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Pro-Russians seize govt buildings in Ukraine’s Donetsk, demand autonomy

Pro-Russians seize govt buildings in Ukraine’s Donetsk, demand autonomy

Apr 06, – U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed the elections in Afghanistan as “critical” to securing its democratic future and continued international support, while pledging to continue the U.S. partnership with the new Afghan government. Obama congratulated Afghans on the “historic elections,” which he said will usher in the first democratic transfer of […]

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Belgium: Labour protests sparks deadly clashes in Brussels

Belgium: Labour protests sparks deadly clashes in Brussels

Apr 05, Brussels – The protest in Brussels, in which thousands took part peacefully, was called by the European Trade Union Confederation to oppose austerity measures implemented across the 28-country European Union. Belgian police used water cannon and pepper spray on protesters who had showered them with oranges and cobblestones during a demonstration Friday by […]

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Zero tolerance proposed as drink-drive deaths soar

Zero tolerance proposed as drink-drive deaths soar

Apr 04, – A glass of wine to go with a nice dinner at your favourite restaurant, or a mug of beer in a beer garden and then drive home? So far, that hasn’t posed any problems in Germany – as long as the designated driver did not exceed the legal alcohol level of 0,5 […]

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African migrants perched on fence In Spanish enclave of Melilla

African migrants perched on fence In Spanish enclave of Melilla

Apr 03, – Spanish and Moroccan police thwarted a fresh attempt Thursday by at least 100 African migrants to scale border fences and enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. At least 25 migrants, many with bloody bare feet, clung to the tops of fences for hours. After a seven hour standoff, authorities coaxed most of […]

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Russia has ‘very ready force’ for Ukraine incursion, says NATO

Russia has ‘very ready force’ for Ukraine incursion, says NATO

Apr 02, – Calling the situation “incredibly concerning”, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said NATO had spotted signs of movement by a very small part of the Russian force overnight but had no indication that this was part of a withdrawal to barracks. Russia has massed all the […]

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Turkey’s top court rules Twitter ban violates free speech

Turkey’s top court rules Twitter ban violates free speech

Apr 02, Ankara – Turkey’s top constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s ban on the online messaging service Twitter violated rights, local media reported. The Twitter ban took effect on March 20 after the social media site was used to spread audio recordings that allegedly implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his […]

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Eurozone unemployment rate steady near record high

Eurozone unemployment rate steady near record high

Apr 01, – The unemployment rate across the 18-country eurozone was steady near record highs in February, official data showed Tuesday, indicating the economic recovery is not sufficiently strong to create enough new jobs. While the number of jobless dropped slightly, the unemployment rate remained flat at 11.9 percent, where it has been since October, […]

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Putin informs Merkel of partial troop withdrawal from Ukraine border

Putin informs Merkel of partial troop withdrawal from Ukraine border

Mar 31, – Russian President Vladimir Putin has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he has ordered the withdrawal of some Russian troops from the border with Ukraine. A Merkel spokesman said Mr. Putin ordered a “partial withdrawal” of troops from Ukraine’s eastern border. The United States estimates Russia has 40,000 troops along the border, […]

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2 Spanish journalists arrive home after 6 months captivity in Syria

2 Spanish journalists arrive home after 6 months captivity in Syria

Mar 30, – As Espinosa walked down the steps from the plane, his young son raced across the tarmac and threw his arms around his father in a bear hug. Other family members, newspaper representatives and government officials also were on hand to greet them, according to video of their arrival posted to El Mundo’s […]

March 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Election violence in Turkey leaves 8 dead, 20 injured

Election violence in Turkey leaves 8 dead, 20 injured

Mar 30, – Violent feuds broke out Sunday in Turkish local elections for village and neighbourhood leaders, leaving eight people dead and 13 wounded, media reports said. At least six people died and four were wounded in the village of Yuvacik, Sanliurfa province, in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast, the Dogan news agency said. Rival […]

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