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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 in July.On the one hand he made sure to attack the pro-Western "morons" now running the country in Kiev but on the other he went out of his way to dump all over his former boss too."We could have snuffed out this crisis on the Maidan," Shufrych said, referring to the protests in Kiev that toppled Kremlin-backed Yanukovych in February. "But he sodded off instead-- a hero of our time."Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday acknowledged ...

5.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Greece ATHENS: A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck northern Greece early Saturday, the country's earthquake observatory said, with no reports of victims or major damage.The tremor struck at 3:16 am (0016 GMT), with its epicentre 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the northern town of Arta and 249 kilometres northeast of the capital Athens, according to the observatory.Earthquakes occur regularly in Greece. A tremor on May 24 near the island of Lemnos caused injuries in neighbouring Turkey, while in ...
Putin says Washington no threat, but its policies harmful LAURA: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he did not think the United States was a threat to Russia but added that he thought Washington's policies were harmful to his country. "I don't think that the United States poses a threat to us," Putin told a meeting of political scholars. "I think that the policies of the ruling elite are erroneous. I am convinced that they go against our interests, undermine trust in the ...
Ukraine elections: 5 candidates to watch KIEV: As Ukraine votes in parliamentary polls on Sunday, the candidates to watch include a pilot imprisoned in Russia, the leader of a volunteer battalion and a former minister under ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.-- NADIYA SAVCHENKOA female military helicopter pilot who fought against pro-Russian separatists in the east before being captured by them. She heads the list of the Batkyvschina (Fatherland) party led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, despite being detained in Russia.The 33-year-old has ...
Cameron in new row over EU demand for extra 2.1bn euros BRUSSELS: Prime Minister David Cameron faces a fresh showdown with the EU after Brussels demanded an extra 2.1 billion euros from Britain because its economy is thriving while Europe stalls.Under new budgetary calculations, deficit-laden and struggling France will be owed 1.0 billion euros ($1.27 billion), a European Commission spokesman said.Germany, the bloc's most powerful and richest economy, meanwhile gets a rebate of 779 million euros.The Netherlands is like Britain tapped for more funds, having to ...
US urges all Ukrainians, even in east and Crimea, to vote WASHINGTON: The United States called on all Ukrainians even those in eastern rebel strongholds and in the annexed Crimea peninsula to vote in weekend parliamentary elections."This is another milestone for a nation that is again demonstrating its commitment to an enduring democratic process despite the political upheaval of the past year and considerable security challenges that remain in some parts of the country," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.Issuing a stern warning to pro-Russian ...
Cypriot president pulls out of EU summit over health scare BRUSSELS: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades pulled out of a European Union summit on Thursday after he was taken to a Brussels hospital with a nose bleed, the government said. After tests showed he was suffering from high blood pressure, doctors sent the president back to his Brussels hotel and advised him to rest for 48 hours, a Cypriot government statement said. Anastasiades contacted European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to let him know he would ...


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