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World in Brief: 30/04/14

GREECE: Parliament cleared the way today for charges to be brought against the last four MPs from neonazi party Golden Dawn not yet been prosecuted or jailed for alleged criminal activities.

MPs voted to lift immunity from prosecution for Antonios Gregos, Constantinos Barbaroussis, Polyvios Zissimopoulos and Artemios Matthaiopoulos to face charges of running a criminal organisation.

Five more members, including leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos, are in custody awaiting trial.

 

IRAN: Official news agency IRNA announced today that Tehran had cancelled a £1.5 billion deal with the China National Petroleum Corporation over what authorities said were delays in fulfilling contractual obligations.

The state-owned Chinese company had signed a contract with Tehran in 2009 to develop the giant Azadegan oil field in south-west Iran.

IRNA said Iran’s oil ministry previously gave the Chinese company 90 days to meet its obligations.

 

RUSSIA: At least 11 people were killed today and 13 seriously injured in a series of explosions at a munitions depot in the Zabaykalsky Krai area of east Siberia.

Russia’s defense ministry stated that authorities had been able to localise the fire around the arsenal and local village.

Most of the injured sustained burns and four remain in critical condition. Another 12 people sought medical assistance, but did not require hospital treatment.

 

HUNGARY: The Council of Europe said today that the prison system needed to reduce overcrowding, stop discrimination against Roma prisoners and offer inmates work or recreational activities.

Its report was based on visits to 10 prisons across Hungary by a special council committee April 2013.

But authorities highlighted a “significant increase” in prisoners’ employment and said other issues were being addressed.

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