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AFP Johnson's Russia List Government, Politics, Elections, Protests - archive :: Putin Urges Duma Dominance as Medvedev Promotes New Parties Opposition leaders who organized protests that erupted after alleged Duma election fraud in December say that a new law proposed by lame duck president Medvedev will not prevent authorities from blocking the formation of parties wishing to compete in elections ... Ilya Arkhipov and Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg ; JRL 2012-62, 4.4.12 :: Moscow Region Governor to Leave Post in May The powerful governor of the Moscow region will step down once his term ends in May, signaling that the Kremlin is serious about removing unpopular governors before the possible return of direct gubernatorial elections this year ... U.S. :: Russian Pundits Say 'Reset' With USA Over, Mull Future Of Bilateral Ties Two Russian pundits interviewed by state-owned RIA Novosti news agency have said that U.S. :: Video: Ambassador Mike McFaul Interview with VOA - Back to the Top - Middle East, Syria - archive Interfax

International News Citizen Airman Magazine - Home Europe - International News INQUIRER The Jamestown Foundation News in Focus Radio Netherlands Worldwide: Farewell to a leading English language broadcasting service < News Focus As the RNW team explains, "From 1 July 2012 there will no longer be a daily review of the Dutch papers. Our coverage of Dutch news stories will also cease. And, since RNW's English webstream will end on 29 June, there will be no more Listening Guide. "However, we will continue to provide articles online relating to our new brief: promoting free speech in areas where people are not free to gather information or to form and express independent opinions." The people behind the magicRadio Netherland's Iain Macintyre shares a slideshow of faces down the ages.... Why the RNW English language service is closing "The measures are a result of steep budget cuts imposed by the Dutch government and a concomitant change in focus. The last radio show "On 29 June we will broadcast a radio show looking back at the past decades of Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Updates "Please keep checking this site for updates on our final day. The RNW English team More on what has happened and what is happening

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The Magazine from Brussels | European Journal | DW.DE | The European Union is spending lots of money and deploying lots of people to try to enhance stability in Kosovo. But three years after it began, the mission is in crisis. Topics The grounding of a huge cruise ship off the Italian coast has shocked the world. The captain appears to have disregarded safety regulations and to have left his ship prematurely. There were more than 4,200 people on board the Costa Concordia, when rocks ripped a huge hole in its rump. The European Union's EULEX mission was created to ensure lasting stability in Kosovo. EULEX has no clear mandate because several EU countries still do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state. Tintin is a national hero in Belgium, but he is about to have to answer to charges of racism, colonialism and arrogance. The book, first published in 1931, is indeed full of racist clichés. In the city of Leipzig, there are many empty, run-down houses that no one is taking care of. Many of the buildings are large and on noisy main streets.