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Tortured and jailed, Ukrainian women run for office KIEV: One was humiliated and beaten by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the other arrested and shipped off to Moscow, where she has been incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. Now both Iryna Dovgan and Nadiya Savchenko are standing for parliament in Sunday's polls with campaigns that paint them as patriotic heroines who have put their lives on the line for their country."I want to fight for my land, I want to help rebuild my region," said Dovgan, a 52-year-old beautician who is running as an independent candidate in Slavyansk, a town in eastern Ukraine that Kiev's forces wrestled from the pro-Russian rebels in July."If I become a lawmaker, I will be a new type of politician," she told AFP. "My main task will be battling corruption, which is our country's main problem."Back in August, Dovgan could not imagine in her wildest dreams that she would be running for parliament: her ...

China's Sept fiscal spending quickens, land revenues fall BEIJING: Growth in China's fiscal spending in September quickened to 9.1 percent from a year earlier, data showed on Tuesday, as the authorities try to smooth volatile public spending and keep the economy on an even keel.But underscoring the cooldown in the world's second-biggest economy and its housing market, revenues that Chinese governments earned from selling land slumped 21.1 percent in September on a yearly basis.Selling land to developers is a major source of income ...

IMF urges caution in Africa's Eurobond borrowing spree DAR ES SALAAM: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries against rushing to issue Eurobonds, saying they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts.African governments facing falling levels of foreign aid are on a borrowing spree to pay for new roads, power stations and other infrastructure, prompting concern from many analysts that this could raise debt levels and undermine growth."It comes with some risks," the director of the IMF's African Department, ...

Death toll in Poland mine blast rises to five WARSAW: The death toll from a methane explosion at a Polish coal mine rose to five after two gravely burned miners succumbed to their injuries overnight, the hospital treating them said on Tuesday.One worker had died in the accident on October 6 at the Myslowice-Wesola mine in southern Poland and 28 were hospitalised with severe burns.Two miners later died at the burns unit of the hospital in Siemianowice Slaskie. Some 20 miners continue to be ...

Putin calls killed Total CEO 'true friend' of Russia MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, who died in a plane accident at a Moscow airport, as a "true friend of our country."In a telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, published by the Kremlin, Putin said he was "shocked by the news" after De Margerie's jet crashed into a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, killing all on board.Putin asked Hollande to "pass on the most sincere ...

India's Modi moves to reform problem-plagued coal industry NEW DELHI: India's government has pledged to open up the coal mining industry to private players in the energy-starved country as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashes promised reforms to revive the ailing economy.Modi's right-wing government approved an ordinance late Monday allowing auctions of coal mines to private companies for their own use, as well as permitting some firms to sell the fuel in the future.The ordinance -- or executive order -- takes the first steps ...

Indonesian president ponders some cabinet picks on anti-graft concern JAKARTA: New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with some candidates. Widodo, who won a closely fought July election on promises of clean government, will want to avoid the same type of corruption scandals that tainted his predecessor's final term in office. Three of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ministers were implicated in corruption cases. ...


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