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Two Ukraine’s government buildings have been seized by armed men in Simferopol

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...ary intervention by Russia. On Wednesday Simferopol saw clashes erupt between Ukrainians who support the change of government and pro-Russians. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the area near the government buildings has been cordoned off to prevent “bloodshed”. He added that the seizure of the buildings was the work of “provocateurs”. “Measures have been...

Taliban negotiators in Pakistan have condemned the failure of government representatives to meet them in Islamabad

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Taliban negotiators in Pakistan have condemned the failure of government representatives to meet them in Islamabad, as preliminary peace efforts got off to a chaotic start. The government side had asked for clarification about the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) team. The militants have been waging an insurgency inside Pakistan since 2007. Later, a bomb outside a hotel in a Shia neighborhood of...

Kwanchai Praipana, a local radio presenter who played a large role in Bangkok protests in 2010, was wounded at his home in Udon Thani

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...ple have died since the wave of protests started last year. Kwanchai Praipana, a prominent leader of the “red shirts” who support Thaksin Shinawatra and the current government, was wounded in the leg and shoulder while standing outside his home on Wednesday. Police Colonel Kowit Tharoenwattanasuk told Reuters news agency that unidentified people fired shots from a pick-up truck. He add...

General Ilker Basbug, Turkey's former armed forces chief, has been jailed for life for plotting to overthrow the government

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...02, hundreds of military officers – serving or retired – have been arrested. Critics say there is little evidence for the charges and accuse the government of trying to silence its secularist opponents. Critics have complained that the Ergenekon investigation has focused on opponents of the AKP. The government denies any such motive. Turkey’s military has long seen itself as the...

City officials in San Francisco plan to ban Apple Macintosh computers purchase in local government agencies

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...oducts from the registry and would no longer submit new devices to receive ratings. “We regret that Apple will no longer be registering its products in EPEAT,” the organizers said. “We hope that they will decide to do so again at some point in future.” The news prompted speculation that government bodies, schools and some businesses would bar purchases of Apple computers as...

Gunmen have attacked Ikhbariya TV, a Syrian pro-government TV channel, killing three people

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...ion of Syria as in “a state or war” just a few hours before. Addressing his new cabinet, the president criticized countries that have been calling for him to stand down, saying that the West “takes and never gives and this has been proven at every stage”. Senior US intelligence officials have described the conflict between the rebels and the government as a “seesaw ba...

Anti-government protesters in the Czech Republic have staged what they describe as the biggest rally since the fall of communism in 1989

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...ners and students – marched through Prague, gathering in Wenceslas Square – the heart of the capital. Chanting and whistling, they carried banners which read “Stop thieves!” and “Away with the government!” Rene Koncilova, one of the marchers, said she was struggling to survive on her monthly $350 disability pension. “Vaclav Klaus told us in 1989 that we...

The Hong Kong government has decided to back down over plans to make schoolchildren take Chinese patriotism classes, after weeks of protests

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...eijing sentiment has been on the rise in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, a city of seven million people. The Hong Kong government has decided to back down over plans to make schoolchildren take Chinese patriotism classes, after weeks of protests The decision comes ahead of elections on Sunday, when voters will elect just over half the members of a legislative assembly that is expanding from 60 to 70 s...

Slovenian vote pits incumbent Danilo Turk against former PM Borut Pahor, who is favored to win by opinion polls

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...pen at 07:00 local time and close at 19:00 with first results expected within hours. Borut Pahor won the first round of the election, and recent opinion polls suggest the ex-PM will be triumphant again on Sunday. Commenting on the recent protests in the country, Borut Pahor told the Associated Press that the demonstrations “signal a lack of confidence” in government institutions. Many...

The US government shutdown is looming as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation

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...Republican bill. “[On Monday], the Senate will do exactly what we said we would do and reject these measures,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Harry Reid. “At that point, Republicans will be faced with the same choice they have always faced: put the Senate’s clean funding bill on the floor and let it pass with bipartisan votes, or force a Republican government shutdow...

Vice-President Joe Biden has said the US has "no doubt" that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and that it must be held accountable

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Vice-President Joe Biden has said the US has “no doubt” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and that it must be held accountable. The US has said its military is ready to launch strikes if President Barack Obama order an attack, and allies say they too are ready to act. The Syrian government has strongly denied claims it used chemical weapons. UN weapons inspectors ar...

Edward Snowden has claimed that the U.S. government has been hacking Hong Kong and Chinese networks for at least four years

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed that the U.S. government has been hacking Hong Kong and Chinese networks for at least four years. In his first interview since he revealed himself on Sunday, the 29-year-old whistleblower told the South China Morning Post that the NSA has hacked the country’s universities, businesses and politicians. Edward Snowden claimed the agency had hundreds of...

