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EU readies new Russia sanctions as Ukraine war fears grow BRUSSELS: The European Union readied a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia on Saturday with warnings that the escalating crisis in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of conflict.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said as he visited Brussels to plead with EU leaders for tougher measures that Kiev and Moscow were on the verge of "full-scale war".Fears of a wider confrontation spiralled after claims that Russia has sent troops to help fight a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels that has wrested several southeastern Ukrainian towns from Kiev's control.EU Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso warned that the crisis was near a "point of no return" and said Brussels had drawn up new sanctions against the Kremlin that the 28 leaders would discuss at their summit on Saturday.The EU delivered a further riposte to Russia on Saturday when it elected Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, a vocal Kremlin critic, as its ...


Unchallenged Macau leader set for a second term HONG KONG: Macau is set to re-elect its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest on Sunday as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability.The booming city's sole chief executive candidate Fernando Chui will be selected by a 400-strong pro-Beijing electoral committee for a second term, in a foregone contest which pro-democracy advocates have called "ridiculous".The former Portuguese colony has grown wealthy off the proceeds of ...

Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in North Korea TOKYO: Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea Saturday in an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world.Inoki, 71, an opposition member of Japan's upper house with a penchant for red scarves, has travelled to the reclusive state with a host of international fighters in an attempt to use sport to thaw relations between Tokyo and Pyongyang.He met with North Korea's ceremonial head ...

Artists protest Israel-sponsored Brazil arts fair RIO DE JANEIRO: Dozens of artists taking part in Sao Paulo's 31st Art Biennial have lodged a protest against the event after it received sponsorship from Israel. The biennial, which started in 1951 and is the second oldest art biennial in the world after Venice, dating back to 1895, is scheduled to open its doors next Saturday.But it will do so amid controversy after more than 50 artists urged organizers to return around $40,000 funding ...

Lesotho PM flees military 'coup' for South Africa MASERU: Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane on Saturday said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux.Shortly after 3:00 am (0100 GMT) the army seized control of key police facilities in the capital Maseru, including the force headquarters, in what Thabane said was a highly choreographed attempt to oust him from power."I have been removed from ...

Algerian diplomats freed after two years' captivity in Mali ALGIERS: Two Algerian diplomats kidnapped in Mali in April 2012 by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) were freed on Saturday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced.A third diplomat, consul Boualem Sayes, had died in captivity "from a chronic illness", the ministry said.It did not say whether Mourad Guessas and Kedour Miloudi had been released by their kidnappers or had been freed in a military operation.The ministry did say, however, that Algeria ...

'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped WASHINGTON: To recline or not to recline? Airplane "legroom wars" are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice. Amid the furor, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and scarcer.The question of reclining etiquette "has been a topic of discussion for many years," said Sarah Schlichter, editor in chief of IndependentTraveler.com."But the current ...


 



 
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