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Ukraine's president visits conflict zone: presidency KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made a surprise election day visit Sunday to the east of the country where troops are fighting against a pro-Russian insurgency."I arrived in Donbass," Poroshenko said on his official Twitter account, referring to the conflict region. An accompanying photograph showed him dressed in a camouflage uniform and gazing out of the open door of a helicopter.There was no information about where exactly the president stopped in the region, only part of which is held by rebels.The visit came as Ukrainians began voting in a parliamentary election expected to back Poroshenko's pro-Western reforms and test popular support for his plan to negotiate with the insurgents.The presidency's press office said Poroshenko would return to the capital Kiev to cast his ballot by midday (1000 GMT).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the Indian press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate.Modi said he wanted to strengthen ties with journalists and thanked them for reporting on a 'Clean India' campaign he launched recently by taking a broom to a rubbish-strewn street in New Delhi."The prime minister cannot ...

Myanmar army kills 'reporter' in custody YANGON: Myanmar's press council Saturday said the army had admitted to shooting dead a man in its custody who activists claim was a reporter detained after covering clashes near the conflict-hit eastern border.Aung Naing was gunned down as he tried to flee detention in Kyaikmaraw town in southeastern Mon state on October 4, the interim Myanmar Press Council (MPC) said citing a rare statement issued by the military.He "tried to escape by fighting with a ...

Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after bomb kills 30 soldiers CAIRO: Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers.The bombing on Friday was carried out by a suspected militant who rammed a checkpoint with his explosives-packed vehicle, security officials said.The emergency measures will begin Saturday at 0300 GMT "for a duration of three months", the presidency said in a statement in the wake of the deadliest ...

Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings LOS ANGELES: A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.Terrified classmates dived for cover as the gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington.As with previous such shootings, it revived debate on gun control, even though ...

Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules NEW YORK: New York and New Jersey on Friday ordered a mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city.The new measures were ordered by state governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie the day after an American doctor tested positive for Ebola one week after returning from working in hard-hit Guinea.Craig Spencer, 33, was in stable condition in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center ...

Allies of deposed leader struggling in Ukraine vote KRAMATORSK: As he campaigned for Ukraine's parliamentary polls, to be held |Sunday, Nestor Shufrych was pelted with eggs and injured in a scuffle with nationalists.It's not easy for one-time allies of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine these days. Shufrych, a former minister and ruling party MP, trod a fine line when he spoke to 300 voters at a recent rally in the eastern town of Kramatorsk, taken back by government forces from pro-Russian rebels ...


 



 
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