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French riot police clash with train workers striking over rail reform

French riot police clash with train workers striking over rail reform

June 17, – A week into a nationwide train strike that has tangled traffic and stranded tourists, police fired tear gas Tuesday at protesting rail workers. Two polls suggest passengers have little sympathy for the train workers’ lament. Even the labor-friendly Socialist government is breaking a long-held French taboo and is openly criticizing the striking […]

June 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Anger and grief on Ukraine day of mourning for 49 killed in plane attack

Anger and grief on Ukraine day of mourning for 49 killed in plane attack

June 15, – Church bells rang out over Kiev’s Maidan square and hundreds of mourners bowed their heads in silence on Sunday, a national day of mourning, to honor 49 Ukrainian servicemen killed by pro-Russian separatists. Ukrainian protesters vandalized the Russian Embassy in Kiev on Saturday in a dramatic display of anger over Russia’s alleged […]

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No survivors, all 49 aboard dead in pro-Russian rebel attack on Ukraine military plane

No survivors, all 49 aboard dead in pro-Russian rebel attack on Ukraine military plane

June 14, – Pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane Saturday, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the country’s restive east. It was a bitter setback for the Ukrainian forces — the deadliest single incident yet in their battle against an armed insurgency that […]

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Pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukrainian military plane, 49 killed

Pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukrainian military plane, 49 killed

June 14, – Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday in the eastern city of Luhansk, killing all 49 military personnel on board. The toll is the highest suffered by government forces in a single incident since they launched a […]

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Ukrainian troops recapture key port city of Mariupol

Ukrainian troops recapture key port city of Mariupol

June 13, – Ukrainian government forces reclaimed the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting on Friday and said they had regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia. The advances are significant victories for the pro-European leadership in a military operation to crush the armed separatist rebellion that […]

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Ukraine refugee numbers on rise leaving Donbass for Russia

Ukraine refugee numbers on rise leaving Donbass for Russia

June 12, – More than 5,000 Ukrainians have applied for refugee status this year, Konstantin Romodanovsky, head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service, FMS, said in an interview on Wednesday 811.06.2014) with daily “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” which is published by the government. In May, the FMS estimated the total number of Ukrainian refugees amounted to more than […]

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Spain’s Parliament backs king’s abdication, leftist parties demand referendum

Spain’s Parliament backs king’s abdication, leftist parties demand referendum

June 11, – Spain’s Parliament on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of urgent government legislation allowing King Juan Carlos to abdicate this month and hand over his duties to Crown Prince Felipe. The legislation was approved by 299 lawmakers, while 19 voted against and 23 abstained. The bill was backed by the majority-ruling Popular Party […]

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Rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine hit by shelling

Rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine hit by shelling

June 09, – Several buildings have been damaged by shelling in an eastern Ukraine city controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Reporters in downtown Slovyansk saw five buildings on Monday that had suffered heavy damage. Slovyansk has been the epicenter of a nearly two-month standoff between Ukrainian forces and the pro-Russian rebels, who have seized administrative buildings, […]

June 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, even as new president is sworn in

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, even as new president is sworn in

June 08, – Pro-Russian separatists poured scorn on peace overtures from Ukraine’s new president Petro Poroshenko on Saturday as fighting rumbled on in the east of the country. Taking the oath of office in Kiev, Poroshenko appealed to the rebels to lay down their arms, offering peaceful dialogue and immunity from prosecution to “those who […]

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Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine town, residents flee

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine town, residents flee

June 05, – Ukrainian government forces battled separatists with artillery and automatic weapons on Wednesday in a second day of fighting in and around Slaviansk, forcing many residents to flee. The Kiev government, trying to break rebellions by pro-Russia militias, said over 300 rebels had been killed in the past 24 hours in the “anti-terrorist […]

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