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Jan. 3 - Iran invited Russia, China and the European Union, among others, to visit several of its key nuclear plants. The U.S., U.K., France and Germany - countries all opposed to Iran's nuclear program - were not invited. Geoge Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank believes this gesture was a staging of transparency on Iran's part. Iran and six other world powers are scheduled to meet later this month in Istanbul to discuss Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Jan. 5 - Ukrainian authorities declared the bombing of a Joseph Stalin statue in Kiev an act of terrorism. The statue was the first public monument dedicated to Stalin in decades. Unveiled last May, the landmark stirred controversy between those who view Stalin as a figure of past Russian oppression and those who praise him as a leader who led Soviet forces defeat the Nazis during World War II.
Jan. 12 - Haitian officials raised the official death toll of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake to over 316,000 deaths on the first anniversary of the disaster. Previous estimates were around 250,000 deaths. At a somber anniversary ceremony at the National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, many paid respects to the deceased and prayed for more progress in reconstruction. Despite donations from countries worldwide, much of the country is still in wreckage. About 800,000 are still left homeless and currently live in tent camps.
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