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October 25, 2010

Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson dies at age 48

Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson dies at age 48

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Monday, October 25, 2010

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The Bajan Prime Minister David Thompson, 48, died this morning at 2:10 am local time after battling pancreatic cancer. It has been reported that his wife, Mara, and their three children were at his bedside when he died. Hours after his death, Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was sworn in as the island’s new Prime Minister.

Thompson was best known for restoring the island’s Democratic Labor Party back to parliamentary majority, decentralizing government, strengthening social services and improving the Barbadian economy according to the island’s government. His wife was quoted as saying, “Barbados has lost its loyal son and faithful servant before he had the time to realize his lifetime dreams. … We enjoyed and endured his public service experiences. He was always indebted to the people and the party for affording him the opportunity to see the mountain top” to the Caribbean Broadcasting Cooperation (CBC).

The opposition leader of Barbados was quoted as saying, “There will be times in the life of a nation when circumstances or events have the power to bring out the best in us all. This is one such time.”

Cquote1.svg A day of incredible sadness for Barbados and the member-states of the Caribbean Community Cquote2.svg

—St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas

The Prime Minister of Jamaica and the chair of CARICOM, Bruce Golding, has said that he is deeply saddened by the news and was quoted as saying, “The Caribbean has lost one of its youngest and most vibrant leaders who remained strong, determined and focused to the very end.” Golding also commended Thompson for fighting “a brave fight to the very end demonstrating the unconditional love for his country and a commitment to the people of Barbados.”

The opposition leader of Barbados, Owen Arthur, is calling the death a “tragic and staggering loss” and described Thompson as “one of the most remarkable Barbadians of his generation and whose whole life from very early was devoted to public service and politics.” The Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, said that he was “deeply saddened” at the loss of his “friend and colleague.”

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad Bissessar, has issued her “deepest condolences” on behalf of her administration and the people of Trinidad.

[He] wanted an opportunity to shape the future of his country, to make a difference to the lives of Barbadians.

St. Lucia Opposition Leader, Dr. Kenny Anthony



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September 6, 2010

Six dead in arson attack in Bridgetown, Barbados

Six dead in arson attack in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Violent crime is a rare occasion in Barbados

Six people have died after a clothing store was set on fire during an armed robbery in Bridgetown, Barbados. Two men entered Campus Trendz Clothing Store wielding machetes and demanded money. The pair then set a fire and fled the scene.

Three employees and three customers headed to the back of the store to try and escape the blaze but failed to exit the store. All of the victims were female and one is reported to have been a toddler.

A witness described the events saying that he was stood on the pavement outside of the store when he saw a man run across the pavement.

The witness said, “Then a second fellah with something like a scarf over his face ran behind him and then I heard this big explosion. Within minutes I saw this big gush of smoke and the whole of the store was on fire. I have never seen anything like that.”

Former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur has called for “stiff penalties” for those responsible for the attack. He said “When somebody could throw a cocktail in a building where other Barbadians are, we have to call it what it is, modern terrorism and they must face the full measure and full weight [of the law].” He has also called for a national day of mourning for the victims.



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May 17, 2010

England defeats Australia and wins 2010 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup

England defeats Australia and wins 2010 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup

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England have defeated Australia in the final of the 2010 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup to win the tournament. England won by 7 wickets at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados to lift the World Cup. A 111 run partnership between Craig Kieswetter, the man of the match and Kevin Pietersen, the man of the tournament, helped them in chasing down the target of 148 runs set by Australia.

England won the toss and opted to field. Australia scored 147 runs, losing 6 wickets in their twenty overs. David Hussey was the top scorer, getting 59 runs. Australia scored only 47 runs for 4 wickets in their first ten overs. David Hussey and Cameron White added 22 runs in the thirteenth over, thus helping their team to get to 147 for 6 in their innings. For England, Ryan Sidebottom took two wickets for 26 runs in four overs.

Early in England’s innings, Dirk Nannes of Australia took the wicket of Michael Lumb of England, when the latter was caught by David Hussey at mid-wicket. Kevin Pietersen of England came when Lumb got out, and helped England to reach 44 runs in the six powerplay overs. The partnership between Pietersen and Kieswetter helped their team to reach the target of 148 runs in seventeen overs, with three overs in hand.

England captain Paul Collingwood told the media that he thought “belief ha[d] been the key.” “As soon as we got the squad together, seeing how much power we have in the squad, I know that is all on paper but we could tell that we had a lot of potential,” he commented.

