- EU / CROATIA : Zagreb Now Set To Become EU Member #28...In 2013.
- PHILIPPINES /USA : Stranded US Naval Warship Finally Dismantled.
- COSTA RICA: Currency Intervention Predicted As Colon Surges Vs USD.
- ITALY: 12 Dec UPDATE: Is Silvio's 'Friend'...Key Sex Trial Witness Ruby The Heart Stealer...On The Run? Ruby Finally Surfaces...In Mexico!
- PERU: Sand Fly Bite...Morphs Into Horror Story For American.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- BRASIL : Dilma Wins Port Privatization Approval From Congress.
- MUSIC FOR MONDAY: From SWEDEN / AZERBAIJAN : Eurovision Winner Loreen Sings "Euphoria."
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- VENEZUELA :6 March UPDATE: Shooting At Caracas Opposition Rally Wounds Capriles Supporter.
26 November 2011
RUSSIA / BELARUS : Nat Gas Pipeline Deal Gives Moscow Control And Rescues Minsk; Human Rights Activist Bialiatski Convicted.
Belarus has sold full control of its Yamal-Europe nat gas pipeline network...to Gazprom for loans and highly discounted gas in a deal worth more than $14bn.
It is a big victory for Moscow...and has rescued an unsettled and inflation racked Minsk...under strongman President Aleksandr Lukashenko.
AND: Human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was convicted for tax evasion and sentenced to 4.5 years in jail...and had all assets confiscated.
His conviction was met with outrage by human rights groups and European governments... especially Lithuania...which ironically provided info that helped convict him.