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Spain gov’t approves restrictive abortion law

Spain gov’t approves restrictive abortion law

Dec 21, Madrid — Spain’s conservative government on Friday approved tight restrictions on abortion, allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus. The previous government made abortion widely legal before the 14th week only three years ago. But the ruling Popular […]

December 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
EU leaders keep door open for Ukraine to sign deal

EU leaders keep door open for Ukraine to sign deal

Dec 20, Brussels – European Union leaders are making renewed calls to Ukraine to sign a cooperation deal despite snubs from President Viktor Yanukovyck who wants closer ties with Moscow instead. Days after Russia announced a $15 billion bailout package for Ukraine and pledges to discount gas exports, EU leaders said Friday that Ukraine should […]

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Theater ceiling collapses in London, injuring dozens

Theater ceiling collapses in London, injuring dozens

Dec 20, – Emergency services officials said at least 88 people were injured on Thursday night after part of the ceiling caved in at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. Of these, 81 were described as “walking wounded,” with seven others having been taken to hospital for treatment for more serious injuries. More than […]

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Ukraine leader tilts toward Russia speaks out against EU

Ukraine leader tilts toward Russia speaks out against EU

Dec 19, Kiev Ukraine — Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych on Thursday suggested that Western governments should not interfere in the country’s internal affairs, as he appeared to tilt further toward Russia after it offered his economically struggling country a $15-billion bailout. In a move that is certain to spark further anger among thousands of pro-Europe […]

December 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Anti politician protesters fill square in Rome

Anti politician protesters fill square in Rome

Dec 19, Rome – Frustrated and angry, thousands of Italian students, jobless and tax-weary workers have moved their days-long protest against “useless politicians” to Rome. The noisy protest Wednesday afternoon was filling Piazza del Popolo, a square in the heart of the Italian capital. What started out as the so-called “pitchforks protest” by Sicilian farmers […]

December 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Russia approves amnesty covering Pussy Riot, Greenpeace crew

Russia approves amnesty covering Pussy Riot, Greenpeace crew

Dec 18, – Russian MPs have backed an amnesty that may include some of the country’s best-known prisoners including Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace Arctic protesters. The State Duma in Moscow unanimously approved the law at its third reading and it is expected to come into force within days. It covers at least 20,000 prisoners, […]

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Moscow confirms deployment of Iskander missiles on NATO borders

Moscow confirms deployment of Iskander missiles on NATO borders

Dec 17, Moscow – Lithuania and Poland expressed concern on Monday about signals that Russia has deployed state-of-the-art missiles in a territory that borders the NATO countries. The U.S. State Department also said that it has urged Russia to avoid taking any steps that could destabilize that region. Russia’s Defense Ministry gave an oblique response […]

December 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Who has the power in Ukraine’s crisis?

Who has the power in Ukraine’s crisis?

Dec 16, Kiev Ukraine – Ukraine’s opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government. The government has made some gestures toward the opposition, rejected some of its main demands and is opaque on another. In the fourth week of the crisis, a look at each side’s strengths and […]

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
Ukraine capital braces for massive opposition rally

Ukraine capital braces for massive opposition rally

Dec 15, Kiev, Ukraine – About 200,000 anti-government protesters converged on the central square of Ukraine’s capital Sunday in a dramatic show of morale after nearly four weeks of daily protests, but the rally was shadowed by suggestions that their goal of closer ties with Europe may be imperiled. A much smaller demonstration of government […]

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Italian police want student charged for kissing riot policeman

Italian police want student charged for kissing riot policeman

Dec 15, Rome: A photograph of a female protester kissing an Italian riot policeman, hailed as an emblematic image of peace in Italy, has failed to impress a police union — it wants the protester prosecuted for sexual violence. Nina De Chiffre, 20, a student who was protesting last month against the construction of a […]

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