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India Ink: India Election Digest: April 25

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India Ink: India Election Digest: April 25
A roundup of local election-related news for Friday.

Mumbai’s Election Turnout: Better, But Not Great

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Mumbai’s Election Turnout: Better, But Not Great
Early estimates say 52% of voters showed up at polling booths in India's commercial capital yesterday. That's an improvement over 2009 figures, but still low compared to other parts of the country

Iran Cuts Portion of Gasoline Subsidies

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Iran Cuts Portion of Gasoline Subsidies
(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran has cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012. Friday’s move will test public support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani in a nation battered by inflation and economic sanctions imposed over Iran’s controversial nuclear…

Sinosphere Blog: Real Communist Mouthpiece Rages Against Fake Communist Mouthpiece

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In a statement that read as if it were a self-parody, People’s Daily demanded “immediate rectification” from a Twitter account that pokes fun at state-sponsored media.

Sinosphere Blog: People’s Daily Editorial Fanned Flames of 1989 Protest

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Sinosphere Blog: People’s Daily Editorial Fanned Flames of 1989 Protest
Players in the confrontation that convulsed China in 1989 have long wondered how differently events might have played out without a truculent editorial that appeared in People’s Daily on April 26 that year.


Angry birds: Turkeys terrorize Minnesota motorists

Foul-tempered fowls block motorists and approach cars near Minneapolis as they try to establish dominance during mating season

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Healthy newborn girl tips the scales at 14 pounds, 5 ounces, but she doesn't break the hospital's records

Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN 'Chicagoland' scenes

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Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN 'Chicagoland' scenes
If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN's documentary series "Chicagoland" were coordinated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Hall and the show's producers, that's ... more

Guanghui Energy First in China Preferred-Stock Trial

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China kicked off a trial to allow companies to raise capital through the sale of preferred stocks with a cash-strapped energy company Guanghui Energy Co. ... more

Connecticut teen says school nixed her date for the prom

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18-year-old senior says school officials consider 22-year-old man too old to go to high school's big dance
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Nigeria's grief over the abducted school girls is uniting our country

Nigeria's grief over the abducted school girls is uniting our country
Boko Haram's attempts to tear the country apart have succeeded in showing just how much Nigerians can care about one anotherThe mood in Nigeria at ... more

A royal wave as Prince William and Kate head for home

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A royal wave as Prince William and Kate head for home
Prince George wriggled and squealed as the royal couple were farewelled by the PM and other dignitaries at Canberra airportThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ... more

Halving meat and dairy consumption could slash farming emissions

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Halving meat and dairy consumption could slash farming emissions
Adopting a 'demitarian' diet would lead to a 25-40% reduction in nitrogen emissions from agriculture in Europe, report showsGreenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would be ... more

Nationwide announces it will sign up to Living Wage campaign

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Nationwide announces it will sign up to Living Wage campaign
Move by UK's biggest building society provides boost to campaign to persuade employers to pay staff fair wage The campaign to persuade employers to pay ... more

First-time housebuyers at highest level since 2007

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First-time housebuyers at highest level since 2007
Sales boosted by government's Help to Buy scheme, which has made 95% mortgages more readily availableThe number of first-time buyers last month reached its highest ... more
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Kerry Rejects ‘Absurd’ Russian Claims

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Secretary of State John Kerry denounced Russian actions in Ukraine but stopped short of announcing measures in response.

Stars' Designs on the Block

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'The Architect,' the April 29 Phillips auction curated by American architect Lee Mindel, brings together some of the best designs by architectural stars from the ... more

Sugimoto's Brave New World

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The subject of a vast new show at Paris's Le Palais de Tokyo, Japanese photographer and collector Hiroshi Sugimoto's visions of a world after human ... more

England Ready for Cricket Rebirth

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After its drubbing in the Ashes series in Australia, England cricket bosses look to change a team made up of out-of-form seniors and greenhorns

Denmark Raises Deposit Rate to 0.05%

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The Danish central bank Thursday raised one of its most important interest rates in an effort to support the Danish currency, which has weakened against ... more

India Ink: India Election Digest: April 25

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India Ink: India Election Digest: April 25
A roundup of local election-related news for Friday.

Auto Makers See Blue Skies in China

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Auto Makers See Blue Skies in China
China's economic growth may be slowing, but for global auto makers pouring investment into new models, factories and more dealerships, the Middle Kingdom is still ... more

Alibaba Co-Founders Set Up Philanthropic Trusts

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Alibaba Co-Founders Set Up Philanthropic Trusts
Jack Ma, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is pouring much of his personal wealth into the creation of one of Asia's largest philanthropic ... more

Parents Confront Officials in South Korean Ferry Crisis

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Parents Confront Officials in South Korean Ferry Crisis
As Korea's ferry crisis entered a 10th day, officials agreed to consider a diving bell in the rescue operation to end a standoff with parents.

Asian Shares Lower on Ukraine Concerns

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Asian markets were lower on Friday, as concerns over Ukraine continued to weigh on sentiment, while Japanese stocks moved higher after the release of strong ... more

World Briefing : Bolivia: Military Dismisses Protesting Soldiers

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Bolivia’s military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 enlisted men who had been staging a protest to demand the opportunity to ... more

Gang Leader From Mexico Gets Life Term

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According to U.S. officials, Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, 35, ordered hundreds of killings as cartels battled over control of Ciudad Juárez.

Business Briefing: Canada to Phase Out Rail Cars Tied to Deadly Quebec Fire

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Canada will require that older rail cars used for carrying crude oil be phased out by May 2017, the government said on Wednesday, moving ahead ... more

Colombia’s President Reinstates a Mayor He Ousted

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Colombia’s President Reinstates a Mayor He Ousted
President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday restored Gustavo Petro as the mayor of Bogotá a month after removing him from office to comply with a ... more

Alistair MacLeod, a Novelist in No Hurry, Dies at 77

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Alistair MacLeod, a Novelist in No Hurry, Dies at 77
Mr. MacLeod, a Canadian author, won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2001 for his novel “No Great Mischief.”

2 Journalists in Lebanon Are Charged by Tribunal

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The international tribunal dealing with the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister has charged two journalists with contempt of court and obstruction of justice ... more

Memo From Damascus: If Assad Wins War, Challenge From His Own Sect May Follow

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Memo From Damascus: If Assad Wins War, Challenge From His Own Sect May Follow
Some loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria would be likely to push for a bigger share of power if they came to feel safe ... more

World Briefing | Middle East: Saudi Arabia: 4 New Deaths Reported From Virus

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In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus and 36 more cases of infection.

World Briefing | Middle East: Iraq: Bomber Kills at Least 11 People South of Baghdad

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A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-filled car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 11 people, officials said.

U.N. Finds Humanitarian Aid Still Blocked in Syria, Despite Resolution

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U.N. Finds Humanitarian Aid Still Blocked in Syria, Despite Resolution
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have no access to medical supplies, blocked by the warring sides, a report concludes.

Retired Supreme Court justice says marijuana should be legalized

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana.

US, Japan say TPP trade talks make headway

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US, Japan say TPP trade talks make headway
TOKYO (AP) — Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward ... more

Possible GOP presidential candidates to court NRA

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several potential Republican contenders for president will court gun-rights supporters at the NRA's annual convention Friday.

Ecuador reportedly expels Defense Dept. employees in military group

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Ecuador has ordered all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy's military group to leave the country by month's end, The Associated Press has ... more

New report calls U.S. a 'rising star' of global manufacturing

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A new ranking of the competitiveness of the world's top 25 exporting countries says the United States is once again a "rising star" of global ... more