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Wedding next year for Sweden\’s crown princess

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Wedding next year for Sweden’s crown princess

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland
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On February 24th the Swedish Royal Court announced that the Crown Princess Victoria is to be married in 2010 to her boyfriend and former fitness trainer Daniel Westling. KP Victoria, 31, and Daniel, 35, have been in a relationship for seven years. As the wedding is to be held in the summer of 2010, it gives the court 18 months to prepare, contemplate the wedding dress of the Crown Princess, and complete the guest-list – which will include prominent guests from Europe and the world.

According to the Swedish constitution, KP Victoria must ask for the King’s approval for the marriage, who then has to call a cabinet council so that the government can give its approval. This was done on Tuesday morning, just before the court announced the engagement.

After the wedding, Daniel will be given the title of Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. Their children will be next in line to the throne after Crown Princess Victoria.



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Obama budget calls for record US deficit

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Obama budget calls for record US deficit

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United States President Barack Obama unveiled his administration’s 2010 United States federal budget on Thursday. The budget calls for a record US$3.6 trillion in spending.

President Obama announces the 2010 US federal budget.

The new budget will use a $1.75 trillion deficit, which would be nearly four times greater than any previous deficit and is $250 billion larger than what was projected just days ago due to a proposed new spending for another bank bailout.

“We will, each and every one of us, have to compromise on certain things we care about but which we simply cannot afford right now,” said President Obama. “What I won’t do is sacrifice investments that will make America stronger, more competitive and more prosperous in the 21st century — investments that have been neglected for too long.”

House of Representatives minority leader John Boehner was critical of the budget. “We can’t tax and spend our way to prosperity,” he said. “The era of big government is back, and Democrats are asking you to pay for it.”

“Given the economic catastrophe that we face, to go right into the teeth of that hurricane and plan for some ambitious expansion of government that goes beyond the triage element is bold to say the least,” Norman J. Ornstein, a political scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told Reuters.

$634 billion of the budget is “dedicated [to] financing reforms to our health care system,” according to Obama. Analysts reporting for the BBC and Reuters both conclude that, if passed, it lays a ground-work for a form of universal health care.



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Former Serbian president Milutinovic acquitted of war crimes

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Former Serbian president Milutinovic acquitted of war crimes

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Milan Milutinović, the former president of Serbia, has been cleared of charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by a United Nations war crimes tribunal in Kosovo.

Five other top Serbian officials, however, were found guilty of their charges and given sentences ranging from 15 to 22 years in prison.

Milutinović, aged 66, was the president of Serbia from December 1997 to December 2002, but was widely seen as a figurehead president during the Kosovo conflict in the 1990s. The court concluded that he did not have any direct control over the army, and was released from custody.

“The trial chamber finds you not guilty of counts one to five of the indictment,” said Iain Bonomy, the judge at the trial. “In practice, it was Milošević, sometimes termed the ‘Supreme Commander’, who exercised actual command authority over the [Serb army] during the NATO campaign.”

Milutinović and the five other men went on trial in July of 2006 on charges of murdering hundreds and forcibly deporting 800,000 civilians by Serbian forces in 1999 in Kosovo.

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Of the five sentenced to prison, former Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Šainović, Yugoslav Army General Nebojša Pavković, and Serbian Police General Sreten Lukić were given sentences of 22 years. Yugoslav Army General Vladimir Lazarević and Chief of the General Staff Dragoljub Ojdanić were each sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

All six men had pleaded not guilty to their charges.



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Australian Sex Party to run independents in Queensland election

Australian Sex Party to run independents in Queensland election

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The Australian Sex Party will run candidates in three electorates in the upcoming Queensland state election. However, since the party does not have a sufficient membership base, the candidates will run as independents.

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“Queensland’s censorship laws are far stricter than any other state in Australia and the same as laws on erotica in totalitarian states like China and Iran,” says party convenor Fiona Patten.

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—Fiona Patten

The party will run of a number of platforms including same sex marriage and age of consent. In Queensland the age of consent for homosexuals is 18 while it is 16 for heterosexuals. Every other state in Australia has an age of consent of 16 regardless of sexual orientation.

The party has been met with opposition from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). The ACL has challenged the major parties to place Sex Party candidates last on their how-to-vote cards. “The Australian Sex Party exists to represent the interests of businesses who make money from the exploitation and degradation of women,” Jim Wallace, ACL managing director, said.

“If Labor, the LNP and the Greens believe women should be respected and are concerned about the enormous damage caused by pornography and prostitution then they should be demonstrating this by having nothing to do with the Sex Party or its affiliated candidates,” said Wallace. The Queensland Greens sole Member of Parliament Ronan Lee has indicated that the Greens will wait until nominations close until they decide on preferences.



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