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Poland's PM says daughter gets more security after death threats

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday security for his daughter has been increased after she received many death threats vowing to avenge the "murder" of people killed in the 2010 crash of a government jet in Smolensk, Russia. Donald Tusk, speaking at a news conference to address criticism that his daughter Katarzyna benefits from unjustified government security, said his family had received hundreds of death threats over the last two months.

Bolivia's Morales files Hague documents in sea access claim against Chile

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales personally handed over documents at the International Court of Justice on Tuesday that supports his country's claim against Chile in an ongoing case that it hopes will win it back the sea access it lost over a century ago. Landlocked Bolivia - which still maintains a navy - took its case to the Hague last year. It is seeking to force its neighbor to give back a Pacific Ocean passage that it lost in an 1880s war won by Chile.

New urban development planned for Valparaiso after devastating fire

Santiago, Apr 15 (EFE).- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that she will order a master plan prepared to reorganize Valparaiso's urban design after the port city was devastated by a fire that left at least 15 people dead and 2,500 homes destroyed. "What we'll do now is create a master plan to imagine the city in the best and worthiest way possible, with the understanding that Valparaiso has its own identity," the president said in an interview with Radio Cooperativa.

Karzai condemns air strike over 'civilian casualties'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a US air strike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children. The incident occurred overnight in a village in Nadir Shah Kot district in the province of Khost, around 220 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital Kabul. Khost provincial spokesman Mubarez Mohammad Zadran told AFP: "The woman and her two sons aged 10 and nine were killed after they had erected a tent on a mountain in Zanikhail village of Nadershah Kot district."

Ukraine 'on the brink of civil war': Russian PM

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said Ukraine was on the verge of civil war as Kiev authorities launched a military operation against pro-Kremlin militants in the separatist east. "I will be brief: Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, it's frightening," the country's former president was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. Medvedev expressed hope that Ukraine's "de-facto authorities" would be reasonable and not to allow "this sort of terrible turmoil."

N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'

British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un. Mo Nabbach said two officials identifying themselves as being from the Stalinist state's mission took pictures of his M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. They then demanded to know his name and ordered him to remove the "disrespectful" poster from the salon window, he told the Evening Standard newspaper.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday. Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday. Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'

British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un. Mo Nabbach told the London Evening Standard newspaper that two officials from the Stalinist state's mission took pictures of the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. They then ordered him to remove the "disrespectful" poster, he said.

N. Korea celebrates founder's birthday in festive mood

North Korea on Tuesday celebrated the 102nd anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il Sung, while the outside world remains vigilant against Pyongyang's recent growing belligerence after showing some signs of returning to diplomatic engagement. North Korea was filled with a festive mood. Streets, restaurants and hotel lobbies in the capital were decorated with messages commemorating the birth of the state founder and "Kimilsungia," a purple flower of the orchid family named after him.
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