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Serbia gets new parliament, paving way for new cabinet

Serbia swore in a new parliament on Wednesday following early elections in March designed to boost the Balkan country's bid to win EU membership. A former nationalist fire-brand turned devoted pro-European, Aleksandar Vucic, is expected to be named prime minister when a cabinet is chosen later this month. His Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won a resounding victory in the election, taking 158 seats in the 250-seat parliament. It had vowed to push through tough reforms aimed at meeting EU requirements and breathing new life in the struggling Serbian economy.

Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup

The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World Cup. UNAIDS said it had named the Brazilian vice captain as its "International Goodwill Ambassador" in a bid to "mobilise football fans around the world, particularly young people," to join its efforts to stymie the spread of HIV and root out discrimination of people living with the virus that leads to AIDS.

Clean-energy group praises new Alberta Energy Regulator emission rules

CALGARY - A clean-energy group is praising a decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator to crack down on emissions from oilsands development in the Peace River area. The Pembina Institute calls it a positive step that recognizes health concerns about odours from processing plants. The regulator is bringing in new rules this year to reduce the potential negative effects of energy industry gas emissions, including flaring, venting and burning off gas.

Brazil's Rousseff looks weak, but so do her election rivals

By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - With Brazil's economy struggling, a scandal at its state-run oil company and nearly three-quarters of voters saying they want change from their government, President Dilma Rousseff looks vulnerable in her bid for re-election this October. But for her to lose, somebody else has to win. And her two main rivals have big, potentially fatal flaws of their own.

Rape-prevention program cuts sexual assaults in Kenya

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-defense and empowerment classes designed to arm girls with tools to prevent rape reduced sexual assaults among Kenyan students, a new study shows. The number of rapes dropped 38 percent among adolescents living in high-crime Nairobi settlements 10 months after the classes began, the study found.

For kids, moving can be mentally tough

By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study. Based on analysis of medical records for more than a half million children, researchers found the chances a child will require mental health care rise by as much as 20 percent after a move.

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level international talks on the escalating crisis. A concerned NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February.

Bombers kill five at Iraq provincial govt compound

Two suicide bombers blew up vehicles rigged with explosives outside a government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Wednesday, killing five people, police and a doctor said. The twin attacks come as Iraq struggles to regain control of Anbar province, where anti-government fighters have held parts of Ramadi and all of the city of Fallujah, to its east, since early January.

'Danny the Red' brings down the curtain on 20 years as EU lawmaker

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the firebrand May 1968 student leader in France who then made Germany's Greens the world's most powerful environmental party, brought down the curtain Wednesday on 20 years as an EU lawmaker. In a typically fiery parting speech that won a standing ovation, the European Parliament's impish Greens leader reiterated that "we need a federal Europe", that "nations are dead" and that "we must fight eurosceptics whether rightwingers or left."

Alibaba steals Yahoo's thunder ahead of IPO

If Yahoo appears back in favor, it can thank Alibaba, the Chinese Web giant in which it holds a big stake and which is set for a public stock offering. Yahoo shares soared 7.3 percent to $36.71 at the opening Wednesday on the heels of a better-than-expected quarterly report, but some were more focused on the Alibaba financial results buried in the document. "The salient point of Yahoo's first quarter results was the very strong December quarter results from Alibaba," said Jordan Rohan, analyst at the brokerage Stifel.
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