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Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced that Ukraine’s opposition protests will continue after he rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer to appoint him as prime minister

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...ousing police. Viktor Yanukovych’s proposal came amid new efforts to end the deadly unrest. He offered the post of prime minister to Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the position of deputy PM to former boxer Vitali Klitschko following talks on Saturday. The opposition – confident in its position – appears to have taken these offers as a sign of weakness on Viktor Yanukovych’s part, an...

Amnesty International has urged Iran not to go ahead with a repeat execution for drug smuggler Alireza M who survived a botched hanging

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There is “no need” for Alireza M’s second execution after he survived a first hanging, Iran’s justice minister says. Lawyers want the head of the judiciary to stop a repeat hanging after Alireza M was found alive in a morgue. Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi said executing the man would have repercussions against Iran’s image, the ISNA news agency reported. The gover...

A UN tribunal has cleared Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes from the 1998-99 conflict

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...acquittal was overturned and a retrial ordered after appeal judges ruled that there had been witness intimidation. But the ICTY’s trial chamber once again cleared Ramush Haradinaj and co-defendants Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj of all charges. A UN tribunal has cleared Kosovo’s former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes from the 1998-99 conflict The indictment alleged the th...

Syrian rebel commanders say they have lost control of the strategic Salah al-Din district in the northern city of Aleppo after a government offensive

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...ost control of the strategic Salah al-Din district in the northern city of Aleppo after a government offensive. The city has come under fresh bombardment, as the army attempts to recapture areas seized by rebels. Iran called for dialogue between the government and opposition, at the start of a summit on the crisis in Tehran. Meanwhile, Lebanese authorities have detained a former minister with clos...

Some of Margaret Thatcher’s comments have been described as "unabashedly racist" by Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

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Some of Margaret Thatcher’s comments have been described as “unabashedly racist” by Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in an interview with a local broadcaster. In a conversation with Margaret Thatcher “in her retirement”, Bob Carr said the former British prime minister had warned Australia against Asian immigration. Margaret Thatcher said “if we allowed too much o...

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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, was found guilty of abuse of authority by signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009.   Mrs Tymoshenko claimed the charges against her were politically motivated. In April, the Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s office opened a criminal case charging Yulia Tymoshenko with signing overpriced gas deals with Russian energy provider Gazpr...

McKeeva Bush, Cayman Islands prime minister, has been arrested as part of a corruption investigation

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...include misuse of a government credit card and importing explosive materials. McKeeva Bush had been in power since his United Democratic Party (UDP) won general elections in 2009. The British overseas territory is one of the world’s largest financial centres and a well-known tax haven. McKeeva Bush, Cayman Islands prime minister, has been arrested as part of a corruption investigation On i...

President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years

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President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years. Asif Ali Zardari was met at Delhi’s Palam air force base by India’s parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Pakistani president is having lunch with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, before travelling to an important Muslim shrine in Rajasthan. It is h...

Margaret Thatcher is recovering in hospital after having a growth removed from her bladder

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...py. They say the operation has been completely satisfactory.” Margaret Thatcher is recovering in hospital after having a growth removed from her bladder Baroness Margaret Thatcher was the UK’s first female prime minister and served three terms in that post, between 1979 and 1990. She had a series of minor strokes in 2002 and was advised by doctors to stop making public speeches. Marga...

North Korea released a bizarre video of military dogs attacking an effigy of South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin and again threatened to attack their South neighbors

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North Korea released a bizarre video of military dogs attacking an effigy of South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin and again threatened to attack their South neighbors. The new propaganda clip was shown on state television on Sunday. The animals can also be seen jumping through a flaming hole as they are put through their paces in training. North Korea released a bizarre video of military d...

Cyprus Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has decided to resign after completing talks on the controversial IMF-EU bailout deal

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Cyprus Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has decided to resign after completing talks on the controversial IMF-EU bailout deal. Michalis Sarris will be replaced by Labour Minister Haris Georgiades, reports in the local media suggest. Cyprus Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has decided to resign after completing talks on the controversial IMF-EU bailout deal The 10 billion-euro ($13 billion) deal...

Li Keqiang has been named as China’s new prime minister, placing him at the helm of the world's second-largest economy

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Li Keqiang has been named as China’s new prime minister, placing him at the helm of the world’s second-largest economy. Li Keqiang, who already holds the number two spot in the Communist Party, takes over from Wen Jiabao. He was elected for a five-year term but, like his predecessor, would be expected to spend a decade in office. On Thursday, Xi Jinping was confirmed by legislators as the n...

Edward Snowden’s whereabouts are unclear after he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow

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...ationship and consequences,” he said. He also called on Russia to “live by the standards of the law because that’s in the interests of everybody”. Edward Snowden was in hiding in Hong Kong when his leaks were first published. He is being supported by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, which said on Sunday that he was heading to Ecuador accompanied by some of its diplomat...

