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Spain's King Juan Carlos apologized Wednesday for spending an expensive safari to hunt elephant in Africa while Spaniards are struggling through an economic crisis, according to CBS News.

King Carlos, 74, spoke to flashing lights and TV cameras as he left a Madrid hospital "looking sheepish and using crutches to walk," according to CBS News. He had just finished a surgery for his broken hip from the hunting trip, CBS News said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the king is required by law to report his Africa trip, "but it's unclear whether he did that." He told the scrum of reporters that he "made a mistake and it won't happen again," the Los Angeles Times said.

A royal official denied that the king left for Africa without informing the government, according to CBS News. The official said King Carlos had told the prime minister about his trip in a routine weekly meeting on April 2, CBS News said.

King Carlos' trip have upset many Spaniards who are already angry about the king who "remind [them] that all the people in Spain need to make efforts and sacrifices [in the economic crisis]," according to the Los Angeles Times.

King Carlos is also the honorary president of the World Wildlife Fund in Spain, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group had received hundreds of complaints regarding his hunting trip, the Los Angeles Times said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a suspension on the European Union's economic sanctions on Myanmar Friday after his meeting with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Associated Press said.

Cameron said during a news conference that he planned that recommend to the European Union this month to suspend the sanctions when the union meets to review its "long-standing trade curbs on the country," according to the Wall Street Journal. But he was not planning to recommend the union to lift its sanctions entirely nor to life a ban on arm sales to Myanmar's military, the Wall Street Journal said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was by Cameron's side during the news conference, supported Cameron's "idea of suspension rather than the lifting of sanctions because this would be an acknowledgment of the role of the president and other reformers," according to the Associated Press.

It would still be hard to persuade the EU and the U.S. to permanently lift their sanctions on Myanmar, the Wall Street Journal said. But Cameron said his plan was to help the country to "maintain its shift toward democracy," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Suu Kyi was invited to visit the United Kingdom in June by Cameron, according to the Associated Press. She replied that "I am able to say 'perhaps,' and that's a great progress."

Seventeen migrant workers died Tuesday in Moscow when their "squalid" worker dormitory burst into fire, AFP said.

Unconfirmed news reports said the workers came from Tajikistan, an impoverished country in Central Asia, according to AFP. "Their identities and ages are being verified," AFP reported from the Russian emergencies ministry's statement.

The dormitory was not equipped with fire alarms, extinguishers or emergency exits, the New York Times cited from Russian officials. Owners of the dormitory had just received orders to install these protective gears during a visit by the fire inspectors on Feb. 27, according to the New York Times.

"Respect for the law is minimal even when human lives are at stake" in Russia, the New York Times said. More than 10,000 people are killed by fires a year because "safety regulations are ignored or intentionally broken."

A faulty space heater may have set off the fire, investigators told the New York Times. Yevgeny Bobylyoy, an emergency services spokesman, told the New York Times most of the victims might have died in their sleep. They were not able to escape because the blaze cut off their only exit.

Good Friday next week will be a holiday in Cuba, at least this year, Reuters said.

Cuba's communist government made the decision "as part of Easter celebrations" after President Raul Castro's meeting with Pope Benedict in Havana on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The government will later decide whether to make the day a permanent holiday.

It has been awhile since Cuba last recognized Good Friday as a public holiday in the 1960s, according to BBC News. "After 50 years of telling us the Church is bad, now they say it is good and we get Good Friday off," office worker Mirta Salgado told the Associated Press, according to BBC News.

The Church is calling for a closer relationship with Cuba and improvements are seen in recent years, BBC News said. The predecessor Pope, John Paul II, successfully persuaded former President Fidel Castro to make Christmas a public holiday during his visit in 1998.

"The visit of the Holy Father will continue to bear the desired fruit to the benefit of the Church and all Cubans," Vatican spokesman Father Federico said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Japan and Canada agreed Sunday to start drafting a joint-country free trade agreement - a pact, if established, going to be Japan's first with a Group of Eight nation, the Associated Press said.

During the three-day visit in Japan, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to discuss about the pact and more cooperation in the private sectors especially over natural resources, according to the Wall Street Journal. Noda also told the Associated Press during a joint news conference that the two countries would strive to strengthen defense and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to the Associated Press, Japan currently exports cars, machinery and other industry products to Canada while relies imports like natural resources and agricultural products from Canada.

The new trade agreement would be beneficial to Japan to stabilize its supply of energy resources, which was shaken by last year's massive earthquake and tsunami, destroying the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the Associated Press said.

The two prime ministers were going to Seoul for a Nuclear Security Summit, according to the Associated Press. Harper would also visit Northeast Japan on Monday, "which was devasted bu the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami," the Wall Street Journal said.

