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Russia defiant in face of historic Western sanctions

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF 2014) in St. Petersburg 23 May 2014.
30 Jul 2014
A defiant Russia dismissed Wednesday unprecedented Western sanctions over Ukraine after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against the Kremlin since the Cold War.   The third round of US and EU sanctions...
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Turkish court keeps police in custody on spying allegations

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara 22 November 2011.
25 Jul 2014
A Turkish court ordered that eight police officers be kept in custody on Friday pending a possible trial over accusations that they spied on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle, media reports said.   The investigation...
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Stalled Ukraine parliament says yet to receive PM's resignation

Anti-Putin MPs in Ukraine
25 Jul 2014
Ukraine's parliament said on Friday it had yet to receive a resignation letter from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk so could not vote on whether to accept it, stalling work at the heart of government.   Yatseniuk, a key...
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UN urges immediate truce as death toll passes 800 in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a joint news conference with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad 13 January 2014.
25 Jul 2014
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged  in a statement on Friday released by his office to begin an immediate truce between Israel and Hamas during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast.   "On this, the last Friday of Ramadan, I...
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French officials: Bad weather likely cause of fatal Air Algerie crash

Francois Hollande
25 Jul 2014
Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday.   Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern...
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Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso

Plane
24 Jul 2014
Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.   APS said...
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TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47

A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, July 23, 2014. A TransAsia Airways turboprop ATR-72 plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on Penghu, an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said.
24 Jul 2014
A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said.   The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72,...
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Russian court finds opposition leaders guilty of inciting mass riots

New Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and former President Dmitry Medvedev walk after an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, 7 May 2012. Vladimir Putin appealed for unity in Russia after being sworn as president on Monday and pledged to strengthen democracy in his new six-year term. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Pool
24 Jul 2014
A Moscow court on Thursday found Russian opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozhayev guilty of inciting mass riots against President Vladimir Putin.   The state prosecution has called for eight-year jail terms for both...
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At least 60 killed in attack on Iraq prison convoy

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the police headquarters in the western city of Fallujah following an attack on 21 October 2013.  
24 Jul 2014
An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left at least 60 dead Thursday, even as politicians and diplomats stepped up efforts to end Iraq's worst crisis in years.   Most of those killed in Taji, 25 kilometres...
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Gaza bloodshed deepens, airlines shun Israel

An Israeli soldier runs near mobile artillery units stationed outside the Gaza Strip, 20 July 2014. 
23 Jul 2014
Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as US Secretary of State John Kerry said indirect truce talks between Israel and Hamas had made some progress.   While pressing a 15-...
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