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  Sunday, 20-Apr-2014 16:56 EDT
EU envoy: Political uproar threatens Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The European Union's ambassador to Haiti said reconstruction work there has halted because international aid teams are worried about political violence.

Space Station supply mission readied
PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- European Space Agency officials say the fuel and most of the cargo is loaded on a spacecraft preparing to launch to the International Space Station.

Loud traffic noise linked to stroke risk
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Danish researchers say exposure to traffic noise increases the risk of stroke, especially among people age 65 and older.

Germany votes to extend Afghan presence
BERLIN, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Germany has extended its "Afghanistan mandate," which will keep some 4,600 German soldiers in the war zone for at least one more year, officials said.

Smog may lead to Milan traffic shutdown
MILAN, Italy, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Ongoing air pollution in Milan, Italy, has lasted 16 days and will probably trigger a total ban on vehicular traffic in the city on Sunday, authorities said.

Italian autoworkers strike against Fiat
ROME, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An Italian autoworkers union held a nationwide strike against carmaker Fiat, protesting being shut out of recent contract negotiations, officials said.

Christie's reports record sales in 2010
LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Christie's, the London-based auction house, reported record sales for 2010, including a Pablo Picasso painting that set a new record for a single work.

British unions discuss strategy
LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- British union leaders met Friday to discuss their strategy against government budget cuts and announced plans for a large rally March 26 in London.

Team drills toward hidden Antarctic lake
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russian scientists drilling into the Antarctic's Lake Vostok, 13,000 feet beneath the continent's ice sheet, say they are in a race against the weather.

French court upholds same-sex marriage ban
PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A ban on same-sex marriages has been upheld by the French constitutional court, which held the ban was within the country's constitution.

Medvedev: START could be in effect soon
MOSCOW, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S.-Russian arms treaty could go into effect next month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday after approving treaty ratification documents.

Obama's Irish heritage celebrated
DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is to be given a Certificate of Irish Heritage in honor of his family's connection to Ireland, organizers said.

Russian icebreaker rescue near success
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An icebreaker rescue operation off Russia's Far East is nearly complete, a shipping company says.

Cameron outlines vision for recovery
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Jump-starting the European economy will require a shift in direction to address deficits that took time to develop, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Environmental convictions to be reviewed
LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Britain's Crown Prosecution Service says it will review the convictions of 20 environmental protesters.

Britain unveils plan to lease public woods
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Thousands of acres of British woodland would be leased to commercial interests under a plan unveiled Thursday by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

Greenwich observatory sets admission fee
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Visitors to Britain's Royal Observatory will pay $16 beginning in March to stand with one foot in each of the eastern and western hemispheres, officials said.

EU warns Britain on London air pollution
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British government must convince EU officials London will meet European clean air standards if it is to avoid a court case, officials said.

Critics: Shark fishing nations fail pledge
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Many countries whose fishing fleets take large numbers of sharks have failed to meet a pledge on conserving the species, a wildlife advocacy group says.

Date of humans out of Africa pushed back
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Artifacts unearthed in the United Arab Emirates dating back 100,000 years imply modern humans first left Africa much earlier than believed, a report indicates.

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