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Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 killed

KIEV: The shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged yesterday when 12 soldiers and civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist…

Vote-buying, intimidation rife in Bulgarian election

BOBOV DOL: Forced to survive on the minimum wage in Bulgaria of 340 leva (174 euros, $222) a month, Maya Ivanova is more than ready to sell her vote in…

Bangladesh arrests Briton for suspected IS recruitment

DHAKA: A 24-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting people to fight alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, police said yesterday. Samiun Rahman, a…

Panicked Sicilians flee refinery fire

ROME: A huge fire broke out overnight Friday in an oil refinery on the Italian island of Sicily, causing traffic jams as panicked residents fled the area. The blaze at…

Britain votes to join air strikes against jihadists

LONDON: British lawmakers yesterday voted overwhelmingly to join anti-jihadist air strikes in Iraq as US-led raids in Syria disrupted the Islamic State group’s lucrative oil-pumping operations. The House of Commons…

Rescued Syria refugees refuse to disembark – ’65 of those rescued at sea left the ship’

LIMASSOL: Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner were refusing yesterday to disembark at Cyprus’s main port, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company…

UKIP takes on Labour, Tories as elections loom – Polls predict triumph for popular Carswell

DONCASTER: Britain’s eurosceptic UK Independence Party began its annual conference at a horseracing track yesterday, giddying up for two key votes next month ahead of a 2015 general election. The…

Ukraine to shut border with Russia, seek EU membership

KIEV: President Petro Poroshenko yesterday ordered a temporary closure of Ukraine’s porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet…

Cyprus cruise liner rescues 300 refugees

NICOSIA: A cruise liner returning from Greece was pressed into action in rough seas off Cyprus yesterday to rescue some 300 people thought to be Syrian refugees whose trawler had…

Abu Qatada walks free – London Home Office says cleric never returning to Britain

AMMAN: Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted of terrorism charges by a Jordanian court yesterday and freed from jail, ending more than a decade of legal cases against the firebrand…

Snowden wins ‘alternative Nobel’ – Unclear if Snowden can attend awards ceremony

STOCKHOLM: Edward Snowden was among the winners yesterday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel,” for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programs. The…

France to probe ‘jihadist’ bungle

PARIS: France’s interior minister yesterday announced a probe into a series of blunders that saw three suspected jihadists waltz out of a French airport after being transferred from Turkish custody.…

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