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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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. … Read More

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’ … Read More

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 … Read More

Bangladeshi elections marred by violence – Washington Post

Washington PostPolice fired at protesters and more than 100 polling stations were torched as the opposition dismissed the elections as a farce. Bangladeshi police officers kick a suspect after an … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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. … Read More