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  • UNITED NATIONS, May 1 (PNA/Itar-Tass) -- The Russian delegation will preside over the United Nations Security Council in May. Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin will replace the Mexican ambassador to the U.N. Claude Eller on Friday in the post of chairman.

    The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an open discussion on the situation in the Middle East early in May. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will preside over that conference. He will stay on an official visit in the United States since May 6.

  • ROME, April 16, 2009-Twenty-eight Filipina nuns belonging to the religious congregation "Zelatrici del Sacro Cuore" were among those affected by the earthquake that struck the medieval city of L'Aquila, in central Italy (Abruzzo Region) northeast of Rome last April 6.
    According to a report by Ms. Lilibeth V. Pono, Charge d'Affaires of the Philippine Embassy to the Holy See, the Filipina nuns were based in the different houses of their religious congregation located in L'Aquila.

  • LONDON, April 24 -- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is to attend the next General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, where he will seek full backing of the European Union (EU) to the changed US policy towards Iran.
    "We will encourage the EU to state its clear support for the new US approach," Foreign Office Minister Lord Malloch-Brown (pictured) said in a written parliamentary statement published Friday.

  • BAGHDAD, April 24 -- A terrorist bombing in Diyala, east of Iraq, killed 45 and injured 67 Iranians on Thursday.
    Based on latest dispatches, the terrorist incident overall killed 47, including 45 Iranians, and injured 70 others, including 67 Iranians, who traveled to Iraq to visit the country's holy sites.
    Local sources told IRNA that 42 Iranian injured are in Baquba hospital in Diyala, north of Iraq, to receive medical treatment. Some of the Iranian victims are reportedly in a deteriorating condition, according to the sources.

  • NEW YORK, May 1 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Wall Street ended mixed Thursday after the third largest U.S. automaker Chrysler announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Wall Street opened higher in the morning as investors welcomed a surprise decline in new jobless claims and earnings beating estimates.

    The U.S. Labor Department said initial claims fell 14,000 to 631,000 last week. Economists had predicted a rise. But continuing claims jumped to a new record.