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- Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions Reuters - 4 hrs ago
By Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, …
- Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains Associated Press - 1 hr 21 mins ago
- Man charged with attacking British MP on London street Reuters - 3 hrs ago
A man has been charged with a religiously-motivated "assault by beating" on British MP George Galloway, police said on Saturday. Galloway, who recently declared the northern English city he represents an "Israel-free zone", was attacked on a west London street on Friday night. Police said Neil Masterson, 39, had been …
- Philippines peacekeepers rescued from militants in Golan: U.N. Reuters - 1 hr 40 mins ago
By Avi Ohayon EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Thirty-two U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said. Another group of U.N. soldiers - also from the Philippines - remained trapped …
- Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion' Associated Press - 6 hrs ago
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on.
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- Russian politician beaten after report on soldier burials Reuters - 4 hrs ago
By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian politician said on Saturday he had been badly beaten after publicising the mysterious funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine. Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in the regional assembly …
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- Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.
- Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis
By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be "ready to repel any aggression towards Russia." He described Ukrainians and Russians as "practically one people," language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation. Kiev and Western countries say the reversal was the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Putin to prop up a rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.
- EU readies new Russia sanctions as Ukraine conflict spirals
The European Union geared up a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia on Saturday with warnings that the escalating conflict in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of war. Fears of a wider confrontation spiralled after allegations that Russia has sent troops and weapons across the border to help a bloody new counter-offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited Brussels to plead his case for a firm response, before the EU's 28 leaders were to hold talks on the worsening situation. The latest rebel push in a conflict that has claimed nearly 2,600 lives has wrested several key towns in southeastern Ukraine from Kiev's control in recent days.
- 'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy
As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland. SwaziLeaks members -- who refuse to say who or where in Swaziland they are, for fear of being targeted -- started a Twitter feed a year ago. "We wanted to try and expose some of the exploitation and corruption of the rich and powerful," SwaziLeaks told AFP. Swaziland is an absolute monarchy ruled by King Mswati III. The government is frequently accused of stifling dissent and jailing opponents.