Fresh green space for Fresh Pond Road
Transit officials have tentatively agreed to help transform a Fresh Pond Road eyesore into a community green space, pending funding. The site, a former newspaper stand at the intersection of Fresh ...
Queens Elks serve up Thanksgiving feast
With members and friends on hand to help, the Queens Borough Elks (Facebook) successfully served nearly 200 turkey dinners to needy families on Thanksgiving Day. The group was host to a Thanksgivin...
More than a dozen members of a Burundi opposition party have been injured in clashes with police and several others were arrested, officials and witnesses said. The clashes late on Saturday at the headquarters of MSD party, a member of the ADC (Alliance for Democratic Change) coalition, add to political uncertainty in the tiny East African country ahead of elections next year. Political wrangling in Burundi, which emerged from a 12-year civil war in 2005, has raised concerns of more unrest in a region grappling with violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Landlocked Burundi also borders Rwanda where Hutu extremists targeted ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the 1994 genocide.
Crimea's pro-Russian prime minister will give people living there the choice of taking Russian or Ukrainian passports if the Ukrainian territory becomes part of Russia in a March 16 referendum, RIA news agency reported on Monday. Sergei Aksyonov, who declared himself provincial leader almost two weeks ago after Russians seized the parliament building, told the Russian news agency that Crimea would also encourage the use of two languages - Russian and Crimean Tatar. Crimea's 2 million population, the focus of an increasingly bitter struggle for influence in Ukraine between East and West, has a narrow ethnic Russian majority but also includes more than 250,000 indigenous Tatars, who have returned since the 1980s after being deported by Stalin. We do not want to limit the Crimean Tatars." The West has criticized the Moscow-backed referendum as illegal and says it violates Ukraine's constitution.
By Pascal Fletcher MALABO (Reuters) - On land cleared of tropical forest, gleaming new office towers, apartment blocks, homes and highways dazzle the eye in Equatorial Guinea, Sub-Saharan Africa's No. 3 energy producer where oil and gas revenues have fed a frenzy of construction. But cutting away the jungle is proving easier for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema than shedding his central African nation's dark image as a reclusive, repressive and graft-ridden poster child of the "resource curse". Obiang, in power since 1979 and Africa's longest-serving head of state, is fronting a bid by Equatorial Guinea to break out of negative media coverage he says is one of its biggest obstacles to progress and international acceptance. "The country is not being shown for what it is," Obiang, 72, complained in a rare recent interview with reporters just outside Malabo, capital of the small Gulf of Guinea state.