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Kukuriku wins 83 seats in Croatia

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Kukuriku coalition won 83 mandates according to the first information published after closing down the poll stations. The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 40 mandates.

HDZ won 42 percent of votes on the former election in 2007 and 66 mandates while SDP had 37 percent of votes with 10 mandates less. The Croatian National Party (HNS) won 7 mandates back then and the Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS) only three.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 02:54

Australia’s ruling party overturns India uranium ban

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Australia’s ruling Labor party voted Sunday to lift a long-standing ban on exporting uranium to India after a passionate debate about nuclear weapons and reactor safety following Japan’s quake crisis.
Labor passed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s proposal with 206 votes to 185, reversing a decades-old policy excluding New Delhi from Australia’s uranium trade because it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Gillard argued that it was neither rational nor intellectually defensible to sell uranium to rising powers such as China and not to India, “the world’s largest democracy” and a fast-growing nation of increasing global clout.

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Pakistan friendly fire deaths were due to "errors" by US officers

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A destroyed border post after cross-border NATO air strike

U.S. officials gave Pakistan soldiers the wrong location when asking for clearance to attack militants along the border last weekend, Pakistani military officials said Friday. The strike resulted in the deaths of 24 soldiers and a major crisis in relations between Washington and Islamabad.

The claim was the latest in a series by mostly anonymous officials in both countries trying to explain what happened before and during last week's bombing of two Pakistani border checkpoints by U.S. aircraft.

NATO and America have expressed regret for the loss of lives, but have rejected Pakistani allegations it was a deliberate act of aggression.

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Congo election: Kabila guards'shot UDPS supporters

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A member of the presidential guard fires into a crowd of opposition UDPS supporters outside N'Djili airport in Kinshasa November 26, 2011.

Guards loyal to Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila shot opposition protesters, killing 14, ahead of Monday's election, a human rights group says.

Human Rights Watch says at least four more people were killed during the poll - claims dismissed by the government.

It says LRA rebels killed three people in the north-east of this vast country as they went to vote.

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India 'suspends' plan to open up to global supermarkets

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Indian store in Delhi, 24 Nov

India's government is reported to have put on hold plans to open up the retail market to global supermarket chains. Just days after approving long-awaited proposals to raise the limits on foreign investment, a government ally said he had been told the policy was suspended.

The decision to allow chains such as Walmart and Tesco into India has sparked fierce opposition. Critics fear the move would destroy millions of jobs and businesses

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