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  • Ukraine crisis: CCTV shows Crimea parliament explosion

    March 1, 2014 7:35 AM 19

    28 February 2014 Last updated at 20:59 GMT CCTV footage has emerged of the moment armed men seized the Crimea parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine. The images show the group - wearing unmarked military uniforms - outside the building, before entering amid an explosion in the early hours of Thursday. On Friday, Ukraine's acting president accused

  • Russian court puts Putin foe under house arrest, bars Internet use

    February 28, 2014 11:03 AM 39

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court placed opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest for at least two months on Friday and barred him from using the Internet or speaking to the media. The court said Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a leader of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011-2012, had violated rules barring him from leaving

  • A new era of confrontation?

    February 28, 2014 6:10 AM 24

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, at its most perilous point in years, begins its annual policy conference on Sunday. At issue is the organization’s effectiveness during a presidency that is hostile toward the Jewish state and naive regarding Israel’s enemies. AIPAC is openly derided in some quarters and denounced by the anti-Israel right

  • Obama to take stock of peace talks with Netanyahu, Abbas

    February 27, 2014 7:45 PM 29

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will take stock of peace negotiations in upcoming Oval Office meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on March 17, the White House said on Thursday. The Obama administration had originally hoped to help broker a deal by April 29. But on Wednesday

  • Parrot helps police crack murder case

    February 27, 2014 1:21 PM 69

    February 27 2014 at 03:09pm A pet parrot in India has been credited with helping catch the man who murdered its owner, a relative said on Thursday. The owner, a 55-year-old woman, was stabbed to death and her jewellery stolen at her home in the northern city of Agra on February 20. The woman's relatives grew suspicious when her caged bird became agitated

  • What Kerry needs to explain at AIPAC

    February 27, 2014 3:47 AM 19

    The American-Israeli Political Affairs Committee has once again tripped over itself, inviting to speak Secretary of State John Kerry to speak at its annual conference. (Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, whose department has actually been diligent in enforcing sanctions, was an understandable choice. Kerry, of course, has bludgeoned Israel on settlements

  • Germany's top court scraps 3 percent vote threshold for EU poll

    February 26, 2014 7:40 PM 20

    KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's top court on Wednesday scrapped a rule that political parties need at least three percent of the vote to enter the European Parliament, opening the door to more fringe movements winning seats in a May 25 election. The government lowered the threshold to 3 percent last year from 5 percent, but the Constitutional

  • Egypt: 26 sentenced to death over Suez 'terror plot'

    February 26, 2014 12:15 PM 28

    An Egyptian court has sentenced 26 people to death for founding a "terror group" with the aim of attacking ships using the Suez Canal. Judges said the men were also accused of manufacturing missiles and explosives, local media report. The sentencing comes a day after the new Prime Minister designate, Ibrahim Mahlab, vowed he would "crush terrorism in all the corners

  • Indian media assess Third Front's impact on elections

    February 26, 2014 7:16 AM 31

    Newspapers are discussing the impact of a new political alliance on the upcoming general elections. Leaders of 11 regional parties gathered in Delhi on Tuesday to announce the formation of the Third Front that will contest against the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Regional leaders like former defence minister Mulayam

  • China Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on separatism charges

    February 26, 2014 6:48 AM 28

    Chinese authorities have formally arrested a prominent scholar of China's Uighur Muslim ethnic group and charged him with separatism, his wife says. Ilham Tohti, an economics professor in Beijing, has been critical of China's ethnic policies. He has been detained by police since last month. The Muslim Uighur group mostly live in Xinjiang, in China's