After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days, the standoff is finally over

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President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling, just hours after the House and Senate passed the measure with broad bipartisan support. Barack Obama said the measure would immediately restart federal programs that had been put on hold during the funding lapse. The world reaction to the debt deal was one of relief Thursday, but there were si...

Bulgarian students have chained the doors of Sofia University as anti-government unrest continues

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...ring to administrations since the end of communist rule in 1989. Other banners read “Down with the mafia” and “We stay, you emigrate”. President Rosen Plevneliev, who is from Boyko Borisov’s GERB party, told a French magazine he supported citizens calling for a “moral revolution” Asked by Le Nouvel Observateur about the allegation that the current governme...

Benjamin Netanyahu will return as Israel’s prime minister, heading a coalition that includes parties that support Jewish settlements on Palestinian land

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...ons between political parties. Benjamin Netanyahu will return as prime minister, heading a coalition that includes parties that support Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. Settlement supporters have secured the defence and housing ministries. But ultra-Orthodox Jewish factions have been excluded from government for the first time in a decade. The swearing in began after Israel’s parliame...

According to Google's Transparency Report, governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests for access to its data in the first six months of 2012

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...; she said. “And in Brazil we get a lot of requests to remove content during elections because there is a law banning parodies of candidates. “We hope that the report will shed light on how governments interact with online services and how laws are reflected in online behavior,” she added. According to Google’s Transparency Report, governments around the world made nearly...

Malawi is accusing Madonna of bullying state officials after she complained about her treatment on a recent visit to the country

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...ng Madonna of bullying state officials after she complained about her treatment on a recent visit to the country The singer’s manager accused Malawi’s government of having a “grudge” against her charity, Raising Malawi. Trevor Neilson also accused the government of financial mismanagement of school project funds, and of “harassing organizations that Raising Malawi has...

South Korea has issued a cyber alert after a hacking attack on government websites

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...official and media sites hit by an apparently co-ordinated attack on Tuesday morning, reports said. The identity of the hackers was not known, a government statement said. The incident came on the anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War, which divided the Korean peninsula. “The government can confirm a cyber attack by unidentified hackers that shut down several sites including th...

Kate Middleton and Prince William have received a baby box as a gift from the Finnish government

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...swoman Heidi Liesivesi. “The maternity package gained such a positive response from all around the world. The timing was perfect that the royal couple are having a baby.” Kensington Palace has confirmed that the parents-to-be received the box last week. “We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government. It was a very thoughtful...

Thousands of Argentineans have taken to the streets of Buenos Aires in protest at the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

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...ion is at 12%, but analysts say it is probably much higher. Thousands of Argentineans have taken to the streets of Buenos Aires in protest at the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner The International Monetary Fund warned Argentina in September that unless it produced reliable growth and inflation data by December, it could face sanctions. Protesters also voiced their objections to restri...

Arab League foreign ministers have called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down

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...har al-Assad to step down, as rebels are encouraged by last week’s assassinations in Damascus. The rebels said the deaths of four top officials were a severe blow to the government. Islamist rebels where he is are receiving weapons and money from outside. Fighting continued overnight. Government forces recaptured parts of Damascus, the suburbs of Barzeh and Mezzeh, which had fallen into rebe...

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has presented his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix of Neatherlands

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...lso put forward a solid financial policy”. Since 5 March, the two coalition parties along with the Freedom Party have been trying to reach agreement on budget cuts. A recent forecast from the Netherlands’ Central Planning Bureau estimated that the country’s 2013 public deficit would raise to 4.7% of GDP, well above the 3% EU target. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has presented his go...

More than 200 people were killed by Syrian government forces which bombarded the city of Homs with tank shells and mortars, opposition groups say

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More than 200 people were killed by Syrian government forces which bombarded the city of Homs with tank shells and mortars, opposition groups say. Activists say a massacre has occurred but the government denied attacking, accusing the opposition of propaganda. But opposition fighters, though outgunned, plan to launch a “general offensive”. A vote is expected later on a UN draft resolu...

Romania's centre-right government lead by PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu lost a confidence vote today after 78 days of governing

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Romania’s centre-right government led by PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu lost a confidence vote today after 78 days of governing. The no-confidence bill was filed by the liberal and centre-left opposition (USL) and won 235 votes in the 471-seat chamber, while the government was backed by only got 9 lawmakers. It is for the second time parliament has dismissed a government since the fall of Commun...

Greek parliamentary results

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...ue since 18 January. Greek shares also fell before recovering slightly. Greek parliamentary results The leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks Party, Panos Kammenos, said: “The pro-bailout parties would prefer a government which will further torment the Greek nation, rather than finding a solution. They have offered a proposal that is too rigid for me to accept.” European leaders...