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Obama's Prague agenda is for youth to inherit

Since President Obama made his momentous Prague speech five years ago calling for a world without nuclear weapons, people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to request that the president visit their cities. While many feel that Obama's Prague agenda has lost momentum in the face of the harsh realities of both international security and domestic politics, it is fair to say that significant progress has been made on both the nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation fronts.

Former Pakistani President Musharraf discharged from hospital

Former President Pervez Musharraf was discharged from an army hospital in the early hours of Thursday and returned to his farmhouse in the capital Islamabad, police said. Musharraf was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on Jan. 2 and remained hospitalized for three months ostensibly to avoid indictment in a high treason case. On Monday, he was indicted by a special court on five counts of high treason.

Rejecting term limits, Burundi president seeks re-election

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza plans to run for a third term next year, his interior minister said Tuesday, just days after parliament voted to preserve the constitutional two-term limit. "There are people who want to believe that the question of another term is closed," Edouard Nduwimana said in remarks broadcast by several radio stations. "That is not true."

Colombian president falls off bike given to him by victims of violence

Bogota, Mar 23 (EFE).- President Juan Manuel Santos fell off a bicycle presented to him by victims of Colombia's internal armed conflict at a ceremony in the northwestern city of Apartado, but he was not hurt. Santos used Saturday's accident to draw a comparison between what happened to him and his administration's efforts to assist victims of the country's internal conflict. "In life, when you fall down, you have to get up and keep moving forward. That is what the victims in this country have to do," the president said.

Maldives president's party set for coalition rule

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's party is poised to win control of parliament with the support of a key ally, early projections in the Indian Ocean nation showed Sunday. President Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) was leading in 34 out of the 85 constituencies after Saturday's polls while his main ally, the Jumhooree Party (JP), was ahead in 15.

Turkish president sends tweet denouncing government Twitter ban

Turkish President Abdullah Gul sent a tweet on Friday denouncing the government's ban on Twitter. "A complete ban on social media platforms cannot be approved," said the president. fo/dh

Malawi's president calls for probe into political violence

Malawi's president Monday said clashes between opposition protesters and police that left two people dead following an election rally were "politically motivated" and called for a thorough investigation. "My government will not tolerate such acts of political violence to destabilise the peaceful management of elections and to threaten the peace and security of our people," Banda said in a statement. "This barbaric act was politically motivated. All those that are directly or indirectly involved should face the wrath of the law."

Top Uzbek officials 'need permission' for foreign trips

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has issued a decree obliging top state officials to have special approval for their foreign trips in order to safeguard state secrets, according to the document published in media on Monday. According to the decree, issued last week but only published now, the list of the state officials range from Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev down to town hokims (governors) of the ex-Soviet country.

Argentine president calls for auto alliance with Brazil

Buenos Aires, Mar 2 (EFE).- President Cristina Fernandez said in an address to Congress that Argentina would benefit from the formation of a strategic alliance with Brazil in the automotive industry. "The principal factor affecting the automotive industry is the drop in exports and especially demand in Brazil," the president said. Fernandez denied that the higher taxes imposed by her administration were to blame, but she added that "if we have to correct something, we are going to correct it."

Argentine president calls for auto alliance with Brazil

Buenos Aires, Mar 2 (EFE).- President Cristina Fernandez said in an address to Congress that Argentina would benefit from the formation of a strategic alliance with Brazil in the automotive industry. "The principal factor affecting the automotive industry is the drop in exports and especially demand in Brazil," the president said. Fernandez denied that the higher taxes imposed by her administration were to blame, but she added that "if we have to correct something, we are going to correct it."
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