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Ukraine opposition activist says he was tortured – BBC News

BBC NewsA prominent Ukrainian opposition activist who disappeared more than a week ago says he was abducted and tortured. Dmytro Bulatov is the leader of opposition movement Automaidan that organises protest convoys. He says he was kidnapped, repeatedly …Ukraine repeals tough laws, army calls for ‘urgent steps’Pakistan Daily TimesUkraine’s President Signs Protest Amnesty Bill; Military […]

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Ex-French first lady heads to India after split – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsAu revoir, France! France’s former first lady left the country a day after her official separation from French President Francois Hollande was announced. Valerie Trierweiler boarded an Air France flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris to Mumbai, …France’s former first lady en route to India after splitCNNTrierweiler on India trip […]

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Military sticks to sidelines in Thai crisis, protests continue – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military chief urged both sides in the country’s prolonged political crisis to settle their differences, with signs that opposition protests against the government could be running out of steam. Anti-government firebrand Suthep …Gun Attack on Thai Anti-Gov’t Protesters Wounds 1ABC NewsGunman opens fire on anti-government protesters in Bangkok, seriously …The ProvinceDeadly […]

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Vote Validates Egypt’s Constitution and Military Takeover – New York Times

New York TimesCAIRO — Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Committee said Saturday that 98.1 percent of the voters had approved a revised constitution validating last summer’s military takeover and paving the way for Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s top military leader, …Egyptians Back New ConstitutionVoice of AmericaOutcome of constitutional referendum: New hope for Egypt?Jerusalem PostVoters overwhelmingly back […]

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Donors Offer $2.4 Billion to Aid Syrian Civilians, but UN Says More Is Needed – New York Times

New York TimesKUWAIT — Western nations, Arab states and others pledged more than $2.4 billion on Wednesday to help civilians who are suffering because of the civil war in Syria. The pledges came as Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, told a donors …$2.4B Pledged for War-Ravaged Syria, UN SaysABC NewsWestern, Arab states pledge […]

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More than 200000 Syrians live in besieged areas, UN official says – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT – More than 200,000 Syrians are living in areas besieged by pro-government or rebel forces and lacking regular supplies of food and other essentials, the United Nations’ humanitarian chief said Wednesday at an aid conference in Kuwait. “Siege has …Western, Arab donors pledge 2.4 bln USD to SyriaXinhuaWorld nations promise $2.4 billion […]

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Bangladesh election could lead to more violence (+video) – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorThe polls closed in Bangladesh’s general election with reports of poor turnout and questions about whether the election has increased the chances of deeper political conflict in the country. At least 18 people died in election-related violence today. Skip to next …Security crackdown casts pall over Bangladesh electionThe Globe and MailBangladeshi elections marred […]

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Bangladesh Opp leader under ‘virtual house arrest’ – Pakistan Daily Times

Pakistan Daily TimesDHAKA: Bangladesh’s opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest Thursday, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of general elections next month. As two more people were killed in the …The march to nowhereIndian ExpressBangladesh needs to protect democracyArab NewsBangladeshi Troops to Assist With […]

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Iran’s foreign minister: World powers should avoid ‘troublemaking’ issues ahead … – Fox News

Fox NewsTEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s foreign minister is urging the world powers to avoid “trouble-making” issues as expert-level talks continue over its nuclear program. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment in a joint news conference Sunday with his Italian …At year’s end: Will Iran prove the world wrong?UPI.comIranian negotiator says “little progress” in nuclear talksXinhuaIranian […]

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Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades in centre of Kiev – BBC News

BBC NewsPro-EU protesters in Ukraine have reinforced their position in the centre of Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police. The government’s decision not to sign a deal on closer EU ties last month has sparked weeks of mass rallies. First Deputy Prime …Ukraine says it will sign association agreement with European Union soonIrish TimesUkrainian […]

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UPDATE 9-Ukraine protesters defy police, leaders reject talks with president – Reuters

Reuters… Print. * Riot police moved into square, held back by protesters. * Yanukovich offers talks but opposition demand he quit. * Kerry, EU foreign policy chief denounce police move. * Opposition says police action cuts off path to compromise (Adds U.S. State …Ukraine violence: US considers sanctionsBBC NewsUkraine Opposition Shuns Yanukovych as Protesters Thwart […]