian state media offered little, if any, coverage of the massive journalistic report that has dominated headlines worldwide.
  • Iceland PM Quits Amid Panama Papers Affair VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- Iceland's prime minister resigned Tuesday in a wave of massive protests following revelations about his questionable offshore investments.
  • Several Africans Named in Leaked Panama Papers VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- The massive leak of confidential banking documents known as the Panama Papers has implicated some big names in Africa. The documents, described as the biggest data leak in history show how 143 politicians, including 12 national leaders, have used offshore tax havens and other means to avoid taxes and sanctions.
  • Family Of Pakistan's Sharif Says Offshore Wealth Holdings Not Illegal RFE/RL 05 Apr 2016 -- Pakistan has denied any wrongdoing by the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after it was linked to offshore wealth holdings in the massive "Panama Papers" scandal.
  • Pakistan PM Promises Probe Into Family Investments VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he is creating an independent judicial commission to investigate whether his family is involved in illegal overseas investments.
  • Turkey Posts $14M Reward for Wanted IS Militants VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- Facing blistering internal criticism over its failure to halt a wave of terrorist attacks, the Turkish government on Tuesday set a reward of $14 million for information leading to the arrest of Islamic State suspects in at least four recent suicide bombings.
  • Turkey detains 68 over alleged links to Gulen Press TV 05 Apr 2016 -- Police in Turkey have launched a series of raids across the country, arresting 68 people as part of a probe into the so-called Gulenist terror group.
  • No End In Sight To Standoff Between Ingushetia's Republic Head, Mufti RFE/RL 05 Apr 2016 -- The tensions between Republic of Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and the republic's mufti, Issa-hadzhi Khamkhoyev, have worsened over the past two months.
  • ICC Terminates Case Against Kenyan Deputy President VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- The International Criminal Court has dropped charges of crimes against humanity against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
  • Rights Groups Dismayed at ICC Ruto Ruling VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- Rights groups reacted with dismay Tuesday at the International Criminal Court's decision to end its trial against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, saying it left victims without justice and showed the limits of pursuing cases against powerful individuals.
  • Gun Battles Kill 17 in Congo Capital VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- At least 17 people have been killed in a gun battle between former militiamen and security forces in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.
  • South African President Zuma Survives Impeachment Vote VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- South African President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote Tuesday, with about 60 percent of lawmakers voting to keep him in office. Opposition parties presented the impeachment motion after a court ruled Zuma had ignored an order to pay back state funds spent on his private home. Tempers ran hot as parliament members debated the motion Tuesday.
  • S Africa's Zuma defeats impeachment vote Press TV 05 Apr 2016 -- South African President Jacob Zuma has defeated an impeachment motion following a parliament debate over his alleged violation of the country's constitution.
  • Ugandan Opposition Leader Besigye Arrested Again VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was re-arrested Tuesday just hours after he left his home.
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Assume Another New Role VOA 05 Apr 2016 -- Myanmar's parliament is creating a new role for the head of the newly elected ruling party, Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Dutch Vote On Ukraine Deal Could Reverberate Throughout Europe RFE/RL 05 Apr 2016 -- When Dutch voters head to the polls on April 6 they could say a lot about the future of the European Union. Technically, they will be voting in a referendum on whether to approve or reject the bloc's Association Agreement with Ukraine, a pact that would bring the country closer politically and economically to the EU that has been ratified by all members aside from the Netherlands.



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