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  • Israeli ministers approve bid to block Palestinian prisoner releases

    May 11, 2014 12:28 PM 18

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel took a step on Sunday toward enacting a law that could block any future release of Palestinian prisoners convicted of killing Israelis and impede any efforts to restart frozen peace talks. A ministerial committee’s approval of proposed legislation aimed at denying amnesty to Palestinians jailed for deadly attacks was a victory

  • Polling stations open for ‘illegal’ secession referendum in eastern Ukraine

    May 11, 2014 7:10 AM 26

    May 11, 2014, 10:01 a.m. | Christopher J. Miller DONETSK, Ukraine – Polling stations have opened in cities across the eastern Ukrainian oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk as residents go to polls to vote for seceding from Ukraine and creating a quasi-independent state in an act declared illegal by the central government in Kyiv and the West but supported

  • Lugansk and Donetsk regions vote for self-determination

    May 11, 2014 5:04 AM 26

    Members of the regional election commission prepare ballot boxes, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 10, 2014, on the eve of a referendum on independence (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov) ​Polling stations have opened in Donetsk and Lugansk regions seeking independence from central government in Ukraine. Local self-defense forces boosted security measures

  • Stuck in rogue airspace: Moldova seizes Transnistria petitions from Russian delegation jet

    May 11, 2014 4:30 AM 17

    Moldova has seized thousands of petitions from the citizens of Transnistria seeking “reunification with Russia” from a Russian delegation’s plane, as politicians had a hard time leaving the breakaway state with all neighboring airspaces closed for them. “Moldovan secret services on-board our plane are confiscating boxes with Transdniestrians’ signatures

  • BSP will not take support of NDA or BJP to form govt: Mayawati

    May 10, 2014 5:41 PM 17

    LUCKNOW: BSP will not take support of BJP or NDA to form government at the Centre, Mayawati today said even as she did not rule out taking help of UPA or Congress. Asserting that her party will emerge as new "balance of power" in Delhi, the BSP supremo clarified that she will not join any front and her numbers will be enough to galvanise secular forces

  • E. Ukraine’s regions gear up for independence referendums

    May 10, 2014 5:07 PM 28

    Ukraine’s self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are making last preparations for May 11 referendums on the status of the regions, despite Russia calling for a delay of the votes and France and Germany labeling them “illegal”. Voters in the two south-eastern regions will be asked if they “support the Act of state self-rule” of the Donetsk

  • Shelling Kills 11 People in Fallujah

    May 10, 2014 11:38 AM 28

    Health officials say shelling killed 11 people on May 10 in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters since December. Doctor Ahmed Shami of Fallujah's main hospital told the French news agency AFP that a further 20 people were wounded by the bombardment. The latest casualties come a day after Iraqi forces launched a large-scale

  • Pussy Riot Visits NYC Jail to Support Occupy Wall Street Hero

    May 9, 2014 8:31 PM 17

    RIKERS ISLAND, New York — Two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot visited Rikers Island, New York City's main jail complex, to meet with an inmate who is a hero of Occupy Wall Street. The Occupy protestor, 25-year-old Cecily McMillan, was arrested in March 2012 after she elbowed a police officer in the eye. She faces seven years behind bars after

  • Carnage in Ukraine as eight pro-Russian militia are killed by local forces trying to reclaim government building

    May 9, 2014 12:04 PM 17

    Eight rebels have been shot dead after Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russia militia in the port city of Mariupol. Fighting broke out at the area's police headquarters and interior ministry as local forces tried to reclaim the buildings which were seized by separatists last night. Fighting broke out at the area's police headquarters and interior ministry

  • Powers To Seize Unpaid Tax Criticised By MPs

    May 9, 2014 3:44 AM 16

    The Treasury Committee warns innocent people could have money taken from their bank accounts in error by the taxman. Plans to give HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the power to seize money directly from the bank accounts of those who owe the taxman money have been criticised by an influential group of MPs. The Treasury Committee said it has "considerable