Czech PM Petr Necas will resign over Jana Nagyova corruption and spying scandal

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...(ODS). Pressure had been growing on Petr Necas to quit since prosecutors on Friday charged his chief of staff Jana Nagyova with corruption and abuse of power. Two former MPs, an ex-minister and the current and former heads of military intelligence have also been detained. All except one have been remanded in custody. President Milos Zeman has said the charges, brought after armed police raids on g...

The Algerian military operation to free hostages being held by Islamist militants at a desert gas plant is now over

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...o be holding 41 foreign nationals, believed to include British, Japanese, US and Norwegian citizens, in retaliation for French military intervention in neighboring Mali. Some workers were reported to have been freed or to have escaped before the Algerian raid. Algerian Communications Minister Mohamed Said Belaid said a “significant number of terrorists” were killed during the raid. He...

Oleksandr Muzychko, better known as Sashko Bilyi, died in a shoot-out with police in a cafe in Rivne in western Ukraine

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...has voted to accept the resignation of Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh. Ihor Tenyukh had been accused of indecision in the face of Russia’s military takeover of Crimea. The shooting of Oleksandr Muzychko happened just hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia – their first meeting since Russia’s move into Cr...

A man has been arrested in Italy after he shot two police officers outside the PM's office in Rome during new government swearing-in ceremony

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...ding former European Commissioner Emma Bonino as foreign minister. Other women given government jobs include Olympic kayaker Josefa Idem who becomes minister of equal opportunity and sports, and Anna Maria Cancellieri at the ministry of justice. Since February’s inconclusive poll there has been political stalemate in Italy, which is still plagued by economic woes after becoming one of the fi...

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has apologized for comments that lambasted John Kerry's role in the Middle East peace process

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...e in the Middle East peace process. Moshe Yaalon was quoted as saying that John Kerry was acting out of “misplaced obsession and messianic fervor”. The US state department expressed anger at the remarks. However, in a statement, Moshe Yaalon’s office said that he had no intention to cause any offence. “The defense minister… apologizes if the secretary was offended by...

Azam Khan, the head of the Kumbh Mela festival organizing committee in India, has resigned a day after a stampede killed at least 36 people at the train station in the northern city of Allahabad

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Azam Khan, the head of the Kumbh Mela festival organizing committee in India, has resigned a day after a stampede killed at least 36 people at the train station in the northern city of Allahabad. State minister Azam Khan said he was “stepping down on moral grounds”. The victims were among about 30 million Hindu pilgrims returning home after the main bathing day at the gathering. Earli...

Michaela Biancofiore is a member of Italy’s ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom party

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...ctions by withdrawing the support of his party from the hybrid coalition. Friday’s swearing-in of the new government at Rome’s presidential Quirinale Palace signaled the end of two months of political deadlock. Since February’s inconclusive poll there has been political stalemate in Italy, which is still plagued by economic woes after becoming one of the first eurozone victims of...

Pietro Parolin is replacing Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone as part of Pope Francis’ initiative to reform the Vatican

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Pietro Parolin has been appointed by Pope Francis as the new prime minister of Vatican. Veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin is replacing Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone as part of Pope Francis’ initiative to reform the Vatican. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, had been widely criticized over last year’s so-called “Vatileaks” scandals. Leaked documents r...

Model Imane Fadil said strippers dressed as nuns performed for Silvio Berlusconi at one of his “bunga bunga” parties

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Model Imane Fadil, a witness at the trial of Silvio Berlusconi, has said strippers dressed as nuns performed for the former Italian prime minister at one of his “bunga bunga” parties. Imane Fadil said she had been given 2,000 euros ($2,614) by Silvio Berlusconi the first time she attended a “bunga bunga” party. She was one of several women who arrived at a Milan courthouse on Monday t...

Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, 43, has a master's degree from Oxford University and was foreign minister between 2004 and 2007 during Traian Basescu's first term of office

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...ormer Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu as caretaker prime minister, before announcing the nomination of Mihai Razvan Ungureanu. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, 43, has a master’s degree from Oxford University and was foreign minister between 2004 and 2007 during Traian Basescu’s first term of office. “Reforms will continue. The added value that I will bring resides in my experience as a...

Japan’s PM Yoshihiko Noda has named a new finance minister

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...number of issues we are facing domestically and diplomatically, and further strengthen the function of the cabinet,” he said. Koriki Jojima, 65, is a former Democratic Party (DPJ) parliamentary affairs’ chief who worked with Yoshihiko Noda on the sales tax hike. Makiko Tanaka, the daughter of the Japanese leader who normalized ties with China, was fired as foreign minister in 2002 by...

Shukri Ghanem, muammar gaddafi, danube river, oil minister, lybia,

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Libya’s former General Secretary of the General People’s Committee of Libya (prime minister) and Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem has been found dead in the Danube River, Austrian police say. A spokesman said there were no signs of violence to Sukri Ghanem’s body, which was in the river that flows through Vienna. Shukri Ghanem, 69, worked as a consultant for a Vienna-based company. He...