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Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday escaped the imminent threat of jail when a court ruled to extend his house arrest by another six months, his spokeswoman said. President Vladimir Putin's top critic, who has been under house arrest since February and banned from using the Internet, saw his detention extended until late October, spokeswoman Anna Veduta told AFP. Navalny faces charges of stealing and laundering 27 million rubles ($756,500) from French cosmetics company Yves Rocher and his lawyer had previously said the court could move to place him in a pre-trial jail already Thursday. A Moscow district court made the ruling despite a request from prosecutors to move Navalny to jail for violating the terms of his house arrest by using the Internet.
Police launched a campaign on Thursday urging Muslim mothers to inform the authorities if they fear their children may go to fight in Syria, although critics warned that families were often the last to know. They urged people to channel their desire to help with the humanitarian crisis by supporting reputable charities working in Syria, but to refrain from going there themselves. Hundreds of Westerners have joined the groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria over the past three years, many travelling there by road from Turkey. Under the plans -- announced after a group of French hostages freed after being held in Syria for 10 months revealed that some of their captors were French-speakers -- the government will also be able to seize the passports of known jihadists.
Tarfaya (Morocco) (AFP) - Africa's largest wind farm, at Tarfaya in southwestern Morocco, has started generating electricity and will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of several hundred thousand people, officials say. It has launched a plan to produce 4,000 MW from wind and solar power. Last year, Morocco officially launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, which is slated for completion next year. Work started in Tarfaya at the beginning of 2013, and 88 of the 131 turbines have now been erected, according to Mohammed Sebti.
Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."
The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is please to announce their 6th Annual Home, Garden and Business Show; The Really Big Show! (with some food, wine and crafts, too) scheduled for April 25, noon to 8pm and April 26, 9am to 4pm at Cheel Arena in Potsdam. Once again, National Arbor Day is on the first day of our Show, making it a perfect chance for our local nurseries, garden centers and florists to kick off Spring and the planting season! Admission is $3.00 per person. For more information visit www.northcountryguide.com or call 315-386-4000.read more
The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce details for our 6th Annuanl Home, Garden and Business Show; ( with some food, wine and crafts, too)The Really Big Show, scheduled for April 25 & 26, 2014. Once again, National Arbor Day is on the first day of our show, making it a perfect chance for our local nurseries, garden centers and florists to kick off Spring and the plainting season! Held at the Cheel Arena in Potsdam. Friday hours 12noon to 4pm, Saturday hours 9am to 4pm. Admission is $3.00. For more information call the St. Lawrence County Chamber at 386-4000.read more
John Austin, author of the book, St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812, will speak at Meetinghouse Museum in Dekalb Junction at 7pm. His lecture is free and open to the public. The museum is across from the Hermon/Dekalb School at 679 East Dekalb Rd. While compiling a list of area soldiers who fought in the war, Austin uncovered some interesting stories. He will share these with his audience. The talk is sponsored by the Dekalb Historical Association,anyone interested in joining the association is encouraged to attend the business meeting after the lecture.read more