“I think a lot of credit goes to every single player in the dressing room to have the confidence to go out there and really give it their best shots and have no regrets. I think we have done that throughout the tournament and it has certainly paid off,” he noted.

For England, this is the first victory in a limited overs championship as they had never won a single one-day or T20 World Cup or the Championship League tournament till this victory. In this connection, all-rounder Collingwood said: “[t]his is right up there, with the best,” adding “[t]o be the first [England] team to win a ‘World Cup’ is very special. We knew it was a monkey on our back.”

Meanwhile, Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted his disappointment at the result. He conceded that his performance was poor, saying, “There’s no doubt the selectors will need to have a look at my performances. I certainly know they haven’t been up to scratch through this whole tournament and probably in Twenty20 cricket in general. I’m sure the selectors will sit down and have a look and if I’m not the right guy for No 3 and the captaincy then they’ll make that decision”

Newly elected UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the English team. “Congratulations to Paul Collingwood and the England Twenty20 team on becoming world champions for the first time with a magnificent victory over Australia. Let’s hope this marks the start of a great summer of sport for England,” he said.

The English Sports Minister Hugh Robertson commented: “I’m absolutely delighted England have won the World Twenty20. They have played exciting and intelligent cricket and are worthy winners.”

Scorecard

Toss: England won, and chose to field first.

Flag of Australia.svg Australian innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Shane Watson c Swann b Sidebottom 2 3 0 0 66.66
David Warner run out (Lumb) 2 4 0 0 50.00
Michael Clarke c Collingwood b Swann 27 27 2 0 100.00
Brad Haddin c Kieswetter b Sidebottom 1 2 0 0 50.00
David Hussey run out (Wright/Kieswetter) 59 54 2 2 109.25
Cameron White c Broad b Wright 30 19 4 1 157.89
Michael Hussey not out 17 10 2 0 170.00
Steven Smith not out 1 2 0 0 50.00
Extras (b 1; lb 2; w 4; nb 1) 8
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 147 10 3

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Watson, 0.3 ov), 2-7 (Warner, 1.5 ov), 3-8 (Haddin, 2.1 ov), 4-45 (Clarke, 9.2 ov), 5-95 (White, 15.4 ov), 6-142 (DJ Hussey, 19.2 ov)

Did not bat: Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes

Flag of England.svg England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Ryan Sidebottom 4 0 26 2 6.50
Tim Bresnan 4 0 35 0 8.75
Stuart Broad 4 0 27 0 6.75
Greamme Swann 4 0 17 1 4.25
Michael Yardy 3 0 34 0 11.33
Luke Wright 1 0 5 1 5.00
Flag of England.svg England innings (Target: 148 runs from 20 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Michael Lumb c D Hussey b Tait 2 4 0 0 50.00
Craig Kieswetter b Johnson 63 49 7 2 128.57
Kevin Pietersen c Warner b Smith 47 31 4 1 151.61
Paul Collingwood not out 12 5 1 1 240.00
Eoin Morgan not out 15 13 0 1 115.38
Extras (lb 1; w 8) 9
Total (3 wickets; 17 overs) 148 12 5

Fall of wickets:1-7 (Lumb, 1.5 ov), 2-118 (Pietersen, 13.1 ov), 3-121 (Kieswetter, 14.1 ov)

Did not bat: Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Michael Yardy, Greamme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom

Flag of Australia.svg Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Dirk Nannes 4 0 29 0 7.25
Shaun Tait 3 0 28 1 9.33
Mitchell Johnson 4 0 27 1 6.75
Steven Smith 3 0 21 1 7.00
Shane Watson 3 0 42 0 14.00

England: Michael Lumb, Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Greamme Swann, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Tim Bresnan, Ryan Sidebottom

Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, David Hussey, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes

Man of the match: Craig Kieswetter (England)

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Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Billy Doctrove (West Indies)
TV Umpire: Billy Bowden (New Zealand)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve Umpire: Rudi Koertzen (South Africa)



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August 5, 2008

Wikinews Shorts: August 5, 2008

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Known gorilla population more than doubled

Male western lowland gorilla

125,000 western lowland gorillas have been found in isolated forests of the Republic of Congo, according to a census by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The number more than doubles the present estimated population of 50-100 thousand. The population resides in two areas covering just 18,000 square miles, living in densities previously thought to be not possible.

President of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Steve Sanderson, says that this does not mean the gorillas are out of danger and they are still vulnerable to Ebola and humans, who target them for bush meat.

