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From DipNote: Latest Stories Thu Apr 17 2014, 22:20:35

U.S. Secretary of State, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton sit across from one another in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 17, 2014, before a quadrilateral meeting focused on Ukraine. [State Department photo by Eric Bridiers/ Public Domain]

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, on April 16-17 to participate in bilateral meetings and a multilateral meeting among the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union to discuss the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine.  

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Thu Apr 17 2014, 21:55:00

Washington-based Brookings published a commentary on 14 April 2014 titled "Xi Jinping's Africa Policy: The First Year" by Yun Sun, visiting fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative.

Yun Sun argues that China under Xi Jinping has assertively enhanced its direct involvement in Africa's security affairs, possibly even abandoning it long-term "non-interference" principle to protect its overseas economic interests. Instability and conflicts in Africa have increasingly become a direct challenge to China's economic interests in Africa.

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 17 2014, 21:48:53

The Al Jazeera America cable news network and the Chicago-based documentary film company Kartemquin Films (responsible for such acclaimed documentaries as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali and the soon-to-be released documentary about the late film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself, among many others), announced today that they are currently jointly producing a documentary series for the network, about the hard realities of low income living in America.To begin airing in early 2015, the six part series, which is currently in production and will be called Hard Earned, will explore the lives of five American families in San Francisco, Washington, D.C.,...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 17 2014, 20:46:15

The Minority Independent Producer's Summit describes itself as an organization that is dedicated to furthering the growth and development of minority independent film producers and entertainment organizations, as well as individual artists.And this June in New York City, the MIPS will launch its first ever summit, with its dedicated goal being to "recognize, celebrate and promote minority independent producers and content creators from a diverse community of Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Middle Eastern, Women, and LGBT people."The summit will empower "minority independent film and TV producers to achieve greater access and sustainability with the focus on 1) Access and Sustainability 2)...

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From Foreign Policy Thu Apr 17 2014, 20:08:22

A local Chinese contamination scare triggers an international blame game.

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From DipNote: Latest Stories Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:59:40

A South Korean woman prays during a rally demanding the improvement of North Korean's human rights situation in Seoul, South Korea, April 14, 2014. [AP File Photo]

Today, members of the UN Security Council met to discuss the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea and to hear compelling personal testimony from survivors Shin Dong-hyuk and Hyeon Seo-lee.  While the members of the Security Council have spent countless hours considering the threat North Korea's nuclear program poses to international peace and security, today for the first time they also contemplated the systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations that North Korea is committing against its own people, many of which the Commission found amount...more

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:57:41

Well, He seems to

have decided to let hurricanes blow

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From MEI Editor's Blog Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:57:00

Algerian television and media made no effort to conceal the fact that 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, still affected by last years's stroke, voted from a wheelchair today, even showing him being wheeled in to the polling place, casting his ballot, and being wheeled out again. Previous press photos usually showed him seated and did not usually show him entering or leaving. (Remember too that in the US during WWII. the media never showed FDR in his wheelchair.) Narrative is in Arabic:

Throughout the day, international media reported generally low turnout, suggesting boycott efforts by many smaller parties were having an effect.The authorities announced after the last polls closed that turnout had reached 51.70%, which is markedly less than the claimed turnout in 2009 (74.54%, but ...

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From FP Passport Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:40:42

Since peaking at more than $1,100 in late November, Bitcoin's trading value has fallen by half. On Wednesday, a Japanese court delivered a death blow to Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, which had collapsed after hackers stole a huge trove of the cryptocurrency from the company's servers. By denying the exchange's application to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, the court sent the exchange hurtling toward liquidation.

But for the Bitcoin faithful, the death knell for Mt. Gox isn't the end of Bitcoin -- it's just the end of amateur hour. "Mt. Gox was like a slow motion implosion," said Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Mt. Gox had struggled with funding, in the run-up to its shuttering, and many were skeptical about ...

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From Foreign Policy Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:26:32

For all the worries about Russia's energy stranglehold over Europe, the continent is still looking to Moscow for nuclear reactors.

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