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Russia concerned Ukraine military operation has ‘intensified’

  /  June 21, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Lavrov also said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan announced on Friday did not go far enough.

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Rebels down Ukraine military plane, killing 49

  /  June 14, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

The United States on Friday accused Russia of helping in the insurgency by sending tanks and rocket launchers to the pro-Moscow rebels, a charge denied by the Kremlin.

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Worst rebel attack yet on Lugansk airport in east Ukraine

  /  June 8, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  15 Comments

AFP- Pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukraine’s Western-backed government have launched their most serious attacks yet on Lugansk International Airport in the east of the country, a military source said Sunday. The assaults, which took place Saturday read the rest…

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Politics left behind as Mideast rivals head to Vatican

  /  June 7, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  20 Comments

AFP – Israel’s government is boycotting its Palestinian counterpart with relations to a new low, and when their two presidents join Pope Francis in a Vatican prayer for peace on Sunday politics are likely to read the rest…

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Ukraine swears in new president amid glimmers of hope

  /  June 7, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Poroshenko took the oath of office in Kiev’s parliament one day after holding his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, since a dominant May 25 election victory handed him the mandate to try and save Ukraine from disintegration and economic collapse.

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One arrested after Nigeria football pitch bombing: Military

  /  June 2, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

AFP – Nigeria’s military on Monday said it had made an arrest in connection with the bombing of a football match that killed at least 40 people. “A key suspect in the terror bomb explosion read the rest…

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Turkish police crackdown on protests condemned

  /  June 1, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  6 Comments

Police clashed with protesters in Istanbul, firing tear gas and water cannon at people clustered on side streets, defying a government ban on demonstrations on the iconic Taksim Square – the epicentre of last year’s turmoil.

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Malawi’s new president sworn in after disputed elections

  /  May 31, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  26 Comments

Mutharika, the brother of president Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office in 2012, appealed to the 11 other presidential candidates to “join me in rebuilding the country” after some – including Banda – contested the results.

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Poroshenko faces mammoth task after poll ‘victory’

  /  May 26, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Poroshenko, a 48-year-old former cabinet minister, had said Sunday he would work immediately to end a bloody pro-Russian insurgency that prevented voting across swathes of the industrial east and to fix a recession-hit near bankrupt economy.

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Ukraine holds key vote shunned by rebel-held east

  /  May 25, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had issued an appeal for voters to turn out in force on Sunday to “defend Ukraine” in the face of a crisis that has plunged relations between East-West relations to a post-Cold War low.

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Shebab launch major assault on Somali parliament

  /  May 24, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Witnesses said Shebab militants, the Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed but fragile government, stormed into the complex while MPs were meeting inside.

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British preacher Abu Hamza guilty on US terror charges

  /  May 20, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  2 Comments

Judge Katherine Forrest will return to the Manhattan courtroom on 9 September to sentence Abu Hamza, 56, and wrap up what was the second high-profile terror trial in New York in three months.

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Boko Haram in fresh attack as region meets on strategy

  /  May 17, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

Militants stormed an encampment used by Chinese road workers late on Friday in a region of northern Cameroon just across the border from the strongholds where they sparked global outrage by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls last month.

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Race to save trapped miners after Turkey blast kills 232

  /  May 14, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

Most of the deaths have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning

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Turkey PM puts death toll from mine disaster at 232: TV

  /  May 14, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

AFP - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put the death toll from a mine explosion at 232 on Wednesday, local media reported. Erdogan was inspecting the site of the accident in the western town of read the rest…

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Michelle Obama calls Nigeria girls abductions ‘unconscionable act’

  /  May 11, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  4 Comments

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility, and threatened to “sell” the girls into slavery.

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Death toll rises in Ukraine, fresh warnings of civil war

  /  May 6, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  3 Comments

Kiev and its Western backers see Moscow’s main aims as making sure Ukraine’s east holds a planned “referendum” on Sunday calling for autonomy, and sabotaging all possibility of a nationwide presidential election two weeks later.

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Deadly battles rage on fringe of east Ukraine town

  /  May 5, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

One Ukrainian military commander said the shooting involved automatic small arms and heavy weaponry, believed to be from armoured vehicles the rebels captured last month as well as other big-calibre weapons and mortars.

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Timeline of unrest in east Ukraine

  /  May 3, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  3 Comments

The unrest started in the east and south of the former Soviet republic after pro-European protesters forced the Kremlin-backed government in Kiev from power on 22 February.

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Blood and gunfire in Ukraine army attack on rebel checkpoint

  /  May 3, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

From nearby trees, separatist gunmen shoot back with the clack-clack-clack of sporadic automatic gunfire.

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Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

  /  April 28, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  4 Comments

He directly addressed leaders in Beijing, telling them that maritime territorial disputes needed to be addressed peacefully, not with “intimidation or coercion”

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South Africa celebrates 20 years of end of apartheid

  /  April 27, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  7 Comments

The day will be marked by street parades, speeches, prayers, music and military salutes and displays.

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EU calls for speedy implementation of Ukraine accord

  /  April 22, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

“We call on all sides to respect the terms and conditions of the agreement in Geneva,” a spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said

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North Korea ‘may be close to nuclear test’ warns Seoul

  /  April 22, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests – in 2006, 2009 and 2013 – all at the Punggye-ri site in the northeast of the country

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Biden heads to Ukraine as Russia accuses Kiev of violating accord

  /  April 21, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

Russia accused Ukraine of flouting an international accord meant to diffuse the crisis over its separatist east

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Pro-Moscow separatists stay put despite Ukraine PM’s overtures

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Despite a vow by the country’s premier to cede more power to the regions

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Afghan presidential hopefuls raise fraud concerns

  /  April 6, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  31 Comments

Voiced concern that voting was tainted by fraud

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Russian forces ‘gradually withdrawing’ from Ukraine

  /  March 31, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  21 Comments

US and EU officials estimated over the weekend that Russia’s sudden military buildup along Ukraine’s eastern frontier had reached 30,000 to 40,000 soldiers.

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Whispers of dissent in Kremlin-ruled Crimea

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Ukraine’s government estimates there are 25,000 people in Crimea like Anastasiya who want to flee the region after its Russian takeover.

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Putin moves to take Crimea, defying Western sanctions

  /  March 18, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  3 Comments

The Russian strongman was due to address both houses of parliament at 1100 GMT after he signed a decree on Monday recognising Crimea’s independence.

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