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Moldovan separatists back independence by wide margin

More than 97 percent of voters in Moldova’s separatist Dnestr region backed the area’s self-styled independence and a plan to join Russia eventually, election officials said on Monday. Western countries and Moldova have already dismissed Sunday’s referendum as illegitimate. But Dnestr’s hard-line Slav leaders, who first proclaimed independence in 1990, said it would boost their position in talks on settling the conflict. Full Story

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