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NBA: Paul Pierce handcuffed in Las Vegas

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Boston Celtics player Paul Pierce, the MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals, was handcuffed by police in Las Vegas, Nevada about 3:00 a.m. Sunday during a traffic stop. A spokesman for the Las Vegas Police Department said that was initially hostile, though didn’t say that this was the cause for the handcuffs. Multiple news agencies that report that Pierce passed both a sobriety test and a Breathalyzer. Neither Pierce nor the Celtics have released a comment.

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Woman throws lasagna at husband

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A woman threw a frozen lasagna at her husband. This happened in Atlantic Beach, Florida. The woman has been charged with domestic battery after throwing frozen lasagna at her husband. The two were arguing when she picked up the frozen lasagna and tossed it at her husband striking him. The husband said his wife struck him across the face many times before throwing the frozen lasagna at him hitting him in the head. The woman admitted to officers that she had thrown the frozen lasagna at her husband to hit him in the head. The husband was arrested for a violation of a court injunction.

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Police rescue two swimmers in Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

Two people have been saved from Lake Michigan said Evanston Police in Illinois. Four officers saved the two people from the lake. This happened late Sunday. One officer had swallowed too much water and has been treated at a local hospital police had said on Monday. At Lee Street Beach at 11:57 p.m. close to midnight. Police could hear people yelling for help around the metal breakwater police had said. Police could not see the swimmers due to how dark it was outside. As police went into the water with rescue disks to try and save the people from the water. Officers then found a man that was 50 yards off shore that had been taken into the breakwater by the large waves said police. Police then threw a rescue disk towards his direction and the man grabbed on and was pulled safely to shore, also another women was rescued.

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World’s smallest snake discovered in Barbados

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The world’s smallest snake, the Leptotyphlops carlae, has been discovered in Barbados by Dr Blair Hedges, an evolutionary scientist from Pennsylvania State University. The Leptotyphlops carlae is the smallest of the 3100 known species of snakes. The species is thinner than a piece of spaghetti and is about 10cm long, small enough to curl up on a United States quarter.

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August 3, 2008

World\’s smallest snake discovered in Barbados

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

The world’s smallest snake, the Leptotyphlops carlae, has been discovered in Barbados by Dr Blair Hedges, an evolutionary scientist from Pennsylvania State University.

The Leptotyphlops carlae is the smallest of the 3100 known species of snakes. The species is thinner than a piece of spaghetti and is about 10cm long, small enough to curl up on a US quarter.


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August 26, 2007

Building collapse in Barbados traps family

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Building collapse in Barbados traps family

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Sunday, August 26, 2007 Miami Dade Fire Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 1 Members were on the scene since last night. Search dogs worked the scene all night.

According to current reports, sometime early this morning, an apartment building in Brittons Hill, Barbados fell into a cave below.

Five family members are known to be trapped in the collapse, although reports have not be made as to whether these are the only individuals involved. Rescue workers, as well as several prominent politicians are currently on the scene; two cranes have been deployed to remove debris. Evacuation has occurred, with an extension of this area being discussed.

Miami Dade Police arrived on the scene late Sunday night and are now in a joint effort with the Barbados Defence Force, Barbados Fire Service and Royal Barbados Police Force to rescue possible survivors. Prime Minister Owen Arthur also stated that surveys are currently being conducted to determine the stability of the surrounding area, and only after these reports have been compiled will residents know whether they will be able to return to their homes.

A cadaver dog was sent into the cavern and has identified two areas where there are possible dead bodies. Sadly it is no longer a rescue mission but recovery one.

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August 16, 2007

Hurricane Dean is upgraded to a Category 2 storm

Hurricane Dean is upgraded to a Category 2 storm

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hurricane Dean as reported by NOAA

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dean is now a Category 2 hurricane. The Atlantic’s first hurricane of the season had top sustained winds at 100 mph at 5 p.m. EDT. Dean’s winds were measured at 75 mph earlier in the day.

A meteorologist from the National Hurricane Center warns, “Dean is likely to become a major hurricane in the eastern Caribbean Sea.” Adding that one forecast shows it could become “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane by the time it reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea.”

Forecasters claim the storm could threaten the Lesser Antilles by Friday. Dean is then forecast to pass over Jamaica by 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, and then move across the Yucatan Peninsula and enter the Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday.

Hurricane warnings have been issues for the islands of St. Lucia and Dominica. The Barbados weather service has issued a tropical storm warning for the island of Barbados and a tropical storm watch for St. Vincent and St. Maarten.

Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for Texas Governor Rick Perry said, “It’s so far out, but it’s not too early to start preparing…We have more notice than with Erin. We’re glad for that especially since [Dean] is projected to bring some strength.”

At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm was about 210 miles due east of Barbados and about 305 miles east of Martinique, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is moving west at 23 mph.

Hurricane Dean was officially named early this morning.

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September 7, 2005

UN holding recruitment exams in under-represented countries

UN holding recruitment exams in under-represented countries

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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

In order to find P-2 level officers for the United Nations Secretariat, the international organization is holding competitive recruitment competitions in 42 countries. The examinations will take place in February, 2006.

Six occupational groups are being sought: Architecture, Demography, Library, Security, Science and Technology, and Statistics. There will be a written examination (both a general paper and a specialised paper) and an interview.

The written examination questions are given in English and French, the two working languages of the Secretariat. Candidates must write their answers for the general paper in English or French. However, they may write their answers for the specialized paper in English, French, or any of the other four official languages of the Secretariat, i.e., Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.

The examinations will take place on February 28, 2006 in New York, Addis Ababa, Andorra La Vella, Athens, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Monaco, Nairobi, Santiago, Vaduz, Valletta, and Vienna.

According to the UN, applicants “should hold at least a first-level university degree relevant to the occupational group in which they would like to take the examination. Furthermore, applicants should not be more than 32 years old on 31 December, 2006 … Fluency in either English or French is required.”

The following countries have been selected for the 2006 competition: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Comores, Republic of Korea, Gambia, Japan, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Israel, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, San Marino, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA, and Vietnam.

The practice of scouting under-represented nations for highly-qualified employees is an annual occurrence.

The United Nations Secretariat is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and it is headed by the United Nations Secretary General and assisted by a staff of international civil servants worldwide. It provides studies, information, and facilities needed by United Nations bodies for their meetings. It also carries out tasks as directed by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council, and other UN bodies. The United Nations Charter provides that the staff be chosen by application of the “highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity,” with due regard for the importance of recruiting on a wide geographical basis.

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July 12, 2005

Tropical Storm Emily forms in mid Atlantic, threatens North and Central America

Tropical Storm Emily forms in mid Atlantic, threatens North and Central America

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

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Just as Hurricane Dennis dissipated over the mid-west United States on Monday, Tropical Storm Emily formed in the mid-Atlantic. Its current location is 11.1° N, 52.8° W, about 475 miles (765 km) east-southeast of Barbados.

The storm is currently moving west at a rate of 13mph/20kph. It is expected to make a slight turn to the north-northwest on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 45mph/75kph.

Hurricane watches have been issued for Barbados, Grenada, The Grenadines, St. Vincent, and St. Lucia.

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March 10, 2005

United Nations passes Declaration on human cloning

United Nations passes Declaration on human cloning

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

The declaration was passed at the UN general assembly

A divided UN General Assembly has voted to approve a nonbinding statement against all forms of human cloning.

The vote, held Tuesday, came after four years of debate and an end to attempts for an international ban.

In the 191-nation assembly, there were 84 votes in favor of a nonbinding statement, 34 against and 37 abstentions.

Proposed by Honduras, the statement was largely supported by Roman Catholic countries and opposed by countries with active embryonic stem cell research programs. Many Islamic nations abstained.

The UN Declaration on Human Cloning, as it is named, calls for all member states to adopt a ban on human cloning, which it says is “incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.”

The US, which has long pushed for a complete ban, voted in favor of the statement while traditional ally Britain, where therapeutic cloning is legal and regulated, voted against it.

The statement should have no impact on countries that allow therapeutic cloning, such as Britain and South Korea, as it is not legally binding.

“The foes of therapeutic cloning are trying to portray this as a victory for their ideology,” Bernard Siegel, a Florida attorney who lobbies to defend therapeutic cloning, said in a Reuters report. “But this confusing declaration is an effort to mask their failure last November to impose a treaty on the world banning therapeutic cloning.”

Breakdown of the vote

Of the 191 countries eligible to vote:

In favor

84 countries voted in favor of the declaration against cloning:

Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Chile, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Morocco, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

Against

34 countries voted against the declaration:

Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People`s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom.

Abstention

37 countries abstained from voting on the declaration against cloning:

Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Absent

36 countries were absent from and during the vote on the declaration against cloning:

Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bhutan, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russian Federation, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.

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