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AROUND THE WORLD;18-03-2014

1.Ceren declared President of El Salvador

 El Salvador’s election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Sanchez Ceren the winner of a March 9 presidential election, after rejecting the opposition’s last challenges to the results.

2.Primark to pay $10 m to Bangladesh building victims

 Primark is to pay out a further $10 million in compensation to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh weeks before the anniversary of the disaster in which more than 1,100 garment workers lost their lives. 

3.Moscow’s peace plan

The five-point plan released by the Russian Foreign Ministry calls for a constitutional reform in Ukraine to make it a federal state with a “neutral political and military status.” The plan provides for Ukraine’s regions to enjoy broad autonomy from the Centre in their social, economic, cultural and foreign trade policy.
Moscow further calls for Russian to be made Ukraine’s second official language and for recognition of Crimea’s referendum on breaking with Ukraine and rejoining Russia.
  
4.Crimea breaks away from Ukraine, asks to rejoin Russia
Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia, hours after its residents overwhelmingly supported the historic passage in a referendum on Sunday.
Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia, from which Crimea had been separated when the Soviet Union broke up just over 20 years ago. A mere 2.5 percent voted in favour of staying with Ukraine.
5.Paris to get its first woman Mayor

 Two women are vying to be the new face of Paris, the first time in this city’s long history that the Mayor won’t be a Monsieur.

6.Decree signed 

 President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree formally recognising Crimea as an independent state following its vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, news agencies quoted a Kremlin statement as saying. They quoted the decree as recognising “the Republic of Crimea, in which the city of Sevastopol enjoys special status, as a sovereign and independent state.”

 


 

 


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