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Anger erupts across Turkey as 245 miners confirmed dead in coal mine fire

Anger erupts across Turkey as 245 miners confirmed dead in coal mine fire

May 14, – Anger and grief boiled over into a violent protest Wednesday in the western Turkish town of Soma, where officials said at least 245 miners died in a coal mine explosion and fire. Nearly 450 other miners were rescued, the mining company said, but the fate of an unknown number of others remained […]

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Grief and shock as death toll in Turkish mine blast rises above 200, many still trapped

Grief and shock as death toll in Turkish mine blast rises above 200, many still trapped

May 14, – Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 201 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people were inside […]

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157 dead, hundreds injured trapped in Turkey’s coal mine explosion

157 dead, hundreds injured trapped in Turkey’s coal mine explosion

May 13, – Turkey’s disaster management agency has raised the death toll from a mining accident in the west of the country to 157. It was not immediately clear how many more miners were believed still trapped in the coal mine in the town of Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul. Authorities […]

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Pro-Russian separatists kill seven soldiers in heaviest loss for Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists kill seven soldiers in heaviest loss for Ukraine

May 13, – Pro-Russian separatists ambushed Ukrainian troops on Tuesday, killing seven in the heaviest loss of life for government forces in a single clash since Kiev sent soldiers to put down a rebellion in the country’s east. With the uprising and Russia’s annexation of Crimea poisoning East-West relations, Moscow retaliated against U.S. sanctions by […]

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Spanish women politician shot dead in ‘revenge’ killing

Spanish women politician shot dead in ‘revenge’ killing

May 13, – Woman detained in city of Leon after head of provincial council gunned down in broad daylight in what authorities said appeared to be a personally motivated attack. Spanish police arrested a mother and daughter suspected of shooting dead a ruling party politician in broad daylight Monday in an apparent act of personal […]

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Ukraine: Armed men open fire on crowd as rebels hold ‘self-rule’ vote

Ukraine: Armed men open fire on crowd as rebels hold ‘self-rule’ vote

May 11, – Armed men identified as Ukrainian national guard opened fire Sunday on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine, and an official for the region’s insurgents said there were fatalities. The bloodshed in the town of Krasnoarmeisk occurred hours after dozens of armed men shut down voting in a referendum on […]

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Austrian bearded drag queen wins Eurovision contest sparks anger in Russia

Austrian bearded drag queen wins Eurovision contest sparks anger in Russia

May 11, – Victory for Austria’s bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest prompted an outpouring of anti-gay anger from Russian politicians and stars on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter that the Eurovision result “showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl.” “There’s no limit to […]

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Ukraine warns of ‘abyss’ as voting begins in self-rule referenda in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine warns of ‘abyss’ as voting begins in self-rule referenda in eastern Ukraine

May 11, – Ukrainian leader Oleksander Turchinov warned pro-Russian eastern regions they would be stepping into the abyss if they voted for self-rule on Sunday in a referendum that has raised Western fears of a slide to full civil war. Barricades of tires and scrap metal blocked streets in the port city of Mariupol and […]

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Putin marks victory day in Crimea as violence escalates in eastern Ukraine

Putin marks victory day in Crimea as violence escalates in eastern Ukraine

May 10, – President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for the first time since it was annexed by Moscow, proclaiming as he marked the Soviet victory in World War Two that incorporating the former Ukrainian territory had made Russia stronger. In east Ukraine, where pro-Moscow rebels plan a referendum on Sunday to […]

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Pro-Russian separatists ignore Putin call to delay independence vote

Pro-Russian separatists ignore Putin call to delay independence vote

May 09, – Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war. The decision, which contradicted the conciliatory tone set by Putin just a day earlier, caused consternation in […]

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