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OAS joins efforts to rescue Haiti election process as clock ticks

Posted by Henry Peirse on February 1, 2016 at 4:45 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Port-au-Prince

Reuters: A special mission sent by the Organization of American States met Haiti's President Michel Martelly on Sunday as part of intensifying efforts to resolve an electoral crisis that threatens stability in the Caribbean nation. Martelly is due to leave office on Feb. 7 but has no successor because violent protests over alleged fraud in a flawed fi...

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Syria conflict: Opposition sets terms for Geneva peace talks

Posted by Johnson Tamlyn on January 31, 2016 at 4:30 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Geneva

BBC News: The main Syrian opposition group has arrived in Geneva, a day after backing down from their threat to boycott the UN-sponsored peace talks. But a spokesman said they stood by their demand for an end to air strikes and blockades before they will negotiate with the Syrian government. Their delegation is due to meet UN envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday.

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At least 37 migrants drown trying to reach Greece

Posted by Johnson Tamlyn on January 31, 2016 at 4:25 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Athens

India Today: A boat carrying Syrians attempting the short sea journey from Turkey to Greece struck rocks and capsized at dawn on Saturday, causing at least 37 people to drown, among them several babies and young children. Images of dead children on a beach on Saturday were another soul-se...

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Suu Kyi allies to form Myanmar ruling party after decades of struggle

Posted by Johnson Tamlyn on January 31, 2016 at 4:15 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in the region

Reuters: After decades of struggle, hundreds of lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi's camp will form Myanmar's ruling party on Monday, with enough seats in parliament to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962. The National League for Democracy (NLD) won some 80 percent of elected seats in N...

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1 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Denver motorcycle expo: police

Posted by Johnson Tamlyn on January 31, 2016 at 4:10 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Denver

CTV News: Denver police say one person is dead and six others injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle expo. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says the incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Western Complex. The Colorado Motorcycle Expo is being held this weekend at the complex. Dr. Kevin Mc...

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Opponents of same-sex unions and gay adoption stage major Rome rally |

Posted by Johnson Tamlyn on January 31, 2016 at 4:05 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Rome

Reuters: Hundreds of thousands of Italians staged a mass rally in Rome's Circus Maximus on Saturday to urge the government to drop legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights. The much-contested bill was presented to parliament last week and is due to be...

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Netanyahu looking for excuses to avoid peace with Palestinians, Erekat says

Posted by Johnson Tamlyn on January 31, 2016 at 4:00 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Post: The Israeli government’s refusal to accept the French peace proposal is indicative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unwillingness to sincerely come to agreement with the Palestinians on a final status deal based on the two-state solution, Palestine Liberati...

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Opposition finally agrees to join Syrian peace talks in Geneva

Posted by Henry Peirse on January 30, 2016 at 4:35 AM

GRNlive correspondents are at the talks in Geneva

The Guardian: Efforts to launch talks aimed at ending the war in Syria have got off to a confusing start in Geneva but the opposition finally announced it had decided to take part following a first meeting between the UN envoy and representatives of Bashar al-Assad’s government. The late-night decis...

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Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Investigators say about $4bn may be missing from fund

Posted by Henry Peirse on January 30, 2016 at 4:35 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Kuala Lumpur

BBC: About $4bn (£2.8bn) may have been stolen from a fund owned by the Malaysian state, a prosecutor says. The 1MDB fund was set up in 2009 to pay for major new economic and social developments in Malaysia. Last year, Swiss authorities opened an investigation into 1MDB after it amassed more than $11bn (£7bn) of debt.

Tears and Bewilderment in Brazilian City Facing Zika Crisis

Posted by Henry Peirse on January 30, 2016 at 4:30 AM

GRNlive correspondents are in Rio de Janiero

New York Times: So many distraught mothers stream into the infant ward clutching babies with abnormally small heads that the receptionist sends them outside, to see if they can find a chair to wait under the mango tree. “There’s shade there, at least,” said Maria H...

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