Poll: Most Greeks dissatisfied with government performance
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? A small majority of Greeks are dissatisfied with the new government's performance, and half want it to compromise with its European creditors if the current tortuous bailout talks don't progress, a poll published over the weekend showed.
Ukraine leader sees country ready for EU entrance in 5 yearsKIEV, Ukraine (AP) ? Ukraine's president says his country will be able meet conditions to apply for European Union membership within five years.
Indonesia's Jokowi to speak to attorney general about Philippines death row convictIndonesia President Joko Widodo will consult with the attorney general on legal issues surrounding the case of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, the Philippines presidential spokesman said on Monday. The statement came after the Philippines President Benigno Aquino met Widodo at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur and appealed for "humanitarian consideration" in the case. Widodo was sympathetic and was consulting with the Indonesian attorney general on the legal issues, he said.
Execution of Australians won't be delayed by Indonesia court decision: governmentIndonesian authorities will execute two Australian drug convicts this week, despite a court decision to hear the pair's legal challenge to the president's denial of clemency, the Attorney General's Office said on Monday. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are among a group of nine convicts to be executed by firing squad this week, said Tony Spontana, spokesman for the attorney general's office. Indonesia's Constitutional Court has agreed to consider a last-ditch challenge by the two Australian, a lawyer representing the pair had said, raising hopes their execution could be delayed.
Australian convict marries girlfriend, as Indonesia execution loomsAn Australian death row convict married his girlfriend in prison on Monday, a day before his possible execution by an Indonesian firing squad for drug offences. Andrew Chan, who was convicted in 2006 along with fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia, exchanged vows with Indonesian fiancee Febyanti at a maximum security prison in central Java. "It's tough times but it's happy times at the same time," Michael Chan, Andrew's brother, told reporters outside the Nusakambangan island jail, where the executions will take place. "We just hope that the president somewhere will find some compassion and mercy for these two, this young couple so they can carry on with their lives." Chan and Sukumaran are among a group of nine drug convicts, mostly foreigners, that are due to be executed after President Joko Widodo refused their clemency pleas.
Indonesia says no clemency for Filipina death-row convictJAKARTA (Reuters) - A Filipina who is among nine drug-trafficking convicts on death row in Indonesia will still face execution, the country's attorney-general told Reuters on Monday after a last-ditch appeal by Philippines President Benigno Aquino for clemency. (Reporting by Fergus Jensen; Editing by John Chalmers)
Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug-convict executions
By Kanupriya Kapoor and Jane Wardell CILACAP, Indonesia/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge. Australia began the day with a plea for a stay in the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, saying reports that their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said allegations that judges requested money to commute the death sentences were "very serious" and called into question the integrity of the process. Indonesian President Joko Widodo brushed that off, telling reporters that such concerns should have been conveyed a decade ago when the case when through the courts.
Indonesia court agrees to hear Bali Nine case on May 12: lawyerCILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Constitutional Court has agreed to consider a last-ditch legal challenge brought by two Australian death row convicts, a lawyer representing the pair said on Monday, raising hopes their execution could be delayed. "For the Bali Nine (pair), we have the Constitutional Court appeal, we have the registration number and we have the schedule fixed on May 12," Leonard Arpan, lawyer for Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, told reporters. "We keep hoping that this ongoing legal process will be respected. ...
New quake felt in northeast India, strength 5.1: USGSTremors shook northeast India on Monday, three days after a severe earthquake caused devastation in neighboring Nepal, sending residents rushing out of their homes fearing for their safety. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered in the Indian state of West Bengal and had a magnitude of 5.1, less severe than Saturday's 7.9 quake in Nepal that has been followed by dozens of aftershocks.
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