Turkish Airlines flew Tuesday the first commercial planes into Somalia's capital in over two decades, the Associated Press said (reported in the Washington Post).

According to AFP, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bosdag was one of those who stepped out of the plane, which was welcomed by Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed at Mogadishu airport.

Somalia has lost her functioning central government for more than 20 years, BBC News said. Bosdag announced that "the Turkish government has facilitated for the Somalis to travel...to the world again," according to the Associated Press.

The new twice-weekly flights landing on Somalia's capital operated by an international carrier were supported by Somalia residents, BBC News said. BBC News' reporter said a group of women were singing and dancing to the arrival of the plane. Mogadishu residents told AFP the new flights would make Somalis scattered around the world to come back to visit.

"We will connect the Somali people to the rest of the world," Faruk Sazar, an official from Turkish Airlines, told BBC News.

A terrorist attack involving bomb in Katmandu, Nepal killed three men and injured seven near government offices Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Home Minister Bijaya Gachchedar told the Associated Press (reported in Fox News) a group calling itself United Ethnic Liberation Front took responsibility for this attack, which was the first in four years. The Wall Street Journal said six years. The government heightened security immediately, Gachchedar told the Associated Press.

Several ethnic groups in southern Nepal threatened violence fighting for their right, the Associated Press said. According to the Wall Street Journal, ethnic groups in Nepal and a Maoist-led Constituent Assembly would decide on May 28 the form of government they want and how much power to give regions of the country. The Maoists became the largest party in elections in 2008 after the 10-year civil war between the party and the government ended in 2006, the Wall Street Journal said.

Crimes were happening in the country but nobody was put on trial, the Wall Street Journal said. Kidnappings in the southern plains made the area unsafe but "crime has been accepted as an integral part of politics," Subodh Raj Pyakurel, chairman of Informal Sector Service Centre, told the Associated Press.

Israel's High Court moved forward the hearing of a Palestinian who has been on a hunger strike for two month, the New York Times reported.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday, but the lawyers Khader Adnan, 33, requested an urgent petition in fear that Adnan would not survive that long, according to the New York Times.

Adnan's case has attracted attention not only the Palestinians but also the European Union and the United Nations, according to the Associated Press (reported in the Washington Post).

Adnan was arrested on Dec. 17 in connection to acts that "threaten regional security, Capt. Eytan Buchman, an Israeli military spokesman, told the Associated Press reported. He began a 66-day-long hunger strike the following day, the New York Times said.

The Israeli military issued a four-month detention order on Jan. 8 and rejected an appeal on Feb. 13, according to the Washington Post.

With a two-month hunger strike, Adnan's condition was worrying, the Associated Press reported. He could only communicate in whispers, Yael Moram, one of Adnan's physicians, told the Associated Press.

Adnan refused to receive any nourishment except liquid infusions containing salts and minerals, according to the Washington Post.

North Korea rewarded Tuesday her late leader the highest title of Generalissimo as the country unveiled her first bronze sculpture of Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang, according to BBC News.

North Korea announced Wednesday Kim Jong-Il's statue was unveiled in a ceremony oversaw by top military and political officials, BBC News reported. The statue was part of North Korea's commemoration of her late leader's 70th anniversary on Thursday, AFP said. Lucy Williamson, the BBC's correspondent in Seoul, told BBC News the country was believed to have widespread celebrations on Thursday despite the uncertainty on the food storage problem in the country.

The official news agency in North Korea told AFP the title of Generalissimo of the DPRK (North Korea) was awarded to leader Kim Jong-Il, the same ranking given to his father and founding leader Kim Il-Sung. "Kim Jong-Il strengthened the Korean People's Army founded and led for Generalissimo Kim Il-Sung along the path of victory and glory," the news agency told AFP. Kim Jong-Il rejected the idea of the bronze statue when he was alive, Williamson told BBC News.

According to BBC News, there were series of commemorative items released since Kim Jong-Il died of a heart attack in December.

Internet users in Germany would protest against online censorship this weekend as Germany and Latvia joined Friday Poland and the Czech Republish not to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), according to the Mashable.

While the treaty was still yet to be ratified by the European Parliament, the Justice Ministry in Germany told the Associated Press such a policy was not necessary in Germany, according to BBC News. He said the government denied the treaty "to leave room for discussions," the Washington Post reported.

Sharing similarities with the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S., ACTA aimed to promote copyright in Europe to international standards, according to the Washington Post. The European Parliament scheduled to discuss the treaty early this summer, the Washington Post reported.

In fear of online censorship, supporters of the treaty protested across Europe since January, according to the Mashable. Germany's opposition Greens party leader Renate Kuenast told the Associated Press they were striving for "a modern copyright that takes necessary legal protections into account and recognizes the reality of the digital world," the Washington Post reported.

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