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  • Greenpeace Activists 'Cannot Leave Russia'

    December 13, 2013 9:43 AM 118

    The conservation group says its members have been denied permission to leave despite a court ruling they should be allowed home. Russian authorities have told 30 people arrested over an oil-drilling protest they cannot leave the country, according to Greenpeace. The environmental group said the decision defied a ruling from an international court, which

  • Spain ‘won’t have enough tanks’: Catalonia to vote on independence, defy Madrid

    December 13, 2013 9:39 AM 146

    The crowd is seen during the Concert for Freedom event at Nou Camp stadium, where artists will sing in support of Catalonia's desire for independence from Spain, in Barcelona (Reuters / Gustau Nacarino) The Catalan regional parliament has set November next year for a referendum on the Spanish province’s independence. The government in Madrid blandly

  • Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades in centre of Kiev

    December 13, 2013 4:59 AM 109

    Pro-EU protesters in Ukraine have reinforced their position in the centre of Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police. The government's decision not to sign a deal on closer EU ties last month has sparked weeks of mass rallies. First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov said Ukraine would "soon sign" the pact in a meeting in Brussels. His comments

  • Michael Portillo on Nelson Mandela death media coverage

    December 13, 2013 3:37 AM 104

    13 December 2013 Last updated at 02:32 GMT All sense of proportion was lost by the media in the coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela, a former UK defence secretary has said. While ex-Conservative MP Michael Portillo believed the former South African president to be "the most admirable person I ever met", there was a "lack of objectivity" in news reports

  • Turn Ukraine back toward the European Union

    December 13, 2013 3:09 AM 105

    The Obama administration is doing a good job of crisis management — stressing the need to respect the right of peaceful assembly and urging calm — but that is not enough. It is essential for the United States to exercise strong leadership, reverse Yanu­kovych’s turn toward Moscow and spur Ukraine to reengage with the European Union, so as to honor the Ukrainian

  • Colorado school bows to pressure over 6-year-old boy who kissed student as mother of girl says he DESERVED his punishment

    December 12, 2013 7:02 PM 113

    School administrators in Canon City reduced Hunter Yelton’s punishment from sexual harassment to misconduct — hours after the mother of his supposed 'girlfriend' said he had bothered her daughter multiple times. School administrators who suspended a 6-year-old boy for kissing a fellow student have reduced his offense from sexual harassment to misconduct

  • Interpreter for Mandela event: 'I was hallucinating'

    December 12, 2013 1:03 PM 114

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela’s memorial has told The Associated Press that he has schizophrenia, had visions of angels coming into the stadium and was trying not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” Jantjie, who stood gesticulating three-feet (1 meter) from U.S. President

  • Kate Barry, Jane Birkin’s daughter, dies in Paris

    December 12, 2013 10:53 AM 113

    Barry’s photos were featured in British Vogue and the Sunday Times magazine, and were recently on exhibition in Paris. “I chose a profession that shows,” she told the French newspaper Liberation in 2012. “As a child, I was photographed a lot. That must have left an impression.” After her own earlier struggle with drugs and alcohol, Barry founded an addiction

  • Iran commander criticizes government over influence from West

    December 12, 2013 3:12 AM 110

    DUBAI (Reuters) - The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force has criticized the government of President Hassan Rouhani as being under the influence of Western ideas, a sign of the growing tensions between the competing power centers. Major General Mohammad Jafari's comments are some of the sharpest to be made by a senior official in public

  • Australia's high court rejects law allowing same-sex marriage

    December 12, 2013 2:31 AM 123

    SYDNEY, Australia -- Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal government had challenged the validity of the Australian