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Ukraine accuses Russia of reducing coal deliveries as tensions rise KIEV: Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of reducing its coal deliveries to Kiev in a move that could further ratchet up tensions with Moscow."Coal deliveries from the territories that are not under our control and from Russia have been reduced," Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told parliament, referring to the eastern parts of the country that are controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The latest rise in tensions between Kiev and Moscow follows Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak's threat on Tuesday to suspend coal supplies to Kiev after explosions on power lines coming from Ukrainian territory left the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula without electricity.The explosions -- orchestrated by unknown attackers -- last week left some 1.6 million people in the dark and further infuriated Moscow as Kiev expects its free-trade agreement with the EU to come into force from January 1, 2016."Russia's goal is to destabilise Ukraine," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said ...

Tanzania suspends tax revenue chief in graft investigation DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzanian authorities suspended Friday the head of the tax revenue authority in a corruption probe, as the new government cracks down on graft in the east African nation.The suspension of Rished Baden came after newly elected Prime Minster Kassim Majaliwa visited the main port in Dar es Salaam, and found 349 shipping containers listed as having arrived in the port had vanished.Senior officials in the revenue authority and customs have also been ...

Girl, peacekeeper killed in Sudan shelling: UN KHARTOUM: Shelling killed a four-year-old girl and an Ethiopian peacekeeper in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations mission in the area said Friday.Abyei has been contested since Sudan split into two countries in 2011, and there have been tensions between the Arab Misseriya and Ngok Dinka peoples in the region.In Thursday's attack, "seven shells were fired from the northwesterly direction of Abyei town, by unknown persons," the UN mission ...

Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial': ICC THE HAGUE: Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday.Three ICC-appointed experts "underlined a vast improvement in Mr Gbagbo's state of health and observes that he no longer suffers from clinical post-traumatic stress syndrome or hospitalisation syndrome," the Hague-based court said in a statement. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Switzerland's super rich getting richer: report GENEVA: Morose economic growth and a turbulent stock market have not stopped Switzerland's super rich from getting a lot richer this year, a report showed Friday.In its annual analysis of the fortunes of Switzerland's 300 richest people, the Bilan magazine said the exclusive club, including the likes of rock and soul legend Tina Turner, have swelled their combined wealth by six billion Swiss francs ($5.8 billion, 5.5 billion euros) to reach a record 595 billion ...

Parents of missing Mexican students set up protest camp MEXICO CITY: Parents of 43 students who disappeared last year camped out Thursday near Mexico's presidential residence demanding a new investigation into their missing children, who investigators say were killed by drug traffickers.Some two dozen parents were joined by relatives and around 100 supporters in a march that ended a few blocks from the Los Pinos presidential residency, which had been cordoned off by police."We demand the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate the case," ...

UK economy slows in third quarter LONDON: Britain's economic growth slowed in the third quarter, official data confirmed on Friday.Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.5 percent between July and September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a second estimate, in line with market expectations.That was unchanged from the initial ONS estimate and followed second-quarter growth of 0.7 percent. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


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