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Russia warns use of force could tip Ukraine into civil war MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday warned Kiev that any use of force in Ukraine's east, where pro-Kremlin militants have seized government buildings in several cities, could tip the country into civil war."We call for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which are fraught with the risk of unleashing civil war," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Russia calls on Kiev to halt military preparations in Ukraine's southeast MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on Kiev's authorities to stop massing military forces it said were tasked with suppressing anti-government protests in southeastern Ukraine. "We call for an immediate halt to military preparations which could lead to an outbreak of civil war," the ministry said in a statement. Pro-Russian protesters seized official buildings in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk on Sunday night, demanding that referendums be held on whether to ...
Europe failing to protect Roma from violence: Amnesty PARIS: European states are failing to protect their Roma communities, many of whom live in precarious conditions and are the victims of hate crimes sometimes perpetrated by police, Amnesty International warned Tuesday.In a report coinciding with International Roma Day, the rights group said many of the 10 to 12 million Roma living in Europe face "the daily threat of forced eviction, police harassment and violent attacks"."The conditions in which many Roma are forced to live ...
Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence vote MADRID: Spanish lawmakers are expected Tuesday to shoot down Catalonia's bid to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, despite huge support in the wealthy region for the poll.Catalonia's president Artur Mas has vowed to go ahead with the referendum on November 9 even if Madrid rejects his request for the northeastern region to be granted the power to hold the ballot."If they say no, they will say no to a law. But they can't ...
Germany summons North Korean to protest against nuclear test BERLIN: Germany summoned the North Korean ambassador on Monday to protest against an announcement that the country is planning a new nuclear test, after it test-fired medium-range missiles."The Foreign Ministry summoned the North Korean ambassador, Ri Si Hong, in light of the announcement of a further nuclear test from the North Korean government," the ministry said."The Foreign Ministry emphatically calls upon the North Korean government to undertake efforts towards a de-escalation and to resume the ...
Protests in east Ukraine aimed at bringing in Russian troops: PM KIEV: Protests in eastern Ukraine in which pro-Russian activists seized public buildings in three cities are part of a plan to destabilise Ukraine and bring in Russian troops, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Monday.Saying Russian troops were within a 30 km (19 mile) zone from the Ukrainian border, Yatseniuk told a government meeting: "An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation ... under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory ...
Putin's party loses mayor race in Russia's third largest city MOSCOW: The Communist Party won a surprise victory against President Vladimir Putin's ruling party in a mayoral race in Russia's third largest city of Novosibirsk, election officials said on Monday.Communist lawmaker Anatoly Lokot won 43.75 percent of the vote against the acting mayor Vladimir Znatkov from the ruling United Russia party, who took 39.57 percent, the Siberian city's electoral commission said."We have created a unique situation in Russia where a united opposition managed to claim ...


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