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Tens of thousands march for slain Russian opposition leader Nemtsov MOSCOW: Tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow Sunday to honour the memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.A sea of grim-faced supporters, holding Russian flags and Nemtsov portraits, marched in the drizzle from a packed Moscow square to the bridge over the Moskva where the 55-year-old was shot in the back shortly before midnight Friday.In what appeared to be the largest opposition gathering since anti-Kremlin rallies in 2011-12 brought more than 100,000 people into the streets, marchers honoured Nemtsov's memory while condemning Moscow's stance on Ukraine."These bullets are for each of us," read a huge banner at the head of the march while others stated "I am Boris", "I am not afraid" and "Propaganda kills.""Stop the war" in Ukraine, said others.Organisers put the crowd at 70,000 while police estimated it at 21,000.Marching with ...

Ukraine's frontlines calm ahead of gas talks KIEV: Ukraine's frontlines were relatively calm on Sunday ahead of high-level EU-mediated gas talks between Kiev and Moscow, as journalists mourned the killing by mortar fire of a Ukrainian photographer.Kiev's security officials said there was no fire after midnight on Ukraine's positions and no Ukrainian soldiers had been killed over the past 24 hours. Security spokesman Andriy Lysenko, however, said that eight soldiers were injured after rebels shot at Kiev's positions late Saturday, including from ...
Ukraine lawmaker says detained by police before Moscow march MOSCOW: A Ukrainian lawmaker said Sunday he was detained by Russian police ahead of a Moscow march to honour opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin."Police have detained me," Alexei Goncharenko wrote on Facebook. "I did not shout anything, did not carry any banners or flags -- they simply detained me over the T-shirt."According to a picture posted on Facebook, Goncharenko's T-shirt carried a printed picture of Nemtsov and said in ...
Pope Francis prays for teenager killed in Venezuela protest ROME: Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to political violence in Venezuela and said he would pray for a teenager killed during an anti-government demonstration last week. Protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro turned violent in the city of San Cristobal where 14-year-old Kluibert Roa was shot dead. A 23-year-old policeman has been detained and charged over the killing. In his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square, Francis, the first ...
Ireland looks forward to dairy boom once EU quotas go DUBLIN: Four weeks from the lifting of European Union milk quotas, Ireland is looking forward to a radical shake-up of its farming sector that would boost dairy output by 50 percent over the next five years.Exporters are aiming to expand sales of Irish milk and cheese in a boom that would make Ireland the fastest-growing dairy producer in the world."Good riddance is what I'll say about the quotas," said Mike Magan, a dairy farmer in ...
Merkel urges on Putin to bring opposition leader's killers to justice BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday condemned the "cowardly murder" of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and called on President Vladimir Putin to bring the killers to justice.Merkel demands that Putin "assure himself that this assassination is elucidated and that its perpetrators are held accountable," the chancellor's office said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Hollande condemns killing of Russian 'defender of democracy' PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Saturday condemned the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, calling him a "defender of democracy".In the first European reaction after the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister was gunned down in Moscow late Friday, Hollande called it a "hateful murder".The outspoken critic of Russia's involvement in Ukraine was "a courageous and tireless defender of democracy who was committed to the fight against corruption," the president's office said in a ...


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