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Hungry and cash-strapped Donetsk residents queue for food parcels DONETSK: Outside the iconic football stadium in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, Yulia holds her four-year-old son Maxim by the hand as they wait for the food parcels to arrive."I've never come to get humanitarian aid before. I was living off my stored supplies, but I don't have anything left," says Yulia, 30, who lost her job when her company closed down at the start of the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops.In a sign of the acute desperation for food in this rebel-held region, people began queuing for the aid around 5 am -- even though the distribution was not due until four hours later.Around 600 people are gathered outside the ticket booths of the Donbass Arena, home stadium of Shakhtar Donetsk, winner of numerous Ukrainian championships.These days, the stadium is closed and has suffered some shelling damage. Instead of tickets, the booths now issue receipts that grant the ...

Argentina's Kirchner launches new attack on US BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner warned the United States of "grave implications" amid claims a US official is lobbying for a group representing the so-called "vulture funds" being contested by Buenos Aires.Kirchner said Nancy Soderberg, who heads the Public Interest Declassification Board advisory committee that promotes access to national security archives, is also the co-chair of the American Task Force Argentina (ATFA), an organization "specifically created to attack and slander the Argentine Republic and ...

Deposed Burkina president in 'safe place' OUAGADOUGOU: The deposed president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, is "in a safe place" and his "safety and well-being are assured", Colonel Isaac Zida, second in command of the presidential guard, said on Saturday.Zida, who had just declared himself head of state, told journalists that Compaore, who resigned on Friday, and his chief of staff "are in a safe place and their safety and well-being are assured."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Third victim of US school shooting dies WASHINGTON: A 14-year-old US girl has died after being critically injured when a fellow high school student went on a shooting rampage last week, hospital officials said Friday."Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, known affectionately as Shay to her family and friends, passed away at Providence Regional Medical Center as a result of severe injuries from last Friday's school shooting," the hospital said in reference to the assault in the northwestern state of Washington. The gunman fatally shot one ...

Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town SURUC: Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group militants.Horns blaring, the trucks carried some 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane" and waving to jubilant crowds who cheered them across the border where they will join the fight against the militants.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the ...

US condemns eastern Ukraine separatist vote KIEV: The United States said Friday it would not recognise weekend elections planned by pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, where more than 4,000 people have been killed according to new UN figures.The European Union and the transatlantic NATO alliance have also condemned Sunday's leadership vote in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions."We deplore the intent of separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine to hold illegitimate so-called local 'elections' on Sunday," White House National Security Council spokeswoman ...


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