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Putin says ‘no need’ for military force in Ukraine

Putin says ‘no need’ for military force in Ukraine

Mar 04, – President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. The use of force by Russia in Ukraine would be a choice […]

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Olympics: Indian flag raised in Sochi after ban lifted

Olympics: Indian flag raised in Sochi after ban lifted

Feb 16, Rosa Khutor – The Indian flag was raised at the Sochi Winter Games on Sunday in a symbol of the country’s return to the Olympic fold after the lifting of a ban imposed over corruption concerns. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday ended the 14-month ban, reinstating India with immediate effect. It […]

February 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Press freedom under threat around the world

Press freedom under threat around the world

Feb 12, – The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights major decline in media freedom in the United States. The US has been listed along with countries such as Central African Republic and Guatemala in the Index, which was published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RWB). The United States has gone 13 positions down […]

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Philippines: Casualties from storm climbs to more than 40 in Mindanao

Philippines: Casualties from storm climbs to more than 40 in Mindanao

Jan 19, – The death toll from the first storm to batter the disaster-prone Philippines this year has climbed to 40, officials said on Sunday, as forecasters warned more heavy rain was on its way. “Lingling” — a tropical depression — has wreaked havoc across the southern island of Mindanao, affecting more than 580,000 people, […]

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Homes evacuated as storm surge hits UK with 30ft waves expected

Homes evacuated as storm surge hits UK with 30ft waves expected

Jan 03, – High tides and strong winds have brought flooding to Wales, Scotland and western England as officials warn of a continuing threat in parts of the UK. There are currently nine severe flood warnings – meaning “danger to life” – for Gloucestershire, Dorset and Wales. With more flooding expected at high tide later […]

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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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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays tribute to victims of Auschwitz death camp

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays tribute to victims of Auschwitz death camp

Nov 18, OSWIECIM, Poland — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday visited the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz to pay tribute to Holocaust victims. Ban walked through the infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes You Free) gate to see exhibitions that document the inhuman conditions that the inmates suffered there. Housed in red brick […]

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Suspected polio outbreak spreads in Syria

Suspected polio outbreak spreads in Syria

At least 22 people – most of them babies and toddlers – are now believed to have contracted polio in Syria, the World Health Organization has reported. If confirmed, it would be the first outbreak of the disease there in 14 years. Syria’s Health Ministry began an immunisation drive on Thursday. Before Syria’s civil war […]

October 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
German ambassador escapes Yemen kidnap attempt, bodyguard shot dead

German ambassador escapes Yemen kidnap attempt, bodyguard shot dead

Oct 06, – Gunmen have shot dead a German employed as a bodyguard at his country’s embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The man was killed by attackers in an apparent unsuccessful kidnap attempt on the German ambassador. Germany’s ambassador to Yemen appeared to have escaped a kidnapping attempt in the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday […]

October 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rebels and troops resume fight in southern Philippines

Rebels and troops resume fight in southern Philippines

Sep 14, – Fighting has resumed between government troops and Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines, despite a recently agreed ceasefire. Officials said troops were battling to retake a series of villages near Zamboanga city, where members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding about 100 people hostage. More than 50 people have […]

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