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four soldiers, civilian killed in eastern Ukraine: officials KIEV: Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the eastern region of Lugansk on Friday, the governor's office announced.Ukrainian forces are locked in a struggle with pro-Moscow separatists for territory in eastern Ukraine.A ceasefire has been in place since early September but this has not stopped almost 1,000 people from dying in fighting since, according to the United Nations.Ukraine's new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority on Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh anger from Russia, which denies supporting the rebels.Ukraine's military on Friday also accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the ceasefire was signed.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

UN warns Ebola still far from over UNITED NATIONS: The head of the UN Ebola mission warned Friday that the world was "far, far away" from beating the deadly outbreak and said a huge increase in aid was needed to fight the virus in Africa."There is a long battle ahead of us," Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council, which met two months after it declared the outbreak a threat to world security.Fighting the epidemic "is going to require a tremendous increase ...
British health volunteers heading to S. Leone to tackle Ebola LONDON: A first group of volunteers from Britain's state National Health Service were to depart Saturday for Sierra Leone to join the Ebola epidemic fightback, the UK government said.More than 30 NHS workers were to arrive in the capital Freetown on Sunday for a week of training before moving to British-built treatment centres around the west African country.The group includes doctors, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and emergency medicine consultants.The volunteers have gone through nine days of ...
French PM Valls arrives in Chad on regional trip N'DJAMENA: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived in Chad late Friday at the start of a two-day regional visit, in a show of support for a French-led anti-militant force.In N'Djamena on Saturday and Niger's capital Niamey on Sunday, Valls will hold talks with respective presidents Idriss Deby and Mahamadou Issoufou.Accompanied by his defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Valls will on Saturday also visit a French military base near N'Djamena airport to meet troops.For the French ...
Germans charged with vandalism in Singapore face flogging SINGAPORE: Two German men were charged Saturday with breaking into a Singapore metro depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, both 21, were charged at a district court with committing trespass and vandalism in the early hours of November 8.Both men appeared relaxed as the charges were read to them in German by an interpreter. Prosecutors told the judge the ...
Britain's UKIP set for landmark poll win ROCHESTER: Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) was set to claim its second seat in parliament, as votes were counted early Friday in the town of Rochester, potentially foreshadowing a political upheaval at next year's general election.The by-election in southeast England on Thursday was called after MP Mark Reckless defected in September from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party to UKIP, which wants strict quotas on immigration.Speculation over further defections to UKIP swirled after Reckless ...
Russian and Saudi foreign ministers to meet in Moscow MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Moscow on Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said Thursday, as Iran and world powers seek to reach a deal on nuclear talks.The Russian ministry announced the previously unscheduled meeting will take place on Friday morning but did not give any details of what would be discussed.The Saudi foreign minister is due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in ...


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