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NICOSIA - Cyprus has no intention of leaving the euro zone, President Nicos Anastasiades said in a press conference on Friday.

“In no way will we experiment with the future of our country,” declared President Anastasiades. He said the situation of the country had been “contained” following its 10 billion euro bailout deal, reports the BBC. "We have averted the risk of bankruptcy," he said.

On Thursday, banks on the island-nation opened for the first time in two weeks and although there were big queues, the frenzy that the media had predicted, did not happen, with Cypriots remaining calm.

According to the Guardian, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides announced that the limit on withdrawals would be in place for about a month – just 24 hours after the population was told that the measures would only last for a week. This is the first time that capital controls have been imposed on a euro zone member state. They aim to prevent an exodus that would destroy what is left of the Cypriot banking system.

Anastasiadis, who was only elected one month ago, says the AP, also announced that he would be taking a 25% wage cut, with many ministers also taking a 20% cut, but many Cypriots feel that they are unlikely to be affected by the crisis situation on the island.

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— Charlie Perdios (@AnthonyPepeEA) March 29, 2013

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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