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News Update: Russian bombings kill 31, raise Olympic fears

News Update: Russian bombings kill 31, raise Olympic fears

Dec 30, Moscow – Two suicide bombings in as many days have raised concerns that separatist militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Winter Olympics in February. Russian authorities and the International Olympic Committee insisted the site of the games, protected by layers of security, is completely safe. The […]

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Second deadly blast hits Russia’s Volgograd city killing at least 15 people

Second deadly blast hits Russia’s Volgograd city killing at least 15 people

Dec 30, – Russian officials say a blast on a bus in the southern city of Volgograd has killed at least 10 people, just one day after a suicide bombing killed 17 people at the city’s train station. Authorities also reported that at least 10 people were wounded in Monday’s explosion, which officials said may […]

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Mass held in Spain backs new abortion law

Mass held in Spain backs new abortion law

Dec 29, Madrid – Thousands of people have attended a Mass in Madrid to honor family values and support government moves aimed at tightening restrictions on abortion in Spain. Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela led Sunday’s outdoor service in Colon square and said “the gift of life” should be considered sacred and not tampered with. The […]

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Female suicide bomber kills 18 at Russian train station

Female suicide bomber kills 18 at Russian train station

Dec 29, Moscow – At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a female suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February’s Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack in Volgograd, but […]

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News Update: Turkish riot police break up protests as unrest worsens

News Update: Turkish riot police break up protests as unrest worsens

Dec 29, – Police forcibly dispersed thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Ankara and Istanbul who had been calling for the government to step down. In Istanbul, some protesters shot fireworks at police preventing them from reaching a central square. At least two protesters were hurt when police responded with tear gas. Local prosecutors said at […]

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Anti-government protesters clash with Turkish riot police

Anti-government protesters clash with Turkish riot police

Dec 28, – Riot police used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters who had gathered in both Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, on Friday. Some of the protesters threw rocks or firecrackers at the police and chanted “stop the thief,” in reference to the corruption […]

December 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Pussy Riot still wants to topple Putin

Pussy Riot still wants to topple Putin

Dec 27, Moscow — Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest in Moscow’s main cathedral said Friday they still want to topple President Vladimir Putin. They didn’t say how they plan to do it. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were among three […]

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Storms and high winds bring new flooding and destruction in UK

Storms and high winds bring new flooding and destruction in UK

Dec 27, – Gales and rain have returned to the UK, causing further disruption to transport and the power network. There are around 13,000 homes still without power in the UK after almost 25,000 were reconnected overnight, the Energy Networks Association said. The Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” warning of gusts up […]

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Attack on Ukrainian Journalist Sparks outrage

Attack on Ukrainian Journalist Sparks outrage

Dec 26 – Protesters demanded that Vitaly Zakharchenko step down on Thursday in response to the attack on Chornovil after her report on corruption by the country’s political elite. Protesters carried pictures of the 34-year-old as they marched on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in the capital, Kyiv. The prominent journalist, known for her critical reports […]

December 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Defiant Turkish PM Erdogan reshuffles cabinet amid graft scandal

Defiant Turkish PM Erdogan reshuffles cabinet amid graft scandal

Dec 26, – Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle after three ministerial resignations over a corruption inquiry. Mr Erdogan has described a police investigation as a “dirty game” Mr Erdogan named 10 new ministers – almost half of his total roster – after talks with President Abdullah Gul. One of […]

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